Pie Burner 2019 Registration Information……


The registration window closes November 1st…… or when it hits 50 postcards.

Since house hunting blows you know what; here’s the mailing address to use.

Pie Burner FatBike

C/O Joe Sacco

1114 Michigan St.

Hibbing, Mn.


Please ONE name and subsequent information to a postcard!!


Name, first and last.

Email address.

Please include a working email address!!

Please use your best penmanship!!

A non working email address, and me being unable to read your handwriting will result in the card being thrown.

If your postcard is postmarked August 31st I will also throw it away.

I’m working between 70-80 (if not more), hours weekly… so please please follow these simple directions.

As of right now (and probably more so in the coming weeks), it will not take much for me to take a pass on putting this years event together.

If my tone reads short and to the point; please start reading this paragraph from the beginning!! 😜😜😂🤦‍♀️

After I’ve received 50 postcards I’ll list everyone’s names and that’s that!!

If in the past you’ve come for the giveaways, and or the t-shirts…. this year you may be disappointed.

If in the past you’ve come to ride your fatbike in the heart of the Iron Range, with an awesome group of people…. you WILL NOT be disappointed!!

Thanks for the understanding with the above information!!

It’s Starting to Become A Reality!!

After many years, countless hour of tireless background work, by a lot of nameless and faceless individuals; purpose built single-track mountain bike trails will be becoming a reality in the Northland!!

There’s already been one community plannings session, with another scheduled for…..

This is a dream come true to many riders in our area and far beyond!!

Iroc-mtb clubs most recent press release….. reads as follows.


P: 218-969-8745

Email: PKero@barr.com


Iron Range Off Road Cyclists Announces Second Planning Session for Redhead Mountain Bike Park and Recreational Area: Ideas finalized for Spring 2019 construction.

Hibbing, MN—With over two dozen people from across the area, Iron Range Off Road Cyclists (IROC) held the first of twocommunity input sessions Thursday night to gather community input on the forthcoming Redhead Mountain Bike Park and recreational area.  

The session, held at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC),was the first of a two part series to gather insight fromcommunity members about what they would like to see in the bike park and larger recreation area. 

The second session, to be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 PM at Minnesota Discovery Center, will refine the list of features for inclusion in the park, the larger recreational areasurrounding the park and amenities at MDC.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  Admission is free.

Participants in Thursday night’s session brainstormed ideas insix key areas: what would you like to see for trails; integration of the park with MDC; community impact; getting kids outdoors; facilitating women, aging, and physically-challenged riders and rides; and other amenities for the larger recreation area.

Ideas ranged from wider trails to allow hand bikes; fun, easier trails for new, young and or aging riders; a large play park at MDC; swimming in Monroe pit; hosting an annual community mountain bike fest; kayaking; and craft beer, good coffee and excellent food at MDC.

Scott Linnenberger, construction manager for the three, iron range, off-road cycling destinations currently under development spoke at the IROC session.  

“The best projects are the done by the community, for the community,” Linnenberger stated. “Everyone can ride (off-road) with the right trails.  We want to know those needs and desires.  If we get a list of 100 ideas, we try to incorporate 99 of them into the system.”

Linnenberger has managed the construction of destination trail systems across the United States.  He is currently overseeing theconstruction of the Giants Ridge lift-served mountain bike system and the Tioga single-track trail system in Cohasset.  He is also leading trail construction at Redhead.

“We have the best builders in the Midwest working on these projects,” said Linnenberger.  “With the amount of funding from the IRRR, the speed of development, and the cooperative agreement to build three parks simultaneously, North American mountain biking has never seen a regional initiative like this.”  

“What we are building here is a huge asset,” said Benji Neff, IROC President.  “We are building community, regional, and national tourism destinations.  With the combined trail systems of Tioga in Cohasset, Legion Hills in Grand Rapids, Maple Hill in Hibbing, Redhead in Chisholm, Lookout Mountain in Virginia, and the gravity trail system at Giants Ridge, we are creating a world-class destination.  And it is already underway.”    

“I have been interviewed by national publications about our project,” said Benji Neff.  “Word is spreading.  We are starting to get calls and texts from folks out of the Twin Cities asking, how can I help?  This is an exciting time.”

