Minnesota Snowmobiling – November 2023

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November 2023 Contents Minnesota Snowmobiling is the official publication of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA). The publication is a benefit of membership in MnUSA ($35 annual membership).


Traveling with A Family of Six

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Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association


From the President

MnUSA Executive Board President Scott Wakefield Vice President Timothy Heinen Secretary Janet Widness Treasurer Gordon Heitke Director at Large Greg Sorenson


From the Vice President




Legislative News

Past Presidents Greg Sorenson, Rod Seibel, Mark Kavanaugh, Gayle Quistgard, Mark Steinmueller, Keith Twombly, Terry Hutchinson, Curt Berg, Harold Brace, Bob Linn, Diane Wallenta, Jeff Mausolf, Bob King, Larry Shepherd, Bill Kullberg, LeRoy Strehlo, Tom Decker, Mary Violett, Allen Eglinton, Al Lalim, Harold Tomkins


MnUSA News


Youth News

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From the MnUSA President

I’ve Timed Out Scott Wakefield Wow! MnUSA received some incredible exposure at Hay Days in a couple of ways. First off, when the most people at Hay Days were at the most concentrated area at one time, prior to the unveiling of the new 858 motor, Troy Halverson of Arctic Cat asked the large audience to “Raise your hand if you’re a member of a club.” I’d have to guess 95% of the hands went up. Troy continued, “And, if you’re a member of a club, that’s great. Because if it wasn’t for the clubs putting in 21,000 miles of trails here in Minnesota, none of this would be here, (pointing to the sleds) and none of you would be here (pointing to the crowd) because without clubs and MnUSA none of this would exist.” He continued on, “MnUSA has a booth over in the trees by the food court; I’d encourage you to go join MnUSA and do it today. Now for the unveiling.” Nice timing Troy! And thank you so much from all of us at MnUSA!



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Second, the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) held a youth snowmobile involvement meeting Sunday morning at our MnUSA booth at Hay Days. The meeting was attended by manufacturer reps, Ambassadors, state snowmobile leadership, young snowmobilers with the WI youth club KAOS, MnUSA youth club members, and ACSA representatives. They discussed the youth survey being conducted by ACSA, and organized snowmobiling and the impacts of US Forest Service changes, the Biden 30x30 plan to set aside 30% of federal land and waters by 2030 and to exclude snowmobiles on those lands, which would close millions of acres of riding areas to snowmobilers! Manufacturer Ambassadors agreed a unified message would be best and they offered their assistance in sharing information on their social media outlets. Having snowmobile racers Levi LeValle and Chris Burant in attendance at our booth sure helped to raise the level of excitement and popularity in our booth Sunday morning. Trail time is around the corner. Due to the drought in most of Minnesota, corn has matured very quickly this year, only second to the soybeans. Every day over 60 degrees with a 5 mile per hour wind, corn will lose a percent of moisture. Corn is typically 20-23% before harvest and needs to dry down to a final moisture content of 15-16 % for safe storage. You can do the math in your head, based on the number of 60-degree days with wind, how quickly fields can dry down and corn is harvested. Looking at the extended forecast, and being in an El Niño now, trails should be in well before the Dec. 1st Trail Opening and we should have a very enjoyable fall this year. As with every year, looking at trail re-routes is a neverending issue in my area. I have four active re-routes I’m working on now, attending township/city meetings, and soon to the county; meeting with “NEW” landowners, explaining the benefits of having a trail on their property, and finally getting a signature on a trail permit. Hoping all your re-routes go well. It’s an education process. Well, this is my last column as your President. I’ve “timed out,” as they say per the bylaws, so I must leave. When I started this job, it was like diving forty feet off a cliff in a cereal bowl of water, and some days like drinking out of a fire hose, if that’s even a thing anymore. And not much has changed. There is a lot of work to be done. Yet it will be a nice change to step off the front lines, so to speak, for a bit. I won’t be far, as I fall into the Director at Large designation similar to an immediate past president. I will be serving as an advisor and a member of the Executive Board, and I’m under the direction of the “NEW” President. I will become a delegate to ACSA and ISC and chair of the elections/nominations committee. And at this point I’m still the chair of the Communications Committee, so keep those club news stories coming in. Maybe you’ll see a new column in your next issue of Minnesota Snowmobiling magazine. Who knows…

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From the MnUSA Vice President

Is This the End… of Timmy? Tim Heinen Ah, November—the time of year when it will finally cool down. I am tired of the “weather you can wear”—all that heat and humidity, bye-bye for now. Time for sweatshirts. As you read this article the Fall Workshop has come and gone. What a record turnout we had. Over 150 in attendance. The Safety Instructor Training was maxed out and we had to turn people down. The bus to the Faribault Woolen Mill and Winery was full, so we had to turn people away for that too. I feel bad about doing that, turning them down, but we can only handle so many people, We, Region 6, just didn’t expect that type of turn out. I hope that all the members had a good time and did learn something from the seminars that we as a Region had put together. As I reflect back a year ago, Region 6 wanted to make this Workshop as affordable as possible so more members would come. I think that our strategy worked, and it shows. With hard work and constant calling, emails, and persistence the funds can be raised to make this event happen. One thing I must say that since becoming Vice President, and not really having been involved before as other Directors and Board Members have been for years, I was a fresh pair of eyes coming in, and as I learned how things operated and how things were being done. I could see that there was going to be a lot of work to do. How we operated in years past just doesn’t meet the standards with how we should be operating today. I couldn’t get all the things I wanted to do, done. Now that we have a new e-Board, what happens next? What happens with my work and ideas? Well for me, with the

blessing of the new e-Board I wish to continue to work on the projects that I wanted to get done, especially the new website with membership management. This is something that MnUSA needs to attract new/younger members. I have received pushback from some, but more importantly, I have had more support to push forward. I understand there are some who don’t like change. They like how it was, which in turn just isn’t working that way anymore. We need to be more efficient. People today like instant gratification; they want answers when searching for information or when they call. This summer, and it took a while, we did hire an Office Administrator, Kelly. She will be a great asset to MnUSA. Hopefully you had a chance to meet her at the Fall Workshop. She and I are on the same page with moving forward to making MnUSA better and stronger, but we will need the support of all the Board of Directors. Hopefully we made that clear in the last meeting. Now with the Fall Workshop in my review mirror, I will need to get back to my local trails here in Lakeville. As with a lot of clubs, trails change, and we are not short of that happening out here. This is always a challenge. Speaking of trails, I saw quite a few people at the Trail Signage Seminar. I hope that you listened, took notes, and hopefully when I go riding the trails, I can leave my binoculars at home. A well-marked trails does Bigfork, MN help on cutting down on the 218-245-1470 loonpointresort@gmail.com trespassing issues that we have, and the new fines for FULL LOG CABINS Direct access to trails • Trailer parking trespassing will be strongly Centrally located amongst the best trails! enforced. Until next time, I’ll see you at the Winter Rendezvous. So don’t wait until the last minute to sign up. Have a great riding season!


