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Free bike rodeo for kids to include safety skills, drawings for bikes

Families are invited to attend a free bike rodeo that will take place on Saturday, April 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Kent Freeman Arena, Detroit Lakes.

Children ages K-8 and their parents will have fun learning bike safety skills at a variety of active rodeo stations. As participants complete the bike rodeo course, they'll be eligible to enter a drawing to win a new bike given away at every half hour.

Four new bikes provided by Midwest Bank will be awarded along with many bike helmets. No pre-registration is required but participants need to bring their bike and helmet

The event is co-sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Police Department, Midwest Bank, Becker County 4-H, Kiwanis, Essentia Health St. Mary's, Wold's RV, Detroit Lakes Community Education and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

"We are excited to encourage healthy activity in a safe environment by co-sponsoring this important and fun event," said LaVerne Moltzan from Midwest Bank. "And it's a great time to practice safety skills at the beginning of the biking season."

The bike rodeo also kicks off Walk or Bike to Work or School week. During this week residents are encouraged to incorporate more walking and biking into their daily routines. Whether your goal is to stay physically active or save money due to the high cost of gas prices, this week presents a great opportunity for people of all ages to develop some great active living habits that may last a lifetime.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health, the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin Counties, is an integral part of Minnesota's nation-leading 2008 health reform law, which strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.

SHIP seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.

For more information on the event, call Mickey Okeson at Becker County 4-H at 218-846-7328 or

For more information about PartnerSHIP4Health, go to www.