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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


From the President


From the Vice President




Legislative News


MnUSA News

11 Youth News 14 Vintage News 20 Club News 22 Racing News 27 Calendar of Events 28 MnUSA Business Members

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From the

MnUSA President

Coast to Coast, Pillar to Post Scott Wakefield

I’ve been on a tear of late. I attended the Region 1 meeting in Crookston at the Eagles club right downtown. Driving to the meeting I was thinking I must be in Canada by now, and as I passed through Twin Valley my thoughts turned to Viking snowmobiles, and if there was any indication they were made there. I didn’t see any, but three guys I sat with at the meeting were from Twin Valley. They said Viking might have moved one of the original buildings from the east side of town to the west, but they were made right in downtown Twin Valley. Pretty cool for a vintage guy like me. It was great to meet all the people from Region 1 clubs, and to listen to great presentations including the DNR, personal safety stories, younger folks wanting to know about Facebook, andbiteharder_midwest_hp_2021.pdf the like. I treated everyone1to 11/30/21 my “Jake10:43 fromAMState Farm” outfit, in Q&A had some good questions, and all the

positives on the “new” magazine were nice to hear too. On my way back I drove through the little town of Felton, home of Hall of Fame Arctic Cat cross country racer Brad Pake. I sat right behind Brad at a Hunter Houle Memorial Foundation event a few years back now, and now I know where he’s from. How cool is that? The next day I was off to Region 5’s meeting all the way down to Freeborn—a stone’s throw from Iowa. What a cool little town that is right on the lake, and another great meeting with all the great members of Region 5 clubs. There were good discussions on many items—youth club, vets ride, magazine, and thanks again to all the great comments on how everyone is loving the new magazine. Like I said, it’s “our” magazine now. We can do what we want, have in it what we want, and make it what we want. The Department of Labor released results the other day that 4.4 million people quit their jobs in September. I hope we have enough room on the trails? But more importantly, I can tell you there is no quit in your new MnUSA President. If it’s coast to coast or pillar to post, I’ll be there.














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Are Your Trails Ready to Ride? Tim Heinen

I am sure that you have been busy helping your club/clubs get the trails ready, as the big day is almost here. Of course, as with every startup of the season, there are many hiccups. I for one have had my share over the years, and to make it easier I have found it helps to keep an eye out all summer for any changes that I see. For example, I look for land ownership changes, land development, or changes in the roads, and I start investigating immediately and find a solution instead of waiting until the last minute. I also work hard at meeting with the landowners during the summer. I work part-time at Advanced Auto, and I found that 80% of my landowners are buying parts from my store, so it makes it easier to talk with them, but you still have a few changes at the last minute. It all works out in the end, and on December 2nd I’ll pour a tall one, maybe two, and relax. Storytime I used to own a ’74 El Tigre 340. I bought it from Chaska Marine. Anyone remember that dealer? Anyway, I had them go through and modify the clutch and change out the jetting in the carbs. Back then I wanted to beat the 440s, and I did after the modifications were done! Back to the story. Late one night or early morning (1 a.m.), I was riding back from Victoria towards Waconia. Now, I have driven this trail many times, knowing it like the back of my hand. Back then, trails weren’t marked very well, if at all, so I knew I had to accelerate when I came to this steep hill to get up, and I knew that the trail turned to the right. Well, when I was climbing up the hill at that fast speed, I could see in my headlights what I thought was bushes, so I knew I had to turn, but to my surprise when I turned the handlebars, the sled did not respond. I looked again up front, and the headlights started to come downward to show that it wasn’t bushes but a large tree! I looked down quickly and saw that I was not on the ground, I was airborne. There was no time to react, and I smacked into the tree at a high rate of speed. I flew over the handlebars and through the branches of the tree. When my body hit the ground and I was rolling to a stop, I caught a glimpse of my sled which was in the air coming right for me! It landed right on top of me…ouch! I passed out for a moment of time and was awoken by the amount of pain I was in. I tried to stand but I couldn’t. I thought I had broken my right leg. I looked at my sled and it was in pieces. I tried to crawl to the highway which was a short distance away

