Minnesota Snowmobiling - November 2021

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November 2021 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).



Fall Workshop Wrap-Up

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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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From the President


From the Vice President

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From the Past President


MnUSA News

12 Legislative News 14 Youth News 23 Racing News 26 Vintage News 27 Calendar of Events 28 MnUSA Business Members

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From the

MnUSA President

Trails, Trails, Trails—

The Big Day Coming Dec. 1st! Scott Wakefield Coming to you from the lovely confines of Aitkin County where the leaves have fallen, the snowmobile trails have been mowed, and signing is wrapping up. Some signs are being updated with brand new shining ones, and some are being straightened up. It seems that everybody’s got a different point of view on how the trails should be signed. Examples are spacing between the last one you put in and the next one you’re planning on putting in, are you using rebar, wood posts, steel posts, plastic posts, is signage nailed to trees, nailed to DNR-owned trees, are there too many signs, not enough signs, are they too high are they too low? You get the picture. I attended a fall workshop a few years back in Otsego, and Kim Raap of Trails Work Consulting was a presenter on this exact subject. Kim did an excellent job of explaining how

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to correctly put signage on a trail system, like making sure to mount stop signs on steel posts and not rebar, as rebar will spin in the wind. Correct spacing for stop ahead signs based on terrain, conditions, and your ability to actually get stopped by the time you get to the stop sign. Included in the presentation was a bevy of still photos on spacing, overkill and under kill of signage, etc. I think another one of those presentations would be a good idea. Another example of stress testing your signage is to invite people that have never been on your trails before and have them ride a section of trail and get their honest answer to what they thought. You may be surprised on what they say, honestly. In other parts of the state, crops are out and the finishing touches of tillage work are being performed. Next comes the time for snowmobilers to get into those fields and start the trail preparation work—discing, rolling, leveling and now processing those fields into a ribbon of winter bliss. Some clubs use a combination of discing, rolling and leveling, some clubs have processors that do all that in one pass, and all of this is dependent on the weather and before freeze-up occurs. This year the crops matured quicker due to the drought, so this task hopefully can occur well before freeze-up. Safety while this is happening is always a concern. If it’s operating a chainsaw, working with an ATV or UTV, or sharing the outdoors with hunters, you should always prepare for the unexpected. I insist on wearing a blaze orange vest, and if someone forgets, I have spares in the truck. You must be able to be seen, so make sure to stay safe out there doing trail work. The big day is coming fast. That’s right, the official opening of the trail system in the state of Minnesota is Wednesday, December 1st, and a new season begins. So that means the trails are in and they never need to be looked at or touched again…whew! Wrong! You should always be prepared to inspect the trail system, look for missing or stolen signage, and be somewhat prepared to rectify the situation. I try to keep some diamonds or an arrow or two with some zip ties in the glove box of my sled. Remember to be a friend to snowmobiling and do your share. Not only do your trails need a once over from time to time, but so does your sled. Your sled should be prepped and ready with current registration before December 1st. You will find more on that subject in another article in this issue of Minnesota Snowmobiling, the official publication of MnUSA and its members.

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Final thoughts. Thanks so much to those who have voted for me in the past election. I’ve been truly humbled by your support.

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From the

MnUSA Vice President

See You Out There!

Tim Heinen

Hello fellow snowmobilers. I want to thank all of you for this honored position of VP for MnUSA. When I was a paperboy in Waconia, delivering the afternoon edition of the Minneapolis Star (anybody remember that?), there was a contest to see which carriers could sell the most new subscriptions, and the winners could win a free weekend, packed with fun. One of the items was to go riding on a snowmobile. That was the first time I drove a snowmobile. I don’t remember where the event took place, but I remember driving the machine around a 1-mile course. I did this several times. Later that year my older brothers each bought their own snowmobile—a Polaris and an Arctic Cat. It was January 1970. When they were not home, I would look around and find the key for the ’69 Polaris Mustang. I would sit there pulling on the cord to get it started and it just wouldn’t start. I had to go to the back of the sled where the fuel tank was, remove the cap and blow hard to get fuel up to the carb. About 15 to 20 minutes later I got it running. I only drove it around the house, of course, getting it stuck as I went down the snowbank on the driveway and couldn’t make it up the other side. (Back then we had snow, lots of snow). Once the sled was freed, I went around again, only this time when I came to the driveway snowbanks, I “gunned it.” Well, the sled went into the air, and I went flying off. No damage, just my pride, as the neighbors were watching. Unfortunately, both sleds were burnt up in a barn fire during summer storage. One brother bought a new ’71 Puma with the insurance money. Then in 1972, I bought my brother’s ’71 Puma, and from there I continued on with sledding. (Yes, Mark A. I did drive Arctic Cat). To say the least, when I started to drive sleds there was not a trail system in place. A few of the local men and women would blaze a trail and the rest would just follow those trails through the season. It seems that mentality has carried over, even though we have a marked trail system now. If there are tracks off the trail, people will follow them. Today we call that “TRESPASSING.” It seems to be getting worse. The Fall Workshop was just held in Fairmount, Minn. There was much to discuss and there is a lot that needs to go to legislation. Great seminars were given, and great story telling

was going on. Importantly, this is the start of our new season. Clubs will be starting work on their trails. I know our club is out there prepping trails as I write this, and soon we will be signing the trails. Don’t forget to put up plenty of “No Trespassing” signs along with “Snowmobile Only” signs—a lot of them. Also, please install the trail markers so if I am standing at one marker, I can see the other marker. I don’t have the eyesight of an eagle, so let’s bring the markers closer together, as this helps keep people from wandering off trail. It is also time for clubs to go over their groomer and drag equipment with a fine-tooth comb. Nothing is more frustrating than to have your groomer break down. With that said, fellow members, you need to pull that sled out of storage and you need to go over it carefully—from the tip of that ski all the way back to the edge of that snow flap. (I almost said mudflap; so wrong). With that said, Scott would always say, “Keep the sled track side down,” but I will say, “Keep the throttle loose and the windshield crack free.” See you out there soon.