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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 Dale Dahlen, 2321 Pebble Beach Rd NW East Grand Forks, 56721, 218-791-6679 dodahlen@ hotmail.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

Committee Chairs

Booth: Dean Thompson · 763-441-8555 By-Laws: Rick Johnson-XM · 612-935-7249 Communications: Scott Wakefield-XM · 612-483-5638 Charity/Awards: Janet Widness-XM · 218-731-6126 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: Dick Theis · 763-494-3838 Safety: Scotty Harder · 612-860-0606 Site Selection: Mark LaBaw-XM · 952-221-2564 Website/Social Media: Mark Kavanaugh-XM · 218-330-7380

Mike Boucher, 27528 230th St SW, Crookston 56716 218-280-3385 mjb86@yahoo.com Gail Friborg, 37857 Fairground Rd Bagley, 56621, 218-694-2840 pfgf@gvtel.com Jeff Lovold, 603 2nd Ave SE, Roseau 56751 218280-1941 Aaron Swanson, 10218 Beverly Dr NW, Bemidji, 56601; 218-689-6686 aaronleeswanson@gmail.com Region 2 Jack White, 11914 Main St, PO Box 514 Northome, 56661, 218-897-5764 jwhite@paulbunyan.net Troy Johnson, 5140 County Rd 4 Cromwell, 55726, 218-390-0046 tntjohnson547@hotmail.com

Region 4 Sheri Gades-XM, 103 5th St N Danvers, 56231, 320-760-3526 gades@fedteldirect.net Rodney Boesch, PO Box 337, Amboy 56010 507340-2820 rod.boesch@boeschcrt.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

Region 8 Dick Theis, 20575 Co Rd 10 Hamel, 55340, 763494-3838 dickt.barbc@gmail.com

Dick Kuttner, 522 Shady Ridge Rd NW Hutchinson, 55350, 320-587-6536 richardk@hutchtel.net

Randy Baudler, 9259 FoxlineDr N Corcoran, 55340, 763-420-5526 rbslawn@gmail.com

Region 5 Mike Clevenger-XM, 7302 NW 97th Ave Morristown, 55052, 507-838-5713 cmclevenger3@gmail.com

Ray Ehrlich, 23105 Larsen Rd., Corcoran, 55340, 763-354-6476 raehrlich@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

Region 6 Bill Prinsen, 5011 121 St N, White Bear Lake 55110, 651-260-8508 billprinsen@hotmail.com

Scotty Harder, PO Box 250 Zimmerman 55398, 612-860-0606, sharder67@msn.com Jason Hendrickx-XM, 18539 93rd St SE Becker, 55308, 320-292-5926 jasonhendrickx@gmail.com

Ken Zak, 20629 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, 55044, 952-469-2246 kjnbaa@frontier.net

Region 9 Steve “Woody”Widness-XM, 43390 220th St Clitherall, 56524, 218-731-1286 jwstulk@prtel.com Jeff Alberts, 17321 Otto Zeck Rd, Detroit Lakes 56501, 218-847-1241, mtnmtrs@arvig.net Donald Hansen, PO Box 94 Cyrus, 56323, 320-795-2741 Greg Strommen, 903 9th Ave SE, Barnesville, 56514, 701-212-7002, gstromm165@gmail.com




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

Rick Johnson-XM, 4353 Briarwood Ln, Hopkins, 55343, 952-935-7249 rick@teampro.net Phillip Lockett, 218-348-9161 lockettphillip@yahoo.com Scott Seely, Two Harbors 218-830-1028, srseely@gmail.com

John Olmscheid, PO Box 160 Elrosa, 56325, 320-250-3271 johnolmscheid@frontier.com


Mark LaBaw-XM, 1471 Independence Ave Chaska, 55318, 952-221-2564 mlabawstillafishn@yahoo.com

Jeremy Goebel 11210 7th St S, Cottage Grove 55016 651-308-0398 goebeljeremy1985@gmail.com

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

Scott Haley, 14394 105th Ave Milaca, 56353, 612-670-6027 cody30@frontiernet.net

Bill Ylatupa-XM, 43 Garden Dr Silver Bay, 55614, 218-220-8189 ylatupa2@gmail.com

Jeff Kack-XM, PO Box 55 Appleton, 56208, 320-289-1069 jkack@mchsi.com

Paul Maruska, 26276 Drexel Ave, New Prague, 56071, 952-212-2293 ptmaruska81@gmail.com

Jerry Kujala-XM, 4951 Spirit Lake Rd Mt. Iron, 55768, 218-735-8446 jdkujala@gmail.com

Gary Vezina, Duluth 218-722-2852

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Legislative News

Getting Outside Doug Franzen

Like many of you, I walk just about every day. Doctors tell us its good for our health and it settles the mind. I’m fortunate to live in a place that has woods, lakes and many animals as my neighbors. Sometimes I walk with my wife but usually alone. I’m amazed every day by our good fortune to live in a state as beautiful as Minnesota. In September, my wife and I walked for 6 days straight on the Camino de Santiago Compostela in Spain. We met people from all over the world on our walk and developed a camaraderie with them in our common purpose. It was so inspiring and spiritual. Without a doubt, the most gorgeous walk I have ever been on.

kids in Greater Minnesota get out and ride. However, I’m really concerned about kids in the metro area. Young folks seem to have well developed thumbs from constantly working their phones but are really lagging in muscle development and, more importantly, experiencing the joy of being outdoors. The DNR is doing all sorts of stuff to coax kids outdoors in all seasons. That’s a great thing. MnUSA provides snowmobile safety training for thousands of kids every year. We are focused on youth-orientedclubs, and we are making progress. Yet, we need to do more, and our best ideas are always given birth at the local level. It’s time to get cracking! Not everyone who tries it will love snowmobiling. Not everybody loves walking.

Sometimes when I’m snowmobiling, the same inspiration comes. When the sun is rising or setting through the birch trees, I feel at peace and happy. I know you know exactly what I’m talking about. This feeling is one reason why we fight so hard to protect and grow our sport. The beauty of a Minnesota winter, the camaraderie with other riders, the stories after a ride, and the fun on the trail and with each other. That’s why we ride. It makes me sad that many of our elected officials who hold the fate of our sport in their hands have never experienced this feeling. There is something glorious and insane about spending a day outside in winter weather and loving it. By now you know the point of this article. It’s up to you to give the gift of snowmobiling to your elected officials. They need to know more about us and what we do. We have a great story to tell. In the early 1980’s, Governor Rudy Perpich attended the first Governor’s (now VIP) ride. Every Governor since then, apart from Jesse Ventura and Tim Walz, have continued the tradition. Governor Walz doesn’t know what he’s missing. A second group needs to get outside and on the trail. That group is our kids and grandkids. I’m hopeful that November 2023


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When snowmobilers from across the state get together to rendezvous at Thumper Pond in Ottertail the weekend of February 8-11, 2024, 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 2023 award nomination forms on the MnUSA website under Programs. All nominations must be received at the MnUSA office by November 30, 2023.

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MnUSA News Region 8 Strategic Planning Meeting The summer of 2023 will go down as one of the hottest in the last 12 years with 35 days of 90 degree plus weather. Normally that’s 14 days folks. Being such a hot summer, Region 8 decided it was time to recognize the volunteers to MnUSA Region 8 and hit the water with a strategic planning meeting on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Several strategic items were discussed by those on the upper deck, as they sailed If you’ve tried the rest... across mostly calm waters. A IT’S TIME TO TRY THE BEST! wonderful meal was provided just in time to take a break, and then it was back to the meeting with discussions on the 45th Over 10 Anniversary logo and MnUSA Different Features & merchandise with the MnUSA Add-ons! Ultimate Merchandise chairman in attendance. More discussions will be had in the months Ultimate Jr. w/tool box ahead. Overall, it was a fun » Ultimate Drag: 8’-12 1/2’ (W) x 20’ (L) time to cool off in the breeze » Ultimate Junior Drag: 6’ (W) x 12’ (L) off of the lake and marvel at Galesville, WI • 608-539-4600 greg@ultimatesnowgroomerdrags.com how the other half lives. ultimatesnowgroomerdrags.com

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ON THE TRAILS with a Family of Six

Making snowmobiling enjoyable for the family’s younger members by Christina Davies A few years ago, when my family and I moved to Minnesota and started snowmobiling, we wanted to make it a family affair. There was no guidance, however, on how to accomplish this goal with young children. Experienced snowmobilers told us to just wait until the children were older. My vision of happy winter snowmobile outings began to fade and was replaced with pictures in my mind of snow clothes and gear, freezing temperatures, disgruntled children, and exhausted parents. Undeterred by the pessimism of others, I was determined to make this work for our family and over time I developed


a successful strategy to enable snowmobiling to be an enjoyable family activity. This article outlines what I learned over the past four years of snowmobiling with our young family and about preplanning, comfort, snacks, memories, and expectations.


