Welcome to Blue Knights® MN IV

We are located in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro Area.

                    August 16 - 18, 2019

The Nowthen Threshing Show was this weekend.  Many dedicated Blue Knights volunteered to staff the exhibitors gate for this event.  The show donated a sizeable amount of money for the expertise of those who can direct traffic and keep order.  The donated money is distributed to various charities and other organaizations to help out.  WE also make donations to public safety families when their Peace Officer has made The Ultimate Sacrifice.  We pray that we won't ever have to make another donation due to a Peace Officers loss of life, but unfortunately we know better.  

 

         HUG YOUR PEACE OFFICER & TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM!

                           July 27, 2019

Today was the funeral service for Anthony 'Tony' Rollins.  Tony was killed in a motor vehicle rollover crash.  Tony was the only son of a proud family devoted to public safety and making the community better.  He was the North Branch F.D. Safety Captain.

 

Pastor Mike Haseltine and the staff at Maranatha Church made sure the entire event was handled with the utmost respect as always.  

 

Many members of Public Safety Agencies were present to offer their respect and support for Tony and his family.  Many members of the public were present and it was often heard about Tony's passion for kids and the desire to serve.

 

One of the best stories was of he and a partner had a couple of hours one day. What to do on a warm day, but go to the fire station, take out a rig in search of every lemonade stand they could find.  They found them and many kids sold lemonade while getting to try on helmets and turnout gear.  

 

The Blue Knights had the priviledge to also stand in the honor guard line.  Many firefighters were trying to figure out who those guys with the badges and vests were.  Soon the word went out those guys are cops showing respect for a public safety member.  

                           July 17, 2019

All right Mother Nature, I know I told you I wanted some nice weather for summer motorcycle riding, but come on really...Half the country appears to be under water.  The other half is turning into the Sahara Desert.  I know you like sand and humidity, but here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we want to enjoy some weather outside.  For the rest of you having good weather, ride as often as you can.  We will ride in early mornings and late evenings.  That's the closest we get to a dry heat!

                           May 24, 2019

It's Memorial Day Weekend.  That means their are a lot of things to help kick off summer.  The first thing everyone should remember is we have freedoms because of our military.  We have safety and security because of Public Safety.  Don't ever forget that!

                            May 8, 2019

Mother Nature and Old Man Winter just won't seem to give it up.  Today, it was a blustey 44 F and it rained on and off all day.

 

Come on Mother Nature, we want to ride our motorcycles to all the open houses including Dr. Mudspringers this coming Saturday.

 

                          March 13, 2019

Well, it has happened.  Mother Nature, Jack Frost and Old Man Winter combined their efforts to slow down our motorcyle riding season.  It seems that Mother Nature decided to warm our state which caused melting of snow.  Jack Frost has kept the temperature at 32 so we have ice coated roads and sidewalks under the melting snow.  Old Man Winter decided to get in on the action when Mother Nature was sleeping and Jack Frost wasn't looking.  He took the temperature well below freezing so that when everyone wakes up the sidewalks and roads are ice rinks.  Now had in the fact that all the heating and freezing has caused many cracks in the roadways that will need filling / repairs, it may not be until September before we get on our bikes.  

 

I wonder if I could get use to 70F with snakes, tornadoes and other challeges of the sunbelt?

Seems right.

                        February 2, 2019

Tomorrow is the Superbowl.  You know, that football game where talented athletes and team owners make a boat load of money.  I think they should all donate their money from this game to charitable organizations for the states the teams are from.  Imagine how much those extra funds could be used to help those truly in need.  

                        January 27, 2018

Well it's official folks.  The snow-pocalypse  is going to happen.  Currently the weather guessers are predicting the following for our area (See photo).

 

For those who have loved ones in public safety, you know what that means...overtime.

