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Bikes to start roarin' in for 12th annual RMD House Ride

The 12th annual Ronald McDonald House Ride is going to have a special significance as motorcyclists start roaring into New York Mills on Friday, June 7. File photo/FOCUS

The 12th annual Ronald McDonald House Ride is going to have a special significance as motorcyclists start roaring into New York Mills on Friday, June 7. After this year’s totals are factored in, participants are likely to have raised a grand total of more than one million dollars over the dozen years the ride has been held. All funds raised benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo-Moorhead.

The ride has grown into a regional event that drew 1,507 motorcycles last year.

“We’re the world’s largest benefit ride for the Ronald McDonald House,” said organizer Scott Anderson. “It helps a lot of families.”

Anderson said last year’s ride also assembled 3,476 pounds of pop tabs that took up 54 30-gallon barrels and equaled $2,008 in aluminum when they were turned in.

The ride is one of the major funding sources for the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo.

“We’re very proud of what we do,” said Suzi Karvonen, a member of the ride’s board of directors.

The event starts out with two live bands, Tripwire and opening act Face for Radio, performing at the New York Mills VFW on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Riders leave in a ground-shaking rumble from NY Mills the following day and go to Wolf Lake before motoring to the Wadena Elks Lodge and finally returning to NY Mills for camping and concerts by two more live bands: headliner Back for More and Mongo Bongo.

Prior to the ride, a pancake breakfast will be served at the New York Mills Public School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

At 9 a.m., a bike rodeo for the kids will be held outside the school where participants can ride their bikes and traverse obstacles. Kids can also meet Ronald McDonald, the Hamburglar and Grimace. The rodeo provides a great chance for photo opportunities, and participating kids are eligible to win one of 20 bikes.

Also Saturday morning, RMH Riders can register at the NY Mills VFW from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Approximate travel departure times are as follows: Leave NY Mills VFW at noon sharp. Arrive in Wolf Lake at 12:35 p.m. Leave Wolf Lake at 1:50 p.m. Arrive at Wadena Elks Lodge at 2:35 p.m. Leave Wadena Elks at 3:50 p.m. Back to the NY Mills VFW at 4:15 p.m. Actual times mid-ride are approximated.

The ride will proceed rain or shine and all motorcycles are welcome.

Upon the ride’s return, door prizes, a live auction, and a silent auction will be held, along with a burnout contest. Food will be served and $2,000 in cash prizes and a drawing for a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic will be held at 8 p.m.

Visit the ride’s website at for camping and more ride information.

Zach Kayser, of the Wadena Pioneer Journal, contributed to this story.

Robert Williams

Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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