Counting the dead: mapping the impact on Minnesota


The number of U.S. military casualties in Iraq recently passed the 4,000 mark. According to the Web site, 59 of those soldiers have come from Minnesota. [Cities and soldiers listed below.]

Click to go to Minnesota Monitor Google Map showing casualties on map of Minnesota.

Minneapolis man marks war dead on garage memorial

Jim Weber considers it a reminder, not a political statement. The 57-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired postal service worker started tallying U.S. military casualties in Iraq on a three-by-four whiteboard above his garage door in 2003. “At first, I wondered if I should do it, if I’d end up with eggs on my house,” says Weber.

Five years later, Weber continues to update his counter, keeping track of the death toll by reading news articles and a Web site called In the summer, people walking by his white picket-fenced yard on the corner of 41st and Washburn Avenue in north Minneapolis stop to talk about his display.

“The feedback has been very positive,” says Weber. “They stop and thank me for having the signs up.”

Watch the video above for more of our interview with Weber.

Jesse M. Lhotka, Sergeant, February 21, 2005

Kenneth B. Pospisil, Staff Sergeant, December 14, 2005

Apple Valley
Nathanael J. Doring, Captain, May 27, 2006

Kevin M. Witte, Staff Sergeant, October 20, 2006

John J. Tobiason, Sergeant 1st Class, November 28, 2007

Randy W. Pickering, Specialist, December 9, 2007

Brooklyn Park
Mickey E. Zaun, Sergeant 1st Class, January 28, 2005

Patrick D. Dorff, Chief Warrant Officer, January 25, 2004

Andrew J. Kemple, Corporal, February 12, 2006

Cass Lake
Dwayne James McFarlane Jr., Specialist, January 9, 2005

Levi T. Angell, Lance Corporal, April 8, 2004

Coon Rapids
William J. Beardsley, Sergeant, February 26, 2007

Jason G. Timmerman, 1st Lieutenant, February 21, 2005

Detroit Lakes
Troy Carlin Linden, Corporal, July 8, 2006

Daniel James McConnell, Specialist, November 16, 2004

Daniel R. Olsen, Lance Corporal, April 2, 2007

East Bethel
Matthew Scott Lourey, Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), May 27, 2005

East Grand Forks
James J. Holmes, Specialist, May 8, 2004

Eden Prairie
Tyler R. Fey, Corporal, April 4, 2004

Greg N. Riewer, Sergeant, March 23, 2007

Brian R. Hellerman, Staff Sergeant, August 6, 2003

Jason A. Schumann, Sergeant, May 19, 2007

Scott T. Modeen, Lance Corporal, December 1, 2005

Joshua R. Anderson, Private 1st Class, January 2, 2008

Kettle River
Matthew G. Milczark, Private 1st Class, March 8, 2004

Lake City
Anthony D. Hebert, Private 1st Class, June 21, 2007

Little Falls
Anthony T. McElveen, Corporal, December 1, 2005

Michael J. Fasnacht, 1st Lieutenant, June 8, 2005

Maple Grove
Nicholas D. Turcotte, Sergeant, December 4, 2006

Maple Lake
Chad M. Allen, Sergeant, February 28, 2007

Bryan T. McDonough, Specialist, December 2, 2006

Qixing Lee, Specialist, August 27, 2006
Robert J. Dixon, Specialist, May 6, 2007

Andrew P Nelson, Staff Sergeant, August 29, 2007

Moose Lake
Moises A. Langhorst, Private 1st Class, April 5, 2004

Brent W. Koch, Specialist, June 16, 2006

North Branch
Johnathan Benson, Corporal, September 9, 2006

North Mankato
Jacob M. Thompson, Staff Sergeant, August 6, 2007

Dale A. Panchot, Staff Sergeant, November 17, 2003

Demetrius Lamont Rice, Corporal, July 14, 2004

Bryan James Opskar, Sergeant, July 23, 2005

Red Lake Falls
Corey J. Rystad, Sergeant, December 2, 2006

Travis R. Bruce, Corporal, March 23, 2005

Sean K. McDonald, Specialist, March 25, 2007

St. Louis Park
David F. Day, Staff Sergeant, February 21, 2005

Edward J. Herrgott, Private 1st Class, July 3, 2003

Robert G. Posivio III, Lance Corporal, May 23, 2006

South St. Paul
David A. Cedergren, Petty Officer 3rd Class, September 11, 2004

St. Paul
Michael C. Carlson, Sergeant, January 24, 2005
Brett E. Angus, Master Sergeant, November 26, 2005
Joshua R. Hanson, Sergeant, August 30, 2006
James M. Wosika Jr., Sergeant, January 9, 2007
Michael C. Mettille, Sergeant Major, February 1, 2007

Vadnais Heights
Jacob T. Vanderbosch, Specialist, October 3, 2005

White Bear Lake
Elden D. Arcand, Private 1st Class, August 21, 2005

Kyle Miller, Specialist, June 29, 2006
Joshua A. Schmit, Sergeant, April 14, 2007

Michael A. Benson, Sergeant 1st Class, August 10, 2005

Kelly C. Hinz, Captain, May 2, 2005