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Photo by Rachelle Klemme Jeremiah James Korfe of Clarissa performs a solo concert at the New York Mills VFW June 7 to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Ride. The musician and motorcycle enthusiast signed copies of his album for friends and fans who watched him fall in love with Paige Duke on "Sweet Home Alabama."

Korfe and Duke on the road for charity

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Between appearances at Nashville and the Twin Cities, CMT's "Sweet Home Alabama" stars Jeremiah James Korfe and Paige Duke showed up to the New York Mills VFW for the Ronald McDonald House Ride.

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Freewill donations to hear Korfe's solo performance June 7 went to the charity, which defrays costs at the Ronald McDonald House helping children who are receiving medical care in Fargo-Moorhead.

While Korfe is from Clarissa and Duke lives in Starbuck, Minn., their home these days is partly on the road.

"We flew back in this morning from Nashville," Korfe said.

They met on CMT's reality dating show and have been traveling frequently since then.

Among the fans lining up to meet the couple were people who already knew Korfe from his school days at Eagle Valley and Verndale.

Dawn Captain was one of the attendees lining up to get a photo with Korfe and Duke.

"My husband actually drove school bus for JJ," she said. "Our son ran track with him."

Cal and Cindy Wolf also knew Korfe from his school days.

Cal was a janitor at Eagle Valley High School.

"His farm is right next to our farm," Cindy said.

Korfe, who divides his time between farming and the entertainment industry, got into the Screen Actors Guild by performing for a Harley-Davidson advertising spot.

He has participated in the ride before, but this is his first year doing a concert for them.

Korfe said his second cousin Scott Anderson asked him to perform.

Duke, who works for Kruger Farms in Starbuck, said she enjoyed meeting people at the event.

"This is the biggest charity ride in the area," she said.

Korfe has a niece and nephew with cystic fibrosis.

Paige said after their Facebook fans had rallied around the cystic fibrosis fundraiser, involvement with the Ronald McDonald House Ride was one way to be able to give back to fans.

According to an email sent to the Pioneer Journal, the June 9 ride made another record-setting year with 1,507 motorcycles, 1,620 gallons of pop tabs and at least $131,170 raised.

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