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Beach Rides offers rides for tips around DL

Beach Rides business owners Evan Skaurud (left) and Jeremy Riggle have hired drivers to take people around Detroit Lakes on a “tips only” basis. They begin zipping around the south side of the city Thursday, July 3. SUBMITTED PHOTO

When Evan Skaurud of Ogema and Jeremy Riggle of Mahnomen took a vacation down in Florida last winter, they “smuggled” back a business idea that had taken off there.

It’s a business that they are launching Thursday in Detroit Lakes called Beach Rides.

“We have these low-speed, six passenger vehicles that haul people around for free,” said Skaurud, who says the open vehicle resembles a large golf cart, but is street legal with insurance and licenses.

Although there is no fee for the ride, drivers do work on tips.

The way the business itself brings in income is through local businesses that advertise on their mobile billboard.

“We have a two-sided LED digital billboard that scrolls advertisements with local businesses, and then we also have some permanent ones on the vehicle that light up as well,” said Riggle.

Two units of Beach Rides will be available seven days a week all summer and will essentially run within city limits on the south side of Highway 10.

But this summer is a test-run for the business, so according to the men of Beach Rides, if everything goes well, they would like to get another vehicle and expand their reach north of the highway in the future.

With a mantra of “…A $20,000 DWI or a $10 tip…”, The Beach Rides guys say they believe these rides will be an ideal way for people to get around Detroit Lakes, whether it’s for errands or for a sober ride home.

“It’s great for the community,” said Riggle. “A lot of the bars are tired of seeing 50 cars in their lots in the morning. We’re providing a safe ride home to homes and hotels, and even for some people that have a doctor’s appointment or just want to catch a breeze down by the lake — it’s the concept of getting people around DL.”

Beach Rides does not take reservations; it is a call on the spot and a flag down service for those who happen to see the vehicles driving around.

Drive Your Ride is available seven days a week noon until midnight, but because they are open vehicles, they will remain parked on rainy days.

Riggle and Skaurud say they haven’t yet decided when they’ll cease their Beach Rides for the season, but will likely be in early fall “when it starts to get cold and no one is around.”

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.

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