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Navy SEAL from Chisago City killed in Afghanistan

By KBJR News 1

August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM CDT

Chisago City, MN (KARE 11/Northland's NewsCenter) - A Minnesota man is among the 30 troops killed during Saturday's deadly helicopter attack in Afghanistan.

Nick Spehar, a Chisago City man turned Navy SEAL, was killed during the attack.

Spehar has connections to Duluth, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Spehar's father, Patrick Spehar, grew up in the Duluth area, according to Bill Spehar, who is Nicholas Spehar’s great uncle.

More than 40 miles south of Spehar's home in St. Paul Patricia Boyd is also paying tribute to Spehar and the other troops with him. Thirty-one flags line Boyd's front yard. Each flag represents one life lost during the attack, including a navy seal dog.

"I think that people need to see how many 31 really are that were all tragically killed at one time," Boyd said.

All across the nation at baseball games and churches people are mourning the loss of American lives killed too.

"We lost some great and brave Americans in the last day or so. It's a real tragedy and our hearts and minds are with those families. I know that they are suffering really really tough right now," Rear Admiral Mark Boensel, commander of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, said.

US and NATO leaders are investigating whether the Taliban was behind the deadliest single incident in the ten year war in Afghanistan.

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