Mills County native dies in Afghanistan


June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa man has died while serving with the Army in Afghanistan. The Omaha World Herald says according to family members, 25-year old Sgt. James Skalberg, a native of Emerson, in Mills County, died recently. The circumstances of his death were not revealed, and the Department of Defense has not yet confirmed his death, but their policy is wait 24-hours after the family has been notified. Sgt. Skalberg was a 2005 graduate of Nishna Valley High School. He  leaves behind his wife Jessica, and an 11-month-old son. More than 145 military members with ties to Nebraska and western Iowa have died in the Afghan and Iraq wars.