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Airport of the Month - Eveleth Virginia

If any two Minnesota Cities could be said to have a lot in common, it would be Virginia and Eveleth. They share a geographic location called the Mesabi Iron Range, or simply "The Range." Both started...

 

Moorhead

Moorhead has always been a transportation center. Early in the 19th century the route between the Mississippi and the Red River of the North was serviced by ox carts. A settlement sprung up where the...

 

Airport of the Month

"Back in the "good old days" pilots could walk into a Flight Service Station (FSS). Weather briefings were delivered "over the counter" by one of the staff. At various times there were 10 FSS sites...

 

Hutchinson Airport

Tom Foster "Life is not a dress rehearsal." Both pilots and Irishmen are naturally philosophical, so it should be no surprise to learn that these are words of wisdom from Joe Dooley. Better known as...

 

Faribault Airport

During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Corps trained almost 200,000 male pilots. Less than 1100 female aviators became Air Corps pilots during that period. "Women Air Service Pilots" or WASPs wore...

 

Airport of the Month: Winsted

Everyone agreed that July 31, 1966 was a great day for an airshow and Winsted was a perfect place to have one. To make a good day even better, Minnesota Flyer founder Sherm Booen was "Master of...

 

Airport of the Month: Bigfork

Bigfork likes to keep ahead of the trends. In 1944 aviation in the United States was focused on winning World War II and General Aviation was not getting much attention. But, in Bigfork the Village...

 

Airport of the Month: Worthington

Lake Okabena figures prominently in the history of Worthington. Nineteenth century railroads needed a lot of water. Steam locomotives pulled the trains and the early ones needed to refill their water...

 

Airport of the Month: Bagley

Bagley is the "Gateway to Itasca." In 1832, Henry Schoolcraft found the headwaters of the Mississippi in what is now Minnesota's best known State Park. Schoolcraft spent two years exploring the upper...

 

Airport of the Month: Roseau

In 1954 Edgar Hetteen took a much deserved vacation. He left "Hetteen Hoist and Derrick" of Roseau in the hands of his trusted employees. When he got back he discovered the workers had built a...

 

Airport of the Month: Aitkin

William Alexander Aitkin was quite a guy. A native of Scotland who immigrated to the United States in the early 19th century, Aitkin became chief trader for the American Fur Company which was owned...

 

Airport of the Month: Flying Cloud

In 1879 John Cummings was farming in what's now the City of Eden Prairie. He built a house just north of today's Pioneer Trail. The "Cummings" house is still there. It's on the National Register of...

 

Airport of the Month: Grand Rapids

One way to get to Grand Rapids might be to "follow the yellow brick road". Judy Garland was born there and became famous for portraying Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz". Her fully restored birth place...

 

Airport of the Month: Paynesville

Maybe Paynesville should be called "Phoenix." Not because it's anything like the big city in Arizona, but because it might have some things in common with the bird from Greek mythology. The mythical...

 

Airport of the Month: Ortonville

From its source at Big Stone Lake on the South Dakota border, the Minnesota River flows 332 miles to its confluence with the Mississippi just below Fort Snelling and the sprawling Minneapolis/St....

 

Airport of the Month: McGregor

Isedor Iverson wasn't a famous aviator. He might be best known as a politician, but leadership was his real talent. Iverson was Mayor of McGregor and also represented the area in the State...

 

Airport of the Month: Canby

In Canby, they breed wrestlers and aviators. Sometimes both talents end up in the same person. Since 1976 the Canby High School Lancers have won 8 state titles in wrestling. Matt Wagner was on the...

 

Airport of the Month: Crystal

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light,...

 

Airport of the Month: Olivia

Olivia claims it's the "Corn Capital of the World". Not just Minnesota or the United States, but the entire world. When you fly into the Olivia Regional Airport in the summer you'll see a lot of corn...

 

Airport of the Month: Alexandria

There's lots of fun to be had in Alexandria. That's Minnesota not Egypt, although the Midwest town was named after the one in the Mideast. There's enough water in the area to keep any boater happy,...

 

Airport of the Month: Warroad

In Warroad they do windows. That's glass and wood, not computer software. Warroad is the home of the Marvin Companies. They make the gold standard for windows and know how to use general aviation to...

 

Airport of the Month: Glenwood

Winter flying up here in the north country can be a challenge. It was even more interesting back in the "good old days" when engine preheating was accomplished using everything from "torpedo heaters"...

 

Airport of the Month: Wadena

Wadena means "Round Hill" in Ojibwa. It's also the name of a well know leader of that Native American tribe who's band lived along the Crow Wing River in Central Minnesota. The first community named...

 

Airport of the Month: Albert Lea

Lieutenant Albert Miller Lea was a member of the First U.S. Dragoons based at Fort Des Moines. He was also an engineer and the cartographer for Zebulon Pike. In 1835 Lt. Lea mapped much of southern...

 

Airport of the Month: Tower

Tower is one cool place. The city is located near the east end of Lake Vermilion, arguably the most scenic lake in Minnesota. The fishing is great and there's plenty of room for boating. With good rea...

 

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