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New Richmond chopper team schedules open house June 4

Photo submitted New Richmond High School's 2011 Chopper Class Challenge build team will host an open house on June 4. The open house will allow the public to meet the team and view the chopper the students built. Jim Scanlan, who provided the team with most of its parts, is pictured above with the bike.

New Richmond High School's build team is proud of the chopper they built and now they're going to brag about it a little bit.

The team, consisting of Andrew Ennis, Zach Heurung, Nathan Hanson, Tyler Radlinger and David Schultz, won top honors for the bike at the Donnie Smith Chopper Class Challenge March 25-26, bringing home the overall win and the people's choice awards. It was the second year New Richmond has competed. Last year the team earned the people's choice award.

To show off, the team will host an open house on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school's auto shop.

The open house will give the public an opportunity to see the bike and meet the team before the bike is donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It will then be auctioned at a golf event designed to benefit the MDA.

"(Jim Scanlan), our main supplier of parts -- his grandson has (muscular dystrophy)," said Hanson, a senior at NRHS.

"He asked us if we would donate it to the MDA of Minnesota," said Ennis, a freshman at NRHS.

Final touches are being put on the bike before it's ready for donation.

"We have to make sure it runs first," said Schultz, a senior at NRHS. "We also need to get a title for it."

The build team completed the chopper in about four and a half months, said Ennis.

Walt Campion, tech ed teacher at NRHS and one of the team's advisors, coached the group through the process. The team was also advised by Scott Campbell and Adam Jackson.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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