Construction on the Redhead Mountain Bike Park is slated to break ground spring 2019.  The park will be located south of MDC along the shores of the beautiful Monroe Pit, visible from HWY 169.  The park will consist of 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails, which will be open to the public, and access free of charge.  The recreational area surrounding the bike trails, including amenities at the Minnesota Discovery, may include a kinesthetic playground, camping, swimming in the Monroe pit, food and drinks, and entertainment at MDC—as designed by our community.

Mountain bike parks have become a destination for individuals and families as evidenced by the heavy traffic at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby, MN.  Communities with mountain bike parks have seen an increase in customers for food, drink, bike equipment and repair, and lodging.

Redhead will be a park and recreation area designed to attract riders of all ages and abilities and their families.  With a healthy list of ideas generated from the first session, IROC will work with the community on October 24 session to finalize ideas for inclusion in the project.  Women, children and families are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions.

Soon enough….. this picture will be more than just words for people from all over!!

Kids and Keeping Them Safe From Supposed Leaders of ISD #701

I’m going to depart from the normal FatBike info here, for a post….. it’s an issue that gets me very fired up!

So fired up I penned a letter to the editor last week!!!

And the Duluth News Tribune piece I wrote…..

So you have been warned, this post will contain huge amounts of my opinion….. if you can’t deal with it…. click back now.

Otherwise…. read on!!!


For the record, I’m a 1986 graduate of Hibbing High school….. and am currently ashamed to state that fact!

Due to an ongoing and very VERY troubling situation concerning a high level employee of ISD #701….. with allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. 

Kids being hurt by the very leader/s that are suppose to protect them, and provide a safe and welcoming learning environment…. burns me to my core….. and I just can’t keep quiet!

Here’s is an email I sent to all school board member’s and multiple news outlets, both local and national!!

Pure unadulterated unprofessional behavior by adults!!!!

To the school board of ISD#701, 

We are a family that is concerned about our children moving forward in the Hibbing school district under your current leadership.

It has become painfully obvious the school board needs to be wiped clean, and fresh new faces be put in place, regardless of where each member’s term sits!!
Especially the superintendents posistion!

There’s no two ways about it, the leader of ISD #701 has failed at his job, miserably; along with each and every subsequent board member.
For the simple fact of your failure to act quickly and without hesitation, and the severely unprofessional way you all mishandled the Fleming situation…… you all should be ashamed of yourselves, and be stripped of your duties AT ONCE!

Maybe if any of you had a spine and or the common sense to do what is/was right, you’d all step down at the same time! Sure it would leave void, but then none of you could do any further harm to Hibbing, and the Hibbing school district, and the hundreds of kids supposedly under your care.

Hands down, this is a stain on the whole of the Hibbing school district, and the city of Hibbing itself.
A stain mind you, that will take generation’s to clean away, if at all!!!
Further more, each and every one of you will be on permanent record as the leaders who failed the children under your care.

The current and unprofessional people (you as board member’s), that are in charge of ours, and every child that walks through the doors of HHS, and every other school under your supervision…… which are to be supplied with a SAFE and welcoming learning environment.

Sadly, this is and has not been at the fore front of your minds for quite some time! Saving your own skins, along with playing the “good old boys” card; and trying to play the system has been priority number one; when it should’ve been the exact opposite!

For crying out loud, how many reports of misconduct (by Mr. Fleming) did you need to see, before you thought to yourselves……. we better do something, before Flemings actions come back to bite us??
Well, guess what…… it’s past that time now, and you are all to blame!!

If Mr. Fleming is reinstated into his former position we DO NOT feel confident in ISD 701, and you as leaders to provide that safe and welcoming learning environment.
You’ve all proven your incompetence in the Fleming case.

Above everything I’ve said previously, your own employees (the educators of ISD 701) have placed their vote of NO CONFIDENCE in Mr. Fleming…… Almost unanimously!!!!
The voicing of their opinion should speak volumes against placing Mr. Fleming back in his old job; above and beyond anything else!!! Are you listening to your educational staff????

Please do not say your hands are tied!! They are not and each and every one of you know it!! Stand up for what’s right and just for once in your last actions as ISD 701 school board member’s…… and DO NOT let another child be wrecked for life by a monster posing as a leader and mentor of children!!
Please get the wolf in sheep’s clothing out of an opportunity to hurt children, and then follow him out knowing you’re doing the right thing!

Joe Sacco