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Scheevel family’s passion is in the skies


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Andrew Scheevel remembers attending an air show with his family when he was no more than four years old. That experience had a lasting impression on the now 18-year-old and was the impetus for him becoming a pilot himself.

“I was just fascinated by the show,” said Andrew, who lives near Canton. Learning to fly was something Andrew always knew he wanted to learn to do. “I made it known from the time I was young that this was something I wanted,” Andrew said.

Fast forward 14 years…and his dream is about to become a reality. With just a few more air hours to log with his instructor, Andrew will be able to schedule his check ride, the equivalent of a driver’s practical driving test.

To become a private pilot, Andrew first had to pass a physical, which is good for three years for someone Andrew’s age. Then came ground school. “It’s kind of like Drivers Ed.,” said Andrew, who chose a home study course to bone up on his flying knowledge. He completed and passed his written exam in January. “I studied off and on for about nine months,” Andrew said. “If you did it full time, it would only take about a month,” he added. With that knowledge to guide him, Andrew signed up next for practical flying lessons, which he takes out of the Fillmore County Airport near Preston.

To become a private pilot, flyers have to log a minimum of 40 hours in the air with an instructor, which includes some cross county excursions and solo flights. With just a couple more hours to go, Andrew will be ready to take his flying exam and join his father, grandfather and two uncles as licensed pilots.

You could say flying is in the Scheevel family genes. Jerry Scheevel, Andrew’s grandfather, earned his pilots license in the mid 1960s and purchased a small plane with four other men from the area.

“When I was young, I had visions of going into the Air Force, but my vision precluded that,” said Jerry. That didn’t stop the plane enthusiast from partnering with other flying aficionados to purchase an aircraft of their own. That plane was housed at the Scheevel farm in rural Preston so it didn’t take long for Jerry’s sons to take an interest. “We always enjoyed flying with Dad…we just grew up with it,” said David. The Scheevel’s grew up on a farm, so when chores were done, they were rewarded with a plane ride. “I always looked forward to that,” said David. But the b .....
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Heartland passes JOBZ hurdle

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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“Are your meetings always like this?”   an out of town reporter after Monday nights special Preston City Council meeting

PRESTON - Last fall Preston City Council member Heath Mensink voted to deny Heartl ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Land developers Mike Sexhauer and Richard Holle each addressed the Rushford City Council at the regular June 26 meeting about water run-off issues on land they were hoping to develop. Sexhauer informed the council that he and Brian DeFrang from Otomo ..... 
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Journal Opinion

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Iraq

Last week’s hand-over of authority in Iraq, and the turnover of dictator Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government, are significant milestones for the struggling country. Time will tell whether the United State’s intervention ..... 
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Doing business in China

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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KUNMING, CHINA - Kunming is a city of about five million, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It is in a mountainous region bordering Vietnam and Laos on the south, Myanmar on the west, and at an altitude of nearly 6000 feet, it i ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Trail enhancements to Coffee Street Bridge presented to council

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Landowner Eric Bunge brought to the Lanesboro City Council’s June 21 meeting plans for creating trails to enhance the Coffee Street Bridge. Bunge owns a triangle of land near the trail and plans to turn ownership over to the city after th ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Flooding and construction damage top June 21 city council meeting

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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PRESTON - The nuts and bolts of small city government - sorting out flooding problems, construction damages, variances, and land issues - topped the Preston City Council meeting on Monday, June 21.

Joe Palen, an engineer with Bo ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: County Board asked to reconsider on county farm

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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“There are many reasons why we feel Fillmore County should wait to sell the County Farm until the DNR can purchase it,” said Sandra Benson as she read a letter written by herself and her husband Judge Robert Benson to the county board during Citizen ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Daycare program considered a huge success

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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“Nothing but praises from parents,” said Allen LaFleur, the district’s day care instructor, as he summed up Fillmore Central’s first year as a daycare provider. LaFleur was briefing the Fillmore Central School Board at their June meeting on June 22. ..... 
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