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Elbow Lake Municipal Airport is truly Pride of the Prairie


C.M. Swanson

Paul Brutlag, pilot and owner of SUSY Q, the 1950 T-6G Texan based at Elbow Lake does honorary Warbird fly-bys at funerals for soldiers and special Veteran's events. A statement read during the fly-by notes in part, "...because of their sacrifice and allegiance, we have our privilege of freedom in our United States of America. Please, offer your personal prayer for our soldiers."

Elbow Lake, Minnesota has earned the right to inscribe Pride of the Prairie on a sign at its municipal airport. Their modest population of 1,165 put together a thriving municipal airport that richly enhances their community.

"People from Elbow Lake and the surrounding area have been involved in aviation since WWII," said Paul Brutlag, President of the current Airport Board of Directors. "In the early years, we used to have a grass strip and hangars with open fronts. Back in the 1970s we started making changes."

Overcoming challenges

The demographics of Elbow Lake include many people with m...

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