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NLS mourns loss of community leader in plane crash

Deb Osborn Solsrud's Facebook profile photo

NEW LONDON – The New London-Spicer School District is mourning the loss of a community member who was reportedly killed Tuesday in a Florida plane crash.

A statement issued Wednesday by NLS Director of Communications Megan Field says that Deb Solsrud died when the small plane in which she was traveling crashed in Volusia County in east central Florida.

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According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a 2009 single-engine Epic LT plane crashed in heavy fog just before 6 p.m. in a front yard in the Spruce Creek Fly-In community of Port Orange, Florida.

The pilot and Solsrud were killed.

The plane is reportedly owned by Independent Technologies, which lists Daryl Ingalsbe as the president and CEO.

Ingalsbe, a pilot, has a home in Spicer and Florida.

When contacted at the Independent Technologies headquarters in Blair, Nebraska, a representative said the company was not prepared to make a statement today regarding Ingalsbe but would likely do so on Thursday.

In July, Ingalsbe and Solsrud took a 21-day trip around the world together in the experimental plane.

In its statement, the NLS school district said Solsrud was a “loving parent” and involved community member.

She was a charter member and former president of the NLS Parent Teacher Organization, coordinated the inaugural event for the Girls United program that served middle school-aged girls and she worked to pass the technology levy for NLS several years ago.

“As a strong supporter of the technology levy, Deb led the charge informing and gaining community involvement and support,” according to the statement. “Deb’s dedication to education and the betterment of our NLS community will be sorely missed.”

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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