but there were no cars coming. So I crawled to the sled and managed to get it upright. I pulled myself onto the sled and after several pulls it started. I drove back home with my leg dragging. (Which was very painful!). I went to the hospital and found that I had dislocated my knee. I spent three days in the hospital. So, what is the point of all this? Don’t ride alone! With that said, I hope when you went out and marked your trails, and you followed the advice that Scott and I mentioned last month. If the markers are easy to find, there is less confusion and therefore people will stay on the trails and avoid trees. Will it stop the trespassing issue? No, but it will help. I ask people why they were off trail, and they would say they couldn’t find the markers. Speaking of trespassing, we want your slogan! Come up with a clever idea and submit it by January 15 to info@ snowmobilers.org. Who knows, you might win. Here’s one: “The Land Around the Trails is Protected by a Flesh-Eating Virus, So Don’t Go Off Trail!” I know it’s corny and too much. Let’s hope that Mr. Franzen can get the new fines to pass. At least that is a start in the right direction. Like most of you out there, and I have heard the stories, it gets frustrating when a small percentage of riders ruin it for all. We need to keep up with the education of trespassing, and the best time is in snowmobile safety training. We push that subject hard in the classes we teach. Now I need to get out there and finish marking my trail. Oh look, it’s snowing… Merry Christmas to all, and I wish you all a good 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 Jim Folz-XM, 29005 110th St NW Warren, 56762, 218-745-5849 binnyandjamez5354@yahoo.com

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

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

Committee Chairs

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

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

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

Booth: Dean Thompson · 763-441-8555

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Legislative News Random Prattling, Jabbering & Natterings An opinion column by Doug Franzen Omicron is the 15th letter in the Greek alphabet. It is also the name of the new Covid-19 variant now making its way around the globe. As of this writing, no cases have been reported in the United States, but it’s likely that this new Covid strain will infect a bunch of Americans by the time you read this. Not much is known about this variant except it mutates with apparent ease. I’m fully vaccinated and I really hope that existing vaccines will protect all of us. If not, I’ll be first in line for another new shot. The deep state microchips implanted in my arm by the injections really improve my mobile and television receptions Tragically, the most serious public health crisis of our lifetime has become a political football. Social media, cable TV and opportunistic politicians have a vested interest (money and votes) in stoking the fires of misinformation and division, and sadly, a lot of folks are buying into this stinky poo. To be clear, I see this on both political extremes, the left and the right. When ordinary folks (real people) get together face to face, they broadly agree that Covid should be treated as the deadly health issue that it is and not a test of political purity. So, to any media troll and whack-a-doodle politician who may see this rant, please just shut up. America’s health is more important than your bank account.

handle on the Covid virus. I have already had a productive Zoom conversation with a House chairperson and with several Senators face to face. I have attended several in-person fundraisers. The MnUSA legislative agenda is both ambitious and important. One thing that Covid doesn’t disrupt is the problems facing Minnesota snowmobilers. Over the next few columns, I will highlight one of our legislative priorities. The first issue is the growing problem of trespass off of designated trails onto private property.

I will confess that perhaps maybe once upon a time I might have spotted a great snow stash off the trail a bit and proceeded to play in it. I suspect we all have. At the time, I didn’t understand that it was against the law and how angry our landowners could become. I now know better. Trespass on private land by snowmobilers (and others) has become a huge problem in Minnesota and throughout the snowbelt. Landowners are revoking trail permits resulting in re-routing the trails or worse. MnUSA, in cooperation with the DNR, will again be pushing a bill to put some teeth into existing penalties for illegal trespass. Other motorized recreation groups, including ATV Minnesota, are supporting this legislation. It is a common sense bi-partisan bill that deserves enactment into law.

