Wednesday, March 24, 2010

8th Annual BSR Spring (Mother's Day Dam) Campout

The 8th Annual Big Sioux Rider Spring (Mother’s Day Dam) Campout will be Saturday and Sunday, May 8th and 9th (Mother’s Day weekend). This is an informal campout. Even though we can’t guarantee it won’t snow, friends and fellow riders are invited to join us at Randal Creek Recreation Area near the Fort Randall Dam, Pickstown, South Dakota.

A $10 fee will cover includes camping, firewood and a park vehicle permit fee. Passengers are $5. We will dine as a group at the Fort Randal Casino just east of Pickstown Saturday evening and for breakfast Sunday morning. We will provide some-mores Saturday evening and coffee both Saturday and Sunday to help keep everyone warm. Please bring your own coffee mug.

We can’t reserve camping spaces in advance, but there are very few campers (if any) in this park this time of year. If you get to the campground before us, please grab some camping spaces near the cabins and restroom/showers (sites #27E and #28E). The restrooms are modern with showers. Park rules allow us to have up to 6 campers per site. We will settle with the park ranger Saturday evening.

For those interested in riding together from Sioux City to the campout, meet at Bak BMW in Sioux City, IA 10 AM Saturday morning. Alternately meet us lunch at the Flyway Cafe at the intersection of Highways 12 and 14 in Niobrara, NE Saturday around noon.

There are four camping cabins are available at this campground for $35 per night (plus a $5 non-resident fee for non South Dakota residents). Cabins include a bunk bed (2 singles) and a double bed. You must supply your own bedding (e.g. a sleeping bag and pillow). Reserve cabins in advance at (800) 710-2267. Make sure you provide the campground location which is the “Randal Creek Recreation Area" near Pickstown, SD.

Hotels available near campgrounds:
The Fort Randall Casino - - (800) 362-6333
The Dakota Inn, near Country Club, 320 E US Hwy 18, (605) 487-7404
Fort Randall Inn, Pickstown, (605) 487-7801

Questions: Call Frump at (712) 253-4605 or email

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Track Day in Glenwood, IA

From Tom Schelff in an email to Omaha Flatlanders : "Would you be interested in a track day at the MidAmerica complex down by Glenwood, IA? If so please let Jim Gaston know. BMW is sponsoring a track day and while the details are not clear it sounds pretty fun. This would be the only track day in the central part of the country so BMW riders from all over would be coming. I'm sure more details will be coming but if you are interested let Jim know so he can get your name on the list as registration will be limited."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Benefit for Elmer Anderson

Most of us just know him as simply Elmer. He's a member of several BMW clubs and he is one of guys whom I look forward to seeing at BMW Rally's. Elmer has always had a good story or two. I have enjoyed listening to him talk about historical highways and roadside landmarks for years. He is one of the most knowledgeable people I know on the Lincoln Highway. Through his career, he has had a hand in building and rebuilding many of the great highways we ride on in Iowa, making sure they were built right. - Frump


Start Time: Friday, April 9, 2010 at 5:00pm
End Time: Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 12:00am
Location: Michael J. Manatt Community Center, Jackson Street, Brooklyn, IA


Elmer Anderson, a native of Brooklyn, Iowa and a 30 plus year employee of Manatts, Inc., was diagnosed last January with ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease). To help offset the cost of this incurable illness, the employees of Manatts, Inc., in conjunction with the Brooklyn Ruritans, will be hosting a benefit fundraiser in Elmer’s honor. The event will include a dinner, a live and silent auction and a dance; all to be held from 5:00 PM to Midnight on April 9th.

Tickets will go on sale for the dinner and dinner/dance combination the week of March 15th. Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and consist of smoked pork loin, smothered chicken breasts, baked potato, green beans, dessert, ice tea, lemonade and coffee. Cost for the meal will be $10.00/adult, $5.00/junior high and under, and free for preschool and under. The dinner/dance combination ticket is $15.00/adult. The dance is free to children junior high and under who attend with their parents. Single dance tickets will be $5.00 per person, 15 years and up. The dance will begin at approximately 8:00 PM – midnight.

The silent auction will be ongoing from 5:00 PM and will close at 10:00 PM. A live auction will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Auction donations will be accepted through Wednesday, April 7th. Please contact Deb White, Peaches Burmahl or Diane Kilmer with your donations at 641-522-9206 or items can be dropped off at the Brooklyn office of Manatts, Inc. anytime from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.