Minnesota National Guard and Air Force Reserve honor essential workers with Shakopee flyover

Story and photos by Amanda McKnight

Two C-130s from the Minnesota National Guard and Air Force Reserve flew over St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee just after noon on Wednesday in recognition of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health care workers in masks, Shakopee firefighters and police officers, Scott County Sheriff’s deputies, and local EMTs gathered on the north lawn of the hospital to watch the flyover.

Wednesday’s flights across the state were the second and likely final part of a statewide effort to recognize not just health and emergency workers, but all essential workers that have kept the state functioning during the stay-at-home order.

“Our crews must fly regularly to maintain their proficiency,” said Col. James Cleet, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander. “This is an outstanding way to both train our aircrew and to recognize those in our community that are on the frontline working hard for the citizens of Minnesota.”

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