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Minneapolis soldier killed by IED in Iraq

MINNEAPOLIS - A soldier from Minneapolis was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, his widow said Tuesday. Army Pfc. Robert Dixon, 28, was just three months into his tour in Iraq, said his wife, Rusty Rose-Dixon. He was the gunner on top of a Humvee...

MINNEAPOLIS - A soldier from Minneapolis was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, his widow said Tuesday.

Army Pfc. Robert Dixon, 28, was just three months into his tour in Iraq, said his wife, Rusty Rose-Dixon. He was the gunner on top of a Humvee when it was hit by an improvised explosive device Sunday, she said.

"He was such a nice guy but he drove people, just by his charm. He was so charming," she told KSTP-TV.

Rose-Dixon said the last word she got from him was a text message he sent Sunday morning before he went out on patrol. She said she's saving it because it's the last one she'll get from him.

The Army had not announced Dixon's death as of Tuesday evening.

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Dixon was the 59th person with strong Minnesota ties to die in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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