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Aitkin County residents fight motorcycle club over rural peace and quiet

Neighbors are pushing back on the club's plans to create trail-riding course on a secluded 180-acre parcel


December 14, 2021

John Reinan, Star Tribune

Erica Zimmermann with photo boards from the funeral of her husband, Brian. The Gulf War veteran, suffering from PTSD, killed himself last summer after a motorcycle club moved onto a neighboring property in rural Aitkin County.

SANDSTONE, MINN. - The aspen and birch woods in this secluded corner of Aitkin County about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities are dotted with streams, ponds and beaver dams. Homes are few and there's not a sign of urban life for miles. It's a place where people go to get away from it all.

That's what prompted the Norsemen Motorcycle Club to buy a 180-acre parcel of woodland as a venue to practice their trail-riding skills. What better place to ride their dirt bikes, they thought, than this out-of-the way spot where club members could gather and enjoy the kind of motorized recreation so beloved in rural Minnesota?

But not so beloved by their new neighbors. Since the Norsemen bought the property two years ago, local people have been pushing back hard.


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