Motorcycle enthusiasts descend on Ryder

Eloise Ogden/MDN Clint Romesha, left, Medal of Honor recipient, was on hand for the Harley-Davidson flag-raising ceremony in Ryder Saturday morning. The ceremony on Main Street kicked off daylong activities in the city. To launch riding season, Harley-Davidson was in Ryder to create the first fully licensed town in America.

Eloise Ogden/MDN Mike Roach, right, lead of U.S. public relations for Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, holds up the “key” to the city of Ryder for the crowd to see. Jody Reinisch, left, mayor of Ryder, presented the key to the Harley-Davidson company, inviting Harley-Davidson to Ryder.

Eloise Ogden/MDN Many Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts and others gathered on Main Street in Ryder Saturday morning for the start of Harley-Davidson’s outreach to create the first fully motorcycle licensed town in America along with the Ryp to Ryder event presented by Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot. In the background is the Ryder water tower, recently refurbished with the help of Harley-Davidson. Ryder is painted on one side and Harley-Davidson on the other side.

RYDER — Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts from all around and others gathered on Ryder’s Main Street Saturday morning for the kick-off of the motor company’s outreach plus the Ryp To Ryder event.

The motor company selected Ryder for its outreach to create the first fully motorcycle licensed town in America. On Saturday, Harley-Davidson representatives from Milwaukee and Chicago, who have been in Ryder this past week in preparation for the event, signed up Ryder residents to learn the basics of motorcycle riding and experience it firsthand. The Harley-Davidson outreach was held in conjunction with Ryp To Ryder, a daylong, all-family event presented by Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot. Ryp To Ryder included a benefit ride and auction for Gage Hillestad, 11, a student at South Prairie School who suffered a stroke.

The opening ceremony on Main Street included Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha assisting with the flag raising, and Ryder Mayor Jody Reinisch presented the “key” to the city to Mike Roach, lead of public relations for Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, company headquarters. In presenting the symbolic key to the city, Reinisch extended to Harley-Davidson an invitation to the city.

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