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News from ‘Crossroads’ moves to Grove Lake – DL-Online:

It’s been five years since the first Minnesota Crossroads Rally was organized at Strawberry Lake Christian Retreat near Ogema, and the event has continued to be held every year since.

But even though the name remains the same, some things about the family friendly motorcycle rally have changed for the fifth annual event, says MCR founder Michael Walther of Detroit Lakes.

Set to take place Aug. 17-19, the rally will be held in a new location this year: On the Linda and Wayne Augustus farm west of Pelican Rapids.

Though Walther had nothing but good things to say about the rally’s former home at Strawberry Lake, he added that the event had outgrown the facilities there, so they relocated to a much larger venue.

“I first conceived this idea as a ‘field of dreams’… build it and they will come,” Walther said at last weekend’s MCR executive committee meeting. “This is our fifth year, but we are still building this thing.”

“We’re a work in progress,” he added, noting that while considerable progress had already been made, he doesn’t want to grow the event beyond what his crew of three to four dozen volunt…………… continues on ‘Crossroads’ moves to Grove Lake – DL-Online

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Classic car show brings out enthusiasts
News from Rapid City Journal:

Doug Hewitt knows how to attract attention — turn a high-wheeled bicycle into a motorcycle and attach it to a speedster. 

“It’s a crowd magnet,” said Hewitt, a retired machinist and welder from Hermosa. “I’ve met more people with this thing than I’ve met my entire life.” 

Saturday’s Dakota Spring Fling car show and swap meet at the Central States Fairgrounds was no different for Hewitt. Wearing a vintage leather motorcycle cap and goggles, he stood next to the 1917 Penny Farthing motorcycle fixed to the passenger side of his 1930s Jaguar boattail speedster answering questions and explaining their mechanics. 

“I’m a glutton for attention,” said Hewitt, who built the speedster two years ago and the high-wheeled motorcycle last year. ”I’ve always been into tinkering with stuff.”

The Dakota Spring Fling was started in 2011 exactly for the attention or as founder Jack “Shakey” Venable explained, it’s to showcase the work of vintage vehicle owners. 

“It’s just to create enthusiasm in the cars,” said Venable, a pinstriper and the owner of ABC Signs in Rapid Valley. 

In its second year, the only rule for entry to the show in the James Kjerstad Event Center is that the vehicle must be from 1980 or older, Venable said. Entrants pick the Top 5 vehicles in the show and the top vote-getters receive trophies made out of car parts. 

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