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
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.
- Its time to renew your membership dues. You can renew
online using PayPal, or mail your application to the club
- Neal drew for a free NAR membership. The winner was
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
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
The four missile bases which were arrayed around
the Twin Cities from 1959 to 1971 in a "ring of supersonic
The Nike Hercules missile which is on display in
a St. Bonifacius city park.
And, in particular, missile base MS-70 near St.
[Neal Higgins, Alan Estenson]