85 Year Old Checks Skydiving Off Her Bucket List


August 26, 2023

Darlene Smith and Dean Beaudoin

by Laurel Latham

Darlene Smith has dreamed of skydiving for most of her life. She had planned to skydive when she was 75, but her plans fell through. This year she decided it was now or never.

"I did some research and discovered there were businesses in Fargo and Duluth-Superior that offered skydiving," said Darlene. "I decided I'd rather have a view of Lake Superior than a view of cornfields when I jumped from a plane."

Darlene, who resides at Warroad Senior Living Center, and her son Kevin Smith of Roosevelt, traveled to Duluth in their motorhome the night before the jump was scheduled at Sk...

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