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Waving to a couple hundred people gathered on the Minnesota Capitol Mall Tuesday, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon enjoys the final moments of her first parachute ride.

Lieutenant governor all smiles in parachute jump

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ST. PAUL -- Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon smiled all 12,800 feet down from an Army airplane Tuesday, becoming the first state executive to parachute onto the Capitol mall.


"It is a magnificent view," she said after her feet were firmly planted on the ground.

The 66-year-old Duluth woman continued her smiling as she was peppered with questions, saying that she would jump from an airplane again "now that I know what it is like."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.