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For all you motorcycle enthusiasts out there, there are at least two rides coming in June for charity.

The 9th Annual Ronald McDonald House Ride is June 12 and will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses in Fargo.

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Then the Hawgs 4 Dawgs ride is June 19, with registration from 10 a.m. to noon at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the Lakes.

Hawgs 4 Dawgs

This year's Detroit Lakes motorcycle ride will not only raise funds for the humane society, it is dedicated to the memory of Elliot Close, 3-month-old son of Darrick and Carmin Close, who passed away from sudden infant death syndrome earlier this year.

Jill Mickelson said the Closes and Carmin's parents, Erv and Mary Cahlin, have been involved with the humane society so it seemed fitting.

"We decided that the grandma, grandpa and parents have been loyal supporters, we dedicated it to him," she said.

The ride will have stops at Berry's on Strawberry Lake, Pinehurst, Ice Cracking Lodge and Sunlite.

Money raised at the event will go to "pay down the debt for the building," Mickelson said.

Ronald McDonald House Ride

The New York Mills ride raises about $100,000 a year the Ronald McDonald Houses in Fargo, where kids and their families have a temporary place to call home while loved ones recover from serious injuries and illnesses.

Camping opens Thursday, June 10, at 9 a.m. There are no reservations.

Friday there will be musical entertainment by Arch Allies, a Styx, REO and Journey tribute band.

There will be a pancake breakfast in the New York Mills School Saturday morning at 8 a.m., and the Bike Rodeo begins at 9.

The ride leaves at noon, rain or shine. There will be stops in Henning for the hot dog challenge and Dent for a beverage. The ride is 86 miles.

After the ride, there will be a pork chop dinner at the Eagles Café. There will also be door prizes, a silent and live auction, the burnout competition and a giveaway of the 2010 Harley Davidson Road King Classic.

Cutloose will perform that night, as will Aultimate Ozzy (an Ozzy Osborne tribute band).

Sunday morning there will be a free-will offering breakfast at the VFW.

In 2009, there were over 1,250 motorcycles, and raised $108,438.

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