Minnesota Snowmobiling - January 2022

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January 2022 Minnesota Snowmobiling is the official publication of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA). The publication is a benefit of membership in MnUSA ($25 annual membership).


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MnUSA Executive Board President Scott Wakefield Vice President Timothy Heinen Secretary Janet Widness Treasurer Gordon Heitke Director at Large Greg Sorenson Past Presidents Greg Sorenson, Rod Seibel, Mark Kavanaugh, Gayle Quistgard, Mark Steinmueller, Keith Twombly, Terry Hutchinson, Curt Berg, Harold Brace, Bob Linn, Diane Wallenta, Greg Sorenson, Jeff Mausolf, Bob King, Larry Shepherd, Bill Kullberg, LeRoy Strehlo, Tom Decker, Mary Violett, Allen Eglinton, Al Lalim, Harold Tomkins Minnesota Snowmobiling (ISSN 1085-1054) is published seven times a year for $14 – September, October, November, December, January, February and March by MidWest Outdoors Limited, 111 Shore Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. Periodicals postage paid through Brooklyn Park, MN, and additional entries. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, 7040 Lakeland Ave N., Suite 212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


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UPCOMING EVENTS MnUSA Rendezvous » Feb 3-6, 2022 MnUSA Special General Membership Meeting » Feb 6, 2022 MnUSA Quarterly Membership & Board Meetings » Feb 10, 2022 Veterans Appreciation Ride » Feb 12, 2022 MnUSA Scholarship Application Deadline » Feb 28, 2022


From the

MnUSA President

22 Minutes Scott Wakefield

That’s how long it took me to sell my 2002 Polaris as the end of my driveway the other day. So you know what I’m doing next, to the delight of my wife— getting more sleds at the end of my driveway for sale. Supply chain issues are creating a very hot market for sleds right now. That runs from a couple years old right on down to the vintage group of sleds. If you ever were going to sell a spare sled, now may be the time. It’s frustrating for those that bought new, but there’s not much we can do about it. The Minnesota legislature will be starting the new session off with a budget surplus of $7.746 billion (that’s with a “B” folks), according to the Minnesota Management and Budget office. I for one think the legislature needs to take a look at its tax policy to start the session off, but there will be many mouths at the table, so to speak, looking to get fed. Based on these numbers, is there money for snowmobiling in there and for our tax break legislation to go through?

The Minnesota legislative session is a little like the start to a snowmobile season—lots of anticipation, got your i’s dotted and t’s crossed and you’re ready to go with great expectations of enjoyment, and fun, only to get a surprise or two down the road. Let’s hope and pray with the good guidance of our excellent tandem of Doug and Christian Franzen, we can keep the surprises to a minimum. Rendezvous is a great opportunity to discuss items of snowmobiling interest with your legislators. When I was at FarmFest this past summer, I sat with Gary Dahms – Redwood Falls, Paul Torkelson – Hanska, and Dean Urdahl – Grove City, and Gary couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they (the legislators) had at the last Rendezvous and were looking forward to our Feb. 3-6, 2022 event! If they are excited to attend, you should be too. Find information in this edition to register. The trails are open and we are off and running. Get involved with your club and try to recruit one new member. If we all do that we can double in size. In the time it takes to sell a sled at the end of a driveway you should be able to sign up one new member.

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It’s a New Year Tim Heinen

I hope that this Christmas you were surrounded by family and friends. Now that it’s over and that one relative that annoys you has gone home, it’s time to ride and get away from all that commercialization and save your sanity. Let’s hope that 2022 will be a better year for snowmobiling. Snow, that is what we need, lots of snow. In fact, it’s snowing outside right now. Boy, I am hoping for a good dump, that is, of snow. I grew up in Waconia, from the ‘60s through the ‘70s, and I remember always having a ton of snow. Heck, you couldn’t see the cars parked in the street from your house as the snowbanks were so high from the plow trucks. We would even have snow long before Christmas. Oh, the days of listening to WCCO radio early in the morning during a snowstorm just hoping they would call your school closed. Back then you had to have 10 to 12 inches on the ground before they even thought about closing the school! So, there you sit, listening to Boone and Erickson for your town’s name, and because my town started with a “W” I’d have to wait a long time. They would name all the schools around Waconia closed, so I’m sitting there rubbing my hands thinking that Waconia would be closed too, but wait, they’re back to the “A”s…they didn’t say Waconia! Darn those bus drivers for thinking they can drive through this stuff. Oh well, I might as well get dressed and jump on my snowmobile and go to school. They would never shut down because it is cold out. I feel that we have become a society of wimpy people. Now we get a dusting of snow and schools close; heck schools close before the snow even comes. People are crashing their cars or going off the roads. I don’t remember people being like that in the “Good Ole Days.” In mid-January in 1974, I was working at our family gas station when a big snowstorm hit. By late afternoon there must have been 15 inches on the ground, high winds, and the snowplows couldn’t keep up as the snow was coming down hard, so they called off the plows. There was no travel by car or even 4WD trucks. Later that night there was a call to the hospital, stating that a woman out in the country just south of town was in labor. They couldn’t make it to the hospital and the one ambulance we had in town couldn’t get out of his driveway. (Yep, back then the town ambulance was privately owned, and he lived two houses from my parents’ house.) Oh, what to do? The local doctor called my father to see if he could get through the snow with our tow truck, and of course he could not. I suggested that I could give him a ride on my snowmobile. He took me up on the offer and away we went. With so much snow, I just took the highway south towards Cologne and turned off onto the county road. The baby was born, and the doctor stayed there until morning when the roads were cleared.

So, with that said, I always felt that snowmobilers have done a lot of good in the community. I have helped people in need. I have always shared the joy of snowmobiling with many friends. I don’t like to see any trails being closed due to trespassing, or even from new developments that are popping up everywhere. We need to get out there and promote our love of riding and the economic impact that it brings to businesses. We need to be positive. Talk to your city developers and let them know not to forget about that snowmobile trail that has been there for the last 20 or so years. Also, with the trespassing issues, the next time you’re at your favorite place that you patronage, talk to other riders about the importance of staying on the marked snowmobile trails. I am not shy to walk up to someone and ask where they rode from. Ask them if they belong to a club, explain the importance of being a member. I know we have a long fight ahead of us to educate people. I know now how some teachers feel when what they teach doesn’t sink in! With all that said, it looks like there has been enough snowfall to go ride for a few hours. Happy trails! Be respectful of the land you use—it might not be there tomorrow to ride on.


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MnUSA Directors Executive Board


President Scott Wakefield -XM 12620 Co Rd 30 Waconia 55387 612-483-5638 oliver1650@icloud.com

Region 1 Jim Folz-XM, 29005 110th St NW Warren, 56762, 218-745-5849 binnyandjamez5354@yahoo.com

Vice President Timothy Heinen 20602 Keystone Ave Lakeville 55044 952-250-6642 timothy@heinenzoo.com Secretary Janet Widness - XM 43390 220th St Clitherall 56524 218-731-6126 jwstulk@prtel.com Treasurer Gordon Heitke - XM 2270 300th Ave Mora 55051 763-234-6712 gheitke@gmail.com Director-At-Large Greg Sorenson 66033 Big Pine Rd Finlayson 55735 218-393-0413 minnsnoman@aol.com

Greg Anderson, 61125 340th St Warroad, 56763, 218-386-3262 gregea42@gmail.com Dale Dahlen, 2321 Pebble Beach Rd NW East Grand Forks, 56721, 218-791-6679 dodahlen@hotmail.com Gail Friborg, 37857 Fairground Rd Bagley, 56621, 218-694-2840 pfgf@gvtel.com Gary Gorden, 10837 Aure Rd NW Puposky, 56667, 218-770-2180 ggordenparks@hotmail.com Region 2 Jack White, 11914 Main St, PO Box 514 Northome, 56661, 218-897-5764 jwhite@paulbunyan.net

Committee Chairs

Cindy Hansmann, 16871 Highway 2 Warba, 55793, 218-301-9496 cindy.hansmann@frontier.com

By-Laws: Rick Johnson-XM · 612-935-7249

Troy Johnson, 5140 County Rd 4 Cromwell, 55726, 218-390-0046 tntjohnson547@hotmail.com

Booth: Dean Thompson · 763-441-8555

Communications: Scott Wakefield-XM · 612-483-5638 Charity/Awards: Janet Widness-XM· 218-769-4243 Elections/Nominations: Greg Sorenson · 218-393-0413 Finance/Audit: Gordon Heitke-XM · 763-234-6712 Fund Raising: Mark Steinmueller-XM · 320-679-3653 Land Access: OPEN Legislative/DNR/Trails: Terry Hutchinson-XM · 612-581-6627 Membership: Jerry Hanson-XM · 763-536-0472 Merchandise: Ted Breeggemann· 612-919-7811 Safety: OPEN Site Selection: Mark LaBaw-XM· 952-221-2564 Website/Social Media: Mark Kavanaugh-XM· 218-330-7380

Jerry Kujala-XM, 4951 Spirit Lake Rd Mt. Iron, 55768, 218-735-8446 jdkujala@gmail.com De Lyle Pankratz, 7756 Ely Lake Dr Eveleth, 55734, 218-744-1375 dwpankratz@yahoo.com Steve Thomopolous, 3152 County Rd 2 S International Falls, 56649, 218-283-4025 greekman1122@yahoo.com Randy Vannet, 28938 Arbo Rd Grand Rapids 55744, 218-244-6797 randy.vannet@gmail.com Region 3 Tom Jann, 21668 Peterson Creek Dr Deerwood, 56444, 218-839-1230 lakejann@gmail.com Allen Beumer, 10234 410th Ave Hillman, 56338, 320-355-2257 abeumer1845@gmail.com Scott Haley, 14394 105th Ave Milaca, 56353, 612-670-6027 cody30@frontiernet.net


