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Seven-year-old Jacob Fleming of Alexandria asked for special presents for his 7th birthday - food and personal items that could be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. Contributed photo.

A birthday wish for the soldiers

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Jacob Fleming of Alexandria knew exactly what he wanted for his 7th birthday - items that he could "re-gift."

"We have lots of toys already," the boy said of himself and his three brothers. "I wanted to give [my presents] away."


He also knew who he wanted to give them to.

"Nick's dad and the soldiers!" he said of his friend's father, Nathan Borden, who was scheduled to go to Afghanistan.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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