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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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From the

MnUSA Past President

Thanks for the Support! Greg Sorenson It has been a beautiful fall. It sure doesn’t feel like winter is coming any time soon. However, they are getting substantial snow in parts of South Dakota. I guess it will make its way here soon. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to enjoy much of the great fall weather. Mary and I have been remodeling our son’s new house, so we have been inside working instead of riding the trike and other fun outdoor stuff. We have managed a few Ranger rides. This is the third edition with our new publisher. Please give us feedback, the only way we know what you like and don’t like is if you let us know. Help make the magazine the best it can be. We all know the organized snowmobile crowd is getting older. Unfortunately, many have recently gone to ride in the great ever after. I have lost many snowmobile friends over the past few months. A month ago, I lost one of my touring partners Larry Bannor. He and the three of us that are left have ridden thousands of miles together. I have wonderful memories of the great places we rode and the experiences we have had. Mostly good, but a few glitches here and there. I remember the time up near Kenora when Larry hit a patch of rough ice left by the groomer getting stuck. He was thrown off and bruised by the jagged ice chunks. We managed to get back to the motel and a trip to ER for X-rays. Fortunately nothing was broken, but the pain prevented him from completing the ride. We had to find him a ride home. It was sad to help him into the truck, and press on without him. A serious bond is formed when you spend so many hours riding and socializing together. I will miss him and cherish the memories. I miss all of my fallen snowmobile brothers and sisters. I have completed my second two-year term as president. This will be my last column. I can’t say I will miss having to write them each month. It has forced me to be a decent typist I guess. I attended my first MnUSA meeting in 1988 and served as president the first time in 1998 and 1999. I never imagined I would serve on the E Board again 20 years later. My first term was consumed with the stud ban and my second term was clouded by the Covid issue.

One thing I think the new board will have to figure out is how to deal with the vintage sled registration. I have heard many comments and know this is important to many members. Other than that, I don’t see any major issues on the horizon, but there always seems to be something unexpected to make life interesting. I’m sure the new board will manage with whatever pops up. I think I leave MnUSA in a good place; things seem to be running along pretty well. I want to thank all the people that have helped along the way. A leader is only as good as the people around them. I have been fortunate to have great committee chairs, board members and a very competent lobbyist. I wish great success to the new board. I also want to thank the members. I have enjoyed meeting and chatting with many of you. I appreciate all the comments and replies to my columns. Almost all of them have been good. I value your support over the years. Thank you!



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November 2021


MnUSA News

Workshop Wrap-Up Region 4 and its clubs did a fantastic job hosting the 2021 MnUSA Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont. The weekend event kicked-off with a Friday evening reception featuring local specialties along with delicious pork chops on a stick provided by the Martin County Pork Producers. Plenty of work was accomplished over the weekend with much more to do. The Legislative/Trails Committee met, and items on the agenda were discussed at the general membership meeting and the board of directors’ meeting on Sunday. MnUSA’s legislative priorities are included in Doug Franzen’s column. MnUSA will be meeting with representatives of the OHV groups on legislation with a common interest. The Federal Recreational Trail Program is in the federal highway bill without the increase in funding that was requested by the recreation groups. If the bill passes as is, Minnesota’s annual funding will remain $2 mil. plus for the grants. There has been no change in the Buy America requirement for US Steel and no waivers are presently available. Grant applications should be on the DNR website in December. Election of officers was conducted during the Saturday morning General Membership Annual Meeting. Congratulations to new officers—President Scott Wakefield of Waconia; Vice President Tim Heinen of Lakeville; Secretary Janet Widness of Clitherall; Treasurer Gordon Heitke of Mora; and Greg Sorenson of Finlayson who will

Congratulations to the new MnUSA Executive Board. From left to right President Scott Wakefield, Vice President Tim Heinen, Secretary Janet Widness, Treasurer Gordon Heitke and Director at Large Greg Sorenson. 8

Top: Debbie Foster, Mayor of Fairmont, welcomed all to her City of Lakes. Bottom: Rep. Bjorn Olson (23A) expressed his appreciation for the work done by the volunteer clubs to provide the trails.

serve as Director at Large with his term as president now complete. A special thank you goes out to Rod Seibel for his many years of service on the executive board. Rod has now finished his term as Director at Large. For the first time in 18 months, Laura Preus and Paul Purman of DNR Parks and Trails and Bruce Lawrence of DNR Enforcement were on hand in person to provide their updates to the membership. Last season 90% of the snowmobiles that were up for renewal were renewed. This, plus a couple of good snow years and the registration fee increase, has helped to stabilize the snowmobile dedicated account. For fiscal year 2022 club grants will be slightly higher than last season. Five grants were awarded under the Trail Improvement Grant Program in Round 1 of FY22 for a total award of $117,000. Up to $383,000 is remaining for Round 2 which will end mid-November 2021. Any funds remaining may be available for emergency trail maintenance or returned to the snowmobile dedicated account. Most of the funds paid under the program have been for bridges and major trail rehab. Trail signs are expected to be delivered by the end of October. A request was made by MnUSA to have an earlier delivery date required on the bids sent out to suppliers. DNR will be doing more regular trail condition updates and snow depth reports on their website this coming season.

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MnUSA News Ted Breeggeman and his daughter Lacey shared ideas that helped grow their youth club. See Lacey’s report in this magazine under Youth News.

Trespass is a huge issue across the snow belt causing the loss of many trail opportunities. The American Council of Snowmobile Associations has a trespass slogan contest with entries due by January 15, 2022. Contact Greg Sorenson for more information.

Seminars were available for attendees of the Fall Workshop, including: • Doug Franzen navigated the tricky waters of GIA funds and led a discussion on what Jerry Hanson, Chair of the Membership/ expenses were prudent or necessary. This Booth Committee, thanked all who helped informative session will be available at at the MnUSA booths at Outlaw Grass myblizzardclub.com. Drags, Hay Days and the Elk River Swap. • Lynn Johnson of Eagle America provided MnUSA will have a booth at the Duluth excellent tips on trailer maintenance and Winter Show in December. MnUSA security. membership numbers are down slightly Bruce Lawrence of the Minnesota Department from this time last year but rosters are just of Natural Resources held a Snowmobile Safety • Incoming president, Scott Wakefield, covered best practices for club finances and now starting to come in. Thank you to Instructor Certification class Friday afternoon directors Gary Gorden and Mark LaBaw and presented snowmobile safety information some of the elaborate phishing scams that have cost Americans $60 billion this year. who have each recruited 6 new members during the general membership meeting. Scott’s entire presentation will be available at under the Members Recruiting Members myblizzardclub.com. program. Please be sure you use your member ID number • Dave Halsey demonstrated how clubs can better utilize when signing up new members to get the credit. Information the functionality of the Polaris Ride Command. on the MRM program can be found on MnUSA’s website • Nancy Hanson presented on how to better navigate the under Programs. MnUSA website with an emphasis on club utilization. Special thanks to Region 4 officers and directors Greg Gellert, Nancy Gellert, Richard Kuttner, Sheri Gades and Jeff Kack and their participating clubs that helped make this year’s Fall Workshop a success: Appleton Ridge Runners, Blizzard Snowmobile Club, Cross-Country Trailblazers, Crow River Sno-Pros, Nicollet County Trails Association, Northern Lights Trails, River Valley Dutchman, Rock County Sno-Masters, Snowbirds of Amboy, and the Southwest Ridge Runners.

