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Leon Osowski (left) and his son, Wes, will fly this restored 1946 Cessna 140 today from Grafton, N.D., to Kodiak, Alaska. The plane originally belonged to Leon's father, Edwin, who bought it new in 1946, and was recently sold back to the Osowski family.

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The Osowskis of Minto, N.D., gathered Monday at Grafton Municipal Airport for an impromptu family reunion.

The guests included Mary Osowski, her nephews, Leon, Tom and Tony, her grand-nephew, Wes Osowski, and the special guest -- a vintage silver-with-black-trim 1946 Cessna 140.


"This is it. I can't believe it," Mary Osowski said when she arrived at the airport.

She wasn't talking about her nephews. She was talking about the Cessna.

Yes, an airplane.

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