Naval officer on leave surprises family at Easter service

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

Looks of awe, several hugs, happy tears and a standing ovation greeted Commander Tom Midtvedt as he surprised his wife Susan and four children during the Easter Sunday service at New Prague Lutheran Church.

Stationed in Afghanistan since July, 2011, Midtvedt had been planning since Christmas to surprise his family on Sunday, April 8, by coming home for a two-week leave. During that time he almost let his surprise slip, twice. Once was in an email string where he mentioned to a friend a surprise he was planning for Easter.

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