Top: Larry Shepherd presented donations to Terry Hutchinson, president of Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund from several clubs for the annual Veterans Appreciation Snowmobile Ride. MnUSA and MSEAF will host a 2022 ride. Donations of any amount are welcome. Bottom: Christian Franzen and Doug Franzen presented MnUSA’s legislative priorities and comments on the upcoming legislative session at the General Membership Meeting.

Keynote speakers for Saturday’s dinner were brothers and former racing stars, Loren and Paul Matejka. They regaled the audience with stories from their racing days including Paul’s 1st and Loren’s 2nd place finishes in the 1979 I-500 race. Their presentation will be available at myblizzardclub.com.

November 2021


MnUSA News MnUSA Seeking Nominations for Winter Rendezvous Awards

When snowmobilers from across the state get together to rendezvous at Cragun’s Resort the weekend of February 3-6, 2022, MnUSA will recognize a club, dealer, family, individuals and youth for their contributions to the sport of snowmobiling. Minnesota’s vast snowmobile trail system exists today because of a network of volunteers. If you know of a deserving snowmobiler, club or dealer in your area, you can find the 2021 award nomination forms on the MnUSA website under Programs. All nominations must be received at the MnUSA office by November 30, 2021.

Order Your 2022 MnUSA Raffle Calendar

The 2022 snowmobile photo calendars are available to individuals or clubs. MnUSA member clubs can earn money for their favorite charity with every calendar sold, up to $5 per calendar. There are 365 prizes with a new winner each day. Prizes include jewelry, gift cards, $300 fuel cards, $2500 on New Year’s Day, $500 on Christmas and many $250 cash prizes. Minimum prize value is $25. Only 5,000 calendars are available for sale. The drawing for prizes is January 5, 2022. To learn more and order, visit mnsnowmobiler.org and click on calendars under Programs.

MnUSA Winter Rendezvous Registration Now Open The Rendezvous weekend is back for 2022. Although the pandemic made it difficult in finding a location and hosts for our group, MnUSA Region 8, with assistance from the clubs in Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association, stepped forward to hold the event at Cragun’s Resort the weekend of February 3-6. Come ready for fun and ready to ride. Complete the registration form and we’ll see you in Brainerd in February. For info go to www.mnsnowmobiler.org.

MnUSA Raffle Calendar Winners October 2021

Prize Winner $25 Kurt Jorgenson $25 Ken Boyer $50 Wayne Neudecker $25 Branden Jorgensen $25 Lonnie Gormsen $25 Tracy Ahlm $25 Darwin Strand $25 Shelly Brunner $25 Best Used Trucks of MN $50 Allen Blenker $200 John Theno $25 Jim Gilgenbach $25 Stephanie Morrison $25 Stanley Norland $25 Ed Syverson $25 Gary Amundson

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St. Augusta Detroit Lakes Prior Lake Grand Forks Sauk Rapids Grygla Zumbro Falls Grygla Henderson Jordan Detroit Lakes Cokato Almelund St. Michael Princeton

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Legislative News Random Prattling, Jabbering & Nattering An opinion article by Doug Franzen In last month’s column, I invited readers to respond to my comments and engage in a respectful conversation, particularly if they disagreed with something I said. Thankfully, several of you did. The first responder felt that I exhibited a bias in favor of Senator Gazelka and was unfair to Governor Walz. This response while strongly worded, was civil and contained no personal attacks on me (probably due to the writer’s knowledge of my low self-esteem). It was perfect. A second reader called me to tell me he liked my column even though he may disagree with some of its content. Both communications made my day. This is the type of conversation I was hoping for. There are a bunch of really smart folks (Socrates, etc.) who understand that the purpose of an argument is not to win but to learn. I learned something from the responses including something about myself. Thank you, readers!


One responder felt that my anti-Walz bias was apparent and noticed that I did forewarn readers that my bias would seep through into my column. In fact, I like Governor Walz. I think he, with the benefit of the wise counsel of Commissioner Jan Malcolm, has shown courageous and effective leadership in managing our Covid crisis. However, he has not demonstrated that he understands or cares about snowmobiling and its impact on our quality of life. Also, I do like Senator Gazelka. He has proven to be a strong friend to MnUSA and all Minnesota snowmobilers, yet we do not see eye to eye on the pandemic. So, while I try to limit my perspective to snowmobile matters, bias does creep in. FYI, I have no idea who I will support for Governor in the upcoming election. It would be helpful if Governor Walz did show me that I am wrong and show support for our sport (hint, hint). A word about bias: We all have opinions capable of metastasizing into bias. The problem is that we don’t always know it. Our bias is both conscious and unconscious. It’s the unconscious bias that gets us into trouble. We tend to find truth in reports that agree with our opinions regardless of the evidence. This truth finding is nothing more than confirming our bias and is therefore agreeable to us. Again, we all do

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Legislative News it. Confirmation bias is a disease that can easily be cured by respectful debate and argument. Is it remotely possible that your conversation partner is correct, and you are mistaken? If the people arguing have open hearts and are willing to learn, the argument will benefit both parties. Recently, I observed some win-win arguing at the MnUSA Fall Workshop. Your Board of Directors is a feisty bunch, and its members are all strongly opinionated. At this meeting I saw some strong disagreement and lots of argument. But, in the end, the best results came from the arguments. Folks listened to one another, and no personal attacks occurred. I believe that such productive argument is possible because the directors know and respect one another. Even if a director believes that another director is spouting nonsense, they know and respect each other enough to disagree without being disagreeable. Legislative stuff was accomplished at the workshop. On Friday, the Trails and Legislative Committee met and recommended a legislative agenda for 2022. Included in this agenda are matters that didn’t pass during the virtual legislative session this year and a new issue. On Sunday, the Board of Directors adopted the recommendations of the committee. The MnUSA priorities are as follows:

• Increase penalties for trespass on private land by snowmobilers • Sales tax exemption for building materials used in the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails • Permit snowmobiling on WMAs • Protect our dedicated fund • Monitor state/federal legislation or administrative action advancing high-speed rail between Duluth and the Twin Cities metro area to ensure that recreational trail crossings are not compromised • Allow trail crossing across divided highways at safest locations rather than at intersections, roundabouts and J-turns. • Reform sales requirements for snowmobiles without current registration. Finally, the Minnesota House of Representatives has announced that its 2022 session will be held virtually again in 2022. We’re not out of the soup yet. So, be careful, be mindful and take care of yourselves. Doug Franzen has been MnUSA’s lobbyist since 1978.



