I have arrived in Bemidji! Only took over 5 hours. Google maps said 3.5, but I guess it did not take account of getting lost and ending up by Camp Ripley and a few pit stops for gas, bathroom breaks, and I just needed to stop and stretch the back.
A few racers have already come and gone at Bemidji before I arrived, including Minnesota 99 Tracy Lovness. Tracy was the first racer here! Congrats Tracy. The Minnesota 99s were given bandannas, made in Bemidji, so that they know that we are official volunteers. The airport is doing a wonderful job with race and providing food and transportation for the racers.
We have a tent on the side of the taxiway so that we can time the racers as they come in at 200 feet above the runway.
The Minnesota 99s had their spring Chapter meeting today (Saturday March 18, 2017) at the Mora Airport (KJMR) in Mora, Minnesota. We also had a fantastic weather presentation by Natasha Stenbock, pilot, member of the Minnesota 99s, and broadcast meteorologist. Thanks Natasha!
The wonderful WASP and MN 99s Liz Wall Strohfus is being honored by the city of Faribault. Tonight with a “unanimous vote from the Faribault City Council on Tuesday night makes the new name official as Faribault’s airport is now called, “Faribault Municipal Airport – Liz Wall Strohfus Field.” Liz died almost a year ago and she will be the first WASP to have an airport named after them. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady.
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Today was the Annual Minnesota 99s Business Meeting and Holiday Party held at the Key Air (they have a wonderful facility) at Anoka County Airport (KANE). Besides the business meeting we had some videos on bad and not too bad landings, a talk by the Girl Scouts who are doing a few projects on the Minnesota 99s, we had a ton of yummy food to eat, and a lot of fun.