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43rd annual Spring Flood Run Saturday

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

There are many traditional signs of spring, including the return of leaves on trees, rivers and lakes being ice-free or the migration of animals such as a robin or the bald eagle.

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Around Pierce County, another sign spring has sprung is the sound of hundreds of motorcycles cruising down Hwy. 35.

That's because for the 43rd year, the Spring Flood Run is scheduled for this Saturday. The run will begin at 8 a.m. from The Beach Club at Lake St. Croix Beach, Minn., and will make its way into Prescott about 10:30 a.m.

The first flood run was in 1965, going down Minn. Hwy. 61 to Winona, Minn., to help sandbag during the floods that year.

The event has now grown over the years to also become a benefit for Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities, besides flood victims.

According to the Web site, www.floodrun.org, this year's run will go down both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River to alleviate the congestion in all the area towns.

To participate in the Flood Run, all one has to do is a buy a benefit wristband for $10 at the following locations in Pierce County: The No Name Saloon in Prescott, The Nauti Hawg Bar in Diamond Bluff and the official Flood Run booth in Maiden Rock. Merchandise featuring flood run shirts, woman's shirts, pins and skull caps will also be available at those locations.

For more please read the April 16 print version of the Herald.

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