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Youth News

Tri-County Snow Czechers Youth Organization At the MnUSA Annual Meeting Lacey Breeggemann, secretary of the Tri-County Snow Czechers, gave an update of her club’s activities. The club is made up of youth from Le Sueur, Scott and Rice counties. Lacey’s comments included: • Our new season is underway. • We have 5 elected youth officers actively involved. • Tidbit of information: We are trailblazers as one of the ONLY Minnesota youth snowmobile clubs! • We are officially documented with the state and federal government as an Association and have a tax ID number. YAY! • We are receiving memberships every month. Dues are $10 with half of the membership being paid from donations from the local chapters. Thank you for your continued support. • The club is working on fundraising opportunities with the funds going to meeting expenses, club events and club parties/rides, community involvement and to help subsidize membership dues moving forward.

Lacey Breeggemann reported on the Tri-County Snow Czechers youth club.

• The club moved to try to get a section of trail to maintain and sign locally. Waiting to hear back on if we got it. That will teach our members about putting in and taking out trails and the upkeep, along with working with landowners. • The club has organized snowmobile prep workshops in early December. Paul Maruska has graciously offered his shop to have youth members to bring their sleds to make sure they are ready for the season. We will also have a summarization workshop in the spring. • Last year we had a club ride in February, and we had 35 riders. Everyone enjoyed it and we are thankful for the volunteers that helped us out.



• Each meeting we have an education refresher for the members. Some of the topics that will be covered at future meetings are trail map reading, trail etiquette, littering and trespassing, first responder/ first aid on the trail, hand signals and safety equipment and being prepared. • The club will be involved in the Parade of Lights this year as well. • There is club merchandise (shirts, sweatshirts and stickers) available for purchase through ID Threadz.

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• Our club meets the first Monday of each month at the New Prague Fire Hall starting at 6 p.m. It is open to everyone, and we ask members to bring a friend. Stop in at our next meeting to check us out. • MOST IMPORTANTLY...Thank you for your continued support! We wouldn’t have this club if it wasn’t for your club’s donation and involvement.

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No Trespassing “SLOGAN” Challenge #Know Where To Go or there will be NO where to go!! Trespassing = Lost Riding!

You Ride – You See the Trespassing and the results of lost riding! We need YOUR ideas. Trespassing is the #1 reason for lost trails and riding areas on public and private lands.

Wherever the trail leads, there’s an AmericInn nearby waiting to offer you friendly service, a comfortable and quiet night’s sleep, and always a place to park your sled.

We need to reach the violators - They need to understand trespassing is not okay!

Give Us Your Best Ideas!

• The Slogan Challenge is open to all original ideas and designs. No Copyrighted Information is allowed. • Slogan Challenge is open to ALL Ages. Submit your original poster design by January 15, 2022. • All submissions will be reviewed by the ACSA Trespass Committee after January 15.

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Versatility of the

Crossover Genre

by Joel Kunz

There is a growing fervor on the showroom floors of snowmobile dealers throughout the Midwest as customers catch the “Crossover” bug. In a discussion with Dan Thomson, owner of my local snowmobile dealership and Crossover rider himself, “too much fun” was the first thing he said when asked about the growing interest and sales of these units. I asked for some clarification as to why, and here is what we came up with. First of all we talked about the length of the track, ride and sitting position of the new machines. Trail machines have tracks that total in length of 120 or 121 inches. The Crossover unit Dan rides has a track length of 146 inches. That puts an extra 20 plus inches of track on the ground and the rear suspension over a foot farther to the rear of the unit. In essence, the ride improves by having the rider in front of the rear suspension, not over it. By sitting taller in the saddle and forward of the rear suspension, riders in general experience a smoother feel on the trails. A simple correlation would be the feel when sitting over the rear wheels on the bus as a kid versus sitting in the middle. The front suspension on a 120-inch length track trail machine and equivalent on a 146-inch length Crossover both do their jobs in similar fashion, but it is the position of the rear suspension that is the big difference. The Crossover machine’s track length also provides for better traction with shorter lug length and a smoother ride, as it in general spans the bumps better, much like a bigger boat is better in the chop. But like anything, there are some trade-offs. A Crossover is harder to handle in the woods, and the length of the track can feel like it is dragging a bit as you corner. But that’s like the difference between driving a full-size pickup truck and a sports car—it’s longer. Both style machines sport the same power plants in general, so the performance is generally in riding style and capability. Following are some featured Crossover options from Ski-Doo, Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat for your perusal. Be sure to visit your local snowmobile dealer to learn more about the differences each machine offers for ride and performance.

Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS The 2022 Renegade X-RS supplies race-proven performance to riders who intend to dominate every ride. With the agility of the REV Gen4 platform, ultra-responsive Rotax engines and the latest snowmobile suspension innovations, every trail is fair game. Feature highlights are the Rotax 850 E-TEC engine. It is the next generation of the most advanced direct-injection 2-stroke engine technology. It is designed for reliability and durability with proven 4-stroke and long-lasting automotive technologies. A high-performance KYB PRO shock package provides extreme-capability, extreme-durability


shocks for control in the toughest conditions. Easy adjust-equipped for dialed-in compression and rebound. The Renegade X-RS features a cMotion 146 or 154 rear suspension. A Crossover-specific suspension it uses the best principles of the rMotion trail skids for confident cornering. New in 2022 is the first semi-active suspension system ever seen in snowmobiles, Smart-Shox. For those that crave the latest and greatest, they have an option that brings cutting edge technology to their ride with an unbelievable level of handling, comfort and control. The 137-inch track length smooths any trail. Based on the agile and responsive REV Gen4 platform, and the industry’s best suspensions, the Renegade offers precise handling on the trail, incredible comfort and the capability. A large panoramic 7.8-inch-wide LCD color display is available. The wide-screen full-color display lets riders truly customize their ride from behind the bars. Choose your preferred sled info, and see app integrated-information in a split-screen format with GPS, Bluetooth music, helmet-to-helmet communication and more. The E-TEC SHOT starter adds push-button starting with almost no added weight. It uses energy stored in the lightweight ultracapacitor to turn the magneto and with E-TEC technology, start the engine. Complete lineup information and specs can be seen at


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maps, points of interest, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Use Group Ride technology to see your ride group with or without cell coverage. New WiFi connectivity allows for easy updates, and transfer of Ride Command data over WiFi. Switchbacks feature an industry exclusive SmartWarmers customizable hand and thumb warmers that can be set to an exact temperature with three customizable presets. Set grip and thumb temperature to an exact degree for a more comfortable ride. Warm up fast and stay warm. Patent pending technology allows smart warmers to heat up faster than competitive designs and maintain a consistent temperature. The Switchback features on-trail handling with a Snocross-inspired cockpit. The open and intuitive cockpit optimizes mobility while maximizing wind protection. The narrower ergonomics with a 4.8inch narrower console that is 3 inches narrower at the knees, creates a more mobile rider experience allowing full freedom of movement for ultimate control. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) design tools ensure maximum wind protection and minimal drag for a warmer, more comfortable ride. Sculpted side panels open a new dimension of rider mobility allowing the rider to move around the sled rather being confined by it. Improved leg and lower body comfort and protection are enhanced by the windshield designed for hand protection and less wind buffeting with updated geometry for improved aerodynamics.

Polaris Switchback The newest member of the legendary 50/50 crossover family. The Switchback XC joins the Assault as the industry benchmark for ride and handling, with the IGX rear suspension, Polaris IFS, and 650 and 850 Patriot engines. The proven Patriot Engine architecture delivers outstanding durability, refined run quality, and an instant throttle response. The units feature a lightweight aluminum chassis and lightweight body and frame with unmatched rigidity and durability. A Nightblade headlight brings state-of-the-art lighting technology to Polaris riders. Six projector beam optics deliver precision lighting with an engineered pattern to deliver exceptional visibility for night riding.

Industry-leading Polaris Race IFS is the perfect balance of effort, precision and zero-bump steer-stability to deliver ultimate handling and control. The high-performance, adjustable, and rebuildable FOX QS3 Clicker shocks offer easy pre-ride adjust ability and deliver outstanding performance. The remote reservoir promotes heat dissipation and ensures consistently outstanding performance in all riding conditions. Complete lineup information, specs and more can be viewed at


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The VersAttak Dual Shock 146 rear suspension is fitted into a light, tapered tunnel. It also features a front arm with special 146-inch rails that utilize a long rear QS3 shock with a lightweight single pull rod. The uniquely designed shock pivot on the uncoupled front arm which provides a smooth transfer for great handling. Blending the best of on-trail bite, the 146-inch x 1.6-inch lug Cobra track is a key contributor to X-TX LE versatile make-up. The 146-inch length combined with the unique Cobra lug pattern give the X-TX the right balance between cornering grip and straight-line acceleration. The ARCS front suspension features tall, strong forged alloy spindles and redesigned lightweight upper A-arms. Revised for optimum suspension function and increased ground clearance, the Sidewinder X-TX LE has a more predictable and consistent handling with less chassis roll.

Yamaha Sidewinder X-TX LE 146 When it comes to a purebred crossover machine the Sidewinder X-TX LE stands apart from the rest. VersAttak uncoupled rear suspension has the versatility to provide bump eating plushness with the type of smooth transfer. Easy-to-adjust Fox Zero QS3 shock absorbers provide premium performance while the 42-inch-wide ARCS front suspension offers ample ground clearance with flat handling. The X-TX LE is finished with the Stryke single keel skis that work great to deliver precise tracking with balanced flotation.

The Sidewinder’s generous 8.9-gallon / 33.6-liter fuel tank serves more purpose than just carrying a day’s worth of fuel. It also cradles the battery and is the platform for the quick-release trail seat. The ever-changing fuel load is carried low and rearward which helps centralize the overall mass and balance of the sled. The handlebar controls feature a Stealth Control System a left-sided switch cluster for “on-the-fly” access to the multi-step hand and thumb warm adjusters, the push button reverse gear shift and the multi-function gauge that can be easily select information with a convenient toggle. On the right side, a clean bar hosts an ergonomically-shaped throttle lever and a simple, stand-alone emergency stop switch. The Hayes Stealth brake cylinder is equipped with a composite brake lever that, coupled with a lightweight caliper, offers better feel and powerful stopping performance. Complete information and specs on the Yamaha line of snow machines can be viewed at yamahamotorsports.com

The 998 Genesis Turbo Engine is unmatched when it comes to delivering incredible power. Every engine component from intake to exhaust is dedicated to producing uncompromised performance, earning the respect and reputation as the industry’s highest achiever. Able to withstand highly elevated temperatures, the nickel alloy turbine body is extremely strong and precise. Supported by premium ceramic ball bearings, the Inconel turbine blade assembly is very light and strong which yields a low moment of inertia for a lightning quick response to the exhaust gas input. Triple throttle bodies are used exclusively to further enhance the quick delivery of compressed air from the impeller to the intake valves. The Sidewinder X-TX LE front suspension is equipped with Fox Zero QS3 shocks for a premium upgrade to this model. The Fox high-pressure gas, coil spring shock features a piggyback chamber to deliver reduced fading, exceptional control, and three easy-to-adjust compression damping performance settings so you can quickly and easily adjust the ride to conditions and riding preference. The SRV chassis layout was engineered to centralize mass. Approximately 60 percent of the sled’s weight is tightly centered within the main triangulation for a quick-handling, well-balanced sled that’s fun to throw around in a wide variety of conditions


Arctic Cat Riot Arctic Cat has redefined the crossover category with the RIOT line of premium snowmobiles that offer innovations and technology for

