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Steering for hearing: Man mows his way from Canada

Bob Harms made a pit stop in Park Rapids Thursday afternoon to call attention to his cause. He's riding a Toro lawnmower from Canada through Minnesota to the Iowa border to raise funds for the Lions Hearing Foundation. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Lions Hearing Foundation board member Bob Harms arrived in Park Rapids Thursday evening on a Toro lawnmower on his way to the Iowa boarder to raise money for better hearing.

Harms embarked on his journey Monday, Aug. 20 at the Canada border. The campaign, called "Steering for Better Hearing" has a goal of raising $50,000 for the Lions Children's Hearing Center at the University of Minnesota.

He is meeting up with Lions members along the way and had supper with Park Rapids Lions members Larry and Zelda Novak Thursday.

"I headed here from Bemidji and tomorrow head to Wadena," Harms said. "The road was wonderful, no bumps."

The lawnmower travels about 7 mph and was donated by Toro for the fundraiser. A raffle of a new Toro lawnmower will be raffled off at the end of Harms' journey.

Marlene Martinek, with the Lions Hearing Foundation, said the focus of the foundation is to help children who are hearing impaired. The center at the U of M has specialists that work with children who have hearing loss.

Harms himself is hearing impaired and wears a surgically implanted hearing aid. Because of his own hearing loss he feels strongly about finding help for hearing impaired children.

Harms will arrive at the Iowa border Aug. 29.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 from Zelda Novak at 732-9295. Other donations can be made by sending a check made out to Lions Hearing Foundation to Mike Vos, Lions Hearing Foundation Treasurer, 20472 371st Ave., Green Isle, MN 55338.

For more information about the "Steering for Better Hearing" campaign go to ing_for_Hearing.html.