I spend a significant amount of time looking at where we should go. I study maps, preplan in Ride Command, ask in Facebook groups, message snowmobile clubs, and talk to the hotel/lodge where we would stay. I try to address the following questions: 1) How much time is spent on the ice? This is usually not as enjoyable for children as it can be very windy with not much to look at. Some children are also nervous on the ice. They know there is water underneath and if there are slushy conditions, this can scare them.

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2) What are the conditions of the trails? Are there a lot of moguls? This is no problem for adults, we can stand up on our sled as we speed over them, but the child riding behind or in a snowcoach cannot and they take the brunt of each bounce. This leaves children exhausted with head and neck aches as their heavy helmets bounce around. 3) Are there food options on the trail? Kids love when they know they are headed for food and it gives them a break from riding on the sled and a chance to take off the helmet. Also,

who doesn’t feel awesome walking into a restaurant in their snowmobile gear? 4) Is there something interesting to see or visit? For example, on a recent snowmobile trip through Voyagers National Park, we found out that the Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open on the weekends during the winter. The children were able to talk to the Ranger, watch a short film, and look through the museum. They were given Junior Ranger books with things to search for as we snowmobiled in the park and received a badge and patch when we returned. 5) What is the weather prediction for the timeframe of the trip? Yes, adults can do 200 miles in -20 but my five-yearold is not going to enjoy that. We always look for the good weather windows so we can keep their experience positive. 6) Are we leaving from home or will we be staying in a hotel/lodge/cabin? If we are staying somewhere, we look for a place that has a pool for when we get back from the ride. This is a great incentive for when we return and gives the children something else to do on their “snowmobiling vacation.” On our last snowmobiling trip, we stayed at the Grand Ely Lodge. We could leave on trails directly from the lodge, eat on site, and swim in the pool late into the night. The kids could not have been happier.


We do not skimp on clothing for the children. It took two years to finally figure out our cold weather gear–but now they

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(thermal underwear and fleece layers) and their snow pants and jacket withstand the cold, wind, and wet snow. I find snowmobile jackets/pants that have reflective material on them. In the dark, they will shine brightly when any light is pointed on them. For the younger children, the full zip up snowsuits have worked the best. I make sure not to forget a balaclava or neck gaiter for under their helmet to keep their neck warm and make sure no wind hits them on the back of the neck. We have found that full helmets work much better than an open helmet with goggles. The full helmet keeps their nose and cheeks much warmer…because no young child seems to be able to keep a balaclava up over their noses for an entire ride. I usually bring extra gloves, balaclavas, and neck gaiters just in case we need to change any out. When we pull the youngest children in a snowcoach, we add blankets and hot water bottles. We also have radios in our helmets so that everyone can talk back and forth. This adds an added complication of wires in the helmets and the opportunity for excessive chatting during our beautiful ride through the woods…but the children love the interaction with us and the ability to point out everything we pass.

can last in even the most frigid conditions. Feet and hands get the best boots and gloves I can find. I have hand and foot warmers if needed. Often, I put these in at the beginning so we do not get to the point where everyone has cold toes and we are trying to warm them up. They need good socks (we usually use Darn Tough or SmartWool). We have snow pants that have the inside part that can button over their boots. When we stop–they will most likely step into the deep snow, no matter how many times we warn them not to. I do not want cold snow going into their boots, melting, and making them miserable. Nothing will stop a snowmobile trip faster than cold feet. They are layered up under their snow gear

When we trailer and park, the kids stay in the warm car until the snowmobiles are unloaded and ready to go. Only then do we have them put on their snowgear (while still in the car). Finally, we put on their helmets, lift them onto the sled or into the snowcoach, and off we go. We do not let them play outside in the cold while we get the sleds ready. Our kids are drawn to the snow banks and end up covered in snow–and then cold–before we have even set off down the trail.


I cannot emphasize this point enough. Children run on snacks. The more available, the better. We choose snacks they don’t usually get so that it is a special occasion when we snowmobile and stop for snacks. We have large Stanley thermoses that keep water hot for hot chocolate or apple cider. The individual packets work best so the large can of hot chocolate does not pop its top during the ride. We use either wooden or plastic cups. We DO NOT use the fancy cups that

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keep drinks warm. They do just that—they stay piping hot for a long time and the children have to wait for 30 minutes just to drink it. I want this to be a quick snack stop. We try not to forget a spoon to stir the drinks and we have some bottles of water—it is amazing how thirsty everyone gets. If the trail has options for stopping at a restaurant to get food, that is even better. Our children can last much longer when

they know they are heading for a meal stop. This gives them a chance to warm up, take off their heavy helmet, and walk around. Never underestimate the power of stopping for a treat!


I always want those perfect pictures of the whole family out snowmobiling so that I can look back on the moment for years to come. To do this, a tripod is a necessity. Otherwise,

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the phone or camera will drop into a snowbank instead of staying nicely balanced on a log or tree stump. Without it, the process will take forever, and we lose the kids to something more exciting than waiting for the family picture. It does not have to be an expensive or heavy tripod. The tripod just needs to be able to stand and hold the phone, camera, or GoPro. We take the family picture at the beginning of the trip or when everyone is happy from the first snack stop. As the ride continues, everyone becomes less excited about getting out to pose for a photo. We get those photo shotswhile everything is still fun. The phone battery life also decreases quickly in the cold weather–just another reason to get the picture at the beginning. When we get home, we put the snowmobile trip pictures on our digital picture frames or print one out to hang up in the house. Our children love seeing it and the opportunity to tell others about their trip. I also use an app called 1SE. It is a video/photo journaling app that allows me to add 1 second videos and pictures to a project producing a great 1- to 2-minute video of our adventures. The video can then be easily texted to family and friends to show them a short snapshot of the trip.


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out. We cannot go as fast as we normally would. I have had to come to the realization that we will not be doing 200 miles–I might do all this work for 20 miles, and I have to be okay with that. We look at the maps and see what our options are for turning around earlier if children are tired or going longer if everyone seems in good spirits. On our family rides, we currently average 40 miles, and this takes around 4 hours. When we plan the route, we estimate 10 mph when we have the snowcoach. Without it, we estimate 20 mph. We were riding outside of Ely and had great plans to ride to a specific bridge where we could take a break along the river. Two miles from the bridge, the logging road became straight dirt

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and gravel. We were so close—yet so far. We knew we had to turn around. Thankfully, my husband, on our route planning, mentally noted “bail out” routes in case of meltdowns from cold children—which also worked when the trail deteriorated. The bottom line is that we want this to be a positive experience so that we can do it together again as a family. If we push too hard or too long, no one will want to do it again. It is the difference between the journey and the destination. We adults snowmobile for the journey, enjoying the trails and scenery. Putting on as many miles as we can. Young kids are in it for the destination. That destination can be as simple as a snack stop or as exciting as staying in a lodge with a swimming pool that they can enjoy after the ride.