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the ultimate crossover ride experience. This model year, the RIOT 8000 and RIOT X offer further innovation with the addition of models featuring the ATAC On-the-Fly Suspension System. All units also received the new Arctic Cat ADAPT CVT System for improved performance and serviceability. With a lighter-weight, narrower design, and an advanced idler system, ADAPT maintains constant belt tension throughout the ride—resulting in minimized wear and longer belt life. The system also features lower inertia giving it quicker throttle response for more-consistent performance. Built to take on the trail, RIOT offers the ultimate crossover ride experience thanks to its masterful blend of DNA pulled straight from M Series and ZR models. To complement that blend, riders can choose from the C-TEC2 lightweight 6000 (RIOT) or Next-Gen 8000 (RIOT/RIOT X) engines. The RIOT 6000 and 8000 models are the perfect blend of crossover performance thanks to a combination of the ARS II front suspension and the CROSS-ACTION Rear Suspension. The uncoupled CROSSACTION suspension provides excellent bump absorption and cornering on the trail. The ARS II front suspension comes straight off the racetrack where it redefined what precision control and big-bump comfort is all about. Other key features adding to RIOT models’ signature 50/50 blend of crossover versatility include the all-condition predictability of the G2 ProClimb—7 skis with molded boot traction, a lay down steering post like ZR models, and an adjustable 41.5- to 43.5-inch ski stance with sway bar. For 2022, the models are offered with a 146-inch Cobra track with the option of a 1.35-inch or 1.6-inch lug. New for 2022, the RIOT 8000 ATAC offers the revolutionary onthe-fly suspension allowing crossover riders to adjust the suspension for any riding condition. ATAC features a thumb-operated button on the handlebar that controls the FOX ZERO iQS rear-track shock and the ski shocks. With the push of a button, the rider can instantly switch between three factory compression settings—soft, medium and firm—in under 0.5 seconds. The system also allows for two distinct settings—Driver 1 and Driver 2—to customize two riders’ calibrations between front and rear shocks. The result is optimized suspension performance for the varying conditions encountered riding on trail. The system also automatically optimizes shock calibration when the sled is set to reverse to improve handling while backing up. The RIOT 8000 ATAC is available in red or green with a 146-inch Cobra track with a 1.6-inch lug. Accessory kits for the 6000/8000 models include front bumper, hand guards and rear storage. Complete information specs and more can be seen at


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Enjoy the Great Minnesota Trails! Through efforts of snowmobile club volunteers across the state, Minnesotans and visitors alike enjoy over 23,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The maintenance of approximately 90% of these trails is the responsibility of snowmobile clubs and Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) volunteers. MnUSA is the statewide organization that supports the clubs and volunteers as the voice at the legislature, promoting positive legislation to protect, enhance and fund our trail system. Join with a MnUSA member as he reminisces on our great sport and snowmobiling along the North Shore!

Musings of a Snowmobile Enthusiast— submitted by Dick Turnbull

The season starts way before the snow files. Even before the Princeton and Haydays swap meets, I’ve been online chasing parts and updating equipment for most of the summer. The tantalizing coolness near the middle of October gets the hearts full of anticipation. My friends and I have been talking for weeks about all the good deals we’ve found, the sleds are getting their final touches, we’re ready to go. Our club meetings have started. Work crews have been dispatched and the trails are finally clear. The groomer is waiting. Anticipation grows. I put up some pictures on the websites to tease those who drool about sledding. They come from all over the state to ride and many from out of state too. December weekends the trails are OPEN, and the first powder is upon us. We hit the local trails if they’re covered, or we’ll run up north, perhaps by Silver Bay, to put in. An hour drive just gets the adrenaline time to work into our system. Many spend three to seven hours to come to the trails that lie just outside our doorsteps. Leaving before daybreak, we’re on the trails early, but not always the first. Soon, each new turn brings a breathtaking explosion of wonder, expanse, and delight.

always stopping to “capture” some serenely panoramic view. Sometimes, I am so astounded by all the majestic wonder I am blessed to be a part of – part of our immense heritage, our freedom, and our country. We stop, and again, “Did you see that…??” From the first untamed powder, and onto the well maintained trails, hitting obscure forest roads and finding new maps and directions around, the season lasts until there is too much snirt to keep the sleds cool. Racing events, riding new (to us) unexplored territory, finding great food stops along the trails, seeing parades of vintage sleds, invitations to club rides and picnics, checking out water skipping venues, making adjustments and repairs – all fill our riding season. We meet new folks every time we venture out. We love to see how others are enjoying the sport and hear what the locals have to say. The familiarity of some of the trails builds confidence as we bring along others and share our knowledge and enthusiasm. YEEHAW!!

Pictures can only show some of the brief moments I spend on these superb, beautiful trails in Minnesota. If I am out on my own, I’ll take lots of them, often stopping every hundred feet or so until I say to myself, “I MUST do some more riding!”, but it is often hard to force myself to get back on as I visit the inner worlds of the forests. I think, “I must leave some of this out here for someone else to discover!” Soon, I’m underway. When I am with friends, they hopefully don’t get tired of me 22

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Racing News Amsoil Championship Snocross – snocross.com Regional Events • Dennis Kirk Regional Snowcross – Dec. 11-12, 2021 Red River Valley Speedway, Fargo, ND

• FXR Learn 2 Ride Clinic – December (TBD) Teaching young racers how to be better both on and off the track, the FXR Learn 2 Ride Clinic has been cultivating future pro riders for more than 10-years. Featuring both classroom and on-track coaching by some of the best racers in the world, the clinic is a true hands-on learning experience that delivers lots of seat time and one-of-kind experience.

• Elk River Regional Snocross – Dec. 18-19, 2021 ERX Motor Park, Elk River, MN National Events • Pirtek Snocross National – Jan. 7-8, 2022 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN

• Midwest Ride In – Jan. 28-30 Thousands of classic, vintage and antique snowmobiles will turn ERX Motor Park into the world’s largest vintage snowmobile event this coming January. Featuring hundreds of show sleds, a huge swap meet, racing, trail rides, live and silent auctions, an evening banquet and some of the best snowmobiling memories found anywhere, this is a must attend for any snowmobile fan. No need to own a vintage snowmobile to attend, everyone is welcome.

