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(Updated) HOVERSLED: 2nd Most Popular Kickstarter Campaign (Technology) In Minnesota!

The response at the fair has been terrific! Lots of happy new Hoversled pilots and folks can see our vision for a brand new sport becoming reality. Thank you to all of the visitors who came by for a test flight ūüôā UPDATE: Hoversled is still going strong and will be available this winter. The first sleds of the season will be available soon on Ebay…stay posted! – Hoversled link on Facebook – -Kickstarter Link-

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Extreme Weather Re-Cap For St.Cloud And Central Minnesota, 2011

Support Flight Flash and bring innovative news and views to Minnesota and¬†your community. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IMAGES AND VIDEOS¬† IN THIS REPORT, (EXCEPT RADAR AND SATELLITE)¬†WERE PRODUCED¬†BY FLIGHT FLASH. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† WEATHER RE-CAP 2011. Spring in St. Cloud gave an unusual hint that things to come might be on the line of the unexpected – or maybe even extreme. An April snowfall christened the city with a beautiful,¬†albeit unseasonable layer of snow crystals that completely vanished within hours. ¬†[youtube i7StpffjrLA] ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Days¬†after the actual snowfall, Flight Flash (RPNS)¬†produced¬†this screen test to chronical weather in the local media…It was only an experiment and my friend Kaylene stepped up to be the on-camera reporter. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In the moments¬†we began to film this, the first wave of terrible storms were beginning to unfold¬†throughout the South. The laptop radar captures a view of ¬†this data. We used¬†the images¬†to train how to spot tornadoes from the national radar mosaic. Little did we know, we were¬†studying what was about to become one of the biggest outbreaks of tornadoes in history. This left an unforgettable urgency to¬†document and promote weather safety in the St.Cloud area. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A month later, a¬†small storm followed by a display of heat lightning reminiscent of 4th of July fireworks, paid our city a visit in May. At the same time, only an hour away, Minneapolis was recovering from a tornado touchdown that claimed one life. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Then, on the first day of summer (June 21, 2011), rain fell on our city to such an extreme that¬†it flooded several streets…and it wouldn’t be the last time this year. [youtube 50T_NZLtvTM] ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The sky hadn’t finished. Not much more than a week later on July 1st, a very serious wind storm dropped a weak tornado in the Waite Park area, and pushed winds into the North side of downtown St. Cloud¬†where dozens upon dozens of trees were pushed flat. The fact that these trees blocked many routes to the St.Cloud Hospital made the situation that much more serious, and our city went directly into action. ¬† [youtube UDEHRScgmaM] Compare an image of Whitney Field only a few weeks before as a thunderstorm approached… …and then 3 weeks later as it became the city’s compost site for downed trees. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In St.Cloud, it seemed the worst of summer storms had to be behind us for 2011, but the weather was unrelenting. Rains¬†continued to bring¬†flooding that swelled the Sauk River, and endangered some¬†of our young citizens and rescue personnel. For 3 days in a row, rescues and the recovery of a swamped rescue boat on the Sauk River held our attention in the news. The oppressive heat index which pressed beyond 100 degrees for a few days in these weeks probably drew people to the river to cool down in spite of the¬†apparent danger. [youtube nh1Em6JvR88] ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Then came lightning! An intense electrical storm wrought fury in the St.Cloud metro…sending 6 to the hospital and alerts of fire from lightning scrambled firefighters to the rescue. This … Continue reading

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Great Minnesota Air Show HIGHLIGHTS

   See Radio Pilot News Service ground coverage of the Great Minnesota Airshow on Saturday. Flight Flash presents HD video of the performance. Click the link and enjoy!  >>>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCDvrW98dgo <<< Thank you WJON, Minnesota Public Radio, and Great Minnesota Air Show for the links!

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EOF / UPDATED CONTENT / Greetings Europe, from the Netherlands / EPISODE 3 NOW IN: Grooming, Emotional Entrapment and Fraud, is it OK Sometimes? / Sacred Radio PODCAST LINKS now in!

