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Columnist’s son missing on flight

Columnist’s son missing on flight


FARGO — The son of Bismarck Tribune columnist Curtis Eriksmoen has not been heard from since Thursday when the plane he was piloting apparently crashed on the way to Greenland.

Paul Eriksmoen, 34, of Shelton, Wash., was flying alone from Iceland to Greenland and reported that the plane was having engine trouble before the crash, said his father, who writes a column about North Dakota history.

Curtis Eriksmoen said his son contracts with aircraft manufacturers to deliver planes to customers. In this case, he was flying a Cessna to Kulusuk, an island settlement in southeast Greenland. He was expected to land in Kulusuk on Thursday evening.

It’s unclear whether he crashed on water or land. Search parties have been looking for him and the plane, said Curtis Eriksmoen, who learned of the crash on Saturday after family members were unable to contact his son.

Paul Eriksmoen, who is married without children, was born in Bismarck. His mother is Terry Wheeler, formerly Irving, who represented Grand Forks in the North Dakota Legislature in the 1970s.

He grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.


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