A major reason that I’m so feisty about this issue is that Covid makes my work for you so very difficult. The Minnesota House of Representatives has already announced that it will meet virtually in 2022. The Senate will undoubtedly impose some limitations on public access to the State Capitol. Lobbying has by in large been reduced to Zoom, email and text. Very little seems to get done. Snowmobiling is important to Minnesota’s economy and quality of life. We need to get stuff done to protect our sport and we do it best face-to-face. Despite the limits on access, we hope to get stuff done in 2022. Our chances for success will be greatly increased if we can get a

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Updates from the MnUSA office –

- Please let the MnUSA office know if you have a new address. Each month many Minnesota Snowmobiling magazines are returned for bad addresses. - Printed labels for your club members to mail invoices, newsletters, etc., are available from the MnUSA office. - Many inquiries are going to clubs through the MnUSA website to the email address your club has listed on your club page on MnUSA’s site. No dues are collected through those inquiries so clubs should respond with their own membership information. If your club does not have a page on the MnUSA website or you need the username and password to update the information and add your club events, contact the MnUSA office.

14th Annual Veterans Appreciation Ride

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association and Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund (MSEAF) are again co-hosting their annual snowmobile ride for veterans and active duty personnel as a token of our appreciation to our veterans who have given part of their lives to serve all of us. The 2022 event will take place in Grand Rapids, MN and include 3 meals and one-night lodging. The hosts


Join MnUSA for the 14th Annual Veterans Appreciation Ride

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022 GRAND RAPIDS, MINNESOTA All veterans are welcome to enjoy a day snowmobiling, including one night’s lodging and meals. Bring your own sled or if you don’t have equipment, there will be snowmobiles, helmets, and clothing available. Co-sponsored by MnUSA, and MSEAF Contact Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) 7040 Lakeland Avenue N., Suite 212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 866-811-7669 | email: mnveteransride@gmail.com website: mnvetsnowmobileride.org


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MnUSA News would like to introduce veterans to snowmobiling, and also invite those who have their own snowmobiles to come along to enjoy the day. Pre-registration is required. The event is funded through donations. Your tax deductible donation of any amount is welcome or a $225 donation will Sponsor a Vet or active duty military personnel for the event. All funds designated “Veterans Ride” will be segregated for that purpose only. MSEAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donors will receive a receipt recognizing their donation and tax deductibility of donations. Send your donation to MSEAF at: Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund, 7040 Lakeland Ave. N #212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 - 763-577-0185. Veteran’s registration information can be found at www.mnvetsnowmobileride.org.

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million from an approximate $270+ million paid in federal gas tax by off highway recreational users per year. Minnesota receives $2.7 million from those funds with $2.1 million going to the grant program. Thirty percent of the funds go to grants for motorized trail projects, 30% to non-motorized trail projects, with the remaining 40% to trail projects that benefit both motorized and non-motorized projects. continued on next page

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MnUSA News The next round of FRTP grants is open with the application form on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/ recreation/trails_federal.html The application deadline is February 25, 2022. Snowmobile related trail projects are needed, especially those with multiuse motorized/nonmotorized users. For equipment, Tucker remains the only groomer that complies with Buy America but there are drag manufacturers that will comply. For all trail maintenance equipment, you will need certification of US steel. No waivers will be given.

• I Pledge to ride off trail only where I know it’s legal and accepted. • I Pledge to check before going offtrail if I don’t know. • I Pledge to protect access for future generations by doing the right thing. • I Pledge to protect access by encouraging those I ride with to take the Pledge also. Snowmobilers enjoy over 120,000 miles of trails located on public and private land and have been built and maintained by snowmobile volunteers for over 40 years.

Snowmobilers Taking the Pledge

The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris, and Yamaha) are joining together with the snowmobile community in creating the Take The Pledge campaign. The Pledge is designed to ensure snowmobilers protect existing riding areas and trail systems for current and future generations and landowners who give us access to their property. Those that take the pledge agree to the following:

Snowmobilers are joined in this effort by snowmobile clubs, snowmobile dealers, lodges, local chambers of commerce— all of whom have a vested interest in maintaining responsible access. The campaign has been joined by snowmobile community leaders, ambassadors, and celebrities who have also taken the pledge. The pledge was created to make snowmobilers aware of the importance of recognizing the ownership of the land we ride on, and the impact we have on the landowners, their pets, and their livestock. The record level of interest in enjoying the great winter outdoors demands our attention to the awareness of legal riding areas and making sure everyone with us knows the rules.


