You will find both Morning & Afternoon Programs that will bring home the message that We Will Never Forget.
Riding or not … you won’t want to miss either of these emotional tributes to those who serve, have served, paid the ultimate sacrifice and the families that support them.
Barry Winslow will deliver a powerful salute to Vietnam era veterans during the morning program. Having personally served in Vietnam during 1970-1971, Winslow has an intimate knowledge and perspective of these veterans’ experiences.
Distinguished Military Grad – Ohio State University ROTC
Graduate Armor Officers School – Ft. Knox, KY
Graduate Electronic & Cryptologic Warfare School – Ft. Devens, MA
1st Lt./Intelligence Officer 509th Intel Group – Viet Nam 1970-71
Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
Discharged Captain US Army
Vice-Chairman, TCF Financial Corporation (retired)
Board Member Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund
BoardMember Sit Mutual Funds
Board Member TCF Financial Corporation
BA, MBA Ohio State University
Graduate Banking School Rutgers University
As a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Stanek began in the Minneapolis Police Department, rising through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Commander of Criminal Investigations. While serving as a police officer, Sheriff Stanek was elected five times to the Minnesota State Legislature. In 2003, he was appointed as Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security for Minnesota.
Throughout his career, Sheriff Stanek has been committed to connecting at-risk kids with positive role models. Sheriff Stanek also serves in leadership positions with several national organizations. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Sheriff Stanek to FirstNet, which is working to develop a wireless broadband network for public safety nationwide. He is on the board of directors for the National Sheriffs’ Association and is also the immediate past president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.
Sheriff Stanek earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. He and his family live in Maple Grove, MN.
Norman Bixby joined the Army Air Corps (which later became the Air Force) in late ’44. At that time, his older brother Glen was already fighting in the war. Norman was trained as a B29 Bomber radio operator and gunner. While he was attending Radio School, learning Electronics and Morse Code, the European war came to a close. When Ned returned to his room one day in 1945, there was the telegram from his father Jake, stating that Glen had been killed in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Ned was granted furlough to join his family for the funeral. When Ned returned to duty in August of 1945, he was in the pipeline to go to Asia just as the Atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. With the loss of Glen on his mind, Ned was sent to the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) where he served as a B29 radio operator, helping to direct planes back home to the U.S. There he stayed until the end of the war and return of the troops from the Pacific Theater.
Colonel Eddie Frizell was born on 22 May 1963 in Iowa City, Iowa. Colonel Frizell attended college at the University of Iowa earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1987. He later went on to earn a Masters of Leadership degree from Augsburg College in 2005. He enlisted in the Army in 1989 as an Ammo Specialist. In 1990 he entered Officer Candidate School at the Iowa Military Academy located at Camp Dodge Iowa and was commissioned as an Armor Officer on 29 June 1991.
Colonel Frizell has served in the Armor/Cavalry branch his entire career including assignments as tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, executive officer and commander. He was assigned to HHC 34th Infantry Division (SFOR 14) and deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge. Colonel Frizell took command of 1-94 Cavalry in April of 2009 where he commanded the Iron Horse Squadron in Kuwait and Iraq. The Unit helped spearhead the largest logistical move since WWII in support of Operation New Dawn. His most recent assignment was as the MN Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters G-3.
Colonel Frizell is a veteran Police Officer with the Minneapolis Police Department. He has over 23 years of police experience and has also worked his way up the ranks of the police department. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations prestigious National Academy (FBINA class #232), Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) and he is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s War College with a Masters of Strategic Studies degree.
Colonel Frizell has been married to his wife Genet for 20 years. Genet is a Visual Arts Teacher for the Osseo School District. They have three children: Baillie, Kelsey, and Garrett. They reside in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
The Patriot Ride will recognize and remember the 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.
Radio Personality Brian Zepp has been our MC for a number of years (rain or shine). He himself is a veteran and a true supporter of the cause. Brian brings a perspective and sense of humor that enhances both the morning and afternoon programs.
That’s right … he doesn’t just speak, he rides!
The Patriot Ride is pleased to announce that Dave Dahl, Chief Meteorologist of 5 Eyewitness News & 45TV has signed on to be the “Official Meteorologist” of the Patriot Ride. Dave has been a staple at 5 Eyewitness News for over 35 years! He’s an avid motorcycle rider and is excited to be a full participant in this year’s Patriot Ride.
Take your pick or try them all … you will find a wide variety of excellent food from some outstanding vendors. It all starts with a Hot Breakfast offering from Maxx’s and continues throughout the day with choices that are sure to hit the spot from a great-group of great-food stands.
A variety of options for both parts of the day. It’s like getting your State Fair Food Fix 6-weeks early!
That’s right! You’ve seen his outstanding custom work and been to his show … now you can join Donnie for the ride and support the cause.
