Dacotah Bankâ€™s Dave Johnsen and Chad Petersen of KLJ. each presented a check for $2,500 to the Wings and Wheels AirShow organizers at the Barnes County airport recently. Pictured left to right are AirShow Co-Director Tim â€śTobyâ€ť McPherson of Tall Towers Aviation at Page, N.D.; Chad Peterson, KLJ Inc. and Dave Johnsen, Dacotah Bank; Lori Jury, AirShow Co-Director and BC Airport Authority Clerk, and Bridge City Cruisers Classic Car Club representatives Earl Behm and Terry Gortmaker.
The Wings and Wheels AirShow set for Saturday, September 8 at the Barnes County Municipal Airport north of Valley City is being dedicated to the memory of two long time aviators, Larry Lindemann and Bob Beyer.
Large donations from engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson Inc. and the Valley City Dacotah Bank of $2,500 each are helping fund the show.
Chad Petersen, manager of the Valley City office of KLJ, said Thursday â€śWeâ€™ve done work with the airport for years and they have been a great client over the years.â€ť
Petersen said he expects the donation will help Wings and Wheels AirShow organizers â€śmake a better show for the community. It is their first show for 29 years, and they have new facilities out there. A new building a few years ago and now a new runway.â€ť
Dacotah Bank Regional President Dave Johnsen said Thursday, â€śDacotah Bank has always been real proactive in the community, and we appreciate all the work thatâ€™s going into it (the air show). It should be good for the community.â€ť
Larry Lindemann served as the manager of the Barnes County Municipal Airport for 27 years from 1985-2012. He passed away March 17, 2012.
Larry along with his brother, the late Dan Lindemann, owned and operated General Air Service for more than 30 years providing aircraft sales and maintenance and crop spraying services throughout the region. The Lindemann family has owned and operated many different aircraft throughout the years. A favorite of Larryâ€™s was his Stearman, a World War II trainer. The open cockpit bi-plane was manufactured by Boeing Aircraft.
Larry and his brother Dan completely restored the aircraft over a two-year period in the 1990â€™s. Larry retired from and closed his business in 2004. His son, Ryan Lindemann of Van Wurt, Ohio, and his nephews. Paul Lindemann and Jarrod Lindemann of Valley City, are fourth generation pilots. Paul and Jarrod own and operate North Valley Aircraft.
Bob Beyer was appointed to the Barnes County Municipal Airport Authority in 1976, serving as chairman for eight years. He retired in 2009, and passed away in 2011. Beyer was instrumental in securing funding for and implemented many ideas for development of the local airport. When funding for the projects wasnâ€™t always available, Beyer Cement, under Bobâ€™s leadership, would sponsor and provide the cement work. Bob worked tirelessly as an entrepreneur in transportation, construction, retail, and manufacturing. He was committed to economic development and job creation in the Valley City community and throughout the state of North Dakota. Bob learned to fly while serving in the US Air Force. He shared his passion for flying with his family. His wife and three children have earned their pilotsâ€™ licenses as well. His son Jay currently operates a charter flight service along with other business interests in western North Dakota and his son Brad is the vice-president of LaFarge Dakota.
Sponsorships will be used to offset the enormous costs involved with planning and hosting the air show. Sponsorship information is available online at www.barnescountyairport.com or contact Jury at email@example.com, (701) 490-1034.