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Tri-County Snow Czechers Youth Organization

Tri-County Snow Czechers youth club hard at work at Brett Simon’s shop in St. Thomas, MN, putting signage together after the evening of shop work. Later that weekend they moved outdoors to install the same signage they made on the section of trail they maintain. Congrats to the Tri County-Snow Czechers for their commitment to service before self.

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Youth News Derrick – What would you do to educate and stop riders of all ages and experience levels from trespassing and to say on the trails? Simple rules. They’re some of the easiest things to follow, but people still don’t follow them. Whether they choose not to follow the rules or don’t know about them, there is always a solution. In this case, the simple rule is staying on trails and avoiding trespassing. This particular problem has defeated many of those who try to give an answer, but I believe I have a beginning to the answer. I believe that the key to solving this problem is education, punishment, and reward.

Derrick Kohlgraf

MnUSA Scholarship Recipient In the September issue the 2021 MnUSA scholarship recipients were announced. This issue we are featuring an essay from Derrick Kohlgraf. The MnUSA Scholarship Program will continue in 2022 with applications due by February 28, 2022. Application forms can be found on MnUSA’s website under Programs. MnUSA Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee on the basis of their essay, academic achievement, leadership, participation in school, snowmobile and community activities, work experience, and additional insight from two outside references. Derrick Kohlgraf graduated from Mora High School in Mora in June 2021 and plans to study finance or business at St. Scholastica, Duluth. He is an active member of the Giese Sno-Gruisers and helps with grooming, cleaning trails, marketing and other club activities. His high school activities include lettering in football (All Conference), band (All Conference), choir (All Conference), and drama. In addition to Minnesota Honor Society, he lettered in academics and participated in Knowledge Bowl. Derrick is the son of Joseph and Michelle Kohlgraf and is the recipient of a $750 scholarship. With the many restrictions put on Minnesota residents due to the COVID pandemic, people are embracing outdoor activities and many have been introduced to or returned to snowmobiling. With all the activity comes a greater responsibility for all riders to respect the generosity of landowners and stay on the trail. 12

The first step to solving this problem is attacking at its roots. Since snowmobiles and their tabs are required for riding, educating customers who purchase a snowmobile or snowmobile trail sticker will help. Some people don’t know they are supposed to stay on the trails and showing them a quick presentation from the salesman or another outside group will make them aware. If people are shown that trails could be lost if they continue to leave the trails, the problem could be ended quickly. All that is required to accomplish this is a presentation and a way to present. A presentation is easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and helps to notify people of problems. This presentation could be created by someone in MNUSA or an outside company. After the presentation is created, it can be shared with every business selling snowmobiles or their trail stickers. Since businesses need to be technologically advanced, they already have the requirements for these presentations. Adding these presentations is a small responsibility to add to a salesman’s job and can make a massive difference in the amount of people who trespass. Presentations will help to make the general public aware of the problem and the possible results, but people will still think they are above the rules. A small portion of riders will continue to think they can ride wherever they want without consequences. Because of this, a punishment system will have to be enacted. There are many punishments that can be enacted but I believe a system of punishments that slowly get worse would be the best. If people know what could happen to them if they trespass, they will be less likely to continue doing it. Installing cameras along trails and posting people on look out could help identify those who trespass and leave the trail. The first time they leave the trail or trespass, they should be given a warning or a small fine or ticket. This will encourage them to stay on the trail. The second offense should be more serious. A large fine or ticket would be a step in the right direction. Most importantly, the third offense should strip the offender of their snowmobile safety until they prove that they won’t break the rule again. These punishments should eliminate all the violations of the rules, but as always, some people still will test the system.

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Youth News Since some people may still need further encouragement to follow the rules. One more step would be some type of reward for being conscientious of following the trail riding laws. Since many groups of people ride with groups of friends or family, some type of free food and drinks would definitely work. Many people enjoy riding to ride but many people also love to ride to a destination. Chili feeds, pancake breakfasts, and any other type of meal attract lots of people. The two best ways to make this a reward system would be to either invite people or give coupons to people who chose to follow the rules. Since people love free things and enjoy being rewarded for good actions, the amount of trespassing and riding off trails will decrease considerably if it doesn’t disappear entirely. Once forms of education, punishment, and rewards are introduced, the amount of people who trespass and ride off of trails will decrease considerably. Without the necessary education, people won’t know about the problem and what illegal riding can do to Minnesota snowmobiling trails. If this education is introduced, the only people who will continue to trespass will be those who choose to break the rules. Punishments like a ticket, fine, and revocation of a snowmobile safety will also be added if people continue to break the rules. To reinforce good behavior, offering free or discounted meals will help even more. After all these changes are added, trespassing and riding off of trails may be eliminated and keep Minnesota’s snowmobile trails open for many years to come.

