Sun Country Flight Allows Minnesotans to View Eclipse in Path of Totality

August 21, 2017 07:52 PM

Monday's total solar eclipse cut a 70-mile-wide path of totality across the country.

The moon moved between Earth and the sun, blocking it for as much as two-and-a-half minutes.

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While Minnesotans only got a partial view of the event, some  traveled out of town to experience the full eclipse.  

       

Among those are passengers on a special, sold-out Sun Country flight to Grand Island, Nebraska, which took off at 8 a.m. Monday.

It was a unique opportunity for those lucky enough to get a $350 ticket, as they could view the eclipse right in the path of totality. Flight passengers then headed home and were back in Minnesota by early evening. 

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Bonnie Reimann had just canceled her road trip to go camp in Nebraska for the eclipse when Sun Country advertised the flight.

"We were going to take our chances and just see the 85 percent here and then this came up," Reimann said. "We were like, 'Yeah, we've got to do it.'"

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Cheri Auvinen, who also took the trip to Grand Island, said the clouds didn't spoil the show. 

"Even if it is cloudy, so what?" Auvinen said. "We still did the experience. We'll always remember it."

In the Twin Cities, about 80 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon. 

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