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Paul Buendiger steers toward new fundraiser

Richville residents Paul and Kaie Buendiger, pictured here with two of their motorcycles at the Perham Classic Cruise-In earlier this month, are planning a vintage motorcycle show to take place during Turtle Fest. Proceeds raised will benefit children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Marie Johnson/FOCUS

Paul Buendiger is taking a different route to his Dreams For Kids fundraising this year.

In the past, Buendiger has raised funds for the children’s charity through a solo cross-country motorcycle ride. This year, he’s holding a vintage motorcycle show instead.

Just as funds raised from the ride used to, funds raised at the show will go to the local Dreams For Kids organization and Make-A-Wish chapter, to help grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening illnesses.

Buendiger has raised more than $30,000 through his solo rides over the past three years; he’s hoping the bike show will be just as successful.

The show will coincide with Turtle Fest, and will be ongoing from June 14 to 22, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. daily, in the building next door to Brew Ales and Eats, on Main Street. The public is invited to stop by any time. A $5 entry fee is requested, and additional donations will be accepted.

Buendiger and his wife, Kaie, who is helping him organize the show, are currently looking for more vintage motorcycle and scooter entries. They’d like the show to feature at least 50 vintage bikes, 25 years old or older. Unusual, unique or smaller bikes are encouraged – “stuff that you don‘t see every day on the street,” he said.

Motorcycles from all around the region are welcome, and need not be in working order. They may be up for sale, or not, depending on owner preference.

Contact Paul Buendiger for more information, at 218-849-0549 or

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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