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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.

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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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