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ALBERT LEA, MN – Six years ago, two local men decided to organize a benefit motorcycle ride for their friend who passed away suddenly, and now, it’s become an annual event.
“Bikes for Barker” supports students pursuing careers in chemical dependency counseling by raising scholarship money for them.
The benefit ride honors Garth Barker, who was the director of Fountain Centers, which offers substance abuse treatment.
“It’s been really rewarding. We’ve established quite a bit of scholarship funding now for those people and we’ve had a heck of a time doing it,” says organizers and friends of Barker, Mark Wachlin and Steve Coddington.
The riders started at the Albert Lea armory and rode to Lanesboro.