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Published April 30, 2012, 04:53 PM

Stewartville, MN, Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Star Tribune reports Monday that Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut died in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The family learned of his death Sunday.

By: Associated Press,

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A 23-year-old Stewartville soldier has been killed in a firefight in Afghanistan.

The Star Tribune reports Monday that Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut died in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The family learned of his death Sunday.

A man who answered the phone at the home of Dickhut's mother confirmed the death to The Associated Press, but said there was a gag order and the family would not be talking further.

The Star Tribune reports Dickhut was a forward observer with an Army unit from Fort Lewis, Wash., and was attached to the 82nd Airborne. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His mother, Jacqueline Carson, told the newspaper that both she and Dickhut's step-father were in the Army and Dickhut joined to serve his country and gain new experiences.

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