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Olivia mourns death of Guard member James Wertish

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Family members and friends are mourning the death of Spc. James Wertish, 20, of rural Olivia, who was one of three Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed Thursday evening at a military base near Basra in southern Iraq.


The soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division were killed during a missile attack on the base around 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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