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Todd Setterstrom, pictured with his wife, Angela, and three of his five children, is the recipient of half the funds raised by the Motorcycle Ride for Homeless and Wounded Warriors. Setterstrom has chronic issues from his time in the First Gulf War. - story and photo by Kate Perkins

150 motorcycles gather to support vets

Web posted August 26, 2014
Around 150 motorcycles rumbled into the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Saturday, Aug. 23, to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

Steve Eisenreich, coordinator of the Motorcycle Ride for Homeless and Wounded Warriors, said that the ride is in its 10th year and expected to raise more than $8,000.

Half of that money will go to Eagle’s Healing Nest, an organization devoted to healing the invisible wounds of war, based out of Sauk Centre. The organization never turns veterans away based on their ability to pay.

The other half will go to Crosby resident Todd Setterstrom and his wife and five  children. Every year, the organization chooses a wounded warrior from the area to benefit from the money raised during the ride. This year, Setterstrom was also given a quilt made by Quilts of Valor.

Setterstrom is a veteran of the First Gulf War and suffers ongoing chronic issues that remain undiagnosed. He believes they’re a result of exposure to poison gas during his service.

Setterstrom was very grateful for the program.

“It’s an honor and a shock,” he said.

The ride also visited several other Legions, VFWs and restaurants, including the Bourbon Room in Crosslake, some of which held silent auctions to raise money.

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