Ticket to ridePublished 11:27am Wednesday, September 4, 2013
For a few minutes, it was sheer confusion.
Kevin Knutson and his family had left their seats at Target Field during the seventh-inning stretch to walk around the stadium when he got one phone call. Seconds later, he got another. Voicemails starting piling up before Knutson realized why people were calling.
He had just won a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Knutson, 49, had entered a raffle to win the motorcycle as part of the Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day events at Target Field Aug. 17. Lakeland Hospice Foundation in Fergus Falls worked in effort with the Minnesota Twins organization on the event.
“I was in shock,” Knutson said of winning. “I was saying, ‘Is there another Kevin Knutson here?’”
Kevin Knutson’s daughter Brianna Knutson purchased the winning ticket for her father for his birthday. Kevin Knutson’s two other children and his wife also bought tickets for him and he bought one for himself in an effort to increase his odds of winning.
As part of winning the raffle, Kevin Knutson, a Twins fan for the past 15 years, got to meet Harmon Killebrew’s widow Nita, who he said was very nice and funny. He got a hug from Killebrew and got his picture taken with her as well.
“She was glad someone had locally won the bike,” Kevin Knutson said.
Tammy Anderson, the Lakeland Hospice Foundation director, was one of the people who tried to call Kevin Knutson after the winning ticket was announced and shown on the jumbotron at Target Field. She said the event has served a great purpose to those who are closest to it.
“This project meant a lot to Nita Killebrew to carry on her husband Harmon’s work with hospice,” Anderson said.
Kevin Knutson picked up his prize motorcycle about a week after the game, borrowing a trailer from Lakeland Hospice to bring it back to Fergus Falls. After bringing it to a few places around town, including his work at West Central Linen, he put it in the garage and did not take it out for more than a week. The first person to get a ride on the bike other than Kevin Knutson was his granddaughter Kaydance.
So far, the farthest Kevin Knutson has taken the motorcycle has been to Underwood and back. He said he has owned smaller bikes most of his life, but has never taken them on the interstate because they were too lightweight. But he said he has considered taking this new motorcycle for a longer drive.
He is also considering another change due to the Harley.
“I’ve got to get the apparel now,” he said, laughing. “I don’t have any leather jackets or leather pants.”