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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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(URGENT UPDATE) Basement Person: The stunning story of a homeless service dog in our community

For persons following this story, it has changed in theme dramatically over the past few months and evolved into an alarming story that has, incredibly, gone from bad to worse. Katie’s story reveals not just the willingness of people to take advantage of ¬†the situation to profit from her misfortune, but also the absence of meaningful help from the organizations in place to insure her refuge. That includes institutions that are either charged by the State, or proclaim it their mission to help the homeless in order to receive public funding, donations and tax exempt status. These organizations are expected by government to follow the letter of the law (the American Disabilities Act), not look for loopholes to discriminate against a vulnerable individual. These organizations are willing to help any homeless person, with the exception being if you are crippled woman with a service dog. The original issue was supposed to be a matter of temporary homelessness as Katie actually owns a home. In the meantime, rather than focusing energy and resources on solving a much smaller crisis, now there are complications such as the towing company (Collins Brothers) selling her handicapped accommodating vehical – a 2015 Kia Sorrento. They had the audacity to do this without even notifying Katie. A criminal investigation should not just be expected but demanded by the public in addition to questions asked regarding their collaboration with the SCPD. Katie’s car was taken from her in a process that brought no citation or criminal charges. Read on…     Last Saturday night, Callie Sanchez sprang into action assessing the hurt and calming the pain of a woman with a crippling back injury. This homeless woman took a tumble slipping on ice attempting to get into a vehicle she is forced to use in lieu of her own specially equiped Kia, which has been sitting in a St. Cloud impound lot the last two months. Ignoring a plate of treats in obvious reach, Callie scampered protectively about her as she lay in tears and excrutiating pain. Her back is fused with titanuim, she is supposed to have daily bedrest, falling down is strictly against doctors orders. Callie Sanchez curled up beside her. Callie is not an EMT, she is Katie’s nationally registered service dog. They have both been inexcusably homeless for over two months. Katie owns her own home.   As an award-winning filmmaker, author, news professional and news contributor for more than 20 years, I want to call attention to a particular incident that happened over Thanksgiving week in St. Cloud, Mn. As a member of media, there is an ethical responsibility to bring a voice to the potentially otherwise voiceless. The subject of this story, Katie, is at great risk of being swept away by societal apathy, administrative dysfunction, and quickly disempowered and disregarded like so many others in our community. This story is revealing in its extremes.   The following is the tale of a handicapped woman who now, with her service dog … 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

Hi my name is Steven Sohlstrom and I writing this to address a group (identity of which is not known to me)¬†that took interest in the ongoing saga between myself and the end of fear organization. Apparently, a debate was sparked by the film which I made to expose what Jessica and Diego did to Melissa and I. A healthy debate is always a good thing when arriving at an objective opinion when sorting out the truth. As a person with a journalism and news background, I both respect and encourage such debate. I am unaware of the identity of this group and blind to any ongoing discussion. I can be contacted directly. I stand behind the film I made. Unfortunately, the rebuttal to my film is not a private apology by the eof, or acceptance of accountability, but a very public smear campaign. Going beyond that, lives are being hurt, reputations damaged, and finances obliterated in the continuing “puppetry” that continues to distract from an ever expanding crime of exploitation. My wish to the sympathisers of the EOF is to demand that it stop. My film is real, I stand behind it and I also stand against the continuing victimization of Melissa who will be fortunate if she even has enough money left to find her way back to the United States, or ever even to get word that she is still loved and supported back home. The most important factor is always Melissa’s safety. In the midst of this, I am thankful for the great amount of empathy expressed for our story, as well as the public affirmation that the eof has a definite pattern in the human wreckage they leave behind. I know this from close insiders and even Jessica’s ex. However, I am also concerned that in many instances, the smear campaign deflects from the very simple fact that our story is real, and can never be excused by a campaign to “embarrass” the victims involved. Melissa and I were very greatly effected by the trauma of physical and emotional abuse that was imposed on us by Jessica and Diego. I have volunteered a lot of very personal and painful information which the public was never entitled to know. I have stated that the events which have harmed me not only happened well after the EOF assumed full and direct control of Melissa’s life, but that each instance was directly related to specific and vicious attacks that were made to deflect my efforts to empower her safe return. It has been a very ugly and costly battle. It has been fought in the name of unconditional love and human value. The insidious accusations they made in an effort to silence me were completely dismissed in the court of law, and I emerged an advocate for victims of domestic abuse. My deliberate mischaracterization by the EOF is incredibly hypocritical and shameful in a world where victims of domestic violence are very real and the crime no laughing … 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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