 

For those of you pushing a rig, squad, ambulance, and snow plows, please remember most people won't see you until they are right up on you.  Make sure you wear your high visibility vests, practice evasive driving skills and don't overdrive your bubble gums.  Just because you can get traction and start moving doesn't mean you can stop nearly as quickly as on dry pavement.  

 

Finally, don't forget the dispatchers who will be inundated with phone calls and radio traffic.  Be nice to them!  If not you will spend your entire shift directing traffic on the high bridge in the snow, sleet, cold and wind, while waiting for a plow truck to back up from the closest exit since it's too slippery for them to drive forward.  They will be backing on the salt & sand they drop so the rear wheels will have traction in order to help at the crash you are working.

 

Speaking of crashes, this looks like a typical snow day on Highway 10 at Highway 610 in Coon Rapids, MN.

                        January 21, 2018

As many of you in the Twin Cities may already know, Dr. Mudspringers closed the location they were at.  They have now become part of St. Paul Autos Group. The new address is 2375 Moundsview Blvd. (County Road 10 & H2), Mounds View, MN.  The business phone is still (763) 785-2191.  Randy is excited to be moving forward toward his goal of retirement sometime in the future. Personally, I don't know how such a young looking man can be thinking such things.  Randy is excited and looks forward to seeing many of his customers stop in and give the new place a once over.  While you are there support your local business and buy a gadget, maintenance item, or newly needed riding item.  Don't wait until the weather is nice and the items aren't in stock.

                      December 24, 2018

                                  Merry Christmas to the world!

Dear Santa, When you come down the chimney, carefully step over the kitty or else you will wake her!

                       December 9, 2018

Welcome to our web site.  Much of the older information has been purged in order to allow new material.  You will see that the club is devoted to fun and foolishness, while the web master provides unique commentaries and solicitations for more fun materials.

 

If you are a licensed professional peace officer, active or retired and ride a motorcycle (doesn't matter if it's 2 or 3, Loud pipes or sewing machine quiet) you probably qualify to be a member of the group.  We often get asked questions about the club and they are addressed under F.A.Q.  

 

Since it's the time of year when Jolly Old Saint Nick is making preperations for the big day, it's only important we help him out.  If you wish to donate to those less priviledged, feel free to do so.  Many organizations help out for children includingToys for Tots and the Anoka County Christmas Committee.  Over our careers many of us have been aware of those in need.  If you have the ability consider helping out those less fortunate.  

 

Finally, our senior citizens and many of them are Veterans may be alone over the upcoming holiday.  Consider what you can do to improve the holidays for them.

Every state has at least one place like this.  Send us a photo of your place and location, so we can list it as a future destination.

           September 3, 2018 / Labor Day

Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. 

                       August 12, 2018

Retired Minnesota State Patrol Trooper SP247, Rob Frisby has passed away after putting up a courageous tough fight with cancer.

 

Rob began with the MN State Patrol in 1990.  He is survived by his wife, daughter and the men and women of public safety.  

 

May God bless the Frisby family and especially watch over all of the Troopers  at this difficult time.

                          July 4, 2018

 

Today is Independence Day.  It is a day we should learn from our countries history.  It was built on people fleeing from oppression.  Once here the people helped to make this country great.  Unfortunately, it seems like many of the people here have forgotten our history.  Now it seems like everyone wants the country to change to meet their special thoughts, needs, desires.

 

As was once said: Ask Not What Your Country Can Do, What Can You Do For Your Country?

 

           Make America Great Again!

 

 

                          June 15, 2018

Today, Blaine Police Officer Steve Nanney and his wife Susie were killed while out on their motorcycle enjoying their day off.  A individual operating a truck crossed the center line and hit the Nanneys motorcycle head on.  Despite the immediate arrival of off-duty medical service the Nanneys were pronounced at the scene.

 

We take solice in knowing that Steve and Susie were doing what they enjoyed together.  We hope that the roads in Heaven are clear of debris, inattentive drivers and always in good condition with sunlight and a gentle breeze at their back.

