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Contributed photo Randy and Pam Bergquist met and fell in love while Randy was working for Alexandra Aviation as a flight instructor in the 1980s. Randy Bergquist was a Minnesota native and a former drug interdiction officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Pilot killed in Afghanistan has ties to Alexandria area

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A civilian pilot who died in a plane crash while on a counter-terrorism mission over the mountains of Afghanistan on October 13 has ties to the Douglas County area.


Randy Bergquist was working for Lockheed Martin contractors on NATO surveillance when his plane crashed in the Nuristan province, a stronghold of Taliban insurgents.

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