Jeff Kack-XM, PO Box 55 Appleton, 56208, 320-289-1069 jkack@mchsi.com Dick Kuttner, 522 Shady Ridge Rd NW Hutchinson, 55350, 320-587-6536 richardk@hutchtel.net Region 5 Mike Clevenger-XM, 7302 NW 97th Ave Morristown, 55052, 507-838-5713 cmclevenger3@gmail.com Coy Borgstrom, 20 E Veterans Memorial Hwy, Kasson, 55944, 507-251-1199 coy3911@gmail.com Bill Gehn, Red Wing, 651-388-7541 william_gehn@hotmail.com Paul Maruska, 26276 Drexel Ave, New Prague, 56071, 952-212-2293 ptmaruska81@gmail.com Nicole Pankratz, 1212 18th St S Virginia, 55792, 218-780-3853 pankratz.nicole@yahoo.com Region 6 David Murphy, 1801 Industrial St #9 Hudson, WI 54016, 651-373-0534 dm.4898@gmail.com

Bill Ylatupa-XM, 43 Garden Dr Silver Bay, 55614, 218-220-8189 ylatupa2@gmail.com Region 8 Ted Breeggemann, 6201 250th St W Belle Plaine, 56011, 612-919-7811 breeggemann79@gmail.com Randy Baudler, 9259 FoxlineDr N Corcoran, 55340, 763-420-5526 rbslawn@gmail.com Mark LaBaw-XM, 1471 Independence Ave Chaska, 55318, 952-221-2564 mlabawstillafishn@yahoo.com Dick Theis, 20575 Co Rd 10 Hamel, 55340, 763-494-3838 dickt.barbc@gmail.com Region 9 Charles Chadbourne, 30974 170th St Detroit Lakes, 56501, 218-847-6517 peewee@arvig.net Donald Hansen, PO Box 94 Cyrus, 56323, 320-795-2741 Steve “Woody”Widness-XM, 43390 220th St Clitherall, 56524, 218-769-4243 jwstulk@prtel.com

Bill Prinsen, 5011 121 St N, White Bear Lake 55110, 651-260-8508 skidoo06-@hotmail.com Ken Zak, 20629 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, 55044, 952-469-2246 kjnbaa@frontier.net Region 7 Randy Laberge-XM, 5424 Lax Lake Rd Silver Bay, 55614, 218-353-7697 dandrlaberge@hotmail.com Ryan Boe, 5146 Jean Duluth Rd Duluth 55803, 218-349-5578 ryanboe@hotmail.com

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Dan Larson, 5020 Munger Shaw Rd Saginaw, 55779, 218-729-5411 dlogger222@aol.com

Scott Seely, Two Harbors 218-830-1028, srseely@gmail.com Gary Vezina, Duluth 218-722-2852

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Dan Hamilton, Duluth, 651-398-2461 danielhamilton@aol.com

Phillip Lockett, 218-348-9161 lockettphillip@yahoo.com

Jason Hendrickx-XM, 18539 93rd St SE Becker, 55308, 320-292-5926 jasonhendrickx@gmail.com John Olmscheid, PO Box 160 Elrosa, 56325, 320-250-3271 johnolmscheid@frontier.com

Region 4 Sheri Gades-XM, 103 5th St N Danvers, 56231, 320-760-3526 gades@ fedteldirect.net



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Legislative News Random Prattling, Jabbering & Natterings and an apology

our sport. In my column, I strayed from that focus by writing about stuff that folks seem to have strong feelings about. With that in mind, I apologize to those good people who may have been offended by my comments and henceforth my columns will be about the betterment of our sport. I still will speak only for myself and try to be fun to read, informative, and interesting. Speaking of our sport:

An opinion column by Doug Franzen While putting my finishing touches on this issue’s column, I received an email from a reader, presumably a member. The reader was upset about my column in the last edition of Minnesota Snowmobiling and made it clear exactly what he thought of me in quite colorful language. The point of the reader’s gripe was that my column was politically divisive and offensive to some snowmobilers with contrary opinion, and that important stakeholders in MnUSA like our landowners, members, and legislative friends might withdraw their support. Rather than continue the conversation, I decided to think about the content of what the reader meant and reply again in the morning. However, upon reflection I realized the guy had a point. I began to understand that his point was well taken. He was right! That is, except about me being a low IQ idiot and having my brain located in my butt. At least I hope he’s wrong about that.

One important MnUSA legislative agenda item is to secure a sales tax exemption for building materials and equipment used in the development and maintenance of trails. Snowmobile trails are a public good. They are paid for by a dedicated fund which, in turn, is funded by our user fees and taxes. In other words, it is our money that becomes public money. Taxing essential equipment and building materials is simply re-taxing our money. Funds are lost to the dedicated fund and moved to the general fund to be spent on programs unrelated to snowmobiling. It makes sense that snowmobile clubs, as good stewards of funds in the dedicated account, do our work in the most cost-effective manner. Placing taxes on dedicated funds (money generated through the fees and taxes we pay) is not cost effective and makes no sense. Tell your legislators to support a sales tax exemption for building materials and supplies for snowmobile trails. I still invite comments, criticisms, and fancy patter. Your responses make this column fun to write. Just don’t call me a butthead.

With my first column, I had hoped to take controversial issues and generate conversation among snowmobilers. MnUSA members have never been accused of being of one mind on anything—except snowmobiling. Our members are Democrats, Republicans, Conservative, Liberal, Communist (Yes, I know who you are) and Independents. I thought that respectful conversations about controversial issues would be thought provoking and entertaining. What I failed to realize is that it might threaten our unity. MnUSA’s strength and success has always been due to our united and single-minded focus on protecting and promoting snowmobiling to the benefit of all Minnesotans and generations to come. Our political litmus test has always been supported for

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MnUSA News Notice of Special General Membership Meeting

In conjunction with Winter Rendezvous, a Special General Membership meeting of Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake, 11000 Craguns Dr., Brainerd, MN 56401. Agenda items will be posted on MnUSA’s website.

The Great Minnesota Tab Off

The River Valley Trailblazer’s Club is challenging all MnUSA Snowmobile Clubs to participate in the “TAB” Off by collecting tabs to give to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Saving your “TABS” helps to support families with a medical crisis staying at Ronald McDonald Houses in the Upper Midwest. In 2019 we turned in 120 pounds of tabs, that’s 62 one-gallon Zip Lock bags or 135,360 tabs. Let’s see if we can break that record.

Pictured left to right: MnUSA President Scott J. Wakefield, Region 8 Director Mark LaBaw, Jerry Hanson Northwest Trails, and Nancy Hanson, MnUSA Business Coordinator.

Christmas parties. Region 8 thanks its member clubs for their generous donations over the years. Let’s see if we can exceed those numbers next year.

Rendezvous Silent Auction

Bring your tabs to the Rendezvous in Brainerd and turn them into Steve Blake. If you are not able to turn them in then, contact Sandy Doherty at 952-445-9130 or threegamesandy@ aol.com to see about arranging a pickup.

Toys for Tots

Members of MnUSA’s Region 8 were recently on the local NBC Affiliate KARE 11 News, making a nice cash donation of $2,591 and a toy donation of 232 toys for the station’s support of the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. This is the seventh year Region 8 has made donations of cash and toys from its Region 8 clubs through either dealer open houses or

The 2022 Winter Rendezvous is rapidly approaching and with it comes the MnUSA Silent Auction fundraiser. Sixteen years ago the silent auction was initiated by former MnUSA director Steve Bethke to create a way to raise money for MnUSA’s legal defense fund. Since that time, the Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund which provides signage and safety materials to clubs and sponsors the Veterans Appreciation ride has been added as a recipient of funds. The donor makes the decision as to where the proceeds go. We hope to have a wide variety of unique items for attendees to bid on. If you would like to donate an item(s) to the auction and will not be attending Rendezvous, information on how to donate can be found on MnUSA’s website on the Rendezvous page -https://www. mnsnowmobiler.org/get-involved/mnusa/mnusa-events/ mnusa-2022-winter-rendezvous.

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MnUSA News International Snowmobile Safety Week: January 15-23, 2022 The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has announced the snowmobile community will sponsor the 28th annual International Snowmobile Safety Week. This is a special event for the snowmobile community, including State and Provincial Snowmobile Associations, Visitors and Convention Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, Snowmobile Clubs and local and state and provincial agencies joining together to recognize the importance of safe, responsible snowmobiling. All of their efforts highlight the key positions which include: • Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – Don’t drink and ride. • Smart Riders are Safe Riders – Take a snowmobile safety training course. • When night riding slow down – Expect the unexpected. • Know before you go – Always check local ice conditions • Cross with Care • Know the risks and be prepared – Make every trip a round trip • One is the loneliest number – Never ride alone. • Ride safe, stay on the trail – Respect private property.

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Safety Training – Minnesota statutes require that any Minnesota resident born after December 31, 1976, must have a safety certificate to operate a snowmobile in Minnesota. Minnesota offers two options to promote snowmobile safety and to train snowmobile operators. Both courses will lead to a Snowmobile Safety Certificate upon successful completion of the course. Traditional Snowmobile Course is an introductory course of approximately 8 hours designed primarily for the snowmobile rider with little or no experience in snowmobile operation. The course includes two or more classes and a hands-on riding performance course. Although the course is designed for youth ages 11-15, it may be taken by anyone who desires to take an introductory snowmobile course. The certificate becomes valid at age 12. Online Snowmobile Course is offered for both youth and adults. The online courses are available at snowmobilecourse. com. Upon completion of the online course, youth ages 11-15 are then required to attend a one-day classroom review and hands-on riding performance course to receive a certificate. These courses are provided by volunteer instructors from snowmobile clubs across the state. Upon successful completion of the online course, students will complete selfcertification procedures to print their snowmobile certificate. continued on next page

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MnUSA News A Snowmobile Safety Certificate is issued to graduates of both snowmobile safety courses. For more information see www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile.

Ice is Never 100% Safe!

