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A small group of riders from Morris left at about 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 to participate in the eighth annual L.T.D. Ride Motorcycle Memorial Tour. The tour left from Appleton and, eventually, came through Morris at about 4 p.m.

L.T.D. Ride visited Morris Saturday

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MORRIS, Minn. -- Although participation was down for the eighth annual L.T.D. Motorcycle Memorial Tour, organizers still considered the event a complete success.

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This year, 296 bikes and 390 riders registered to participate in the event, which was started in 2006 to honor Staff Sgt. David Day, Sgt. Jesse Lhotka and 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman who died in Iraq on Feb. 21, 2005.

Last year, more than 650 riders participated in the event.

A group of riders from Morris left at about 7:45 a.m. to get to the official starting point at the Swift County Fairgrounds in Appleton for “kickstands up” at 10 a.m. The route took riders through Milan, Watson, Montevideo, Clarkfield, Marshall, Canby, Madison, Ortonville, Clinton-Graceville, Morris, Holloway and ended in Appleton at the Swift County Fairgrounds.

The ride arrived in Morris at about 4 p.m. The riders stopped for a break and snacks at the Morris Armory before heading back out of town, led by trucks from the Morris Fire Department.

The 2014 L.T.D. Ride is scheduled for Saturday, July 19. For more information about the L.T.D. Ride visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/LTD-Motorcycle-Memorial-Tour/136948516369282

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. 

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