• Theisen’s Snocross National – Jan. 14-15, 2022 Dubuque County Fairgrounds, Dubuque, IA

KCPro-East Youth Ice Racing

kcproeast.com/2022seasonschedule.html • Crane Lake, MN – Jan. 8, 2022 • Side Lake, MN – Jan. 15, 2022 • Strand Lake, Cotton, MN – Jan. 22, 2022

• ISOC National Snocross – Mar. 4-5 When the top professional racers in the world meet one of the most challenging tracks in North America the action is intense. The spring race will treat fans to warmer weather and a massive track at ERX Motor Park.

KCPro-West Youth Ice Racing

kcprowest.net/ • Pine Lake, MN (Cor PowerSports) – Dec. 11-12, 2021 • East Grand Forks, MN – Jan. 22-23, 2022

ERX Motor Park – erxmotorpark.com • Grassroots Snocross Series The Grassroots Snocross series returns with six nights of action geared specifically for both younger and newer riders who are looking for a fun, non-intimidating and affordable place to race. Held Thursday nights under the lights, the Grassroots series is perfect for families looking to share in the excitement of snocross racing. Dec. 16 • Jan. 6 • Jan. 20 • Feb. 10 • Feb. 24 • Mar. 10 • ISOC Regional Snocross The International Series of Champions (ISOC) will bring their regional snocross action back to the ERX Motor Park for two stops this coming winter. Both will feature two full days of racing with classes for everyone—youth to veterans. Dec. 18-19 • Mar. 12-13 • Sunday Fun Day The Sunday Fun Day series returns to ERX this winter with five rounds of racing and goofiness. Just as the name implies, the day includes racing snowmobiles and snow bikes, games, costume contests, trivia and more, all intended for racers and families off all ages. Dec. 10 • Jan. 16 • Feb. 15

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Checklist: ] [ Pre-Season The P’s and Q’s to Another Season

by Joel Kunz & Dick Theis

Now is the time to be sure to check out your sled in preparation of the fast-approaching season and question anything not up to standards, then fix it. Some simple checks are often overlooked and can have damaging results. Following is a checklist put together by snowmobiling service experts that you should consider when getting ready to ride this season. 3 Check ski bottoms and carbide wear. Don’t start the season with junk carbides! Inspect heim joints and suspension arms. Ski stance alignment should have minor toe out (1/8 to 1/4 inch). Inspect the rear skid for any damage or cracks. Check shocks and rebuild if needed. Grease any zerk fittings with proper grease and check all bolts for tightness. Spin idler wheels for noise, frozen bearings or damaged tires. Check Hyfax for wear and replace if worn. Check track for wear and tear on lugs and clips. Check studs for tightness and pull-outs then adjust track to proper tension.

3 This is also a good time to check over the entire undercarriage and frame for wear and any signs of damage. Use a bright light and take your time to check potential areas for anything you might question. Now on to the power plant. Check engine for fuel, oil or coolant leaks and fix anything that needs attention. Also check for fraying on the pull cord— something you definitely do not want to fail in the field. This is also a good time to put in fresh spark plugs and change oil if a 4-stroke or top off injection oil if it’s a 2-stroke. 3 The drive system of your machine has many important parts. Now is the time to inspect and clean clutches and drive belt. To do this properly you must remove the belt cover and belt. Inspect clutch sheaves and blow out belt dust with an air compressor. Clean as needed with a Scotchbrite pad and parts cleaner, Brakleen or acetone. I always wash a new belt with soap and water to remove any potential residue before installing. Also, be sure to check the belt for proper tension and reassemble. Check your chain case tension, 1/2 to 1/4 inch of slack is about right (check your manual). By setting your parking brake it is easy to check. Do NOT over tighten! Now is also a great time to change chain case oil. Use what the manufacturer suggests or high-performance alternative that meets specifications. Check brake pad wear and your fluid level, make any needed repairs or adjustments. 3 Your fuel system is the bloodstream of your machine. Although owner’s manuals for some models suggest a minimum of 87 octane with no more than 10 percent ethanol, they also note that higher performance machines should use a minimum of 91 octane ethanol free fuel. Point is, check your machine’s specifications. Most seasoned riders prefer ethanolfree fuel in their machine, as gasoline with ethanol in it can absorb water over time and be harmful to your machine’s fuel system. Now is a good time to remove any old fuel and refill with fresh. Check any fuel lines for cracks or leaks. Replace any filters and make sure all hoses are safely secured.


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3 Don’t forget the often-overlooked little things. Check all lights and power connections, replace if needed. Charge and check battery. Use a tester to test its ability under load, not just if it holds a charge. Knowing the battery is good will make a difference when the real cold hits. Check your tool kit, tow strap, extra plugs and spare belt (not a junk spare belt). Replace any missing tools and spray or rub with a light coat of oil to prevent rust. Most riders never use it but check your First Aid kit and replenish any missing or outdated items. Check your insurance info and most importantly, have your CURRENT REGISTRATION DISPLAYED. This simple checklist should get you a good start to the season, enjoy.

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Vintage News

by Les Pinz Time flies in the vintage snowmobile world. It seems like yesterday that Brut introduced their water-cooled snowmobile to the industry.

Brut Snowmobiles 1972-1976

I was lucky to be at their 40th anniversary this summer in Brooten, Minnesota with over 45 Brut snowmobiles on display, with owners and old employees telling old stories and the friendships they had. It was back in 1971 that a group of ex-Polaris employees started Brutanza Engineering in Brooten, Minnesota. John Bohmer from Brooten asked Gerry Reese about buying a small snowmobile company in North Dakota. Instead, Gerry and his cohorts decided to build a snowmobile themselves. Their idea was to build a high-performance snowmobile using a three-cylinder, water-cooled motor. We were already using some water cooling in racing sleds which keeps a motor at a controlled temperature for max horsepower and durability. They figured to run the motor around 180 degrees in cold weather at 40 degrees below to 40 degrees above, they would lay the motor down for a lower center of gravity and for better cornering ability. Because it was water cooled it could be positioned like that and not need air flowing over cylinders. To test the strength of their aluminum tunnels, Brut backed a flatbed single-axle 11,000-pound truck with a 3/4-ton van on its deck, up a ramp and onto twin tunnels. The two Brut tunnels held the entire weight; no side buckling whatsoever. 26

They said if you wanted a snowmobile to be fastest on your block, buy a Brut. The three-cylinder inline engine came with breakerless CDI ignition for better starting and longer plug life. This threecylinder runs so smooth and has a very distinctive sound that can be heard for a mile. The Bruts were so fast that some race associations considered banning them from cross country races.