Jessica Schab and Diego Fontanive’s manipulative and toxic EOF Is this finally the begining of the end for the twisted and manipulative cult, Jessica Schab and Diego Fontanive’s EOF? I am going to summarize briefly some of the topics I plan to discuss on the radio program and why this is such an important story. I encourage everyone who has a stake in this to listen, particularly eof members who may want to stop endorsing the reckless activities of Jessica and Diego who use fear as a form of control and even censorship (they disguise their censorship attempts with an interesting term= cyber bullying) Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming level of support and empathy for our story now coming from around the world. With typical irony, our story will be broadcast on Valentine’s Day, 2016. It is certain to be a controversial and heart-wrenching program. See the latest:¬†Clip from the third live broadcast and recent statement by Steven from 4.12.16¬†and part of my reaction to Jessica’s address at the faithtofaithless conference http://flightflash.com/2009/11/09/chasing-unicorns-and-the-mental-health-profession/ The eof became a bit riled up when they heard I would be doing this interview and understandably so. They do not want our voice to be heard. I’ve predicted all along that the story of what they did to Melissa and I would rattle the foundation of the eof to rubble. To that end, I produced a documentary about it. Of course the great irony of this, is that for Melissa’s sake, I hoped my film would never see the light of day! It is certainly not an attack on her, but important to tell the truth, and reveal their very intentional and brutal result…my physical abuse…her emotional and financial ruin, and the continuing exploitation of my fiance. Trying my best to delicately encourage her to come back home (and before she finally loses everything), they viciously turned her into a weapon against me with truly horrific result. I love and forgive her for what happened and know she is not to blame. I don’t insist on calling her my fiance because I’m deluded or crazy…it is a show of resistance for what they stole of her dignity by relentlessly giving her no choice in the matter of our togetherness. I was an eyewitness and that is an absolute and very despicable fact. I fight this for her. That is an energy I will hold onto for her until she has the energy to fight them again on her own. This is more than just a lovestory. None of this happened over night and continues to evolve in its mystery and complexity. Everything I’ve learned little by little about the eof and their exploitation of Melissa completely reinforces the information in my film. I’d certainly be willing to bet there will be one person in Europe who will be banned by the eof from listening to this very important broadcast and that is Melissa herself. It is still a huge mystery if she understands what … Continue reading

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Introducing HOVERSLED!

HOVERSLED IS THE THIRD MOST POPULAR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IN MINNESOTA! Hoversled has been in development secretly and is being unveiled publicly for the first time ever. See it in action for the first time at the BENTON COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 4-10, 2015! Available for purchase this winter season…follow development of Steven Sohlstrom’s vision for the next great American enterprise on Facebook! www.facebook.com/hoversled Tune in to WJON Radio or online at www.wjon.com for a live interview with Steven Sohlstrom on Wednesday, August 5 at 12:15pm.

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Memorial Day Explosion At Sartell Paper Mill

On May 28, an explosion at the Verso paper mill in Sartell, Minnesota claimed one life, injured five others, and resulted in the biggest fire in Sartell’s history.¬† The blast concusion was experienced by many around town, and it was reported that the thick black smoke was visible from as far away as Foley. Crystal Blunt captured this image less than half an hour after the initial blast, and the fire continued to burn for the following two days. The following images where captured as¬†smoke still trickled into the air above the mill. The Radio Pilot News Service of Flight Flash took¬†to the sky¬†today for this aerial perspective. A solemn flight today with¬†thoughts for¬†the man who lost his life in this tragedy. ¬†For additional coverage, link to www.WJON.com .

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Chasing Rainfall

  9/26 Melissa – stop with the sneaky sabotage….my media is to protect me…does it need to go back up?!? What are you trying to accomplish? YOU HAVE TO REPORT BACK AN ACTION PLAN OTHERWISE I’M GOING AHEAD WITH THE PLAN WE SPOKE OF….Read… Hi Melissa, I honestly am very sorry. I couldn’t avoid freaking out because we just can’t go back to square one. Trust me on this. We just need to have something that works. I am open to suggestions. If I am doing something wrong, just tell me. I’ll explain why this is not helpful for either of us…example number one- Diego’s attack. I’ll get back to this. Maybe I misunderstood exactly what you meant. I thought you intended to back to our Mexican standoff. It’s very important that you know I see you as a very serious threat to me. That side of the story is extremely complicated and stressful. I just don’t want to go back to being forced to live in fear. That note abruptly ended my 5 week stretch of newfound happiness that all of this would soon be over. If you hadn’t caught on..I follow rules for communicating to you. I try never to say mean things, to be supportive, to avoid the blame game, etc. I have very conflicted feelings that I suppress, but sometimes frustration boils over, and I am sorry. I am trying to address the side of you that is thoughtful, smart and nice. I know that you would prefer to be isolated right now and we were working in that direction, but we obviously encountered a stumbling block very specifically because of our resolution NOT to respond to the stolen videos. I understand why you have reservations to stand by my very serious response. The blog I wrote was chemotherapy…very destructive…to the CULT. Melissa, I didn’t post that because that was the “friends” thing to do. I had every right to post that in spite of your objections because it is very true. Obviously that move was a display of faith and trust. If we don’t address the video, the alternative is that you quietly have my back. That explains the change in tone that my letter writing took….trying to culture enough trust to eventually talk about this. You are asking to have it both ways….Melissa we have to find a middle road. Do you realize why my media is very loud in the first place? It is to expose them and hold them accountable…but also very strongly to protect me from YOU. If you are positioning yourself for more attacks…they have got to go back up. If Filipe is manipulating you to attack me…explain to that file person why that is not a very good idea. I am very passionate about my life, story and purpose. We don’t live forever, after all. You have all day to do whatever you do. I work, so my time is very precious.¬† I have worked incredibly hard and dilligently … Continue reading