 

Steve had just completed his last year as the Blaine H.S. School Resource Officer.  To see what he meant to many of the different kids, view this Video. Steve had promised to attend a students graduation party.  Unfortunately, he couldn't do it, but I can PROUDLY say that Blaine and Coon Rapids Police Officers went in his place.  If one cop falls, another steps up and fills in where they can.  A tip of the hat to the David and King Officers who filled in for Badge 171, Gone but not forgotten!

 

Finally our hearts go out to each and every member of Blaine Police Department, and all the lives Steve and Susie touched, Godspeed!  

 

In lieu of flowers, the families of Steve and Susie are prefering donations which will be directed to Special Olympics, Educational Scholarships and Youth Education related to traffic safety.  Donations can be sent to 21st Century Bank, 9380 Central Ave. N.E., Blaine, MN  55434.  They should be marked Attention: Blaine Police Federation FBO Officer Steve and Susie Nanney.  A link can be found here  Go ahead and match the Blue Knights MN IV donation of $500.00.

I dare you!

This years Northland Road Rally is being held to honor Officer Steve Nanney and his wife Susie.  Steve was a tireless advocate of Special Olympics.  For more details watch the events page.  Northlands Web page can be found here.

The Blue Knights and Red Knights were honored guests at the Maranatha Church Blessing of the Bikes.  

 

Our thanks to Pastor Mike and his associates who made the day unforgettable.  

 

Pastor Mike can be seen at the link shown below.  He is observed entering the church on his Green Machine and then talking about the Knights.  

 

         May 28, 2018 is Memorial Day

On May 5, 2018, the Blue Knights were allowed to have a display at Dr. Mudspringers Yearly Open House.  Our thanks to Randy and his crew for allowing us to participate again.

 

If you were there you may have seen the Christian Motorcycle Association doing a ring prayer.  It was very neat to watch and everyone in the area quieted down while it took place.  It was very neat to see people still believe in one another, god and country!

 

Several of our members were at the event in including President Larry Klink, Vice President Larry Eckman, John H., Brandon Y., Ann O., Roger G., B.O.D. Emilio M. and others.  Last but not least B.O.D. Dave Smith split his time between the C.M.A. and Blue Knights tent.  His bride Cheri kept the CMA tent always staffed as necessary.

 

It's always fun to watch when a bunch of cops get together and start trying to figure out who the people are that walk by.  Naturally, their was a lot of "she's law enforcement, did we arrest him, isn't that Craig F's daughter, etc.  Then there are the cops who come up and say, "Don't I know you?", followed by "Did you work the XYZ detail in Timbuktu?"

 

We also gave out a $25.00 Dr. Mudspringers gift certificate for those that stopped by and registered.  We promise that your personal information was destroyed in accordance with Eyes Only Security Clearance methods.  First the entries were shredded.  Then the entries were used to line cat litter boxes.  The cats then ensured that your entry was unreadable by anyone.  We here at the Blue Knights take your privacy seriously.  Our congratulations to winner Ruth P.

 

President Klink had the only 2018 Blue Honda Gold Wing present.  During the day he became an official spokesperson for Honda.  When he tried to leave he kept getting surrounded by many people asking lots of questions.  Honda, You should consider putting him on your payroll!  You can pay him in chrome.

President Larry answering everyones questions about the 2018 Honda Gold Wing. This was about 25 minutes after he tried to leave and the crowd was thinning out.

Peace Officers - If you are having a rough day and feeling like no one likes you and your job, go to the following website.  SIGforum

 

Para and many of the members of SIGforum, are strong proponets of professional peace officers who have a tough job to do.  Just read some of the comments and you will start feeling better!

      Proudly Posted videos for Peace Officers!

Introduce yourself to your neighbors.  They may want to go for a ride on your motorcycle.  You could have another person become a member of the motorcycle community, or at least not be afraid of them.