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American Legion Ride For Vets stops in Backus

"Sgt. Cooper” is the faithful canine companion of Ride for Vets participant Jim Larson of Prior Lake. Submitted Photo1 / 3
From left are Gary Kennedy, director of the American Legion Riders from Walker Legion Post 134, and Connie Kennedy and Mark Whade, of Cass Lake. They were among riders who stopped in Backus. Submitted Photo 2 / 3
The 80 riders participating in the area Ride for Vets pose in front of the Backus American Legion. Submitted Photo3 / 3

Some 80 motorcyclists made the Backus American Legion one of their stops in the seventh annual Leech Lake Area Ride for Vets on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The ride, which raises funds for veterans, including those wounded in service, originated at the Walker American Legion Post and stopped at a number of area veterans posts before returning to Walker.

It was one of four Ride for Vets in the area and there were more around the state.