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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Bicycles taken from Minn. program for needy kids

  • A dozen bicycles ready to be given to needy children were removed this week from the warming shed in Lincoln Park.
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  • A dozen bicycles ready to be given to needy children were removed this week from the warming shed in Lincoln Park.
    The bikes belonged to the Wheels4Kids program affiliated with the Willmar Child Guide Program and Willmar Community Education and Recreation.
    With financial support from Willmar Kiwanis, the program accepts donated bikes, and volunteer Jim Bode repairs them to give away.
    When Bode last left the shed Saturday, he had more than a dozen bikes lined up bearing tags that read “Fixed.” When Christine Hilbert, who organizes the program, arrived at the shed Wednesday, she found several bikes in a pile and the “Fixed” tags on the floor.
    “This was full, completely,” Bode said as he gestured around the large empty space in the shed. About 25 bikes he uses for parts were left untouched at the far end of the room. Bike stands and some tools were also left in the room.
    Bode had lined up the finished bikes and taken a photo of them, so he was able to show the photo to Willmar police Officer Gene Schneider when he arrived.
    Two doors were tagged with spray paint in the past few days, too. A pitchfork was painted on one door, and three 6’s and a pitchfork were painted on another. Schneider said the tagging could be unrelated to the bike thefts.

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