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Aitkin County motorcycle tour is May 19

AITKIN—Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity's Toolin' Tour Motorcycle Ride begins 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, with proceeds going to build a new home in Aitkin in 2019.

The ride leaves downtown Aitkin, the Butler Building, at 301 Minnesota Ave. N., and heads to Glen, a new stop, at the Pine Inn. Riders then continue on to McGregor, Jacobson, Palisade and back to the Aitkin American Legion for food, silent auction and prizes. A grilled picnic menu is new this year, prepared by Habitat's own executive chef, Cara Shaver.

Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1993 by local volunteers and has completed 16 houses in Aitkin, McGregor and Hill City. It also installs rain gardens, works with youth, repairs homes, works on nonprofit agency buildings and builds community partnerships.

It's planned that the $6,000 raised from the motorcycle ride will make a huge dent in the $40,000 additional needed to build in 2020, reported Ann Schwartz, Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity director, in a news release. The next new house will be at 218 Minnesota Ave. S. (Highway 169) in Aitkin, just south of where the latest new home was finished at 210 Minnesota Ave. S. Site preparation work continues on the south lot this year.

There are a great variety of items in the silent auction this year, including golf, Twins' tickets, gun range certificates, jewelry, artwork, rendezvous items and a homemade quilt.

Myrna Tweet donated the quilt in what was a group effort to make and assemble a comforting comforter—just like building a Habitat for Humanity home, Schwartz stated. Thirty quilters, Myna, Diane Pelto of Timeless Treasures and Becky Weber of Palisade all had a hand in the sewing of the quilt.

Those who cannot go on the ride, are welcome to come to the Legion at about 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, to bid on the items and buy door prize tickets. A great bunch of door prizes is lined up for the event. For more information, go online to to download a registration form, or call the office at 218-927-5656 or email for more information.