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Helmet Heroes protect kids’ noggins

Teacher Cindy Ortman fastens a helmet on Hattie Edlund. 1 / 3
Helmet Hero Dom Furfaro shows a group of Minnehaha students what can happen if a bicyclist crashes without a helmet. He uses an egg as a test subject.2 / 3
Helmet Hero Jen McKay from ARDC draws on a whiteboard while students at the Minnehaha look on. She was teaching them about biking through intersections.3 / 3

Last week, third-graders at Minnehaha Elementary in Two Harbors and William Kelley Elementary in Silver Bay learned about bike safety and got free helmets thanks to the Arrowhead Regional 

Development Commission and Healthy Northland.

On Thursday, the students saw a short demonstration about staying safe on roadways when biking and were fitted with free helmets.

The program was brought to the schools by Leah Bott, the countywide Statewide Health Improvement Program coordinator. She’s spending the spring focusing on safety for bikers and pedestrians

in the county.

All photos by LaReesa Sandretsky.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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