Mountain Riding – Many MnUSA members travel west during the season to ride in the mountains in avalanche terrain. In addition to taking an avalanche course and getting the proper gear, when riding in the West, it is also very important to Know Before You Go. Check the avalanche forecast before heading out no matter where you ride in the West. You have the training and the tools but did you check the avalanche forecast? Very easy to do: go to www. avalanche.org and click on the state you are going to ride in. Trespass – This year ISMA and its partners are continuing the effort that all snowmobilers must respect private landowners and public land and the land managers. We highlight the need to protect land use privileges and to stay on the trail and if you don’t know—don’t go. Remember to Take the Pledge at www.snowmobilerspledge.com. Ice Safety – Ice is never 100% safe. The DNR does not measure ice thickness on Minnesota lakes. Your safety is your responsibility. Don’t “overdrive” your snowmobile’s headlight. At even 30 miles per hour, it can take a much longer distance



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to stop on ice than your headlight shines. Many fatal snowmobile through-the-ice accidents occur because the machine was traveling too fast for the operator to stop when the headlamp illuminated the hole in the ice. Snowmobile clubs and associations are encouraged to invite local representatives from the business community to go snowmobiling and show them our known, safe riding standards. There is information available from the ISMA office to help support your efforts. That information includes the Safe Rider video chapter series, with 13 videos, located on the www.snowmobile.org and www.gosnowmobiling.org websites. All the videos are free and can be downloaded and used at local events. There is a Safety Week Manual available to download from www.snowmobile.org, with ideas on how to set up a Safety Week event and get the International Snowmobile Safety Week recognized in your community. During your campaign activities, we encourage you to take photos and share them with others on the ISMA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling. Snowmobiling is a fun family activity where we must keep safety as a top-of-mind awareness issue.





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MnUSA News Monitor a Frozen Body of Water from Anywhere, Anytime

As big fans of winter recreation, we know that frozen lakes and rivers are never completely safe. This is particularly true at the beginning of the snowmobiling season. Whether preparing to ride our favorite trails or planning a workday to maintain them, it’s important to know the hard-water areas we’re going to be traversing and take ice measurements. But it takes time to ride out and manually drill holes, and ice thickness can fluctuate depending on temperatures. So what if there was a safer and more efficient way to monitor frozen water? Even better, what if we could see those changes in ice thickness before we ever loaded up our sleds? This is exactly what Winter Recreation Technologies founder and cold-weather enthusiast Steve Weeres was thinking when he came up with the idea for ICESPY™. A Minnesota resident, Weeres loves getting out on the ice every year to fish and take his grandkids for rides. But he never enjoyed having to walk or drive out onto potentially thin ice in order to drill a hole and visually check the depth of the ice. ICESPY was developed to make it more efficient to measure and monitor ice thickness on frozen bodies of water.

Weeres is an electrical engineer by trade with a background in the Internet of Things (IoT) concepts. At a basic level, IoT refers to objects (often machines or devices) that use sensors or other types of technologies to relay data over a network. Weeres set out to design and build a device that would measure ice thickness in the immediate vicinity of the device and then transmit the measurement data remotely. After several years of research and prototyping, ICESPY was created. So how does ICESPY work? Developed with ease of use in mind, the most efficient method of placement is to anchor the data buoy in at least four feet of open water wherever desired measurements are to be gathered. Once the water freezes, ICESPY begins making and transmitting ice thickness measurements. The data can be viewed locally on the device itself or remotely through a web-based portal on the internet. Or, if the ice has already formed, an eight-inch hole can be drilled and the device can be placed in the opening. ICESPY has many great implications for anyone who loves recreating in winter. It can be used to indicate ice thickness at public access points; at resorts, lake homes, or cabins; in areas surrounding aeration systems and natural springs; under bridges and pinch points—and wherever snowmobile trails cross over frozen bodies of water. By monitoring ice measurements remotely and in real-time, cold-weather buffs can avoid wasting time traveling to locations where the ice isn’t thick enough for riding or working on trails.

ICESPY will be available for order in 2022. To find out more about Winter Recreation Technologies or sign up for product updates, visit www.winrectech.com. Take the guesswork out of knowing when to go, and enjoy a longer, safer snowmobiling season. No ice is ever completely safe. This device is meant to provide information as to the possible thickness of the ice that exists only where the unit is located. Winter Recreation Technologies LLC makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the ability of this product to determine whether any ice surface is safe to be entered upon by the user. Any act or failure to act based on a reading from this product shall be at the user’s own risk.

Attention Snowmobilers: Before you Turn the Key or Pull the Rope, BuckleYour Helmet As a fellow snowmobiler, I want to pass on a valuable lesson that only take a few seconds and may save your life—fasten your helmet strap properly…every time!

I speak from experience of a terrible head-on car collision that caused the unfastened helmet to come off and the rider’s head to hit the window, causing severe facial damage. After several months of physical and speech-language therapy, the rider has recovered, although that person suffered other major broken bones. In our 40 years of snowmobiling, we have been fortunate to have never had any accidents,but in seconds our lives changed immensely. How easy it is to forget the most important step in startup procedures. Protect your head from hitting any object by simply buckling your helmet. Submitted by a MnUSA member who wishes to remain unnamed.

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Welcome to the many new members to MnUSA this season and thank you to those that stopped by to chat, join and/or purchase calendars at the MnUSA booth at the Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show in Duluth. It was a successful show and many of the people we talked with were new to snowmobiling and interested in clubs. Thank you to Duluth Lawn & Sports and Jeff Erickson for providing the snowmobile for the booth display.

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MnUSA Scholarship Recipient In the September issue the 2021 MnUSA scholarship recipients were announced. This issue we are featuring an essay from Megan Weber. The MnUSA Scholarship Program will continue in 2022 with applications due by February 28, 2022. Application forms can be found on MnUSA’s website under Programs. MnUSA Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee on the basis of their essay, academic achievement, leadership, participation in school, snowmobile and community activities, work experience, and additional insight from two outside references. Megan Weber graduated from Henning High School in Henning in May 2021 and is studying accounting/ finance at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She is an active member of the Henning

Snow Cruisers and helps with trail clean-up and maintenance. She was active in many extracurricular activities during high school and was the recipient of many awards of excellence. Her high school activities included lettering in basketball (Captain, MVP, All Conference, Class A All-Tournament First Team), volleyball and golf; participated band, choir, and was Yearbook editor. In addition to National Honor Society, she received Awards of Academic Distinction, was Student Council Class President and participated in Knowledge Bowl. Megan also volunteered for many community activities. She is the daughter of Darren and Eileen Weber and is the recipient of a $1000 scholarship. With the many restrictions put on Minnesota residents due to the COVID pandemic, people are embracing outdoor activities and many have been introduced to or returned to snowmobiling. With all the activity comes a greater responsibility for all riders to respect the generosity of landowners and stay on the trail. Megan – What would you do to educate and stop riders of all ages and experience levels from trespassing and to stay on the trails? As the COVID pandemic impacted the world and limited recreational and indoor activities for people of all locations, ages, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses, countless individuals found themselves asking, “What is there to do?” Many answered their own question by taking up outdoor activities and hobbies. In the winter months these included skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and of course – snowmobiling. This expanded interest in the sport is wonderful for the snowmobile industry and those who make their living supporting it in various ways, including snowmobile sales and service as well as lodging, restaurants, and gas stations. But – this newfound interest also comes with a caution. Not all individuals new to the sport grew up understanding the intricacies behind the construction of the trails and how easily portions of the trails can be lost. I was fortunate to grow up in a snowmobiling family. Some of my earliest memories are riding in our family’s SnowCoach with siblings or cousins. As years passed, recollections also include sitting in front of my dad on his sled as he incrementally taught me the nuances of driving, completing the snowmobile safety course facilitated by my dad and other local snowmobile club members, and assisting club members in annual maintenance of the trails. All these experiences flamed within me a love of the sport, but they also taught me that snowmobiling comes with much responsibility. There are many rules and regulations that riders must know, understand, and follow to keep the trails open. It may be easy for some riders to hop on the trails and enjoy the day outdoors without considering the process of constructing and maintaining snowmobile trails. Growing up as I did, this is not the case. Many local trails cross property of friends and neighbors, and this property and relationship needs to be respected. For the past years, I have helped with trail maintenance and clean-up to ensure it


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Youth News is ready for riders. After summer storms and heavy winds, it is very common to find fallen trees and branches in the way of the trail. I, along with other members of our club, spend a day riding along the trail and clearing away any fallen brush. Additionally, we trim trees and branches that have overgrown and are in the way of the path. We also add or replace signs that are cracked or faded to make sure signs are visible, including those that encourage riders to stay on the trail. I also know that it takes a lot of time, consideration, and cooperation to design the routes for the trails. Snowmobile clubs must get permission from landowners to allow the trail to go through their land and provide snowmobile riders access. This fall, I experienced asking a landowner to reroute a trail section to make it safer and more enjoyable for riders. Landowners, however, do not have to agree. They are only contingently permitting riders to access small portions of their land. Anytime riders go off the trail onto privately owned property, they are trespassing. Landowners have the right to stop allowing the snowmobile trail to go through their land if problems arise. This causes many issues as it is not a simple task to re-route and re-sign the trails. So how do we protect these agreements and relationships with landowners and educate riders of all ages and experience levels about trespassing? I would organize a publicity campaign with the help of local snowmobile clubs. We would need to identify the exact message we want to send, the various groups that the message needs to reach, and the modes of delivering the message that have the best chance of reaching the identified target audiences.

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Youth News The message should include the need to stay on the trails, but not only that. It needs to include the why – the reason behind the request. Riders need to understand what goes into obtaining access to private land (as stated above), the benefits of respecting that access (continued and even expanded access to private lands), and the potential ramifications of disrespecting that access – for the riders as well as the landowners and local snowmobile clubs (loss of trails, damage to property and vegetation, stressed livestock, broken relationships). Multiple groups need exposure to this message including youth new to the sport, adults new to the sport, individuals who ride frequently, and those who ride infrequently such as those riding with a friend. The best methods for delivering the message vary for each case. One method that our local snowmobile club utilizes each year is a snowmobile class for new youth riders. This is a great opportunity to talk about the importance of staying on the trails. Sending home articles or flyers that address the topic could spread the message to those with whom the youth live. Chances are these youth will not be riding alone, so whether they are with their parents, grandparents, or friends, they can share the information and help spread the word about staying on trails. Another way to communicate with youth is to post flyers in locations they frequent, such as school hallways. Another way to encourage youth to learn about and spread the message is for local clubs to sponsor a coloring, essay, or video competition related to the topic. Media probably reaches the most people of all ages. To reach those who use traditional media, radio and television public service

announcements are an option, as are newspaper releases. Public, shareable social media posts have the potential to reach even more people of various demographics. Designing posts or challenging others to create posts and encouraging their spread is one idea. Since all trail riders see the signs along the trail, it is important to utilize this method of communication as well. In addition to the current signs that say stay on the trail, other types of signs could be included. Signs that say “trail provided by the generosity of landowners” or even actually naming the landowner similar to adopt-a-highway signs could bring more awareness. Finally, a commitment or pledge campaign could create more consciousness and loyalty. This could be done in various ways. One way is to add a statement and checkbox to the snowmobile license renewal application that says, “In order to respect the property rights of landowners and maintain current trail systems, I will stay on marked trails.” If it would be too cumbersome to add this to the license renewal process, another option would be to conduct the commitment campaign via social media. Either way, it is about increasing awareness and loyalty. It is exciting to see the snowmobile industry increasing in popularity and what this could mean for expanding opportunities in the future. With growth, however, also comes the need to proactively consider potential areas of concern. As the number of snowmobile riders grows, one of these areas of concern is the need to educate and encourage all riders to honor the landowners by staying on the trails. We are fortunate to live during a time when numerous technological tools are available to meet this need.