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Antique Snowmobile Club of America by Dave Guenther When it comes to history of snowmobiling, I really become a sponge. I can’t get enough of the stories, the sleds, and the most important part, the people in the past who have made snowmobiling what it is today. I am so fortunate to have grown up in an era of great muscle cars, real rock and roll, and the social craze of snowmobiling. Back in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, everyone was getting into it, trying to get involved in every aspect of the new growing sport. It was so exciting to see what was coming out next. Many great articles about snowmobile history have been penned by people like Davis Wells, Hal Armstrong, Bud Knapp, Les Pinz, Steve Pierce and others, so I wanted to just add another view of snowmobile history that is something that has been a big part for me. I grew up in northwestern Minnesota with Polaris and Arctic Cat up the road in Roseau and Thief River Falls. Viking snowmobiles were built in Twin Valley, MN, 15 miles west of my hometown of Waubun, and Scorpion snowmobiles were built in Crosby, MN, to the southeast of us, so it was an exciting time. And just three blocks from the school that


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I attended while growing up, Witchcraft Industries built the hoods for the white Arctic Cat, and later the black Panther models. Later, they switched to the metal flake Viking hoods that were a big hit. I remember hot days in school when we could not open the windows because when the wind was blowing from the northwest, the fumes from the factory would fill the whole town with that fragrance! A fire ended up burning down the building, and it was decided to move the factory outside of town to the southeast on Highway 59, so the fumes did not bother the school or the town any longer. History like this and the memories are what I really have a love for, and in 1990 I joined the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASOCA). I remember going to a summer meeting in Luck, Wisconsin. I didn’t take any snowmobiles because I wanted to see what this club was like first. (Remember, I was collecting old snowmobiles and some people thought I was off by half a bubble back then, and some still think I am!) After attending that first meeting I was hooked on the ASCOA. Man, I was never treated so warmly by a group of people I had never met before. Needless to say, 31 years later I am still in love with this organization. The history, the people and the events just blow me away. Again, it’s the people that make any club.


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I ended up becoming an ASCOA director for Minnesota, then a vice president, then president for about 9 years, and now years later I am back in the position as president again. We are a working club with a vice president, treasurer and secretary, plus a director from Minnesota, Wisconsin, UP of Michigan, lower Michigan, North Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Iowa and New York, along with a Facebook manager and a website director. Although the club’s name says “antique”—which is a 1968 or older machine—we enjoy any old snowmobiles, and welcome all to join. The ‘68 cutoff year was when the technology or the development of the snowmobile really started to change,

