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1 of 3 Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed in chopper crash identified

Chopper 5 flew over the scene Friday. Photo: KSTP/ Chopper 5
Chopper 5 flew over the scene Friday.

Updated: December 07, 2019 07:22 AM

One of the three Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed Thursday in a helicopter crash has been identified as Charlie Nord.

Jeff Morris, who coached Nord in cross country and taught him in math class in high school, and Mitch Anderson, the Perham superintendent, both confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Friday night that Nord was one of the crew members killed in the crash. According to Morris, Nord was the pilot of the chopper.

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Anderson said he didn't work for the district when Nord attended school there, but the school and community is "shocked and hit hard" after learning of Nord's death.

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"The reaction I witnessed today from teachers, coaches, former classmates and community members told me a lot about Charlie Nord," Anderson wrote in an email to KSTP. "We are so sad about the loss of one of our own, and he will be missed by many who shared in his journey."

Morris told KSTP that Nord was quiet but confident, and while he wasn't one to demand the center of attention, he had a personality that others were drawn to.

Nord had wife and daughter, and his wife is expecting their second child, according to Anderson. The couple recently bought a house just outside of Perham.

The National Guard hasn't officially identified Nord as one of the soldiers killed in the crash. The names of all three crew members are expected to be released Saturday.

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