Honor and Ride! Join MnUSA for the 14th Annual Veterans Appreciation Ride

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All veterans are welcome to enjoy a day snowmobiling, including one night’s lodging and meals. Bring your own sled or if you don’t have equipment, there will be snowmobiles, helmets, and clothing available. Co-sponsored by MnUSA, and MSEAF Contact Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) 7040 Lakeland Avenue N., Suite 212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 866-811-7669 | email: mnveteransride@gmail.com website: mnvetsnowmobileride.org


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The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame

The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF) was founded in 1984 by Elmer Cone of Bovey, Minnesota and was relocated to the World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River, Wis-consin in 2009. Since its founding, over 129 individuals have been inducted into this prestigious group. They rep-resent trail developers, volunteers, club organizers, journalists, promoters, industry representatives, adventurers and others who have given tremendous dedication to the sport of snowmobiling.

Our induction program costs several thousand dollars annually, and to support that, we have de-veloped our “Friends of ISHOF” program to request donations from individuals, clubs and associations and to recognize those donors on our website. Donations can be made securely on line using a credit card on our website donate page www.ishof.com/donate or by check mailed to ISHOF, 1521 N. Railroad Street, Eagle River, WI 54521. See our history and how to nominate someone for induction into ISHOF at www.ishof.com.

They are the true foundation of the sport. Without them, snowmobiling would not have become the premier winter sport that it is today. The first annual International Snowmobile Hall of Fame induction and awards ceremony was held in 1990 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame has continued to induct a selected few pioneering members of the snowmobile community in annual recognition cer-emonies in Eagle River, WI.

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Club News The Sakatah Trail Sno-Cruisers Annual Snowmobile Safety Training by Larry Shepherd The Sakatah Trail Sno-Cruisers held their annual snowmobile safety training with a great group of instructors and with 51 young snowmobilers completing the testing. Even though the roads were ice and snow covered not one student that signed

Standing: Linda Lamont, Buddy Stoering, Chris Lamont, Brad Meister, Greg Lamont. Seated: Cheryl Clevenger, Mike Clevenger, Larry Shepherd (45 year instructor)

up cancelled. Training students the benefits of being a safe and responsible snowmobiler at such an early age, one can hope this will follow through to adulthood, and with a little peer pressure hopefully spread to others. John Lamont and his granddaughter doing a safety check.

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2022 MIDWEST RIDE-IN JANUARY 28-30, 2022

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Vintage Event Inspires 500-Mile Ride

by Joel Kunz

With 31 years of bringing the love of the antique and vintage snowmobiles to the masses, and last year’s cancellation in the rearview mirror, the Midwest Ride-In, is “fired up” for the 50th Anniversary of the production of John Deere snowmobiles. So yes, it is definitely the “Year of the Deere”—the last weekend of the month, January 28 through the 30 at the ERX Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Snowmobile enthusiasts from across the country (and world) will gather to enjoy all that is the Ride-In, trail ride, judged show, brand specific displays, memorabilia sales, racing from Kids Pro Ice to the One Lunger sleds, silent auction, live auction. The activities begin at 8 a.m. on Friday; the start time was moved up four hours for four more hours of fun! The ever-popular swap meet will be expanded and close to the truck track this year. Don’t worry, attendees will get a map this year upon arrival to help navigate the roughly 500 acres of the park. Remember, this is a snowmobile event, so bring your sled for traversing the area. Plus, the people movers will be running all day to help you get to where you want to be. The silent auction will be in the big grey building again this year, along with memorabilia sales. Hot and cold beverages will be served, so make sure to stop by the chalet. Food will also be available including some tasty pork chops from the Elk River Easy Riders, the local snowmobile club. It has been expanded this year to two locations—the back parking lot of the big grey building and at the chalet. Saturday is a big day, with the swap meeting continuing, and the best part of the Midwest Ride-In—the Memorial Jack Speckel Trail Ride. The new improved trail ride starts at 11 a.m. There will be no crossing traffic this year, as it will start in the truck track next to the swap meet, and there will

be more fun at the pitstop with food trucks and refreshment options. Kids Pro Ice, hot laps start in the morning, and the one-lunger races start later in the day in the sno-cross track. Again, there will be memorabilia for sale, a silent auction, displays of sleds and a vendor or two, all in the big grey building all day. On Sunday, we round out the weekend with the big judged show, more Kids Pro Ice, more one-lunger, and the last of the swap. This is not just a big event; this is the event when it comes to anything and everything related to the antique and vintage hobby. Thank you to all the volunteers that make this event happen, helping the local snowmobile clubs, but also helping the other clubs that make the trip to volunteer. Without you there would not be an event. The Kids Pro Ice Midwest Championship will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Kids Pro Ice Racing is a non-profit

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youth ice racing association based in the Twin Cities region. They have over 30 active families who teach kids safe driving and racing practices as well as good sportsmanship and friendship. They offer 14 racing classes from Amateur Kitty Cat and 120 to the “Big Guns” Formula 1, Champ 120 and Junior Novice. Racers range from 4 to 16 years of age, and the organization is well known for producing some of the finest racers in ORA, USSA, and the TLR cup series. The Elk River race is a part of a bigger series of events that draws racing enthusiasts from all over North America, and will crown the Midwest Champion in 15 categories from amateur stock and vintage Kitty Kats to Pro 206. It is a lot of fun to watch and a highlight of the three-day event. There is another story going on behind the scenes that is a part of this giant event. On Monday, January 24 a man and his son with a vision and a mission will be gathering with friends and supporters in Steinbach, Manitoba in preparation of traversing the original route of the International 500 Snowmobile Race on vintage John Deere sleds. Not on modern day trail machines, but on slightly modified 1973 John Deere snowmobiles. Their destination is the 2022 Midwest Ride-In and 50th year John Deere themed celebration of snowmobiling at Elk River, Minnesota with arrival set for Saturday, January 29. Both classic Deere 400s are stock with the exception of more reliable carburetors, clutches, the addition of heated hand warmers, plus a few simple modifications that will make them simpler to work on. Sixty-seven-year-old Roger Kram and his son Wyatt came up with the idea one remembered day in 2018 while riding in the car with his wife Bernice, who encouraged it with a “do it while you can” attitude. The die was cast, and the date of the ride set to coincide with the 2022 Midwest Ride-In Event because of the 50th anniversary of John Deere Snowmobiles theme. Roger has been a longtime John Deere enthusiast

and purchased his 1973 John Deere 400 in 1986 for $300. At the time it had 700 miles on it, and he has added another 2,800 in use as the family fun machine, right down to the five grandchildren. Wyatt’s matching 1973 John Deere 400 was purchased with the ride in mind to simplify parts and maintenance on the grueling 500-mile ride. They will be joined by a father and son Guy and George Gubrud on vintage 1971 Arctic Cat snowmobiles with both teams supported by chase vehicles that include Wyatt’s brotherin-law Ivan Anheluk and Guy’s wife Wanda Gubrud respectively. Roger Kram served in the Navy during the Vietnam war from 1972-1976 aboard the USS Marvin Shields. With veteran services and issues on his mind, he thought it would be a good chance to raise awareness and some money for The Fargo National Honor Guard for the construction of a Memorial Chapel and gathering space at the Fargo National Cemetery. With event organizers in his corner, riders are joining the teams on portions of the ride and buying raffle tickets to support the cause. For info on the 2022 Midwest Ride-In visit www.mwvss.com. To learn more about the I-500 Challenge Ride, register or buy raffle tickets go to www.i-500challenge.com.

I-500 Challenge Roger and Wyatt Kram on their vintage John Deere sleds.

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Park Rapids by Joel Kunz If you are looking to enjoy the outdoors, then come to Park Rapids, Minnesota, where “Everyone is Welcome” in this lovely community of just over 3,000 people. Wintertime here is full of recreational activities and the only thing hibernating in the area are the bears. With 400 miles of beautiful snowmobile trails in and around the Park Rapids Lakes Area, the extensive trail system links riders to Itasca State Park, the Paul Bunyan State Forest, Two Inlets State Forest, Smokey Hills State Forest, White Earth State Forest and so many other forested areas. The Heartland Trail, one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the country, links to multiple communities, area lakes, family-friendly restaurants, high-quality gas stations and lodging, making Park Rapids the perfect destination for your riding pleasure. Add the local shops, artisans, entertainment and multitude of other winterland activities, and you are sure to find the perfect respite from the hectic world you leave behind. The Park Rapids Lakes area is most well-known for Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Founded in the late 1800s near the Fish Hook River rapids, it became a city in 1882 and is the Hubbard


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County seat. Outdoor activities and recreation are no strangers to the area and is the reason snowmobiling is such a traditional part of the landscape. Area outdoor recreation enthusiasts and volunteers are instrumental in these activities, and make visitors’ experiences an important aspect to what they do. A recent accomplishment is the Heartland State Trail, one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the country. It is a 49-mile paved multiple-use trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake. The trail is located entirely on a level abandoned railroad grade, except for a four-mile segment north of Walker which is on sharply-rolling terrain for snowmobiles. Heartland State Trail also provides connections to many miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the Hubbard County Grantin-Aid trail system, perfect for planning a visit to the area.

