Riding in tandem

From left, Izzy Strutz of Merriman and Ava Weecks of Iron Mountain, the niece and great-granddaughter respectively of Jack “Uncle Grandpa” Carlson, ride a side-by-side Carlson built for his young relatives. After Karyn Carlson of Granite Bluff watched an episode of the television show “American Pickers” that included an antique side-by-side bike, she encouraged her husband to build one. Jack Carlson found a rerun of the same episode the next day and knew he could build the bike for the girls to ride together when visiting. The girls take the bike when they go camping with the Carlsons in the summer and are planning to show off their bike in the local Fourth of July parades in Iron Mountain and Channing.