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Allen Erickson, 84, waits for the plane to taxi onto the runway. "Flew like a bird," Erickson said an hour later when his flight concluded. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Willmar hospice patient gets one last wish to take to the sky


Allen Erickson wore an enormous smile as the small plane landed Monday morning at the Willmar Municipal Airport.

"We made it!" he exclaimed from the cockpit to family and friends waiting on the tarmac.

"Flew like a bird!" Erickson, 84, exulted as paramedics with the Willmar Ambulance Service carefully helped him over the wing of the little red and white Piper Comanche and onto the ground.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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