With that in mind, I found an excellent interactive map through the Minnesota DNR’s website and a trail map with information from the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club and set out to plan a ride. I made a call to Up North Sports, a local snowmobile dealer and got some suggestions. His suggestion was to ride north to the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park, then venture west to Naytahwaush and the Pinehurst, a well-known stopping point along the trail. From there, venture south towards Ice Cracking Lodge, then return on the approximately 100-mile ride through the Two Inlets State Forest. A ride through mostly forested areas on wellgroomed trails—it sounded like a good suggestion. I then called Richard Ohm from the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club to get his thoughts on the plans. He thought the trip to Itasca State Park was a definite visitors favorite but added another day’s plans using the Heartland Trail towards Nevis to access the miles of scenic forest trails through the Paul Bunyan State Forest. A return trip through Holiday Inn Corners with stops near Island Lake and Emmaville would make for another fun ‘100ish’-mile day. Richard described the rides as 80% through forested lands featuring large aspens and pine forests, set through the rolling hills of Minnesota’s landscape on well-groomed and maintained trails with minimal rural ditch riding and limited open fields. “A good ride, on nice trails you will enjoy, come visit” were the final words of the call. So, there it is—a comfortable bed plus plenty to do and see, along with a snowmobiling experience you are sure to enjoy when you visit Park Rapids, Minnesota.

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January 2022


Racing News

Snowmobile Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Inductees Inductees to be honored at 2022 ceremony in St. Germain, Wis. The Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) and Museum in St. Germain, Wis., announces its four inductees for 2021: John Faeo, Dale Loritz, Craig Marchbank, and Brian Sturgeon.

and an 11-time Alaska Calcutta 120 XC Champ. He raced on Polaris snowmobiles for the majority of his career.

Dale Loritz (Racer)

John Faeo (Racer)

John Faeo is synonymous with the famed 2,000-mile Iron Dog through the Alaska’s rugged and remote wilderness, winning this grueling multi-day event seven times between 1984 and 1996. In addition to his record-tying number of victories, the Wasilla, AK, legend also finished the Iron Dog race 23 consecutive times, with 13 podium finishes. Fast, smart and consistent beyond measure, Faeo is also a 9-time Alaska Motor Musher XC race champion; a 6-time winner of the Talkeetna-to-Anchorage XC,

One of the most enduring oval racers of his generation, Dale Loritz of Green Bay, WI, scored innumerable wins—in a range of classes—at all levels of the sport. He qualified for the Eagle River World Championships an astounding 18 times, and won the pinnacle event in 1994 and 1995. Racing for Ski-Doo throughout his career, Loritz notched 14 USSA highpoint class championships, including seven Formula 1 titles. He was the USSA and Snow Week magazine Driver of the year in 1989, as well as USSA Oval Racer of the Year (2003) and a 2-time Sportsman of the Year.

Craig Marchbank (Racer)



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Motivated, focused and unwavering in his pursuit of success, Craig Marchbank of New Lennox, IL, set benchmarks and records in snowmobile drag racing that may never be exceeded. In a 30-year career that began in 1982, Marchbank claimed more than 2,200 class final victories en route to 26 High Point Championships in Pro Stock and 24 High Point Championships in Improved Stock, all aboard Ski-Doo snowmobiles. He was the Minnesota Cup Champion a record nine times; a 5-time Michigan Cup Champion; and 3-time Wisconsin Cup Champion. He was the 2005 Snow Week magazine Racer of the Year, as well as the ISR Woody’s Traction Racer of the Year.

Brian Sturgeon (Racer)

Team Arctic’s Brian Sturgeon of Thief River Falls, MN, achieved remarkable success in snowmobile oval and terrain competitions. In ovals, Sturgeon won 12 Eagle River World Championship class titles, including the Formula III win in 1995. He also earned nine USSA High Point Championships, including eight in Stock classes and one in Formula III. In ice lemans he won two MRP

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Formula III high-point championship and World Series titles, and he scored two snocross Pro Class wins at the Duluth National. He was awarded Racer of the Year honors by Snow Week magazine, SnoWest magazine, and MIRA. After retiring from racing, Sturgeon became the Arctic Cat Race Manager beginning in 1999. Snowmobile racing fans and enthusiasts are invited to the 38th Annual Ride with The Champs and induction ceremony weekend, presented by Livingston’s Arctic Cat, February 18-19, 2022. The expanded two-day event features guest speakers, vintage and modern trail riding opportunities, a meet-and-greet with past and current SHOF inductees along with other snowmobile industry celebrities, and a formal induction ceremony with dinner. In addition, the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Museum will be open throughout the weekend. Learn more details on the complete weekend schedule and purchase advance tickets at www.snowmobilehalloffame.com.

Calendar of Events Jan. 14-15 – Minnesota Great Show 2022, McQuoids Inn, Isle, MN pscanlon@pistenbullyusa.com or drew.g@trackinc.com Jan. 19-23 – Northland 300 Ride for Special Olympics, Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN, www.northland300.org Jan. 21-22 – Pequot Brush Pilots 28th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, American Legion, Pequot Lakes, MN. Feature Snowmobile Arctic Cat Panther. Trail rides & more. Dave 218-831-1636, https://business.explorebrainerdlakes.com/events Jan. 28-30 – Midwest Ride-In Vintage Show, ERX Motor Park, Elk River, MN, www.mwvss.com Jan. 29 – Ride for Wyatt, Riverside Park, Mantorville, MN, supported by Byron Snow Bears. All proceeds to support Wyatt M Coy Memorial Fund & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Facebook & Twitter: Ride for Wyatt Feb. 2-5 – Blackwoods Blizzard Tour for ALS, Duluth, MN to Tower, MN & back, www.neversurrenderinc.org Feb. 3-6 – MnUSA Winter Rendezvous, Cragun’s Resort & Conference Center, Brainerd, MN www.mnsnowmobiler.org Feb. 5 – St. Stephen River Runners 4th Annual Vintage Show, Ride and Raffle, Rodger Bellinger rodgerrab@msn.com; Facebook: St. Stephen River Runners Feb. 6 – MnUSA General Membership Special Meeting, Cragun’s Resort & Conference Center, Brainerd, MN www.mnsnowmobiler.org Feb. 10 – MnUSA Quarterly Membership & Board of Directors Virtual Meetings, www.mnsnowmobiler.org Feb. 12 – Veterans Appreciation Ride, Grand Rapids, MN www.mnvetsnowmobileride.org Feb. 12 – Greenway Snowmobile Club Speed Run, MJ’s on Swan Lake, Pengilly, MN, www.facebook.com/GreenwaySnowmobileClub Feb. 19 – 19th Annual DL Vintage Rally & Swap Meet with Radar Run, Detroit Lakes city beach, Detroit Lakes, MN. Wayne Schlauderaff, 218-849-3069 January 2022



Snocross Racer

Travis Muller #436 by Scott J. Wakefield

n SJW: Who do you race for? TM: I’m currently riding an Arctic Cat under the Moorhouse Motorsports and Muller Motorsports Race Teams. My first race was on an Arctic Cat 120 in a WSA South Event in Owatonna, Minnesota, and I rode Cats for 4-5 years. Then Ski-Doo’s with Warnert Racing, then with Cottew Motorsports riding Polaris, and now back full circle on an Arctic Cat. I’ve won finals and main events on all three brands— Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Polaris, which is kind of a cool thing. n SJW: How often are you on the road during the season? TM: Eight weeks of event racing with a 1- to 2-day drive, then throw in one or two weeks for other race weekends like Michigan or New York, adding more time on the road. I’m lucky enough to have a practice track close at ERX in Elk River. n SJW: How has racing changed your lifestyle? TM: Not really much. Racing has defined my lifestyle and my life. It’s not like I did anything else. There’s a lot more to just racing—having mechanical skills, lining up sponsors, learning to budget, learning to talk to people. Public speaking really helped me come out of my shell, and I’ve met so many great people through racing. n SJW: How do you prepare for the racing season, and when do you start? TM: I normally take a couple months off after the season, but starting in June after planting season, I start to work out. I enjoy working out and get into the physical aspect of training all summer. My goal is to come into the harvest season in good shape. I do road bike and dirt bike racing, I have a gym set up at home, and then in the fall I start to add more weights to my workout. I use a Concept II rowing machine and a Ski Erg which is like cross-country skiing full-body workout with cardio. n SJW: Diet? TM: I’ve got to be honest. I like to live the good life. Growing up on the farm and being on the farm you are exposed to a lot of good food. n SJW: How do you deal with snow dust, poor snow conditions, and adverse weather? TM: I battle through it. It’s tough. If it’s slushy you can use Rain-X on your goggles. My best advice is to get out front and don’t follow people. It’s just part of the gig.


n SJW: So, can we talk about Fargo? What happened and how are you doing? TM: Yes. It was my second year with the Polaris Team. The first night of racing I started up front and off we went, and I crashed right off the start by myself. And before I got up, someone came from the back row and hit me while I was still on the ground. I got up and finished the race. I had some pain, took some Ibuprofen and thought I’d get a good night’s sleep. But I woke up at 2 a.m. in a lot of pain, so I went to the ER where they took a pressure test. The doctor said I could leave it alone but the pressure could cause muscle atrophy in the leg. Option 2 would be to do a fasciotomy—cut the fascia, remove part of it and relieve the pressure—not a big deal. I would be out about 3 weeks to a month. It was a slow process to get back up to speed, but there were no broken bones and I’m 100% fine! n SJW: How’d you do last year? TM: My wife and I had a nice healthy baby, and I raced about a half season with some top 10 finishes. It was good to get some racing in. n SJW: What are your thoughts on this year’s race season? TM: I’m ready to race and excited to do it again. I’m feeling good, fit and ready to go. I’d like to thank my sponsors: Moorhouse Motorsports, Oddson Underground, Midwest Ag Advisors, Klim, Arctic Cat, Fast Ag Solutions, Fast Seed and Chemical, Rox Speed FX, Stud Boy Traction, Octane Ink, Cti, Muller Machine, Fox and RCS.