So, snowmobiling with children can be done—and done successfully. We began four years ago on familiar trails in our area. We tested how long everyone could last and slowly built up the time on the trails. Now we can trailer our snowmobiles up north for the week and ride in remote areas where none of us have been before. Next winter, we are ready to load everyone up and head out for new areas to explore together!

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MnUSA Announces Recipients of Three Scholarships

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association announced the recipients of the 2023 scholarships in the September issue of Minnesota Snowmobiling. Recipients are Sienna Houle of Baxter, Samantha Solied of Belle Plaine and Jaylynn Frandrup of Hastings. The MnUSA Scholarship Program was established to assist members and children of members in pursuing post-secondary education in college and vocational programs. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee on the basis of their essay on what they would do to educate and stop riders of all ages and experience levels from trespassing and to stay on the trails; academic achievement; leadership; participation in school, snowmobile and community activities; work experience; and two outside references. Funds for the scholarship program are provided through donations and by the Fund Raising Committee. The Nicollet County Trails Association donated $1,000 in memory of their member Jackie Johnson, a very active member of the club and MnUSA, and also a member of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations’ 2013 Snowmobile Family of the Year.



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The MnUSA scholarship program will be continued in 2024. Details will be announced in November with applications due by March 31, 2024. Application forms will be available on MnUSA’s website under Programs. Over the next few issues the essays of the 2023 scholarship recipients will be reprinted in Minnesota Snowmobiling. This issue we are featuring an essay from Sienna Houle. Sienna graduated from Pillager High School in Pillager, MN in May 2023 and plans to study Environmental Studies at Bemidji State University. She is an active member of the Brainerd Snodeos Snowmobile Club and helps with trail maintenance and signage. Her high school activities include Knowledge Bowl, Track & Field, Student Council, National Honor Society and Art Club. Sienna volunteered for many community activities and was on the Superior Honor Roll. Sienna is the daughter of Steve Houle and Anna Houle Todd and is the recipient of a $1700 scholarship.

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Youth News Sienna, “What would you do to educate and stop riders of all ages and experience levels from trespassing and to stay on the trails?” There are over 220,000 snowmobiles that are registered in the state of Minnesota. This high number shows how large of a passion there is for snowmobiling in our state. Many of these snowmobilers are involved in local clubs to groom, brush, and put up signage for their local snowmobile trails. They volunteer their time to ensure trails can be enjoyed by fellow snowmobile enthusiasts. Their clubs work with the state and landowners to organize over 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Minnesota, about half of which are on privately owned lands. The generosity of the landowners is what allows Minnesota to have as many trails as we do for riders. It’s important for riders to be respectful to these landowners if we want to continue to utilize their lands. However, many riders are disrespectful to the landowners by trespassing. A prime example of this is when snowmobilers leave the trail to play around in an open area. Under the snow, this could be a tilled field or a golf course. This needs to change if we want to continue to enjoy the sport of snowmobiling in Minnesota. Our riders’ ages are widely spread out making it difficult to educate everyone about the importance of staying on the trails with a single approach. The younger snowmobile

audience can be targeted by emphasizing a section in the snowmobile certificate training regarding the laws of staying on the trail and respecting the land volunteered by landowners. We can reach everyone by posting more signage, more consistently on our trails to make snowmobilers aware that they are riding on private land and help direct them on the trails. Informational postcards can be sent out with snowmobile license renewals reminding riders of trespassing laws including updated fines. The Minnesota House of Representatives is discussing increasing the fines for trespassing since this is such a serious issue. These fines are more than doubling for each offense and are going to be used to enforce these laws in the future. These postcards need to reach all snowmobile owners of Minnesota, so having them available at different events will reach a larger audience. A booth could be set up at snowmobile gatherings like grass drags and swap meets to give out these postcards. When purchasing a snowmobile at snowmobile dealerships, these postcards could be handed out as another helpful reminder to respect our trails, especially those through private property. A section on snowmobile maps could also be dedicated to information about trespassing. Additionally, a weekend could be coordinated among local clubs for informational stops along the trails. Club members could make connections, answer questions and discuss trespassing laws with riders.

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These are all possible options to implement, educate, and protect our trails. The sport of snowmobiling is extremely meaningful to my family. I have many relatives that have been snowmobile racers, and my dad has been a member of our local snowmobile club for 30 years, and president for a total of 20 of them. Because of my mom’s family of snowmobile racers, and my dad’s involvement with the Brainerd Snodeos, I was given the opportunity to grow up around snowmobiles. We stay on trails to respect the generous landowners who allow the trails to cross through their lands in hopes that the trails will be continued the following season. In my area, a local


trail that crossed through private land was shut down because of disrespectful riders. Now, snowmobilers have to ride 10 miles further. When a trail shuts down, the snowmobile club must find a replacement for that section of trail and clear it of trees and debris. If a new section can not be found to replace the shut down trail, that opens up another challenging issue. This is just one example of how important it is to stay on the trail. One snowmobiler’s choice to trespass affects the entire snowmobiling community. To ensure the future enjoyment of snowmobiling in the beautiful state of Minnesota, please stay on the trail.

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DESTINATION Region 4 by Sheri Gades, Rodney Boesch, Daniel Boddy & Brandon Ronning

Region 4 is in the lower west third of the state to the Iowa border. There are approximately 4.496 total groomed miles of trails. Trails run through farm fields, pastures, road ditches, riverbeds, and tree lines. They are for the most part, flat landers! They have 30 clubs in the area. There are corridor trails running the region from Iowa border to Canada. Clubs work with landowners to get permission to put trails on their property. All the trails are maintained by volunteers. Quite a few clubs in Region 4 have been in existence for 50 years or more. That is a testament to the dedication to the sport of snowmobiling.

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In southern Blue Earth County, the trails run along the Blue Earth River bottoms and skirt the river bluffs and woods. In Swift County and Lac qui Parle County, most of the trails run through pastures, fields, and tree lines. There is the opportunity to see quite a lot of wildlife while riding. Since clubs are fairly spread out in the Region, the trails meet up on the county borders. Bonfires are common when on a club ride. There is nothing like roasting a few hot dogs and sharing stories with other riders, and nothing like seeing an entire family out enjoying the sport. Clubs raise money for groomers, buildings, and charity by doing different events. Bingo, raffles, food stands, demo derby, and silent auctions are just a few of the ways clubs raise the funds necessary to maintain trails, groomers, and all the costs associated with having equipment. Region 4 hosted the Fall Workshop in Fairmont. In southern Blue Earth County, the Amboy Snowbirds maintain a trail system that covers about 180 miles. The trail began in the late 1960s as just a few miles and has grown and expanded over the years to what it has today. The communities connected by the trail they maintain are Amboy, Vernon Center, Good Thunder, Mapleton, and Minnesota Lake. All 22

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towns have food and fuel available. A feature of the system is Blue Earth River and the trail that runs through the river bottom woodlands and farm fields on both sides of the river. They directly connect to neighboring trail systems in the surrounding counties of Faribault, Martin, Watonwan, and Waseca. The Snowbirds have annually sponsored a club/vintage ride on the river bottom trail with a cookout along the trail in the woods.

Members of the Appleton Ridge Runners.

The Blue Earth Snow Rovers maintain 75 + miles of groomed trails in the Faribault County countryside, featuring fun-winding trails along the river and branching out to area communities with great food establishments and opportunity to link up to great neighboring snowmobile clubs! The Blizzard Snowmobile Club was formed in 1968. From the beginning they have promoted the sport of snowmobiling as a safe and fun activity for the whole family. Volunteers yearly educate the youth in the safe operation of a snowmobile. In the early 1990s, 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails were established in Martin County. They connect with Iowa trails to the south and other surrounding counties that lead to many other trail systems.