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so that is one of the reasons why a machine is considered an antique before that date. A “vintage” is anything after that, and some places have “classics” too, which are from the ‘80s and ‘90s. It doesn’t matter, as they are all part of the heritage of our snowmobile history. The ASCOA is here to help keep the rich heritage and history alive. We are here to help. No, I don’t have the answer to every question, but with our vast network of members I can say, “Hey, I gotta a guy or a gal that knows about that particular snowmobile or a specific event,” and through that networking we have met so many wonderful people who share in the same interests. Everyone has a different angle in collecting. Some want to collect the cool vintage high-performance sleds, some want to collect something from when they first started riding, or they remember the first sled they rode at grandpa and grandma’s farm or cabin; others want to collect the odd and unusual. Remember, this was a whole new sport with many different ideas being thrown in the mix. Some people restore these gems to better-than-new condition, while others just get them running with the moss still hanging on them or a fine-looking patina. Others that I am impressed with are the custom machines that members create. There is a lot of talent in this hobby! ASCOA is an international organization. There are smaller subgroups also. Maybe you are into a specific brand; maybe you belong to the Boa Ski Brotherhood, or the Low Buck vintage club, or the Yellow Fever group, or maybe you love the vintage racing. There is something out there for everyone, but the ASCOA is a great place to start. In your membership of $25 you get a one-year membership from January to December, six issues of Iron Dog Tracks, and of course a decal, patch, and a lot of great articles on the history of the sport of snowmobiling. Over the years, the antique and vintage snowmobile hobby has grown, which has been exciting to see. There are so many events across the snowbelt, a person cannot make it to all of them, but they are all so much fun. I have been as far east as Rogers City, Michigan; to Iowa; North and South Dakota; Winnipeg, Canada; Ohio; Illinois; and of course, Wisconsin and Minnesota. From massive shows to little shows, they are all fun. Yes, I belong to six different snowmobile clubs and am active in some way with all of them, now after retiring from teaching school and coaching. I have been teaching snowmobile safety for over 20 years and am involved with grooming operations here in Ideal Corners, Crosslake and the Pequot Lakes area. In retirement I am busy as ever doing something I love. Yes, we do have modern snowmobiles and enjoy them and get out every chance we can, but a ride on the old iron still means something to me, if nothing else, just to appreciate where we have gotten to in this sport. It’s still fun to try to attempt a 20-mile ride on the old ones too! Take care—Dave and Barb Guenther

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By Megan Christianson, Executive Director, Visit Grand Rapids The Grand Rapids, Minnesota area snowmobile trail system is amazing, and here’s why. The trail system is huge and extensive. Grand Rapids Trail Clubs and the Minnesota DNR jointly manage hundreds of miles of an extensive, groomed trail system, all for your enjoyment. Grab a map and get out and enjoy the fun. Do you like to mix it up? Pepper your snowmobile expedition with stops for food and drink. If stretching your legs is a fun way to break up snowmobile trekking, carry snowshoes on your sled, and take a break to bushwhack with a walk through the woods before you get on the sleds again. MN DNR Snow Conditions and Trail Report: www.dnr.state.mn.us/current_conditions/index.html

You can ride it all on the Grand Rapids area snowmobile trails. There’s a reason that northern Minnesota is loved by many, and the snowmobile scene here will give you an idea why! Leave with a little piece of northern Minnesota in your heart, and vow to return. You’ll see country you never dreamed of. Snowmobiling lets you cover a lot of ground and get into some incredibly special wild places that would be difficult to access on foot. Seal those blue skies and amazing vistas into your memory as you glide through the woods and the open country. Check Trail Report before you ride: visitgrandrapids.com/visitors-guide/maps/trail-conditions/

The lodging options for snowmobiling are terrific. You’ll have your choice of snowmobile friendly lodging, right here in the Grand Rapids area! Play outside all day, explore miles of trail and varied terrain, and check into cozy and welcoming lodging at the end of your ride. You have your choice of open year-round Minnesota resorts, cozy log cabins, quaint bed and breakfasts, conveniently located vacation rentals and affordable in-town motels. Shape your snowmobile vacation the way you want it to be! Find Grand Rapids Lodging: www.visitgrandrapids.com/stay You can have your choice of any nature experience you wish. Want to ride through a deep forest? In a wide-open stretch of land where the sky goes on forever? Over a never-ending lake that dwarfs your understanding of “big”? Under a vast, star-filled sky. 18

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You’ll make memories that will entice you to return repeatedly! We guarantee you’ll have a ride that you’ll never forget. There are over 300 miles of well- groomed snowmobile trails in the greater Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. Here are a couple of trail ideas for you: • Driftskipper, Smith Creek, Little Pokegama, Cook Lake and Pokegama Lake Ice Trail – this trail runs from in-town Grand Rapids and connects south to Hill City trails. On these trails you will experience one of few well-signed ice trails because the Itasca Driftskipper Snowmobile Club trails cross Pokegama Lake for a long route. You will ride in mix-hardwood and pine forests, you will cross over tamarack bog areas, and you will ride some open straights on lake and clear-cut area. The Driftskippers have a shelter off the Shelter Trail where an eternal fire is kept by volunteer club members and snowmobilers that regularly utilize these trails. It is a great place to stop with the family for a break, roast hot dogs and get back on the trail to ride. A great ride to Hill City where you will find two gas stations, a grocery store, two bars/grills and two restaurants.