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January 2022


MnUSA Business Supporters



Young’s Bay Resort Angle Inlet, MN 218-223-8031 Fireside Grill Bagley, MN 218-694-2132 Galen’s Fresh Food Market & Hardware Hank Bagley, MN 218-694-6212 Gergracht Logging Bagley, MN 218-694-2132 Ballard’s Resort Baudette, MN 218-634-1849 Boreal Builders LLC Baudette, MN 218-766-9963 Cenex Co-op Services Baudette, MN 218-634-1313 Darin & Shonna Dahl Baudette, MN 218-634-1038 Howard’s Oil Co Baudette, MN 218-634-2550 Northern Sports Baudette, MN 218-634-1089 Sportsman’s Lodge Baudette, MN 800-862-8602 Walleye Capital Sanitation Baudette, MN 218-634-3151 √ Super 8 Hotel Bemidji, MN 218-751-8481 Bemidji Sports Centre Bemidji, MN 218-751-4477 Beckers Resort & Campground Bena, MN 218-665-2268 Hoot-N-Holler Blackduck, MN 218-659-9225 North Country Hardware Clearbrook, MN 218-776-3615 Silver Creek Lodge Clearbrook, MN 218-533-1180 Christian Brothers Racing Fertile, MN 218-687-2284 Lengby-Fosston Knightriders Snowmobile Club Fosston, MN 218-280-9614 Sportsman Lodge Gonvick, MN 218-487-5295


Roseau County Coop Greenbush, MN 218-782-2117 Wahl Bros. Racing Inc. Greenbush, MN 218-782-2295 Shorty’s Place Gully, MN 218-268-4199 Farmers Union Oil of Grygla Grygla, MN 218-294-6117 Lost River Trails Kelliher, MN 218-647-8142 Knob & Kettle Restaurant & Lounge Laporte, MN 218-699-3403 Side Track Tap Bar & Grill Leonard, MN 218-968-2304 Anchorage Inn Longville, MN 218-363-2236 Arrowhead Builders Supply Longville, MN 218-363-2124 Docksider Longville, MN 218-363-2565 Lavallee Inc Longville, MN Longville Campground Longville, MN 218-363-2610 Longville Lakes Bottle Shop Longville, MN 218-363-3249 Longville Snowmobile Club Longville, MN Lott Excavating LLC Longville, MN 218-682-2679 Musky House Marine & Arctic Cat Longville, MN 218-363-2044 One Stop Convenience Store Longville, MN 218-363-2252 Olson’s Outdoor Sports Mahnonmen, MN 218-935-2355 √ Lonesome Pine Rentals Naytahwaush, MN 218-935-5855 Pinehurst Resort Naytahwaush, MN 218-935-5745 Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Oak Island, MN 218-223-8411 Sunset Lodge Resort Oak Island, MN 218-223-8211 TJ’s Tavern Oaklee, MN 218-796-5153 √

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C’Mon Inn Motel Park Rapids, MN 800-258-6891 Clancy’s on Island Lake Park Rapids, MN 218-732-5270 Hoslers Two Inlets Country Store Park Rapids, MN 218-732-5235 Lobo’s Bar & Grill Park Rapids, MN 218-266-3611 Optic Connections Park Rapids, MN 612-599-0500 Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Park Rapids, MN 218-732-4111 √ Pine Cone Lodge & Vacation Rentals Park Rapids, MN 320-491-6952 Up North Sports Park Rapids, MN 218-237-5670 Two Inlets Resort Park Rapids, MN 218-699-3632 Wehrs AG Group Park Rapids, MN 218-867-6194 Zorbaz of Park Rapids Park Rapids, MN 218-237-1969 Rock Harbor Lodge Roosevelt, MN 218-442-7215 Visit Thief River Falls Thief River Falls, MN 218-686-9785 √ Country Inn - Walker Walker, MN 218-547-1400 Lakes Area Power Sports Walker, MN 218-547-1558 Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4195 Warroad, MN 218-386-3494 Carrot’s Auto Body Waubun, MN 218-473-2417 Elbow Lake Store & Bar Waubun, MN 218-734-2504 Hilltop Supper Club Waubun, MN 218-473-2652



40 Club Restaurant & Bar Aitkin, MN 218-927-7090 Aitkin Flyers Aitkin, MN 218-927-2527

Barnacle’s Resort & Campground Aitkin, MN 218-678-3122 Castaways Bar, Restaurant & Camp Aitkin, MN 320-684-2380 Farm Island Store Aitkin, MN 218-927-3791 Grill of Glen Aitkin, MN 320-684-2229 Midwest Machinery Co Aitkin, MN 218-927-2140 Northern Automation Aitkin, MN 218-670-0315 Paulbeck’s Country Market Aitkin, MN 218-927-6919 Riverside Pub Aitkin, MN 218-927-3915 Security State Insurance Aitkin, MN 866-929-3712 The Landing Aitkin, MN 218-927-9998 Tire Barn Aitkin, MN 218-927-1444 VFW Post 1727 Aitkin, MN 218-927-2323 Ash River-Kabetogama Snow Drifters Ash River/ Kabetogama, MN 218-875-2841 Ash-Ka-Nam Resort Ash River, MN 800-950-1081 Ash Trail Lodge Ash River, MN 218-374-3131 Frontier Resort Ash River, MN 218-374-3311 Babbitt ATV & Snowmobile Club Babbitt, MN 218-393-6853 Lossing’s Power Sports Babbitt, MN 218-827-2635 Bigfork Wilderness Bar Bigfork, MN 218-734-6668 First State Bank Bigfork, MN 218-743-3145 Golf on the Edge Bigfork, MN 218-360-9191 Kocian’s Family Market Bigfork, MN 218-743-3113 Loon Point Resort Bigfork, MN 218-245-1470 Powell Auto Sales & Service Bigfork, MN 218-743-3795

The Shop - Gordy Kinn Bigfork, MN 218-742-3666 The Lodge at Giants Ridge Biwabik, MN 218-865-7170 Britt Lounge Britt, MN 218-741-2035 Trails End Resort Buyck, MN 218-993-2257 Reliable Insurance Agency Cloquet, MN 218-390-1161 Mr. Furnace Cohasset, MN 218-328-6145 √ Rox Speed FX, Inc Cohasset, MN 218-326-1794 BIC Realty Cook, MN 218-666-5352 √ Lake Vermilion Resort Assn Cook, MN 800-648-5897 The Landing Cook, MN 218-666-0221 Sandberg Construction & Property Service Cook, MN 218-666-3173 Vermilion Hotel & Country Store Cook, MN 218-666-2272 VFW Post No 1757 Cook, MN 218-666-0050 Melrude Whistle Stop Cotton, MN 218-969-5632 Wilbert Café Cotton, MN 218-482-3318 Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats Crane Lake, MN 218-993-2266 Cromwell Sno-Gophers Inc. Cromwell, MN Eagle Lake Plumbing Cromwell, MN 218-644-3010 Riley’s Cannibal Jct Deer River, MN 218-832-3656 Effie Country Service Effie, MN 218-743-3616 Neighborhood Tavern Effie, MN 218-743-3286 Christian Cavalier Ely, MN 218-820-7119 Ely Chamber Of Commerce Ely, MN 218-365-6123 Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club Ely, MN

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√ Grand Ely Lodge Ely, MN 218-365-6565 Joe’s Marine & Repair Ely, MN 218-365-6264 Kuehl’s Logging LLC Ely, MN 218-365-5504 Lindsey Keen State Farm Insurance Ely, MN 763-923-4066 Motel Ely Ely, MN 218-365-3237 Ojala Heat & Refrigeration Ely, MN 218-235-7562 OZFAB LLC Welding Ely, MN 218-220-8949 Patrick Knudson Ely, MN 218-235-3471 Tim & Monica Cunningham Ely, MN 218-365-5831 5 Seasons Sports Center Inc Eveleth, MN 218-744-5871 At Your Convenience Eveleth, MN 218-744-4005 √ Iron Range Tourism Bureau Eveleth, MN 800-777-8497 S&S Towing Eveleth, MN 218-744-2959 Super 8 - Eveleth Eveleth, MN 218-744-1661 Timber’s Edge Eveleth, MN 218-744-2627 The Event Center Floodwood, MN 218-591-4333 Mainline Station Floodwood, MN 218-476-2222 Eveleth Trailhawks Snowmobile Club Forbes, MN 218-780-5207 Old Muni / Udovich Bro 4C Gheen, MN Camp Bluewater Grand Rapids, MN 612-284-8261 Midland Title Grand Rapids, MN 952-250-5355 Mississippi Diamond Jewelers Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-6242 Ray’s Sport & Cycle Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9355 Visit Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9607

Arrowhead Ultra 135 International Falls, MN Boise / PCA International Falls, MN 218-285-5312 Boyum Performance International Falls, MN 218-324-0566 Int’l Dental Arts International Falls, MN 218-283-4059 International Falls CVB International Falls, MN 218-283-9400 International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club International Falls, MN 218-286-3102 Island View Lodge International Falls, MN 218-286-3511 The Junction International Falls, MN 218-283-3339 Rainy Lake One Stop International Falls, MN 218-286-5700 Thunderbird Lodge International Falls, MN 218-286-3151 VFW Post 2948 International Falls, MN 218-283-8777 √ Arrowhead Lodge Resort & Outfitters Kabetogama, MN 218-875-2141 Border Guide Service Kabetogama, MN 218-324-2430 Kabetogama Outdoors Kabetogama, MN 218-875-2281 Kec’s Kove Resort Kabetogama, MN 800-777-8405 The Rocky Ledge Kabetogama, MN 218-875-3481 Liquid Larry’s Kinney, MN 218-258-2211 Littlefork Municipal Liquor / City of Littlefork Littlefork, MN 218-278-6672 Mel’s Corner Service Little Fork, MN 218-278-6670 Cedar Point Resort Marcell, MN 218-832-3808 Edge of the Wilderness Realty Marcell, MN 218-832-4000 Lakeside Lumber & Hardware Marcell, MN 218-832-3300 North Star Lake Resort Marcell, MN 218-832-3131 RK Construction Services Marcell, MN 218-832-2842