The Appleton Ridge Runner Snowmobile Club had trails in Lac qui Parle and three other surrounding counties. They maintain 180 miles of trails. Back in 2019, they celebrated their 50th year with a supper and dance at the fairgrounds. They recently participated in the Apple Fest parade with a float and candy toss. Every year they hold a safety class for the youth in the surrounding area. They have had kids come from over 100 miles to attend. This club loves to have family rides since they feel the kids are the future of this sport. Many of their trails run through tree lines, pastures, river bottoms and some road ditches.

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Northern Lights Snowmobile Club maintains 150 miles of trail and has a corridor trail that runs from Iowa to Canada going through the middle of the county. It was established by a few local people feeling the need to have established trails

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The Crow River Sno Pros over by Hutchinson maintain approximately 175 miles of trails including two old railroad lines. They recently held their annual landowner picnic and served approximately 200 people. The Nicollet County Trails Association (NCTA) was established in 1983 with approximately 165 miles of club and grant-in-aid trails. NCTA members maintain their trail system with three different types of equipment—a Puma Series Case IH Tractor with tracks, a Tucker Sno Cat and an ASV for light and in town grooming. NCTA has approximately 80 members and regularly holds meetings once a month from September through April.

Members of the Amboy Snowbirds.

Through the course of the season, NCTA conducts several community events, starting out the season with a booth at Hay Days. In October they hold a Vintage Snowmobile Show in conjunction with St. Peter’s Octoberfest, and at the end of October they host the Mill Pond Haunted Hayride around Halloween weekend. The month of November is spent getting ready for the riding season. Maintenance is done on equipment and signs are repaired. The NTCA trail system, which includes ditches, fields and wooded areas, is disked and rolled, then signed for the upcoming riding season. In the early part of the season, several members from the club put on youth snowmobile safety training. (See the Nicollet County Trails Association Facebook page for dates and all events.) continued on next page »

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The Sibley County Drift Dodgers has about 35 active club members that help put on the club’s very popular Radar Run and Vintage Show every February. In addition, this year they have also added Vintage Drag Races and a swap meet on the same weekend. For this coming year, the drag races will be on Saturday, February 10th, 2024, and the Radar Run, Vintage Show and other events will be Sunday, February 11th, 2024, all held in Gaylord, MN on Lake Titlow. Starting last year, the Sibley County Drift Dodgers put on a Vintage Show for the ArliDazzle parade. The AriDazzle is known as “probably the largest lighted holiday parade” in Minnesota. This will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, in downtown Arlington. The Sibley County Drift Dodgers have a decorated Tucker Sno Cat in the parade. Thanks to the Sibley County Drift Dodger’s President Brandon Ronning and all the club’s members for keeping snowmobiling alive and well in their community. There are 30 snowmobile clubs in MnUSA’s Region 4. Come and ride with them!

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December 1st officially starts the riding season— providing there is snow. NCTA hosts club and community rides utilizing their NCTA warming shack that is dedicated to lost riders and riding their trails and neighboring trail systems. January brings the annual Radar Run that has been held for over 20 years. At the beginning of February, they hold a weekend-long club trip, and mid-February they host a Lost Riders Fun Run supporting local establishments and honoring lost riders. Their season ends in April with a pork chop feed, thanking the many landowners for allowing NTCA’s trails to cross their lands. This also allows them to keep in contact with landowners and create good standing relationships between snowmobilers and landowners. The Sibley County Drift Dodgers club has 150 miles of trails and was formed in 1970, celebrating its 50th a few years ago. It is a 501c3 club but does not have any charitable gambling. Most of the 150 miles are grant in aid, but some are also club trails. All trails are groomed by about a dozen volunteer club members using three Tucker Sno Cats.


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Racing News Unfortunate Racing News Travis Muller, former Arctic Cat racer from Windom, Minnesota, profiled here in Minnesota Snowmobiling Racing News a few years back, was involved in a devastating farm accident recently. Travis stated he was helping clean out a grain bin when he fell into the auger, crushing both legs. Luckily there was someone there to help him immediately, but his resulting injuries required a helicopter flight to New Ulm for a blood transfusion, then on to the Twin Cities for further care. Unfortunately, according to his CaringBridge site, both of Muller’s legs had to be amputated, one above the knee, as he was close to dying of his injuries. He will need to have additional surgeries. A GoFundMe site has been established by his family and friends. All of us here at MnUSA wish Travis a fast and successful recovery. In getting to know Travis better during our interview, with his wife and kids and father in attendance, we know family will be there for him. With his fighting spirit and today’s medical technology, who knows what Travis’s future will bring. We wish him all the luck in this next journey. – Scott Wakefield


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Vintage News

The “first” Scorpions and their proud owners.

The Antique Snowmobile Club of America 2023 Summer Meeting The Saturday night banquet/auction attendees gathered beneath the “Brave It” mural on the south side of the Deerwood Bank in Deerwood, MN. Some 135 members attended the summer meeting from throughout the snowbelt, including Montana, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, North & South Dakota, Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota. Check out our fun at http://www.ascoa.org and the Antique Snowmobile Club of America Facebook page. Michigan ASCOA members with Deb and Dick Harrison.

by Valdi Stefanson Photos: Randy Harrison

The Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) holds a winter and summer meeting each year. This group photo is from our 2023 summer meeting, where we celebrated Scorpion and Trail-a-Sled brands in Crosby/Deerwood. The Harrison family maintains a museum of these iconic brands just west of Crosby. (Dick Harrison was one of three founders.)



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Vintage News Dave Guenther explaining the importance of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America preserving history. And the fact that of all the sled manufacturers, Scorpion is the only non-current manufacturer to have its own dedicated musuem.

Les Pinz’s spectacular museum in Isle, MN.

Les Pinz explaining to attendees where the original production plant was located.

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Celebration & Recognition of Founding Members

Snowbirds parade ‘teeter-totter.’

92-year-old ‘kids’ Bill & Verla Boesch with their first machine—a ‘69 Polaris Colt.

On August 12, the Amboy Snowbirds held a club gathering to celebrate and recognize the members who started the club in 1971. The party was held at the Snowbirds Event Center in Amboy. There were five of the six remaining club officers, board members and publicity chairman from the first two years who were in attendance as well as several other members from the early years. They also enjoyed having former members who belonged to the club over the past 52 years come back to join everyone.

The group enjoyed burgers and brats grilled and served by current members, looking at some vintage sleds on display as well as club scrapbooks and photos. Most of those in attendance came and stayed for the entire four hours of the event sharing stories and enjoying conversation. Members talked about the changes over the past 52 years from a handful of trail miles in the local woods to the 180 miles that the club currently maintains; various attempts at making a groomer to the two Tuckers currently in use; the many club trips both summer and winter; and the many fundraisers the club has been involved in over the years. It was an enjoyable time to remember the past and look to the future.


