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Pilot helps Ellsworth graders' imaginations soar

The sky can spark a lot of imagination in a child.

There are cloud formations to ponder during the day, stars to count at night and the great beyond to visualize for the future.

For Luke Eaton, the sky is a workplace. Eaton, a 2002 Ellsworth High School graduate, talked about his job as a Mesaba Airlines pilot with second graders at Hillcrest Elementary School Thursday.

The local native said the intent of his slide presentation was not only to discuss the aviation industry, but tell the importance of education.

"You need to put what you learn in your 'tool bag of knowledge'," he said, assuring the students filling Mrs. Birkel's classroom they'll use what they're taught in the future.

Claiming he wouldn't be where he is today without schooling, Eaton said he's been a teacher himself--a flight instructor for Minnesota State University-Mankato. He took flight training at the college, flying in small planes.

Read more in the print version of the Herald March 10.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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