202 Tavern McGregor, MN 218-770-3161 √ Bann’s Bar & Restaurant McGregor, MN 218-426-3450 Big Sandy Lodge & Resort McGregor, MN 218-426-5040 Dependable Demolition McGregor, MN 218-820-0174 Fisherman’s Bay McGregor, MN 218-426-4662 Floe International Inc McGregor, MN 218-426-3563 Grand Timber Bank McGregor, MN 218-768-2410 Holiday Station McGregor, MN 218-768-4444 Horseshoe Lake Inn McGregor, MN 218-426-3029 Jack’s Shack McGregor, MN 218-768-3848 Mac Town Cottages Air bnb McGregor, MN 218-428-8505 McGregor Ace Hardware McGregor, MN 218-419-2020 Meyer’s Service McGregor, MN 218-426-0026 Minnesota National Golf Club & Resort McGregor, MN 218-426-4444 School House Cafe The Country House McGregor, MN 218-390-6525 Ukura’s Big Dollar McGregor, MN 218-768-2666 Willeys Marine & Sports McGregor, MN 218-426-4350 Moose Lake Implement & Sport Moose Lake, MN 218-485-4486 Anderson Auto Service Mountain Iron, MN 218-290-2192 Fisher’s Petroleum, Inc. Northome, MN 218-897-5249 Northland Progressive Northome, MN Northome Municipal Liquor Northome, MN 218-897-9501 Ridge Runner’s Snowmobile Club Northome, MN 218-897-5764


MnUSA Business Supporters Frontier Resort Orr, MN 218-374-3311 √ Oveson’s Pelican Lake Resort Orr, MN 218-757-3613 Palisade Super Sledders Palisade, MN √ Cantilever Distillery & Hotel Ranier, MN 218-540-1932 √ Rainy Lake Grill Ranier, MN 218-540-1002 Ranier Municipal Liquor Ranier, MN 218-286-3343 Boondocks Bar & Grill Ray, MN 218-875-2699 Joe Kapsch Side Lake, MN 218-235-0266 Hayslips Corner Talmoon, MN 218-832-3516 Little Turtle Lake Store Talmoon, MN 218-832-3804 City of Tamarack Tamarack, MN 218-768-0975 Jackson’s Hole of Lawler Tamarack, MN 218-768-2162 Tamarack Sno-Flyers Tamarack, MN Junction Bar & Grill Togo, MN 218-376-4687 √ Good Ol Days Tower, MN 218-753-6097 √ Pike Bay Lodge Tower, MN 218-753-2430 Vermilion Club Tower, MN 218-753-6277 Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile Club Willow River, MN 218-372-4077



Stearns County Snowmobile Assn. Albany, MN 320-250-4800 Ponto Knight Riders SC Backus, MN 218-587-3929 Action Graphics Baxter, MN 218-829-7958 Brothers Motorsports Baxter, MN 218-829-6656

Crow Wing Cty Snowmobile Trail Assn. Baxter, MN 218-829-8922 Cub Foods Baxter, MN Triangle Oil Co. Baxter, MN 218-829-1766 Katy & Matt Hamilton Braham, MN 218-343-5159 √ Kavanaugh’s Resort Brainerd, MN 800-562-7061 Motors-N-More Brainerd, MN 218-824-2277 Breezy Point Resort Breezy Point, MN 800-432-3777 Vintage Snowmobile Magazine Burtrum, MN 320-285-7066 St Augusta Blizzard Busters Snowmobile Club Clearwater, MN 320-558-6158 Canvasworks Sno Caps Cokato, MN 320-559-0165 Cokato Ridge Runners Cokato, MN 612-220-4793 The Cedar Chest Crosslake, MN 218-692-2657 Hillcore Plumbing Crosslake, MN 218-829-4855 American Legion Post 557 Deerwood, MN 218-534-3215 Hansen Sports on Bay Lake Deerwood, MN 218-678-2051 Ernie’s on Gull East Gull Lake, MN 218-829-3918 Anderson Carpet Service Elk River, MN 763-286-2770 ERX Motor Park Elk River, MN 763-772-4977 Angell’s Hideaway Resort Emily, MN 612-290-3528 Emily Ace Hardware Emily, MN 218-763-2691 Emily’s Marketplace Emily, MN 320-630-4108 Emily/Outing Snowbirds SC Emily, MN 763-350-8987 Lake Country Foods Emily, MN 218-763-7700 Lake Country Properties Emily, MN 218-792-5200

Log Cabin Bar Emily, MN 218-763-2820 The Pickled Loon Saloon Emily, MN 218-763-4402 Pine River State Bank Emily, MN 218-763-2666 Redding’s Sports & Spirits Emily, MN 218-763-2191 RE/MAX Results Emily, MN 651-334-5000 √ Wigwam Motel Emily, MN 218-763-2995 Hillman Swampstompers Foley, MN 320-355-2370 Harding/Lastrup Snowdusters Hillman, MN 320-277-3515 Fishers Resort Isle, MN 320-684-2221 Nitti’s Hunters Point Isle, MN 320-676-3227 218-575-3295 Lincoln Area Business Assn Lincoln, MN 218-575-3066 Lincoln Lakes Snowmobile Club Lincoln, MN 218-575-2282 √ Hilmerson Sports Center Little Falls, MN 320-632-4408 Rich Prairie Trailbusters Club Little Falls, MN 320-630-4108 Ripley Sno-Riders Little Falls, MN 320-632-0932 West Side Recreation Little Falls, MN 320-632-6547 Merrifield Marathons Merrifield, MN 218-821-6208 Rum River Sno-Riders Milaca, MN Moon Motorsports Monticello, MN 763-295-2920 PTWLUBES.COM Monticello, MN 612-501-8992 State Farm Insurance Mora, MN 320-679-6898 Nickerson Bar & Motel Nickerson, MN 218-496-5613 Zorbaz on Gull Nisswa, MN 218-963-4790

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Lake Country Properties Outing, MN 218-792-5200 RE/MAX Lake Area Realty Outing, MN 612-269-3490 Village Inn Outing, MN 218-792-5186 √ Nathe’s Marine & Sport Center Paynesville, MN 320-243-4517 Pequot Brush Pilots Pequot Lakes, MN 218-568-4343 √ KC’s Saloon Pillager, MN 218-746-3328 Hinckley/Pine City Flames Snowmobile Club Pine City, MN 320-515-0156 Waste Partners Pine River, MN 218-824-8727 Randall Twin Trails Club Randall, MN 320-749-2235 RE/MAX Results Remer, MN 651-334-5000 Country Snow Cruisers Richmond, MN Winter Recreation Technologies LLC Richmond, MN 812-229-3941 √ AmericInn Sauk Centre, MN 877-352-1199 BEAM Electric Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-5641 √ Centre Powersports & Recreation Sauk Centre, MN 320-351-7669 Country Cat Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-3534 Phil Polipnick Insurance Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-6171 Winters Recreation Sauk Centre, MN 320-351-7533 Benton County Snowmobile Club Sauk Rapids, MN √ Pro Cycle & Snowmobile Sauk Rapids, MN 320-252-1556 Antique Snowmobile Club of America Stacy, MN 651-462-4497 ATVAM Stacy, MN 800-442-8826 Pro Skinz & Design Wadena, MN 218-639-1691

Trail Breakers Inc. Wadena, MN 218-6319-4766 Westside Sports Wadena, MN 218-631-1113 √ Power Madd Wyoming, MN 651-462-8465



Grover Farm Amboy, MN 507-380-8324 Linda’s Place Amboy, MN 507-674-9790 Snowbirds of Amboy Amboy, MN 507-340-2820 Appleton Ridge Riders Appleton, MN Blue Earth Snow Rovers Blue Earth, MN 507-893-4679 Ruppert Oil Co Currie, MN 507-763-3778 Blizzard Snowmobile Club Fairmont, MN 507-238-2190 Flying Goose Campground Fairmont, MN 507-235-3458 Holiday Inn Fairmont, MN 507-238-4771 Visit Fairmont Fairmont, MN 507-235-8585 CentraSota Vintage Sledheads Glencoe, MN 320-327-2559 Thunder Bar & Restaurant Good Thunder, MN 507-278-4488 C & A Pro Skis Hutchinson, MN 888-321-6789 Hutchinson Area Chamber & Tourism Hutchinson, MN 320-587-5252 Stateliners Snowmobile Club Kiester, MN 507-294-3174 Grover Farm Trucking LLC Lake Crystal, MN 507-720-8120 Country Line Ag Madelia, MN 507-381-5017 Deals & Steals Mankato, MN 507-380-0523

January 2022

Kaduce Tire Mapleton, MN 507-524-4999 Pfeffer Tree Service Mapleton MN 507-317-0595 Action Sports Inc Marshall, MN 507-532-9649 The Great Escape, LLC Minnesota Lake, MN 507-462-3500 Darryl’s Motorsports Ormsby, MN 507-736-4131 Dranttel Sales & Service, Inc. St. Peter, MN 507-931-1363 D Bar Vernon Center, MN 507-549-3153 Best Western Plus & Willmar Conference Center Willmar, MN 320-235-6060 Allenz LLC Winnebago, MN 507-787-2383

Wolf’s Den Ostrander, MN 507-261-5479 √ Sette Sports Center Owatonna, MN 507-451-6922 M&M Lawn & Leisure Rushford, MN 507-864-7781 Grand Stay Hotel & Conference Center Spicer, MN 320-347-1450 Dana Heger Ins & Financial Services St. Charles, MN 507-932-3751 Pearson Backhoe St. Charles, MN 507-932-4118 BJ’s Bar & Grill Theilman, MN 507-534-3590 Brewskies Bar & Grill Utica, MN 507-932-3485 Cedar Valley Resort & Outfitters Whalen, MN 507-467-9000 Trophy Store & More Zumbro Falls, MN 507-259-6190




J&M Parts Supply Chatfield, MN 507-867-4200 Harry Brown’s GM & Chrysler Faribault, MN 507-332-7441 RJ Amish Furniture Harmony, MN 507-886-2777 S&A Petroleum Lanesboro, MN 507-467-2121 Lake Front Bar & Grill Le Center, MN 507-357-4401 Little Dandy Sports Bar Le Center, MN 507-357-6062 Brewsters Bar & Grill Lonsdale, MN 507-744-2370 √ Motoproz Inc. Mazeppa, MN 507-843-2855 LeSueur County Snowmobile Trails Montgomery, MN 507-491-6183 St. Patrick’s Tavern & Restaurant New Prague, MN 952-758-2380 Union Hill Bar & Grill New Prague, MN 952-758-4239 Susie’s Roadhouse Ostrander, MN 507-657-0000


