- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota’s motorcycle season kicks off with the annual spring Flood Run.

As many as 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to hit the road Saturday for a scenic ride between the Twin Cities and Winona. The Flood Run commemorates the 1965 Mississippi River flood when motorcyclists rode from the Twin Cities area to help out in Winona.

Traffic safety officials are urging motorists to keep an eye out for motorcyclists during the Flood Run and for the rest of the riding season. Motorcyclists should also refresh their skills after the winter.

Minnesota already has recorded a motorcycle rider death this year. The first rider death of 2014 was in March and was the second earliest motorcycle death on record in Minnesota.

Preliminary reports show 60 riders died on Minnesota roads in 2013.

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