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DUE TO PRESENT FAA RESTRICTIONS, FLIGHT FLASH IS NOT CURRENTLY OFFERING IN-FLIGHT SERVICE BUT WE HOPE TO BE¬†IN THE SKY¬†AGAIN SOON. UNTIL THEN, PLEASE ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL ARCHIVED IMAGES. Flight Flash – A Pioneer In RC News Imagery. PAY PAL DONATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH STALLSPEEDER@YAHOO.COM OR VISIT PAPER COLLECTOR GALLERY / EBAY. THANK YOU ūüôā Flight Flash is for anyone. We offer a variety of services in an effort¬†to support the art, technology and innovation that inspired it.¬†Aerial photos make¬†a unique and affordable gift…purchase a beautiful print at Paper Collector Gallery, or book a photo flight above¬†your home or farm. We¬† fly in any season. For The Public: Art quality HD prints are offered in sizes up to 13×19 for sale at Paper Collector Gallery downtown on 7th Ave N across from the historic Stearns County Courthouse. Twice a featured artist in the St. Cloud Art Crawl, Flight Flash has partnered with Paper Collector to bring you unique photography of our community from a low altitude vantage point during conditions¬†possibly never seen in history from an aircraft. Sport And Team Photography: Capture an image of your school’s big game or team group photo from the air. Any group photo; school, business or church is unique and memorable when taken from the air. Partner with Flight Flash as a simple fundraiser for your school or church. Farm Photography: You’ll never have to shell out a few hundred dollars to a salesman who took a photograph of your farm from the air if you book Flight Flash. We can do it at a price you’ll thank us for, and we’ll appreciate your business too. Watch for our occassional specials which book for $39 and include an 8×10 print. Century Farms photograph free within 30 miles (photo prints extra). We fly in any and every season and even offer a discounted 3 season photo package which includes 3 seperate flights for only $90. Commercial Real Estate: Flight Flash Aerial Photography can get a shot to publicize your real estate auction or a glamour shot for your real estate sale. We can capture a high-up¬†map shot by plane, or a close up via helicopter. Stock Photography¬†For Print And¬†Online Publications, Or Even Local Business Websites: Flight Flash (RPNS) offers it’s annual stock photography disc which brings you authentic St.Cloud area news, weather, and unique aerial photographs. Our stock library contains historic photographs you will find nowhere else, including the demolition of the De Soto Bridge and contruction of the Granite City Crossing and more. The images are available at rates that will cut your stock photography budget to shreds, and represent Central Mn as we see it every day. The 2010 disc was first released to a few media businesses in St.Cloud. The 2011 disc was released non-exclusively to our¬†top partner, ¬†TownSquare Media, and the 2012 disc is already in the works. News: We have special rates for¬†news photography and aerial photography¬†in Central Minnesota. One call can get you the shot that may be¬† front page … Continue reading

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Heat, Humidity, Storms and Flooding…An Aerial View Above Waite Park.

Another summer in Central Minnesota to remember. This flight on July 21st reveals the Sauk River (in Waite Park) at flood stage. Even¬†after a string of rescues, and¬† a sunken rescue boat recovery in the news last¬†week, I encountered 3 teens swimming dangerously in these waters…again, without life jackets.¬†They finally exited the water just before the rapids became dangerously strong. This view reveals the river beside Parkwood 18 with the quarries in the background. Here’s a video from the archives above the same location: flooding on the Sauk from just last spring… [youtube lAW982zQbbo]

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Sauk River 8

A recent file photo (7.8.11) of the Sauk River near to where the rescue call was made.   On Tuesday afternoon, as the Sauk River approached flood stage in St.Cloud, a report that a woman was spotted clinging to a tree in the swift flowing waters of the Sauk sent rescue teams into action. Upon her retrieval, it was learned that up to 7 more members of a group who had gone tubing that day were unaccounted for. The rescue effort immediately intensified. [youtube nh1Em6JvR88] The news service provided this video report for www.WJON.com Exclusive extra РTHE RISK TO RESCUERS: On a sidebar to the rescue of 8 teeneagers from the flooded Sauk River, 2 kayakers also risked their lives to assist them (A civilian and an off-duty firefighter). The kayakers eventually drifted downstream into the rescue staging area where the Sauk enters the Mississippi. Having slipped past a rope dropped down to catch them, the Zodiac watercraft eventually retrieved them as they were pulled into the swollen Mississippi. [youtube ddjctriXnjQ]  Support growing businesses in Minnesota: www.SohlstromWeddingVideos.com

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