Anoka Area Chamber Anoka, MN 763-421-7130 PSB MARS Anoka, MN 877-688-2268 √ Print Central Blaine, MN 763-780-3333 Sno Barons Snowmobile Club Blaine, MN Caliber, Inc. Burnsville, MN 952-540-4709 √ Northway Sports East Bethel, MN 763-413-8988 Story Agency Farmington, MN 651-463-3334 √ Chopper City Sports Fridley, MN 763-572-2100 Prinoth Fridley, MN 612-251-4094 Danner Sales Inver Grove Hts, MN 651-451-0121 √ Leo’s South Lakeville, MN 952-435-5371 √ Lighthouse Motorsport & Marine Rosemount, MN 651-322-4420

Franzen Law & Policy Group St. Paul, MN √ Lettertech, Inc. St Paul, MN 651-292-0738 SBS International St Paul, MN 612-770-1752 Washington County Star Trail Stillwater, MN 651-430-3175 Lori Zimmermann State Farm Insurance Woodbury, MN 651-731-8252



Hugo’s Bar Brimson, MN 218-848-2220 Country Corner Bar Brookston, MN 218-391-5661 Duluth Drift-Toppers Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN Duluth Lawn & Sport Duluth, MN 218-628-3718 Fish Lake Storage Duluth, MN 218-721-4243 Johnson Supply Co. Duluth, MN 218-722-1717 √ Marshall Hardware Duluth, MN 218-525-3638 The Other Place Duluth, MN 218-733-0214 Pequaywan Area Trailblazers Duluth, MN 218-591-3574 Pequaywan Inn Duluth, MN 218-848-2201 Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN Sheet Metal Solutions Duluth, MN 218-391-6582 Crooked Lake Resort Finland, MN 218-220-0211 Finland Snowmobile Club Finland, MN 218-353-7337 Friends of Finland Finland, MN 218-353-0300 Maple Grove Bait Store & Lodging Finland, MN 218-353-7303 Trestle Inn Finland, MN 218-830-0523 29

MnUSA Business Supporters Wildhurst Lodge & Campgrounds, Inc. Finland, MN 218-353-7337 Cook County Snowmobile Club Grand Marais, MN 218-387-9392 √ Hungry Jack Lodge Gunflint Trail Grand Marais, MN 218-388-2265 √ RJ Sport & Cycle Hermantown, MN 218-729-5150 Lutsen Trailbreakers Lutsen, MN 218-663-7305 Darin & Sherri Lind Proctor, MN 218-590-2508 Caywood Country Store Saginaw, MN 218-591-3101 Hoss Construction Saginaw, MN 218-591-3829 √ AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4300 Bri-Esa’s Convenience Store Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4694


J&H Auto Repair & Towing Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4447 LaBerge Logging Silver Bay, MN 218-226-3586 Silver Sledders Trail Authority Silver Bay, MN 218-220-8189 Silver Trail Riders Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4608 √ AmericInn by Wyndham Tofte Tofte, MN 218-663-7899 American Legion Post 109 Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4141 √ AmericInn by Wyndam Two Harbors, MN 218-834-3000 Auto Value Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2191 Blackwoods, Inc Two Harbors, MN 218-834-3846 Castle Haven Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4303

Cooperative Light & Power Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2666 √ Country Inn of Two Harbors Two Harbors, MN 218-834-5557 Danny’s Auto Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4524 Harbor Insurance Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2114 Haugen Construction Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2876 Judy’s Cafe Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4802 Lake County Chamber of Commerce Two Harbors, MN 800-777-7384 Sonju Two Harbors Sports Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2181 Superior Hiking Trail Assn Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2700 Superior Shores Resort Two Harbors, MN 218-834-5671

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TH Auto Inc. Two Harbors, MN 218-834-3089 Two Harbors Federal Credit Union Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2266 Voyageur Snowmobile Club Two Harbors, MN 218-830-8089



Bill Mitchell Electric Bloomington, MN 763-238-7239 Fowler Distributing Bloomington, MN 952-884-5401 Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund Brooklyn Park, MN 763-577-0185 MSPN Inc. Eden Prairie, MN 952-473-7870

Kassbohrer ATV Pisten Bully Jordan, MN 952-345-3330 Erickson-Larsen Inc. Maple Grove, MN 763-535-0055 Ox Yoke Inn Maple Plain, MN 763-479-2522 √ Tri-K Sports Maple Plain, MN 763-479-3719 Carver County Snowrunners Mayer, MN 952-466-2673 √ CorTrust Bank Mayer, MN 952-657-2500 √ Minneapolis Motor Sports Minneapolis, MN 763-634-0244 Westonka Snoblazers Mound, MN 612-309-5882 Moorhouse Motorsports New Germany, MN 507-491-6217 The Doublewide New Market, MN 952-461-3682

Minnesota Snowmobiling

Charlie’s on Prior Prior Lake, MN 952-226-5253 Doherty’s Tavern Prior Lake, MN 952-292-5886 Prior Lake Snowmobile Assoc. Prior Lake, MN 952-484-3534 Savage Sno-Pacers Savage, MN 612-567-6691 Hennen’s Auto Service Shakopee, MN 952-445-2478 River Valley Trailblazers Shakopee, MN 952-403-7850 Sno-Trails Inc. Shakopee, MN 952-445-1199 √ St Boni Motor Sports St Boni, MN 952-446-1554



Ollie’s Service Alexandria, MN 320-763-4455 Winning Edge Graphics Alexandria, MN 320-763-7953 Ashby Legion Post 357 Alexandria, MN 218-747-2858 Pettit Painting Ashby, MN Absolute Insurance Audubon, MN A.L.S. / Boopa’s Bar Audubon, MN 218-439-6611 Pit 611 Audubon, MN 218-439-6121 Barrett Farm Supply Barrett, MN 320-391-1435 DHS Grain Ltd Barrett, MN 320-815-1043 Spud’s Small Engine Service & Repair Barrett, MN 320-528-2299 ABC Brewing Battle Lake, MN 218-864-2739 Richwood Offsale Callaway, MN 218-847-6380

Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill Detroit Lakes, MN 218-310-4105 Dairy Queen of Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-8154 Detroit Lakes Express Inc Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-8049 Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-9202 Northside Bar & Grill Detroit Lakes, MN 218-849-3072 Okeson Offtrail Sales Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-9304 TS Recreational Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-3033 ULTRA Snowmobile Club Detroit Lakes, MN Up North Transportation Detroit Lakes, MN 218-849-5598 Venom Products Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-3283


MnUSA Business Supporters Northland Seed Evansville, MN 320-808-6892 Frontier Marine & Powersports Fergus Falls, MN 218-998-4386 Otter Country Trail Assn. Fergus Falls, MN 218-739-3708 AJ’s Gas & Grocery Herman, MN 320-677-2300 Runestone Telecom Assn Hoffman, MN 320-986-2013 Brian Woodle Trucking Kensington, MN 320-815-3992 Cameo Properties Lake Park, MN 701-799-0420 √ A-1 Automotive Service Moorhead, MN 218-233-6161 West Central Trailblazers Morris, MN 320-589-3445 Tender Hearts Home Care New York Mills, MN 218-385-3466

Warner Garage Door New York Mills, MN 218-385-2853 54K LLC Norcross, MN 320-815-9720 Low Plains Drifters Snowmobile Club Norcross, MN 320-284-2269 √ Osage Schoolhouse Vacation Rental Osage, MN 612-618-5846 Ottertail Aggregatge Ottertail, MN 218-367-2581 Thumper Pond Resort Ottertail, MN 218-367-2000

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

√ Grandstay Hotel & Suites Parkers Prairie, MN 218-338-3380 Prairie Snow Drifters Parkers Prairie, MN 218-338-9813 √ Grandstay Hotel & Suites Perham MN 218-346-2033 New Horizons Realty Perham, MN 218-640-0068 Otter Tail Riders Perham, MN 218-385-3991 Perham Area Chamber Perham, MN 218-346-7710

Perham & Tri-County Stockyards Perham, MN United Community Bank Perham, MN 218-346-5700 Canary Beach Resort Villard, MN 320-554-2471 Carlson AG Aviation Wendell, MN 320-284-2415 Snow Thrashers of Dalton Wendell, MN 218-458-2265

Protect Your Trails… To Protect and Preserve the Sport of Snowmobiling!

OTHER MEMBERS Air Flare San Francisco, CA 650-796-0669 V&V Insurance Agency, Inc. Cresco, IA 563-547-2161 √ Brandin’ Iron Inn West Yellowstone, MT 800-217-4613 Texas Crossing Bar & Grill Wahpeton, ND 701-642-1991 Sledtrack Port Crane, NY 607-693-1031

√ Ultimate TransportationRecreation Fargo, ND 701-282-6060 Custom Manufacturing Clinton, WI 608-676-2282 Mag 7 Transport Ellsworth, WI 507-514-0385 Ultimate Snow Groomer drags.com Galesville, WI 608-539-4600 Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Assoc. Hayward, WI 715-945-2511

Lulich Implement Mason, WI 715-746-2477 Track Inc. Monico, WI 952-888-7372 Lakewindsonline Nekoosa, WI 612-751-4779 Arrowhead Groomers St. Germain, WI 715-479-4200 Visit Laramie Laramie, WY 800-445-5303 Brandin’ Iron Inn West Yellowstone, WY 800-217-4613

MnUSA Application for Membership

Join Today! • Full time lobbyist to protect your sport • Discounts at participating business members • Extra-Miler members receive an XM pin and other perks at MnUSA events • Support for youth and adult safety training

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$50 EXTRA MILER - 1 year ($20 Dues + $30 Donation)


$75.00 a YEAR

Dues include ($14) subscription to Minnesota Snowmobiling magazine. Payments to MnUSA are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal tax purposes.

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Donnelly Co-Op. Donnelly, MN 320-246-3555 AgCountry Farm Credit Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5311 Farmers Agency Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-6880 Farmers Cooperative Oil Assoc. Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4491 Grant County Herald Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5326 Grant County Lumber Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5321 Haley Oil Company Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4466 LG Seeds – Dana Bloom Elbow Lake, MN Midwest Machinery Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4438 Wendell Pioneer Insur. Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4414 Johnson Harvesting Evansville, MN 320-760-3236

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January 2022

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