Prettner Solon to hit the air (literally)

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is scheduled to skydive with the U.S. Army on Tuesday.

In a news release, Prettner Solon says she’ll join the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, on a tandem skydive exercise in St. Paul. The group will jump from an altitude of 12,500 feet and will fall at a rate of 120 miles an hour. They’ll land on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.

“The men and women of our Armed Forces put their lives in danger every day in defense of our freedom and our way of life,” Prettner Solon said in a statement. “I am honored to join the Golden Knights in this public demonstration of support for those who selflessly serve our country.”

MPR News first inquired about the jump last month and a spokesman for the governor said Prettner Solon would not be involved. A spokesman for the governor says she became open to the jump after learning more about it. Jumping with one of the U.S. Army’s premier skydiving units may have eased her concern.

  • MPR listeners are invited to join the Army in front of the Minnesota State Capitol on Tues., Sept. 25th, at 2:00 PM for a spectacular performance by your United States Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights.

    The Gold Demonstration Team and Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettnor Solon, jumping with the Tandem Team, will leap from the Golden Knights plane at an altitude of more than 12,000 feet and gaining speeds in excess of 120 miles-per-hour. The 20-minute demonstration concludes as each Golden Knight and the Lt. Gov., lands on the mall lawn in front of the Capitol.

    Following the free-fall performance Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Prettnor Salon, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will sign an Army Community Covenant with Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Harry Sieben, Jr., Army Reserve Ambassador Thomas Haugo, and Lieutenant Colonel John Hinck, commander of Army and Army Reserve recruiting for Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

    Bring your lawn chair and sunglasses. The public is invited.