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February MASA meeting

The first MASA meeting of 2015 was held at the Hennepin County Southdale Library on February 5. About 9 people attended the meeting.

[The scheduled January meeting was cancelled due to bad weather.]

2015 MASA Officers:

Since there was only one candidate for each office, MASA tradition and precedent allowed those candidates to be placed directly into office by a majority vote of those club members present at the meeting.  (motion was made and seconded to place the three candidates directly into office)

The 2015 MASA officers are:  President – Neal Higgins; Vice President – Jeff Taylor; Secretary/Treasurer – Carol Marple. 

Congratulations to everyone, and thank you for serving!

Reminders & Discussion:

  • STEM Expo will be on 2/12 led by Todd Carpenter.
  • Stearns Scout Camp presentation and launch wil be on Saturday 2/21. Mike Erpelding and Jeff Jones have expressed interest in helping out so far. I will post the details for this event closer to the actual day.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting a "Star Wars Day" on Saturday, February 28th from 12pm to 4pm. Sean Flynn has volunteered to lead this event and could use a few assistants.
  • February 28th we have our monthly launch schedule for Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake from 10am to 3pm. This unfortunately conflicts with Star Wars day.
  • It’s time to renew your membership dues. You can renew online using PayPal, or mail your application to the club treasurer.
  • Neal drew for a free NAR membership.  The winner was Jace Flansburg.

Meeting Topic:

The Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules Missiles, and their history in Minnesota - presented by Alan Estenson
Did you know that the Twin Cities area was once protected by four Army surface-to-air missile bases?  Hosting up to 18 Nike Hercules missiles at each base, they were ready to hurl atomic warheads at attacking Soviet bomber formations.  Decommissioned in 1971, the remains of these bases can still be found in the Minnesota and Wisconsin countryside.
With accompanying photos and videos, Alan talked about the following:

  • The Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules surface-to-air missiles:  their history, technical overview, and how they were deployed

  • Model kits, past and present, of those missiles (both static and flyable).

  • Nike missile site SF-88L near San Francisco which has been restored and is part of the National Park Service.

  • The four missile bases which were arrayed around the Twin Cities from 1959 to 1971 in a "ring of supersonic steel".

  • The Nike Hercules missile which is on display in a St. Bonifacius city park.

  • And, in particular, missile base MS-70 near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.


[Neal Higgins, Alan Estenson]

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