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Offering: Indoor Pool/Whirlpool Restaurant/Lounge

On Snowmobile Trail #31

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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 JAG Body Shop Bagley, MN 218-209-8024 Solid Bottom Bagley, MN 218-694-6940 Ballard’s Resort Baudette, MN 218-634-1849 Baudette L/W Area Chamber Baudette, MN 218-634-1985 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 Cyrus Resort Baudette, MN 218-634-2548 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 Bemidji Sports Centre Bemidji, MN 218-751-4477 Midnight Sun Pools ‘n Spas Bemidji, MN 218-209-7973 Beckers Resort & Campground Bena, MN 218-665-2268 Hoot-N-Holler Blackduck, MN 218-659-9225


North Country Hardware Clearbrook, MN 218-776-3615 Sand Castle Lake Homes Dorset, MN 320-232-8297 Lengby-Fosston Knightriders 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 Side Track Tap Bar & Grill Leonard, MN 218-968-2304 Anchorage Inn Longville, MN 218-363-2236 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 Longville Turtle Town Café Longville, MN 218-363-3333 Motorheads of Longville Longville, MN 218-363-3499 Musky House Marine & Arctic Cat Longville, MN 218-363-2044 One Stop Convenience Store Longville, MN 218-363-2252 √ Lonesome Pine Rentals Naytahwaush, MN 218-935-5855 Naytahwaush Nightriders Naytahwaush, MN 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 √ Osage Schoolhouse Osage, MN 612-618-5846 √ C’Mon Inn Motel Park Rapids, MN 800-258-6891 Clancy’s on Island Lake Park Rapids, MN 218-732-5270 Dorset Corner Liquor Park Rapids, MN 218-732-1770 Emmaville Inn, Inc. Park Rapids, MN 218-732-8544 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 Spike’s Park Rapids, MN 218-699-3222 Two Inlets Country Store Park Rapids, MN 218-732-5235 Up North Power & Sports Park Rapids, MN 218-237-5670 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 Tyler Crow Walker, MN 218-820-4588 Carrot’s Auto Body Waubun, MN 218-473-2417 √ Cedar Crest Resort Waubun, MN 218-473-2116

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Hoot Owl Resort Waubun, MN 218-734-2245 Kent Concrete LLC Waubun, MN 218-204-1670



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 Block North Brew Pub Aitkin, MN 218-513-1210 Castaways Bar, Restaurant & Camp Aitkin, MN 320-684-2380 DataCom Aitkin, MN 218-927-7019 Farm Island Repair & Marine Aitkin, MN 218-927-6395 Farm Island Store Aitkin, MN 218-927-3791 Grill of Glen Aitkin, MN 320-684-2229 Lewis Insulation North Aitkin, MN 763-772-2730 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 Sue’s Bait Aitkin, MN 320-209-9451 The Landing Aitkin, MN 218-927-9998 Tire Barn Aitkin, MN 218-927-1444

Ash River-Kabetogama Snow Drifters Ash River/ Kabetogama, MN 218-875-2841 Ash Trail Lodge Ash River, MN 218-374-3131 Ash-Ka-Nam Resort Ash River, MN 218-374-3181 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 Big Falls Liquor Store Big Falls, MN 218-276-3333 Antler Lake Stores & Motel Inc. Bigfork, MN 218-245-2369 Bigfork Wilderness Bar Inc. Bigfork, MN 218-929-9307 Golf on the Edge Bigfork, MN 218-360-9191 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 Ron’s Korner Market Bovey, MN 218-256-9755 Britt Lounge Britt, MN 218-741-2035 Trails End Resort Buyck, MN 218-993-2257 Bill Wailde Alignment & Auto Repair Calumet, MN Dawghouse Bar & Grill Canyon, MN 218-345-8830 Nelson Funeral Care Cloquet, MN 218-590-7657 Reliable Insurance Agency Cloquet, MN 218-390-1161 √ Rox Speed FX, Inc Cohasset, MN 218-326-1794

Minnesota Snowmobiling

√ Lake Vermilion Resort Assn Cook, MN 800-648-5897 The Landing Cook, MN 218-666-0221 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 True North Excavating LLC Cotton, MN 218-576-2547 Wilbert Café Cotton, MN 218-482-3318 Mag 7 Transport Crane Lake, MN 507-514-0385 Scotty Sanborn Crane Lake, MN 218-235-9189 Cromwell Sno-Gophers Inc. Cromwell, MN 218-390-0041 Eagle Lake Plumbing Cromwell, MN 218-821-0267 Bowstring Store Deer River, MN 218-832-3123 Riley’s Cannibal Jct Deer River, MN 218-832-3656 Effie Country Store 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 Jerry Skubic Ely, MN 605-237-2565 Joe’s Marine & Repair Ely, MN 218-365-6264 Lindsey Keen State Farm Insurance Ely, MN 763-923-4066 Ojala Heat & Refrigeration Ely, MN 218-235-7562

Paddle Inn Motel Ely, MN 218-365-6036 R&R Transfer Ely, MN 218-365-2701 Rock Country Masonry Ely, MN 218-235-3471 Roger Skraba Guide Service Ely, MN 218-235-1609 Your Boat Club Ely, MN 218-235-7100 At Your Convenience Eveleth, MN 218-744-4005 5 Seasons Sports Center Inc Eveleth, MN 218-744-5871 √ Iron Range Tourism Bureau Eveleth, MN 800-777-8497 Margie’s Roosevelt Bar Eveleth, MN 218-744-2121 Super 8 - Eveleth Eveleth, MN 218-744-1661 Timber’s Edge Bar & Grill Eveleth, MN 218-744-2627 Mainline Station Floodwood, MN 218-476-2222 Eveleth Trailhawks Snowmobile Club Forbes, MN 218-780-5207 The Old Muni Gheen, MN BoomTown Woodfire Grill & Brewery Gilbert, MN 218-248-8381 √ Jig Rock Ranch Grand Rapids, MN 218-244-6797 Ray’s Sport & Cycle Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9355 Visit Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9607 Jim LaFavor Heating LLC Hibbing, MN Arrowhead Ultra 135 International Falls, MN Boise / PCA International Falls, MN 218-285-5312 Boyum Performance International Falls, MN 218-324-0566 CH Consulting Group International Falls, MN Howards Cenex East International Falls, MN

International Falls CVB International Falls, MN 218-283-9400 The Junction International Falls, MN 218-283-3339 Koerter’s Fuel International Falls, MN Rainy Lake Oil International Falls, MN Rainy Lake One Stop International Falls, MN 218-286-5700 Richard Schaff International Falls, MN 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 Kec’s Kove Resort Kabetogama, MN 800-777-8405 The Rocky Ledge Kabetogama, MN 218-875-3481 Fat Tire’s Main Dry Keewatin, MN 218-778-6344 Mel’s Corner Service Little Fork, MN 218-278-6670 Cedar Point Resort Marcell, MN 218-832-3808 Edge of the Wilderness Lodging Assn Marcell, MN 888-754-0011 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 202 Tavern McGregor, MN 218-770-3161 √ Bann’s Bar & Restaurant McGregor, MN 218-426-3450 Dependable Demolition McGregor, MN 218-820-0174 Fisherman’s Bay McGregor, MN 218-426-4662 Floe International Inc McGregor, MN 218-426-3563

MnUSA Business Supporters Grand Timber Bank McGregor, MN 218-768-2410 Hillcrest Resort McGregor, MN 715-505-8854 Jack’s Shack McGregor, MN 218-768-3848 Mark’s Bar McGregor, MN 218-426-8040 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 Clayton Godwin Pengilly, MN 218-256-6421 Dozer’s Bar & Grill Pengilly, MN 218-885-1896 MJ’s Lodge & Resort Pengilly, MN 218-838-0651 Swan Lake Marathon Pengilly, MN 218-885-3805 √ Cantilever Distillery & Hotel Ranier, MN 218-540-1932 Loony’s Brew Ranier, MN Ranier Municipal Liquor Ranier, MN 218-286-3343

