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Word of the day: safety

Osakis Police Officer Calvin Uhl motions Kiah Lang of Osakis to bring her bike to a stop at Sunday's Bike Rodeo and Safety Day. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)1 / 8
Neenah Poitra of Osakis smiles as she drives around the cones at the Bike Rodeo. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)2 / 8
Riplee Grinstead of Osakis bikes over a board on one of the obstacle courses Sunday. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)3 / 8
Jake Capistrand from Jake's Bikes checks over a bicycle at Sunday's rodeo. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)4 / 8
Jay Boyer of Osakis pedals through an obstacle course at the Bike Rodeo Sunday. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)5 / 8
Brady Winter of Eagle Bend stays focused while completing an obstacle course in Sunday's Bike Rodeo. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)6 / 8
Osakis Police Officer Calvin Uhl gives instructions to the children attending Sunday's Bike Rodeo. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)7 / 8
Bike Rodeo participants (left to right) Dylan Karnes of Osakis, Ava Kallstrom and Robert Lee of Villard pedal down the "Stop and Go" course. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)8 / 8

"Always wear your helmet every time you bike," Jake Capistrand, owner of Jake's Bikes, told the children at the Osakis Bike Rodeo and Safety Day Sunday, June 2. "I've seen more crashes in the last five years than ever before."

Safety was the word for the day at the seventh annual event organized by the Osakis Police Department with cooperation from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Jake's Bikes and North Ambulance. Local businesses also provided donations and support.

Children sharpened their bike riding skills by testing out five obstacle courses set up in the Osakis Public Schools south parking lot.

They maneuvered over boards and bean bags, around traffic cones and quickly stopped their bikes on a dime. They also practiced their hand signals and followed commands, such as "red light, green light."

Children brought their bikes in for a quick safety tune-up and had their tires filled to the proper pressure.

They also registered to win a bike and other prizes and received free bike helmets from North Ambulance.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office presented a K-9 demonstration.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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