In 1972, Brut developed a radiator to cool their motor but it was big and costly, so they tried using coil tubes in the tunnel. It worked great but had troubles with rocks penetrating the tubes. Using an aluminum extrusion to run the water through worked great. On the 1973 model year, they changed to coils and extrusion to maintain constant temperature after warm-up. The Brooten engine was designed exclusively for Brut snowmobiles. Each engine was handmade at the Brooten plant from parts made in Japan. The owners had to come in at night and put together enough engines for the next day’s production of snowmobiles. It was very hard on these ambitious owners, but they had a dream to sell there engineering. Brut’s Power-Pac ties the engine, drive clutch and torque converter into a single power unit. This design eliminates misalignment of drive belts and effectively reduces vibration. Having a fully-adjustable progressive shock slide rail

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suspension, and using a one-piece molded reinforced Polytrack, worked well in all snow conditions. The Polytrack had drive nubs for maximum propulsion. In the summer months, animals would eat off the nubs of the tracks. Gates, the track manufacturer, had to put something in the track so animals wouldn’t eat them anymore.

Calendar of Events Nov. 20 – 10 am – MnUSA Region 1 Area Fall Meeting, Eagles, Crookston. Everyone is invited in the Region area. Gail Friborg, 218-694-2840, pfgf@gvtel.com Dec. 4 – 2021 Clearwater Legends Snowmobile Vintage Show & Swap Meet, Fireside Grill & Patio, Bagley, MN Lee Peterson 218-694-2186

Five hundred eighty Brut 440cc sleds were made for the 1972 season at a list price of $1595. Six hundred Brut 440cc sleds were made for the 1973 season at a list price of $1745, and 294cc twin at $1545. Two hundred ninety-nine Brut 294cc and 25= 340cc were made for the 1974 season. Some racing 502cc sleds were offered for an extra $350. I don’t think very many were produced. Some enduro sleds were made with pipes and different seats for racing. Because of lack of snow and the energy crisis of 1973-74, it was hard to sell snowmobiles. In January of 1974, Scorpion Snowmobile Co. from Crosby, Minnesota acquired the snowmobile product line of Brutanza Engineering Co. For the year 1974-1975, Scorpion made around 500 Bruts that came with Mikuni carburetors for better starting and smother running.

Dec. 4 - 7 pm-midnight Foxtailers Trail Opener Event Liberty Legion, St. Michael, MN www.foxtailers.com thefoxtailers@gmail.com Free prizes, appetizers & silent auction with proceeds going to the MnUSA Veterans Ride Jan. 19-23 – Northland 300 Ride for Special Olympics, Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN • www.northland300.org Jan. 28-30 – Midwest Ride-In Vintage Show, ERX Motor Park, Elk River, MN www.mwvss.com Feb. 2-5 – Blackwoods Blizzard Tour for ALS, Duluth to Tower & back www.neversurrenderinc.org Feb. 3-6 – MnUSA Winter Rendezvous, Cragun’s Resort & Conference Center, Brainerd, MN • www.mnsnowmobiler.org If your club has events open to the general public that you would like included in the calendar, please send information by email to mnusaoffice@popp.net

For the year 1975-1976, Scorpion made a deal to manufacture snowmobiles for Massey Ferguson. The Brut was renamed “Cyclone,” with a 340cc selling for $1898 and the 440cc selling for $2129. If you are at a vintage ride and there is a Brut there, look it over and ask the owner to fire it up. You will hear a very distinctive sounding sled like no other. You can see what great advancements they used back then compared to today’s snowmobiles.

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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 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 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 √ 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

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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 RiverKabetogama 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

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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 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 √ Grand Ely Lodge Ely, MN 218-365-6565 Joe’s Marine & Repair Ely, MN 218-365-6264 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 Tim & Monica Cunningham Ely, MN 218-365-5831 5 Seasons Sports Center Inc Eveleth, MN 218-744-5871

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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

Mn Business Supporters Fisherman’s Bay McGregor, MN 218-426-4662 Floe International Inc McGregor, MN 218-426-3563 Grand Timber Bank McGregor, MN 218-768-2410 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 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 √ 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 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 √ 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

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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 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

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Mn Business Supporters √ 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 30

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 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 218-353-4447 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

“√” Denotes Show Your Card Member Discount Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

Superior Shores Resort Two Harbors, MN 218-834-5671 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, MN763479-3719 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

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 Donnelly Co-Op. Donnelly, MN 320-246-3555 AgCountry Farm REGION 9 Credit Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5311 Farmers Agency Elbow Lake, MN Ollie’s Service 218-685-6880 Alexandria, MN 320-763-4455 Farmers Cooperative Winning Edge Graphics Oil Assoc. Elbow Lake, MN Alexandria, MN 218-685-4491 320-763-7953 Ashby Legion Post 357 Grant County Herald Elbow Lake, MN Alexandria, MN 218-685-5326 218-747-2858 Grant County Lumber Pettit Painting Elbow Lake, MN Ashby, MN 218-685-5321 A.L.S. / Boopa’s Bar Haley Oil Company Audubon, MN Elbow Lake, MN 218-439-6611 218-685-4466 Pit 61 LG Seeds – Audubon, MN Dana Bloom 218-439-6121 Elbow Lake, MN Barrett Farm Supply Midwest Machinery Barrett, MN Elbow Lake, MN 320-391-1435 218-685-4438 DHS Grain Ltd Wendell Pioneer Barrett, MN Insurance 320-815-1043 Elbow Lake, MN Spud’s Small Engine 218-685-4414 Service & Repair Johnson Harvesting Barrett, MN Evansville, MN 320-528-2299 320-760-3236 ABC Brewing Northland Seed Battle Lake, MN Evansville, MN 218-864-2739 320-808-6892 Richwood Offsale Frontier Marine & Callaway, MN Powersports 218-847-6380 Fergus Falls, MN Bleachers Sports Bar 218-998-4386 & Grill Detroit Lakes, MN 218-310-4105 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

Minnesota Snowmobiling

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 Ottertail Aggregatge Ottertail, MN 218-367-2581 Thumper Pond Resort Ottertail, MN 218-367-2000 √ 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

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






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Minnesota United S n oMinnesota w m o b i l e r s A United ssociation

Snowmobilers Association

7040 Lakeland Avenue N., Ste 212, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55428 $25 ONE $45 TWO YEAR YEARS


$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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