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The sky was the limit for Hudsonite's 80th birthday

Turning 80 demanded a special present like this tandem parachute jump for Everett Vaught of Hudson. (Submitted photo) 1 / 3
The Vaught family first time skydivers included, from left, Cindy McGuire, Michael McMahon, Everett Vaught, Justin McGuire and Kristin McGuire. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
The sky was literally the limit for Everett Vaught's 80th birthday. He was accompanied on his first skydive by his daughter and three grandchildren. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

When Everett Vaught turned 80 last December, he decided he wanted to mark the milestone in a special way.

One of his children, Cindy McGuire, said her dad wanted to go skydiving so that is what his children gave him for his birthday gift. Turns out that McGuire along with three of his four grandchildren decided to join him in his adventure. They all took the leap on June 13.

"My dad was so happy because, besides me and him jumping, three of his four grandchildren were also going to jump! Three generations of us -- and none of us has ever skydived before!"

The first-time skydivers had a big audience on the ground at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin including family and friends.

Vaught and his wife Mae have lived in Hudson for 23 years.

Along with McGuire of Mahtomedi, Minn., the family includes sister Debbie McMahon of St. Paul and grandchildren Justin McGuire, Kristin McGuire, and Melissa and Michael McMahon.

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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