'Minnesota Nice' in Elk River Helps a Motorcyclist in the Ice

Updated: 04/17/2014 6:29 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 2:30 PM
By: Todd Wilson

The spring snow can really bring out the best in Minnesotans.

The Elk River area received 15 inches of snow, making it difficult for cars to get around.

Gary Howard has been riding his Harley Davidson all winter because it's his only mode of transportation. He says Wednesday's conditions were the worst he's faced.

"It was really slippery. I had to really take it easy," he said. 

Howard says going to work was fine. But riding in the snow to a doctor's appointment was a challenge. "And it was coming down pretty hard," he said.

Conditions were so bad that eventually he was stopped by an Elk River police officer. But Howard continued on his way. Eventually Shawn and Michelle Stolp drove up next to him to check on him.

"I think the guy was a motorcycle rider and he was just concerned that... (he) might not make it to where (he) was going," he said.

To make sure Howard got to where he was headed, the Stolps decided to follow him there. Once he made it, they drove off.

On Thursday Howard was able to call the Stolps to thank them.

"I'm the guy you stopped to help on the motorcycle yesterday. I just wanted to thank you for helping me and following me to work. To get there safely and I really appreciate it," he said. 

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