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On top of her world

Ellee Goranson of Red Wing takes in the view atop Barn Bluff for the first time Sunday May 22. (photo by Megan Bartel)

Kelsey Holst and Emme Goranson take the Kiwanis steps to start Ellee’s adventure.(photo by Megan Bartel)Every year Ellee Goranson’s sister and friends climb Barn Bluff and every year Ellee wishes she could go with them. Last week, Emme Goranson and Megan Bartel figured out how they could take Ellee — wheelchair and all — to the top.

“They thought it would be a great way to end their senior year,” said Tara Goranson, mother of triplets Ellee, Emme and Molly.

Ellee was directed to keep her Sunday free.

“They told me, ‘We are putting you in Megan’s car and that’s all you need to know.’ I spent the rest of the week trying to find out what the surprise was,” Ellee said.

On Sunday, the Red Wing High School seniors plus friend Kelsey Holst drove to the base of Barn Bluff.

“Megan asked me to read the sign,” Ellee said. “I read it, but it didn’t register.” Then everyone piled out and began hauling her up the community’s 400-foot natural icon.

“I didn’t think they could or would take me to the top,” Ellee said. “It was amazing. I am not sure how many wheelchairs have been up there .... but it’s a good feeling to have been one of them or the first.”

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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