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Pilot killed when plane headed to ND crashes at Minn. airport

PRINCETON, Minn. -- The pilot who died in a Monday crash near the Princeton airport owned a floor-sanding business and was leaving on a hunting trip to North Dakota.

PRINCETON, Minn. -- The pilot who died in a Monday crash near the Princeton airport owned a floor-sanding business and was leaving on a hunting trip to North Dakota.

Kevin Covlin, 51, died in the crash, but his hunting dog survived.

Just last week, the Princeton Union-Eagle printed an extensive feature story about Colvin and his business, which is dominated by a half-size basketball court with hardwood floor. The business is FLR Sanders, which installs, renovates and maintains gymnasium and specialty floors in a five-state region.

Flying ran in the family, the newspaper reported. His wife Debbie, a Hope, N.D., native, used to be a commercial pilot until she had ear damage in 1999. Since then, the University of North Dakota graduate has helped run the business.

The couple has four daughters.

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Federal officials are investigating the crash.

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