Turkey Fry at Marine General Helps Raise Funds for Bob’s Bike Drive

Bob's Bike Drive Started Eight Years Ago; Over 1,000 Bikes Have Since Been Donated

Thanksgiving Day is just a week away, but that didn’t stop Northlanders from flocking to Marine General in Duluth for lunch on Wednesday.

Fifty-six turkeys were freshly deep-fried, and carved for sandwiches while dozens of folks poured in donations, all for a good cause. 

Bob’s Bike Drive started when Bob Rogers, an employee at Marine General, wanted to donate bikes to the local Salvation Army. 

A few others heard about it, and gave money to help his cause, eventually raising enough to donate sixteen bikes. 

Eight years later, and the drive has raised enough money to donate over 1,000 bikes to local kids. 

“When we grew up, our family we didn’t have anything, and back then the firemen would fix old bikes and old toys and that’s kind of where it got going from there,” said Roger

Rogers says Wednesday’s nice weather helped make for the biggest turnout they’ve ever seen. 

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s our eighth year and it just gets bigger and bigger, this today is just phenomenal,” said Rogers. 

Smiles will be made all across the Northland, with 200 bikes being donated in Duluth, 100 in Superior, and 50 in Cloquet.

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