Matt Ballard – Biography
|Albert Lee, MN – Farming community All my relatives had something to do with farming. My mom’s maiden name was Sorensen. All farmers, her sister Claris Pence. Lots of nice people in MN. I had so much fun as a small child on my relatives farms with horses, cows, and pigs. We also went fishing and ice-skating, snowmobiling, and other fun stuff.View our Photo Gallery
At one time in MN, I fell off a pier and was pulled out of the water by a lifeguard and almost drowned.
Way up north
This place is a wonder
Yes, I like Minnesota
From it’s towns
I started writing poems as a small child.. My dad was in the sign business, neon signs and electronic signs. We moved to Gallop, NM where lots of stuff happened. I was in 1st grade and started to ride bicycles and go mountain climbing with friends. We watched movies in the outdoor movie theatre from up on the hill all the time. We camped out with my brothers. They had jeeps and motorcycles and they filmed “Blazing Saddles” when I lived there. We also had lots of good Indian friends.
Then, we moved to Albuquerque, NM and a lot of stuff happened there. One time I was on the playground and my Mom and my little sister got in a car accident. I saw it happen because it was right next to the playground. We caught a lot of frogs in ponds and that’s when the Beatle’s started becoming popular.
Then, we moved to Salina, Kansas. That’s when I started to learn how to swim and my dad bought me my first bicycle. I rode all over town and caught craw dad’s and sold them to bait stores. I was always the new kid at school and I seemed to get in lots of fights on the playground.
I then started taking an interest in motorcycles and riding my bicycle to different bike shops all over town. I learned about bikes, Harley Davidson and other neat stuff.
Then, we moved to Libertyville, IL when I was in the third grade. I joined boys club football and my coach was Mr. Bach. I also played baseball and Hockey at Butler Lake. I told my dad that I wanted a Motorcycle and he said that when he was a kid, they had to build their own motorcycles. So, I started getting the parts together and we built a motorcycle for me. It was really amazing to ride.
I played some high school football but I was more interested in riding my motorcycle. I started racing every weekend instead of going to football games. I raced professional motocross races for manufacturers and various dealers such as Yamaha, Honda, KTM, Zundapp, Maco, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Cooper. Below are some of the motorcycle tracks I raced at…
I also went to college for diesel mechanics and welding. I welded computer frames and painted heavy equipment.
I also have 3 kids, Peter, Katie, and Rose. My wife passed away and my kids are all in college now. I own an asphalt company and was burned in a work accident.
I was sent in “Flight for Flight” to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. I was on life support for a month. Throughout my whole life, I’ve been writing poems. When I was burned, I also continued to write which helped me get through it.
After a long time recovering, I decided to do something really smart and race motocross again. At the Lake County Fairgrounds in 2005, I launched off a jump and landed so hard crossing the finish line in second place, all my suspension gave out. This bent the frame and broke my ankle. The handlebars smashed my face and the roof of my mouth was broke off and knocked all my teeth out. My face, lip and cheek were cut severely. I almost bled to death at the scene of the accident.
I was taken to the hospital and survived after multiple surgeries and procedures. My face was wired back together. But, I did get second place because I never fell off the motor cycle. I still enjoy riding now and have combined my poetry with my riding. I’m back to normal now and ride for fun, but not competition.
Every race track that I mentioned previously has many stories to tell about my races and adventures in motocross.
I like to snow ski and here’s some resorts that I’ve been to:
I also have been hiking and backpacking for over 12 years.
I also fished my whole life and some of my favorite places are listed below.
Radio and TV appearances
I have been featured on radio and TV stations for many of my poems and videos.
There are many more stories and adventures to tell, perhaps more