Huzzah! Huzzah! Minnesota Boat Museum Gets Trove of Falls Flyers
In Willmar, MN, everyone is agush about the goings-on at The Mikkelson Collection Inc., Antique & Classic Boat Museum & Shop. More than 25 (26!? 27!?) Larson Falls Flyers are now on display.
"What I've tried to do is preserve some of the history of Minnesota and upper Midwest boating," said Paul Mikkelson, who has spent the last 12 years building up his collection. "You can go to the antique boat museum in Clayton, N.Y., and see gigantic mahogany behemoths but it isn't the boating we had in Minnesota. These are the boats I grew up with and used on the lake. My boat has spent its whole life on Eagle Lake."
The boat collection ranges from one of the first Falls Flyers to be commercially produced in Little Falls by Paul Larson, to one of the last models from Larson before Larson sold his company in the 1960's. "I have -- no question about it -- the largest collection of Falls Flyers in the world," Mikkelson said.[10/21/2001]