Boondocks Bar & Grill Ray, MN 218-875-2700 Joe Kapsch Side Lake, MN 218-235-0266 Swan River Redeye Swan River, MN 763-442-8012 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 Meld Electric Tamarack, MN 320-267-8918 Tamarack Sno-Flyers Tamarack, MN √ Good Ol Days Tower, MN 218-753-6097 √ Pike Bay Lodge Tower, MN 218-753-2430 Vermilion Club Tower, MN 218-753-6277 Edwards Oil Virginia, MN 218-741-9634 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 Brothers Motorsports Baxter, MN 218-829-6656 Crow Wing Cty Snowmobile Trail Assn. Baxter, MN 218-829-8922 Cub Foods Baxter, MN Ewing Farms Inc Big Lake, MN 612-219-8844 Green Lantern Bar & Grill Brainerd, MN 218-764-2323

√ Kavanaugh’s Resort Brainerd, MN 800-562-7061 Motors-N-More Brainerd, MN 218-824-2277 St Augusta Blizzard Busters Snowmobile Club Clearwater, MN 320-558-6158 Cokato Ridge Runners Cokato, MN 612-220-4793 The Cedar Chest Crosslake, MN 218-692-2657 Anchor North Cushing, MN 218-575-2089 Hansen Sports on Bay Lake Deerwood, MN 218-678-2051 Anderson Carpet Service Elk River, MN 763-286-2770 Angell’s Hideaway Resort Emily, MN 612-290-3528 Diners Chicken Shack Emily, MN 218-763-3555 Emily Ace Hardware Emily, MN 218-763-2691 Emily/Outing Snowbirds SC Emily, MN 763-350-8987 Frank’s Resort Emily, MN 218-763-2246 Lake Country Foods Emily, MN 218-763-7700 Lake Country Properties Emily, MN 218-792-5200 Log Cabin Bar Emily, MN 218-763-2820 Moritz Excavating Emily, MN 218-763-7000 The Pickled Loon Saloon Emily, MN 218-763-4402 Trailside Rental Emily, MN 612-670-6919 Redding’s Sports & Spirits Emily, MN 218-763-2191 √ Wigwam Motel Emily, MN 218-763-2995 Hillman Swampstompers Foley, MN 320-355-2370 Harding/Lastrup Snowdusters Hillman, MN 320-277-3515

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Fishers Resort Isle, MN 320-684-2221 Nitti’s Hunters Point Isle, MN 320-676-3227 218-575-3295 2 Tall Tavern Lincoln, MN 218-575-3013 Friendly Inn of LIncoln Lincoln, MN 218-575-3295 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 West Side Recreation Little Falls, MN 320-632-6547 Merrifield Marathons Merrifield, MN 218-821-6208 Rum River Sno-Riders Milaca, MN √ PTWLUBES.com Monticello, MN 612-501-8992 Nickerson Bar & Motel Nickerson, MN 218-496-5613 Fowler Parts Service Ogilvie, MN 952-884-5401 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 Mavericks Saloon Pine City, MN 612-860-7448 Waste Partners Pine River, MN 218-824-8727 RE/MAX Results Remer, MN 651-334-5000 Country Snow Cruisers Richmond, MN

√ 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 Antique Snowmobile Club of America Stacy, MN 651-462-4497 ATV Minnesota Stacy, MN 800-442-8826 Timberlake Hotel Staples, MN 218-895-1300 Ross Seelhammer Plumbing Wadena, MN 218-371-1623 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 Blizzard Snowmobile Club Fairmont, MN 507-238-2190

November 2023

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 Steve & Glenna Fries Henderson, MN 507-469-0281 Brent & Megan Bramstedt Heron Lake, MN 507-830-1926 C & A Pro Skis Hutchinson, MN 888-321-6789 Crow River Sno-Pros Hutchinson, MN 320-327-2380 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 Fahey Flooring Le Sueur, MN 612-501-6400 County Line Ag Madelia, MN 507-381-5017 Deals & Steals Mankato, MN 507-380-0523 Kaduce Tire Mapleton, MN 507-524-4999 Pfeffer Tree Service Mapleton MN 507-317-0595 Action Sports Inc Marshall, MN 507-532-9649 Marshall Machine Shop Marshall, MN 507-532-3613 The Great Escapt Minnesota Lake, MN 507-462-3500 New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce New Ulm, MN 507-233-4304 Darryl’s Motorsports Ormsby, MN 507-736-4131

Halbur Trucking Inc. Slayton, MN 507-220-4843 Dranttel Sales & Service, Inc. St. Peter, MN 507-931-1363 D Bar Vernon Center, MN 507-549-3153 Best Western Plus & Willmar Conference Ctr Willmar, MN 320-235-6060



United Employees Credit Union Albert Lea 507-377-1616 Cannon Power Sports Cannon Falls 507-263-4532 J&M Parts Supply Chatfield, MN 507-867-4200 Elba Valley Express Elba, MN 507-932-9957 Mauers Bros Tavern Elba, MN 507-932-9957 Harry Brown’s Family Automotive Faribault, MN 507-332-7441 Jeff Schwichtenberg Lanesboro, MN 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 Le Sueur County Snowmobile Trails Montgomery, MN 507-491-6184 St. Patrick’s Tavern & Restaurant New Prague, MN 952-758-2380 Coborn’s Superstore New Prague, MN 952-758-2556 Union Hill Bar & Grill New Prague, MN 952-758-4239

Wolf’s Den Ostrander, MN 507-261-5479 M&M Lawn & Leisure Pine Island, MN 507-356-4155 M&M Lawn & Leisure Rushford, MN 507-864-7781 Dana Heger Ins & Financial Services St. Charles, MN 507-932-3751 Millers Market St. Charles, MN 507-932-3760 Pearson & Stemper Electric St. Charles, MN 507-208-1968 Brewskies Bar & Grill Utica, MN 507-932-3485 Cedar Valley Resort & Outfitters Whalen, MN 507-467-9000



Anoka Area Chamber Anoka, MN 763-421-7130 Sno Barons Snowmobile Club Blaine, MN Caliber, Inc. Burnsville, MN 952-540-4709 JBS Remodeling & Roofing Cottage Grove, MN 651-755-8519 Northway Sports East Bethel, MN 763-413-8988 Jill Berger Farmington, MN 715-441-5816 Story Agency Inc. Farmington, MN 651-463-3334 Prinoth LLC Fridley, MN 612-251-4094 Togo Motorsports Ham Lake, MN 763-284-3234 Danner Sales Inver Grove Hts, MN 651-451-0121 √ Leo’s South Lakeville, MN 952-435-5371 Top Priority Lawn & Landscaping Oakdale, MN 651-325-6606 37

MnUSA Business Supporters √ Lighthouse Motorsport & Marine Rosemount, MN Lettertech Saint Paul, MN 651-292-0738 Stillwater Snowmobile Club Stillwater, MN Washington County Star Trail Stillwater, MN 651-430-3175



Clip Joint Tavern Alborn, MN 218-345-6266 Hugo’s Bar Brimson, MN 218-848-2220 Country Corner Bar Brookston, MN 218-391-5661 Billy’s Duluth, MN 218-525-3465 Blue Max Duluth, MN 218-721-4255 Boom Town Brewery & Woodfire Grill Duluth, MN 218-722-0977 Bruce & Melissa Illsley Duluth, MN 218-251-6443 Duluth Drift-Toppers Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN Duluth Lawn & Sport Duluth, MN 218-628-3718 Fish Lake Storage Duluth, MN 218-721-4243 Hi Banks Resort Duluth, MN 218-428-1902 Johnson Supply Co. Duluth, MN 218-722-1717

Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar Duluth, MN 218-721-2034 √ Marshall Hardware Duluth, MN 218-525-3638 Pequaywan Area Trailblazers Duluth, MN 218-591-3574 Pequaywan Inn Duluth, MN 218-848-2201 Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN Scott & Lisa Pichette Duluth, MN 218-590-2967 Shamrock Landing Duluth, MN 218-753-4455 Sheet Metal Solutions Duluth, MN 218-391-6582 Sportsmen’s Inn Duluth, MN 218-721-3568 Crooked Lake Resort Finland, MN 218-220-0211 Finland Snowmobile Club Finland, MN 218-353-7337 Friends of Finland Finland, MN 218-353-0300 Trestle Inn Finland, MN 218-830-0523 √ Hungry Jack Lodge Gunflint Trail Grand Marais, MN 218-388-2265 √ RJ Sport & Cycle Hermantown, MN 218-729-5150 Weis Eye Center PA Hermantown, MN 218-625-1917 Lutsen Trailbreakers Lutsen, MN 218-663-7305 Duke’s Towing Proctor, MN 218-950-2508

Hartel’s Disposal Proctor, MN 218-729-5446 Hoss Construction Saginaw, MN 218-591-3829 Jeff & Anna Wies Saginaw, MN Bri-Esa’s Convenience Store Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4694 LaBerge Logging & Contracting 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 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 Haugan Construction Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2876

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Judy’s Cafe Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4802 Lake County Chamber of Commerce Two Harbors, MN 800-777-7384 Sonju Two Harbors Sports Center Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2181 Superior Hiking Trail Assn Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2700 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



Belle Plaine Equipment Sales Belle Plaine, MN 612-490-2387 Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund Brooklyn Park, MN 763-577-0185 MSPN Inc. Eden Prairie, MN 952-473-7870 Franzen Law & Policy Group Edina, MN Joe Silitz Golden Valley, MN 612-245-8040 Erickson-Larsen Inc. Maple Grove, MN 763-535-0055 Ox Yoke Inn Maple Plain, MN 763-479-2522 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

Fat Boyz Bar & Grill New Germany, MN 507-353-2520 Moorhouse Motorsports New Germany, MN 507-491-6217 The Doublewide New Market, MN 952-461-3682 Alta Technologies Inc. Plymouth, MN 763-475-5375 Dent Works PDR Plymouth, MN 612-237-9026 Snow Goer/EPG Brand Acceleration Plymouth, MN 763-383-4400 Charlie’s on Prior Prior Lake, MN 952-226-5253 Doherty’s Tavern Prior Lake, MN 952-292-5886 Johnny & Nichole Olson Prior Lake, MN 612-232-0177 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 Obrien Development & Holding Company Shakopee, MN 612-741-3945 √ St Boni Motor Sports St Boni, MN 952-446-1554 Hollywood Sports Complex Watertown, MN 612-581-1352



Ollie’s Service Alexandria, MN 320-763-4455 Winning Edge Graphics Alexandria, MN 320-763-7953 Audubon Liquor Store/A.L.S. Audubon, MN 701-367-1291 Absolute Insurance Audubon, MN Pit 611 Audubon, MN 218-439-6121

Minnesota Snowmobiling

DHS Grain Ltd Barrett, MN 320-815-1043 Spud’s Small Engine Service & Repair Barrett, MN 320-528-2299 Richwood Offsale Callaway, MN 218-847-6380 Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill Detroit Lakes, MN 218-310-4105 Detroit Lakes Express Inc Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-8049 Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-9202 Okeson Offtrail Sales Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-9304 ULTRA Snowmobile Club Detroit Lakes, MN Venom Products LLC Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-3283 Donnelly Co-Op. Donnelly, MN 320-246-3555 Sand Castle Lake Homes Dorset, MN 320-232-8297 AgCountry Farm Credit Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5311 Farmers Agency Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-6880 Farmers Cooperative Oil Association 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 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 Association Hoffman, MN 320-986-2013 Brian Woodle Trucking Kensington, MN 320-815-3992 √ 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 Jack Pines Resort Osage, MN 218-573-6600 √ Osage Schoolhouse Vacation Rental Osage, MN 612-618-5846 Ottertail Aggregatge Ottertail, MN 218-367-2581 Thumper Pond Resort Ottertail, MN 218-367-2000 Volt Edge Electric Ottertail, MN 218-371-6830 √ Grandstay Hotel & Suites Parkers Prairie, MN 218-338-3380 Lakes Inn at Dunvilla Pelican Rapids, MN 218-863-8000 √ Grandstay Hotel & Suites Perham MN 218-346-2033 Otter Tail Riders Perham, MN 218-385-3991 Perham Area Chamber of Commerce Perham, MN 218-346-7710 United Community Bank Perham, MN 218-346-5700 Ruther Excavating Inc. Richville, MN 218-298-1477 Mark & Nadine Heit Rochert, MN 701-540-2680

Snow Thrashers of Dalton Wendell, MN 218-458-2265 OTHER MEMBERS V&V Ins. Agency, Inc. Cresco, IA 563-547-2161 MWO Media Burr Ridge, IL 630-887-1941 Cajun Tie Downs Inc. Crowley, LA 337-783-0385 Border Guide Service Antelope, MT 218-324-2430 Brandin’ Iron Inn West Yellowstone, MT 800-217-4613 Ken & Katie Russell Fargo, ND Simonson Station Stores, Inc. Grand Forks, ND 701-772-3971 Texas Crossing Bar & Grill Wahpeton, ND 701-642-1991 Custom Manufacturing Clinton, WI 608-676-2282 Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Assoc. Hayward, WI 715-945-2511 Lulich Implement Mason, WI 715-746-2477 Track Inc. Monico, WI 952-888-7372 Stud Boy Trackson Ravenna, WI 231-853-2323 Cor PowerSports LLC Somerset, WI 651-387-5880 Arrowhead Groomers/ Hamblen Equipment St. Germain, WI 715-479-4200 The Next Trail Summit Lake, WI 715-432-6074 WestView Rental Lodge & Bunkhouse Dubois, WY 715-529-0898 Dalton Industries Brookside, Nova Scotia 902-897-3333

Calendar of Events Oct. 27-29 – MnUSA Fall Workshop & Annual Membership Meeting, Lakeville, MN https://www.mnsnowmobiler.org & office@mnusa.org Oct. 28 – Snowmobile Day Celebration https://www.gosnowmobiling.org/& www.mnsnowmobiler.org Nov. 17 – Low Plains Drifters Snowmobile Banquet, Herman Community Center, Herman, MN slarsson@morris.k12.mn.us Dec. 2 – Delano Snowstormers Silent Auction Fundraiser, Delano American Legion Post 377, Delano, MN www.delanosnowstormers.com Dec. 2 – Foxtailers Trail Opener Party, Liberty Resturant & Bar, home of American Legion Post 567, St. Michael, MN www.foxtailers.com

Jan 27 – Veterans Appreciation Snowmobile Ride Jan. 31-Feb 4 – Northland 300 Ride for Special Olympics Feb. 2 – St. Stephen River Runners 6th Annual Vintage Show & Ride, Trobec’s Bar & Grill, St. Stephen, MN, stsrrsc@gmail.com Feb. 7-10 – Blackwoods Blizzard Tour for ALS https://www.neversurrenderinc.org/ Feb. 8-11 – MnUSA Winter Rendezvous, Thumper Pond Resort, Ottertail https://www.mnsnowmobiler.org Feb. 17 – 21st Annual Detroit Lakes Vintage Rally & Swap Meet, Detroit Lakes city beach, Detroit Lakes, MN, http://ultradl.org/

Jan. 26-27 – Midwest Ride-In Vintage Show, ERX Motor Park, Elk River, MN https://www.mwvss.com/

For more information on club events: https://www.mnsnowmobiler.org/get-involved/our-clubs/club-events

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