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Walt Straka was 9 years old when his father loaded he and his three siblings int

Straka wants a second look at Ford Tri-Motor plane


When Walt Straka read about the Ford Tri-Motor airplane’s 1929 stop in Brainerd it sounded familiar to him — not because he had heard about the plane, but because he flew in it that day.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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