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Polk County plane crash claims lives of Hudson men with ties to Colfax

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — Three of the four men from Hudson killed in a Polk County plane crash July 27 have ties to Colfax.

Eric Larson, 47, and his two sons, Michael Larson, 20, and Matthew Larson, 18, along with the pilot of the aircraft, Daniel Ortner, 44, were killed when their plane crashed in a field in the Town of Alden on Monday, July 27, at around 5:24 p.m.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the plane went down only ten minutes after leaving the New Richmond Regional Airport.

Eric Larson was the son of Jerry and Sharen (Stene) Larson and was born when the Larsons lived in Colfax.

Jerry Larson worked for Northern States Power, and when the power plant on the Red Cedar River washed out in the flood of 1967, he transferred to Hudson.

Eric Larson was an electrical lineman for Xcel Energy. Michael (Mick), a 2013 graduate of Hudson High School, studied at Dakota County Technical College and had worked since October of 2014 in Eau Claire as an apprentice lineman for Xcel Energy.

Matt, a 2015 graduate of Hudson High School, also was going to school and planned to be an electrical lineman.

All three Larsons had worked at Mike’s Standard Service in Hudson when they were in high school.

Matt was employed at the shop at the time of his death. He also was a member of the Hudson Fire Department’s Explorer chapter and served as the group’s president in 2015.

Eric, Michael and Matthew Larson are survived by wife and mother Stacey Larson of Hudson, Eric’s parents, Gerald and Sharen Larson of Hudson, and Stacey’s mother, Peg Wolff of Hudson, along with many other family members and friends.