Dramatic helicopter take-off steals the show
“We just got a call, we are going to have to clear the area,” said the Mayo One helicopter pilot, around 2:30 p.m. on May 15th. The helicopter was one of several emergency vehicles in the parking lot of the new Owatonna Gold Cross building. The vehicles were supposed to be purely decorative, but with one phone call, the area was being cleared and the helicopter was being prepped for take-off.
Between 200-250 people had shown up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to tour the Gold Crosses new building in Owatonna. Around 20-30 of these visitors had just watched a canine officer training, put on by the Owatonna police department, when they were treated, just minutes later, to a take-off. The engines to the helicopter started first, and then the blades began rotating. The whole take-off process took 10-15 minutes.
The rest of the vehicles were thankfully not needed for rescue. They included a firetruck, two different police cars and a classic 1977 Chevrolet fire truck. The reason for the emergency take-off was unavailable to The Times at press time.