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Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson A trio of bicyclists in The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) began their 300-mile trek on the Central Lakes Trail near Alexandria Monday. Each cyclist pays a registration fee of $25 to $75 and secures a minimum of $300 in pledges to participate.

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This year's five-day, 300 mile bicycling event - known as The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) - takes cyclists on a large loop through the state's scenic central lakes region.

Participants arrived in Alexandria on Sunday before starting the trek the following day.

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