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Published August 10, 2010, 07:50 AM

Aid worker slain in Afghanistan had state ties

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the six American aid workers killed in Afghanistan last week had ties to Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the six American aid workers killed in Afghanistan last week had ties to Minnesota.

Dr. Thomas Grams was a native of Park Rapids, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his doctorate in dentistry from the university's Twin Cities campus.

The 51-year-old Grams and nine other members of an International Assistance Mission medical aid team were ambushed and killed Thursday in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province.

Grams parents, Paul and Irene Grams, still live in Park Rapids.

Grams practiced dentistry in Colorado. The Star Tribune says he spent the past four years providing aid in some of the world's most poverty-stricken areas.

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