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Extracted Article Text (OCR) Bismarck Tribune Thursday, May 25, 2006 Page 11A NORTH DAKOTANS KILLED IN IRAQ Soldier: 12th from N.D. killed in Iraq gunshot wound. Assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. Staff Sgt. Ken Hendrickson, 41, of Bismarck.

Killed Jan. 24, 2004, when a bomb struck a four-vehicle convoy north of Fallujah. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company. Sgt. Keith Smette, 25, of Makoti.

Killed Jan. 24, 2004, when a bomb struck a four-vehicle convoy north of Fallujah. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company. Spc. Philip Brown, 21, of Jamestown.

Died May 8, 2004, after being wounded by an explosive while on foot patrol. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 141st Engineer Combat Battalion. Spc. James Holmes, 28, East Grand Forks, Minn. Died May 8, 2004, in Landstuhl, Germany, from wounds suffered May 3 when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on vehicle patrol.

Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 141st Engineer Combat Battalion. Staff Sgt. Lance Koenig, 33, of Fargo. Died Sept. 22, 2004, near Tikrit when a bomb exploded while he was inspecting a suspicious roadside object.

Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 141st Engineer Combat Battalion. FVt. 1st Class Anthony Monroe, 21, of Bismarck. Died Oct. 10, 2004.

Assigned to the Army's 1st Cavalry Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas. As of Wednesday, 12 U.S. service members from North Dakota or serving with North Dakota military units have been reported killed while on duty in Iraq: Spc. Michael Hermanson, 21, of Fargo. Killed May 23, 2006, in an attack on his vehicle near Al Abayachi, north of Baghdad.

Assigned to North Dakota National Guard's 164th Engineer Combat Battalion Company A. Spc. Dennis Ferderer 20, of New Salemi Killed Nov. 2, 2005, in an attack on a Humvee near Ad Duluiyah, north of Baghdad. Assigned to 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Benning, Ga.

Spc. Cody Wentz, 21, of Williston. Killed Nov. 4, 2004, in an attack on a Humvee near Balad. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 141st Engineer Combat Battalion.

Spc. Jon Fettig, 30, of Dickinson. Killed July 22, 2003, in an attack on a convoy near Ar Ramadi. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company. Pfc.

Sheldon Hawk Eagle, 21, of Grand Forks. Among 17 Americans killed Nov. 15, 2003, when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul. Assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division. Spc.

Thomas Sweet II, 23, of Bismarck. Died Nov. 27, 2003, in Junction City from a noncombat-related FROM 1A Uahlen said. Lindsey Hermanson is attending Fargo North and was in school for a while Wednesday because she was worried about her final tests, Dahlen said. The school has waived those tests, he said.

"When you lose a brother or a son, you're obviously distraught over it," Dahlen said. "It's especially difficult with Memorial Day around the corner." Hermanson was the 12th U.S. service member from North Dakota or serving with a North Dakota military unit to be reported killed while on duty in Iraq. He was the eighth Guard soldier to be killed. Keller said the 164th Engineer Combat Battalion's Company A has 122 soldiers from 44 North Dakota cities.

Two other soldiers live in Minnesota and one lives in North Carolina, he said. Fifty of the soldiers, including Hermanson, volunteered. "It's a widespread unit," Keller said. The company was mobilized Aug. 5, 2005, and arrived in Iraq in mid-November of that year.

The main duty of the soldiers was to clear roadside bombs. Keller said no other soldiers "that we are aware of were injured in Tuesday's attack. Hermanson's immediate family was notified Tuesday, Keller said. "He made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and as this Memorial Day approaches, we pledge never to forget his courage or his selflessness," Gov. John Hoeven said in a statement.

7 Search: Dive teams also searching part of Souris River know the girl's whereabouts. They issued an Amber Alert. State officials said Cowen was At on probation for theft of property in Ward County and had failed to report in as required. Oreck A warrant was issued last S'aif month for his arrest on charges of violating his 1 A "Bagless 4 probation. Reachelle Smith is described as white, Searchers look for 3-year-old Reachelle Smith at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge near Minot on Wednesday.

(AP) FROM 1A Authorities said dive teams were searching part of the Souris River in Minot's Oak Park, near the girl's home. The search also included in the Surrey area, where a farmer thought he had recently seen the van in which Cowen's body was found. "We're going where the evidence takes us. We're not going to leave any leaf unturned. We're not going to close the door on other suspects," Police Capt.

Al Hanson said. Reachelle Smith was put to bed at about 10:30 p.m. on May 16 at her home in Minot and was missing the next day, police said. Authorities said Cowen lived with Stephanie Smith and had told her that the girl was staying with his mother. Police later learned that Cowen's mother had moved to Kansas and did not if I fV- about 3-foot-4 and Is A Dirty Word." weighs about 40 pounds, author- ities said.

She has brown eyes and straight, light brown hair. I.HM1IW Bingo: Halls are losing money Rain: More rain is on the way "Coming up with a big tax break is probably going to be hard to do." FROM 1A Sen. Bob Stenehjem, R-Bismarck Bagless Vacuums CEO of the Plains Art Museum, said the museum has reduced X-L Spew Dirt, Bacteria, Mold and Allergens Back Into Your Home! staff by 16 at the museum and has made other cuts. "We will have to consid er closing altogether if it doesnt turn around, Pauley said. (Reach reporter FROM 1A organizations could lobby cities to ban smoking in all bars that conduct bingo games so that a level playing field is created.

He also said legislators could consider a flat tax rate that is higher than 5 percent. "Coming up with a big tax break is probably going to be hard to do," Stenehjem said. Rep. Dwight Wrangham, R-Bismarck, said he was surprised the NDAD doesn't want an exemption to the smoking ban. Wrangham said people should be allowed to smoke in bingo halls, but the age to enter a bingo hall should be increased to 21.

"We should allow those people to exercise their right to smoke," Wrangham said. Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, said the Legislature needs to re-examine taxes on all gaming revenue and could consider a flat tax that is revenue neutral to the state. According to Gibbens, the NDAD collects 70 percent of its revenue from gaming. To make up for lagging bingo sales, the NDAD has eliminated their medical equipment budget for 2007 and other budgets and has put a freeze on raises for staff.

The NDAD provides medical equipment, drugs, transportation and attendant care for people across the state with a variety of disabilities. Gibbens said the NDAD bingo hall in Grand Forks lost $27,800 from October 2005 to this March, and he presented a report showing a combined 74.4 percent decrease in net income for NDAD bingo halls in Grand Forks, Minot and Williston from that time period compared to the previous year. TomRaffertyat223 8482 or tom.raf- ORECK XL' Deluxe Hypo the topsoil with more than a few days worth of moisture, Haadem said. By contrast, the problem in the eastern and northern parts of the state is too much moisture, said state agricultural commissioner Roger Johnson. Some farmers have been unable to plant spring crops because fields are too wet, he said.

On the plus side, market prices for corn and wheat are unusually high, Johnson said. Low global grain stocks and mediocre harvests in other states and countries may mean more dollars per bushel for North Dakota farmers, he said. Forecasts for Burleigh and Morton counties call for a chance of rain today, with possible thunderstorms through the weekend. Temperatures are expected to peak in the low 80s. But the sky isn't the only place from which the agriculture industry might get some help.

Congress is currently preparing an emergency spending bill for Hurricane Katrina relief and war costs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sen. Kent Conrad, is pushing for $175 million in agriculture disaster relief for North Dakota to be included in the bill. That Senate bill, however, totals $109 billion and is loaded with projects unrelated to Katrina or war costs. President Bush has threatened to veto any bill over $94.5 billion.

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