St. Cloud-area courts dismiss biker's complaints-
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Two St. Cloud-area judges have dismissed a dozen court complaints filed by bikers who were stopped in July 2007 during a run near St. Joseph. The 12 bikers sued the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force, which was one agency represented among the nearly 20 officers that stopped the bikers.District Judge Michael Jesse dismissed six conciliation court cases Monday. Stearns County District Court Judge Elizabeth Hayden dismissed six on Friday. The conflict comes from a run of more than 70 bikers, which included some recreational riders and some members of the BPM Motorcycle Club. Read More HERE.
Published: November 11, 2008 BROOKSVILLE - Despite concerns of excess noise and rowdy behavior, the biker rodeo held Halloween weekend on the county's eastside seems to have gone off without a hitch.Well, almost.Deputies reported a fight between two women. The victim was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. The other was charged with misdemeanor battery.There was also a complaint, lodged last week, of cussing over the loudspeaker. Code enforcement officials will look into it. Otherwise, the event that many neighbors feared would lead to trouble, was tame. It will be up to county commissioners to determine if it was tame enough to allow the organizer, Brooksville rancher Jimmy Batten, to do it again next year at his 40-acre ranch at 27151 Soult Road.On both nights of the event, Code Enforcement Director Mark Caskie said he was stationed along Soult Road and Wildflower Drive - close to the activities.Caskie said he took decibel readings and at no time did the noise from the rodeo exceed county ordinances.Zoning Administrator Gary Fisher said he drove the area the Monday after the event to see if rodeo organizers cleaned up after themselves.Fisher said the only thing he saw on the side of the road was a discarded fast food cup.Contrary to reports of public nudity at past rodeos, participants kept their clothes on, he said. Except for two women, who took off their tops, he said. However, both women were body-painted and "you couldn't see anything," Batten said.The games taught motorcycle safety and skills, he said. For example, in one game, bikers had to push a beer keg 50 feet over a course to hone their maneuverability skills. Dozens of residents showed up at a county commission meeting in September to complain about past biker rodeos and asked the board to take special precautions. Commissioners approved a conditional use permit but, to play it safe, asked for tight security measures and crowd control. The board also asked staff to draft a follow-up report to determine whether noise ordinances were followed.
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