BMX National Race to be held in Isanti

The Isanti City Council approved an event application from the Rum River BMX Association to host the BMX National Race at the Rum River BMX track during its meeting July 17.

The event will take place Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Not only is the track a community gem, it’s a state gem, a regional gem and a national gem,” Isanti Mayor George Wimmer said. “It’s one of the top-ranked tracks in the entire nation.”

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer awards the Mayor’s Choice Trophy to the Friends of the Isanti Library for their float in the 2012 Rodeo Jubilee Days parade.
Isanti Mayor George Wimmer awards the Mayor’s Choice Trophy to the Friends of the Isanti Library for their float in the 2012 Rodeo Jubilee Days parade. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

Riders from the Midwest will come to race for points in the Redline/State Championship Series, Kevin Reidemann of the Rum River BMX Association said

The estimated number of people that will be in attendance over the three-day event is 3,000 people. Parking will be on the BMX track grounds, with overflow parking on the east side of the track within Bluebird Park and on the north side of Isanti Parkway NW at the Public Works Facility.

“It’s going to be a huge event, and a lot of fun,” Reidemann said. “If anybody’s looking for some free family fun, you can come on down. Spectators always watch for free, and there’ll be a lot of great things happening.”

Camping will be permitted on the grounds Friday and Saturday nights, provided no fires are allowed. Volunteers from the BMX Association will provide cleanup services for the event, and the group will provide additional portable restroom facilities.

Manufacturing business coming to Isanti

The City Council approved a resolution authorizing K&D Investments access to $22,500 from the city’s revolving loan fund to purchase the building at 442 1st Avenue NW to house MCR Manufactured Component Resource.

MCR focuses on contract manufacturing, precision machining, assembly of metal and plastic components and the distribution of fluid handling components.

“It’s a really solid manufacturing business coming into town,” Wimmer said.

The total project costs are estimated to be $231,000 and the business from Ham Lake will create two to three new jobs with wages ranging from $13-$25 per hour.

The city’s revolving loan fund was established in 2008 to bring additional businesses to Isanti and to assist businesses expanding in Isanti.

In other action, the council:

• Approved a title, description and salary change for Planning and Parks Director Lisa Wilson, whose duties changed after former Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Irene Bauer retired. Her new title effective July 23 is Planning and Parks Director/Assistant City Administrator.

• Discussed the low usage of Whisper Ridge Park, an 11-acre neighborhood park with a picnic table, tennis court, basketball court and two short walking trails from Birch Ct. SW and 3rd Avenue SW. The park is in need of maintenance, but City Council members questioned whether spending up to $10,000 was justified with low park usage.