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Forum staff reports , Published December 11 2013

Help send off four children of fallen ND service members on a special trip to Texas

FARGO – The North Dakota National Guard is asking the public to give four children of fallen service members a warm send-off as they start a trip to Texas for an event designed just for survivors known as the Snowball Express.

The children and their guardians will leave Hector International Airport in Fargo for Dallas at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday.

The public is asked to arrive at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m.

This year’s participants include Hailee McCormick, daughter of Cpl. Curtis Mehrer, who died in June 2006 while serving in Afghanistan with the North Dakota Army National Guard; Messa Kuehl, daughter of Staff Sgt. David Kuehl, who died in May 2007 in Iraq while serving with the Army’s 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; Sophie Rishling, daughter of Sgt. Terry Rishling, who died in February 2010 while serving in Kosovo with the North Dakota Army National Guard; and Eric Linde, son of Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, who died in December 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

While in Texas for four days, the children will attend sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more. Since the program began in 2006, four children from North Dakota have had the opportunity to take part each year.