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By Katie Leibel
Press Publications 

Surfside Seaplane Base: 50 years of thanks


August 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of Paul Dols, Press Publications

Surfside Seaplane Base owner Bruce Hanson patrols the grounds of the airport he has been operating in Lino Lakes for 50 years. It is the second-largest seaplane base in the country.

Reprinted with permission from Press Publications.

Surfside Seaplane Base in Lino Lakes is celebrating its 50th birthday.

The seaplane business, known for its maintenance, classes and air rides, has been an attraction in the Lino Lakes community for decades.

"We keep anywhere between 35 and 45 airplanes here year 'round. We have a shop here that does the maintenance. We also do flight training," said Bruce Hanson, owner of Surfside Seaplane Base.

Surfside first opened in the '40s, but changed ownership years later.

"Back in 1969 and 1970, four of us worked for a trucking company and three o...

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