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Published December 15, 2011, 08:42 AM

ND Reacts to Army Crash That Killed Watford City Native

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans are offering condolences to the family of a state native who was among four people killed in the crash of two helicopters at a Washington state military base.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans are offering condolences to the family of a state native who was among four people killed in the crash of two helicopters at a Washington state military base.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the tragedy of Capt. Anne Montgomery's death "is magnified by her young age and the promise her life held."

The 25-year-old Montgomery was a West Point graduate who had served on active duty since 2008 and arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord a year ago.

Family friend Nikki McAlpin of Grassy Butte tells The Bismarck Tribune that both of Montgomery's grandfathers homesteaded in North Dakota. McAlpin says Montgomery spent her teenage years in Watford City, and had "a zest for life."

Army officials say the helicopters crashed during a routine night training flight Monday.

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