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Fran Abbott was all smiles as she prepared to jump out of a plane thousands of feet above the ground to mark her 80th birthday.

80 and ready to fly

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A simple cake with 80 candles was not going to cut it when it came to Fran Abbotts 80th birthday celebration this spring.

Instead, Abbott turned to her "bucket list" of things she wanted to do before she died and decided on a parachute jump with Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin.


Abbott didn't make the journey from thousands of feet above ground alone. She was accompanied by her five adult children and several grandchildren.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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