Veterans Hit the Trails for Appreciation Ride

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 10:48 am

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Over 50 veterans from across the state took to the snowmobile trails around Pine City, Thursday, for the second annual Veterans Appreciation Ride.  The event is part of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association’s Winter Rendezvous.

Terry Hutchinson is the director-at-large at the MnUSA.  He says the ride is all about saying “thank you” to the service men and women.

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The ride started at the VFW in Pine City and through area forests to the Hinckley-Pine City Flames clubhouse for lunch.  The day was schedule to wrap up with a free dinner at the Pine City American Legion around 4 p.m.

This is the first year the Flames have hosted the Veteran’s ride, and President Bob Veitch says its a true honor.

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Veterans who wanted to ride but did not have a snowmobile were provide with one. Veitch says the purpose of the appreciation ride is to get the veterans a day to enjoy the area and each others company.

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The Rendezvous continuous Friday with Governor’s Ride.  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will stop in Hinckley and Pine City.  He is expected to test the local trails.

Veitch says he is excited to have Pawlenty see what the local snowmobile trails and clubs have to offer.

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