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Updated: 1993 Hancock graduate killed Sunday in Iraq

A Hancock High School graduate was killed Sunday in a noncombat-related injury, according to family sources.

The soldier's father, Lyle Kruize of Hancock, confirmed Wednesday morning to the Hancock Record that Army Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize of Hancock died Sunday in Iraq.

Sgt. Kruize's body arrived Tuesday night at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

He and his wife, Billie Kruize, reside in St. Cloud, according to Lyle Kruize. They have four children. A 1993 graduate of Hancock High School, he was the son of Lyle and Bev Kruize.

Sgt. Kruize was serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:

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