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Kids receive bikes, safety lessons during Bike Rodeo

Faith and Grace Manning were winners of two of the bikes given away at the Bike Rodeo last month in Detroit lakes. As promised, the girls are still diligently wearing their helmets when riding their new bikes. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Bike Rodeo participants learned bicycle safety skills on Saturday April 26 in the Kent Freeman Arena.

Hosted by the Detroit Lakes Active Living Committee, the fun bike obstacle course along with a safety inspection and helmet fittings attracted 64 students, 25 volunteers and 60 parents.

Six youth won a new bike supplied by the DL Bike Shop. Winners of the 24-inch bikes were Parker McSorley and David Arthur. Winners of the 20-inch bikes were Faith and Grace Manning, Reed Anderson and Oakley Shroyer.

The purpose of the event is to get more people moving — children and families — and to move safely.

A fun new feature this year was the addition of an active hula hoop station by The Happy Hippy Hoop Company.

Partners for this event include Detroit Lakes Police Department and City of Detroit Lakes, Becker County 4-H, Midwest Bank, Essentia, Kiwanis, Anytime Fitness, KDLM Radio, Bremer Bank, Bell State Bank, First Security Bank, ProResources, Wells Fargo Bank, American National Bank, DL Bike Shop, Lakeshirts, Detroit Lakes Rotary Clubs, The Happy Hippy Hoop Company, and PartnerSHIP 4 Health.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health is the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program, SHIP, of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin Counties. SHIP seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, work sites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into the daily lives of youth and adults.