• Taconite Trail, Dirty Mike’s, Lawron, LudMandich and Nashwauk Trail – this trail starts at the Itasca Fairgrounds north parking lot which is a great place to park and ride. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources keeps the famous state Taconite trail well-groomed throughout the winter months. You take this to Dirty Mike’s, Lawron, and LudMandich to access the Nashwauk Trail. This ride is very smooth and takes you in mix-hardwood and pine forests, around a few old inactive mine areas, across tamarack bogs. This is a remote area north and east of Grand Rapids. You will find gas stations and bars/restaurants that are great destinations like Petrich’s Store and Wizards Bar. Want to know what else there is to do in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area if you bring the entire family? Go to www. visitgrandrapids.com and you can also request a FREE copy of the NEW Visitor Guide and an Itasca County Snowmobile Map by calling their office at 218-326-9607.

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Club News Emily-Outing Snowmobile Club Collaborates with Over the Hills Gang ATV Club by Ryan Huettl Many snowmobile clubs in Minnesota share portions of their GIA trails with ATV clubs during the summer months, with landowner permission. Rather than complain about each other, the Emily-Outing Snowbirds Snowmobile Club and the Over the Hills Gang ATV Club of Crow Wing and Cass counties in Minnesota have chosen to work together. The two clubs have developed a good working relationship. They now share chores, as simple as changing out each other’s signs throughout the City of Emily to avoid confusion for riders in the spring and fall. In an effort to understand concerns on both sides, a representative from each club attends the other’s monthly meetings whenever possible. The Over the Hills Gang even contacted the Emily-Outing Snowbirds this fall and asked if they had any trails that needed extra attention from them! As a result of that conversation, the Over the Hills Gang repaired shared sections of the Emily-Outing Snowbirds’ dangerously eroded and rutted trails. Several steep hills on the trail had eroded and left nothing but huge boulders that damaged the groomers and endangered the snowmobile riders. On

particularly hazardous sections, their crew brought out their excavator and skid steer to reshape several steep hills and remove a gigantic boulder. That “rock” (shown in the photo) had been sticking up about a foot on the trail for three or four years. Of all the “rocks” so far, this was the biggest they’ve ever removed! The repairs made to the hills will make grooming much smoother and the trails safer and more enjoyable for riders. With the “leaps and bounds” growth of ATVing and snowmobiling in our community, the sharing of trails is certain to expand. The two clubs plan to continue to find common ground and work together to benefit their community. Emily-Outing, Minn. has become a “Destination.”


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Club News Eden Prairie Snowdrifters Turn 50! by Dave Lorence The 2021-2022 snowmobile season marks the 50th anniversary of the Eden Prairie Snowdrifters and Eden Prairie Snow Skippers’ merger. One of the original members of the club, Earl Sickmann, remains on our roster today, and shared some early club history. When Earl joined the club in 1971, there were no trails in Eden Prairie. He was riding a ’72 Polaris “295” that year, and snowmobilers “rode where they wanted.” Swap meets were held in the Menards parking lot, and club meetings at the Eden Prairie Legion. Members met up on Sunday afternoons and rode from the Legion parking lot to such destinations such as Lions Tap or Dutch’s Resort on Lake Riley. There were sometimes 75 sleds in Dutch’s parking lot. Earl was the Trail Chairman from 1975 to 1992, and establishing and maintaining trails took much work. Negotiations with landowners, Flying Cloud Airport and the City resulted in the development of 33 miles of trails. A yellow Cat-A-Gator and drag was purchased by the club to maintain the trails around Round Lake, near Edenvale Golf Course, past the airport, and to Lions Tap. A bridge was installed each fall

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near Miller Spring. Safety Training courses were offered to local youth. The trails were closed Spring 1992, and since then, the Eden Prairie Snowdrifters have continued as a social club organizing monthly weekend trips to various destinations in the winter months, and gathering for picnics, golfing, go-carting and other activities in the summer. We also give back to the community by supporting PROP and Toys for Tots. Join us!

