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River Basher:

I just wanted to check on you. I hope all is well. I thought of you and put up a good word up for you when I caught my first fish through the ice on Saturday. I know we are not your top priority but let us know how you are when you get the chance. The boys on Fishing MN (including those in CO) are pulling for you!

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All is good over here in the sands of Iraq. The good news is we are finally starting to find out when we get to come home, the bad news is it sounds like I'm gonna miss all of this years ice fishing season, unless I get the chance to come home on a 2 week R&R leave. I'm counting days and can't wait to be back in Minnesota.

Take care everyone and I'll keep in touch

SGT Riverbasher

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River Basher:

It is great to know you are doing well! I'm sorry to here you won't be home for ice fishing season. However, I know you will enjoy many seaons of icefishing to come. Be safe and lest us know how you are on occasion. I hope that Iraq is soon a distant memory as you watch the line go tight and you land the Big One!

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