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Habitat 500 riders come off the Paul Bunyan Trail near Lake Garfield Thursday morning. The group was headed to Pine River. They stopped for nutrition at Pine Beach Resort on Lake Garfield. The event's goal was to raise $300,000 for Habitat for Humanity. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Habitat 500 riders breeze through Itasca on countryside ride

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A bevy of bicyclists rode through the region this week raising funds for Habitat for Humanity, including through the closed Itasca State Park.


Local authorities gave special permission for the Habitat 500 Bike Riders, all 125 cyclists, to tour the park, which had been part of the planned route for more than a year.

The 500-mile bike ride also stopped at Lake Garfield's Pine Beach Resort Thursday morning for nourishment.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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