PLUS! … Show off your pride and joy in our Bike Show. Judges include (whom else but) Donnie Smith.
To check out all the details – VISIT OUR BIKE SHOW PAGE.
Don’t miss this! … the Ride Demonstration starts at 10:15am
What’s better than a Fully Dressed Police Bike? … How about a group of skillful (fully dressed) Police putting on a ride demonstration?
We are really looking forward to this great addition to the event. Come early so you don’t miss the show!
Get treated to an impressive display of control, obedience and proficiency by the K9 unit. The dogs and their handlers are highly trained and will show onlookers how they work so seamlessly together to help protect and serve their community.
Sit tight as we draw the winner of the Bike Raffle. The 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide was graciously donated by Twin Cities Harley Davidson in conjunction with Harley-Davidson USA. The more tickets you purchase, the greater the chance to win!
Raffle tickets now only $10!
Need a ticket? Check out our RAFFLE page for details.
Need Not be Present to Win
This “Buy a Lure” and get a chance at a “Henry Rifle” has the best odd’s going. For each Lure you purchase you have a 1-in-250 chance to win this MILITARY SERVICE TRIBUTE 2ND EDITION .22 CALIBER HENRY RIFLE.
You will need to purchase your Lure(s) at the event … you can get all the details HERE.
Need Not be Present to Win
There will be a flyover by the “T-6 Thunder Flyover Team” T-6 Thunder bring history, patriotism and roar to any airshow. A great way to see some our flying history in action. You can learn more about the T-6 Thunder team by visiting their website.
The Bell of Honor will be tolled as a sign of respect and honor for Fallen Hero’s who have given their all. Active Military, Veteran’s, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS who have made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest can exist in peace and safety. The Bell of Honor will once again be tolled as part of the Patriot Ride Afternoon Program.
The primary mission is to show the utmost respect and honor to the individual and their family.
As it was in history, the bell will toll 7 times to honor our fallen heroes.
See the Patriot Ride and surrounding areas from the air. There will be helicopter rides presented by MN Helicopters. www.mnhelicopters.com
Rides will be available from 9am to 11am and then again from 1pm-3pm
The helicopter seats 3 passengers. Flight times will be approximately 8 minutes. If there are 3 passengers the cost is $40/person. If there are 2 passengers the cost is $60/passenger. If there is only one passenger the cost is $120/person. In essence every time the helicopter goes up he is going to collect $120 and divide that up based on how many passengers he has on board.
Newgate School is generously donating a Ford F-350 van to a worthy recipient as part of the afternoon program at the Patriot Ride. It only has 32,000 miles on it. The van is mechanically and cosmetically in perfect shape. The van has a hydraulic liftgate and four leather captain’s chairs.
Newgate is a nonprofit automotive technical school located in the Twin Cities. They offer auto body and auto mechanics training for unemployed or under-employed adults. Newgate School’s daily operations are funded by the resale of donated cars. You can learn more about Newgate and how to donate your vehicle at: www.newgateschool.org
At the 2017 Patriot Ride, Lincoln County Veterans services took home a handicapped accessible van donated by Newgate School. The van will be used to transport many of the 500 elderly vets in southwestern Minnesota around town for shopping and doctor visits as well as longer trips to the VA hospital almost 80 miles away. Newgate School is proud to support the Patriot Ride and veterans in Minnesota with this F350 van which was worked on by the students at Newgate School who receive tuition free, hands on automotive training and are placed in jobs which help support themselves and their families.
In addition to Sheriff Richard Stanek’s speech, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department will also be putting a few of their key units on display. Onlookers will be treated to a show of equestrian control by the Mounted Patrol Unit. The Mounted Patrol works efficiently as a team and shines in crowd management situations, search and rescue and are also a highly visible display of law enforcement. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Unit will also be on site and at 2 PM, they will perform a takedown demonstration.
Kenny Olsen is the ubiquitous traffic reporter and all around fun personality on 1500ESPN radio. He is a powersports nut and is going to be on hand at this year’s Patriot Ride. Be sure to stop by and say hi to him.
VocalEssence will be performing Patriotic Music at the Patriot Ride. Twenty members of the VocalEssence Choir will be on stage delivering what is sure to be a performance you will never forget! Founded in 1969, Minneapolis-based VocalEssence has decades of history as one of the world’s premier choral music organizations. But despite its global influence, VocalEssence has kept its focus local—consistently pioneering ways to strengthen Minnesota’s community through thrilling musical experiences.
VocalEssence Performing the Battle Hymn of the Republic
When the program ends, the good-times continue. Enjoy some great music by Emerson Ave Band, tasty food and drinks as the sun sets.
They performed last year and were awesome! Everyone wanted them to come back and they are.
Make sure you stay for the show and enjoy some great music by a very talented group.