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Minnesota to fly flags at half-staff for soldier

ST. PAUL - All state and U.S. flags at state buildings across Minnesota will fly at half-staff today to honor a soldier who was killed in Iraq earlier this month.

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ST. PAUL - All state and U.S. flags at state buildings across Minnesota will fly at half-staff today to honor a soldier who was killed in Iraq earlier this month.

Sgt. Corey Rystad, 20, of Red Lake Falls, died Dec. 2 when a bomb exploded near his vehicle while he was on patrol near Fallujah. A fellow National Guard soldier, Sgt. Bryan McDonough, of Maplewood, was also killed in the explosion.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset today. Rystad's funeral is being held today in Red Lake Falls.

Rystad and McDonough were the 46th and 47th soldiers with strong Minnesota ties to die in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to The Associated Press.

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