by Dennis Dalman
Sartell Police Officer Dan Whitson was determined to go ahead with the May 4 annual “Bike Rodeo,” come rain or shine.
The annual event, sponsored by the Sartell Police Department, has become something of a springtime ritual in Sartell.
Whitson’s rain-or-shine decision paid off. Despite a gloomy morning with a constant threat of rain, scores of children showed up to learn biking-safety skills in the parking lot of Sartell City Hall. In fact, it was a record turnout, much to the surprise of the adults on the scene. Organizers gave the children 75 bike helmets and 90 reflector blinkers donated by HealthPartners.
HealthPartners was a co-sponsor of the rodeo, as was Revolution Cycle and Ski, which provided free bicycle-safety equipment checks.
Those who operated the event were Sartell Police Officers Whitson and Adam Vande Vrede, Sartell Reserve Officers Bob Brezinka and Brian Heim and Chris Tacl from Revolution Cycle and Ski.