Updated: 06/18/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 06/18/2014 9:31 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Camps are a summer staple and at St. Scholastica a camp all about bikes just wrapped up.
"Strider bikes are balance bikes without pedals," Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Karen Swanson said.
The bike camp is for all kids, but there's a focus on helping kids with down syndrome.
"A lot of people believe that they can never learn how to ride a bike," Swanson said.
Swanson is working to shatter that stereotype. She said it's important for kids with down syndrome to be able to do the same things their siblings can do.
One biker at the camp Wednesday was Tanis. Her dad, Steven L. Halverson, said they gave her bike a special name.
"We named it Sven from the reindeer from Frozen," Halverson said.
Halverson even brought a carrot to help Sven, the bike, go faster.
"Kids with down syndrome are just like any other kids," Halverson said. "They enjoy Frozen. They enjoy biking. They enjoy being outside."
Physical therapy students helped teach the kids how to bike. Vanessa Blaney was one student teaching Tanis.
"She's always so happy and excited to work," Blaney said. "That's been really rewarding to see her smile."
Both Halverson and Swanson are part of Down Up North. That's a parent group that usually puts on the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. It's been going on for 12 years, but this year they didn't have enough volunteers to pull it off.
They hope that changes next year and they get more support. For more information on the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, click here.
Special Report: Over the Limit, Under Arrest
A DWI... as many as 1 in 7 drivers have one. They also have a record... and the price tag to prove it. What will a DWI cost you?
Peterson Says 'Fresh Start' Might Be Best
Peterson tells the USA Today that he has strong support from coaches and players on the Vikings. But he also spoke about other people within the organization who aren't on his side. He tells the newspaper that it might be best "to get a fresh start somewhere else."
Duluth Airport Opens Enclosed Parking Garage, Skyway
Travelers used to parking outdoors at the Duluth International Airport are in for a change starting Friday morning when a new 4-level parking garage and glass-enclosed connecting skyway opens. Chilly temperatures in the Northland are exactly the kind of weather that has travelers excited...
PolyMet: What We're Working on Now
While the public waits for regulators to finish the environmental review for PolyMet, the company is keeping busy as well.
Mesabi Humane Society Dog Needs a Special Home
The Mesabi Humane Society is looking to find a home for dog that has been at the shelter for almost two years. The six year-old boxer mix named Twinkie needs to have surgery on her hind legs after getting hurt in a mine pit. Twinkie will only have surgery if she is adopted, and the cost of the surgery will be paid by donated funds.