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Snowmobiling is a beloved winter pastime in Oconto County, thanks to 480 miles of groomed trails, which are maintained throughout the season by local clubs. A snowmobiling adventure here will take riders from open farmland in the south to deep secluded forestland in the north.


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Racing News Racing Schedule • Jan-Feb. 2022 Kids Pro Ice Racing Jan 8: Bone Lake: Luck, WI Jan 15-16: Eagle River, WI (optional, non-points event) Jan 22: Sauk Rapids, MN Jan 29-30: ERX Midwest Championship, Elk River, MN Feb 12: Center City, MN Feb 19-20: Forest Lake, MN Feb 26: Chetek, WI KCPro-East Youth Ice Racing Jan 8: Crane Lake, MN Jan 15: Side Lake, MN Jan 22: Strand Lake, Cotton, MN Jan 29-30: ERX Midwest Championship, Elk River, MN (optional, non-points race) Feb 5: Loon Lake, Aurora, MN Feb 12: Lake Superior, Superior, WI KCPro-West Youth Ice Racing Jan. 22-23: East Grand Forks, MN Jan 29-30: Oslo, MN Feb 12-13: Roseau, MN – Mini I-500 Feb 26-27: Thief River Falls, MN

Pro-Women Snocross Snowmobile racing season is just around the corner! One segment of snowmobile racing that doesn’t get covered enough is the Pro-Women division; these women can ride, and just as fast and exciting as their counterparts. Next time you’re at an Amsoil Championship SnoCross event, check out the Pro-Women division. Who’s contending this year? Let’s flash back to last year’s division standings to get an idea on who will be in the mix in 2022.

Amsoil Championship Snocross National Events Jan 7-8: Pirtek Snocross National Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN Jan 14-15: Theisen’s Snocross National Dubuque County Fairgrounds – Dubuque, IA ERX Motor Park – Elk River, MN Grassroots Snocross Series – Jan 6, Jan 20, Feb 10, Feb 24 Sunday Fun Day – Jan 16 & Feb 15 Midwest Ride In – Jan 28-30

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This issue’s topic of choice is a machine style that may be one of the smallest in total sales percentage but seeing some significant innovations in comfort and performance—work horse machines. Once again, I made a call to my local dealership to ask a few questions; always a good place to start. Track length and width were the first things mentioned as to significant differences between a basic work horse machine and your standard trail sled. But the industry continues to grow providing new sleds that are considered a “sport/utility” type machine, giving the owner features, comforts, performance and rideability found on the trail with features a working sled would need. Much like anything snowmobile, the manufacturers have features and functions that they call their own and promote. Although there are differences, the similarity remains in their cross-function ability, giving the rider a more versatile working style machine. These machines are often found on farms, used at ski hills and in places where the snow depth requires a working machine beyond that of the standard ATV/UTV, unless fitted with tracks. Once again, there are some trade-offs, and that is why working with a professional at your local dealership is best. When giving advice, people often try to sway a new buyer in the direction of their previous choice which is natural. Your friend at the snowmobile dealership has resources and information that will answer your questions and help you find the machine that is best for you, no matter what your buddy bought. The following are four machines we chose to cover…enjoy!

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Arctic Cat features their C-TEC2 8000-series engine which packs serious power into the Norseman X 8000. The 749cc, 160 HP electrically injected 2-stroke motor has a 13.7-gallon fuel tank that requires 91 octane fuel. The machine also boasts the allnew Arctic Cat ADAPT CVT system which provides improved


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throttle response and smooth power delivery, important both on the trail or towing. The machine features the Arctic Race Suspension (ARS) and Arctic Cat IFP 1.5 shocks, both front and back. The front ski stance is adjustable from 31.5 to 41.5 inches for maximum adaptability and the XTRA-ACTION Adjustable Rear Suspension ensures you have the best maneuverability on the trails and ultimate traction for towing and hauling. The Norseman has a 153-inch Power Claw track that is 15 inches wide on its 132-inch overall length chassis. It features pushbutton electric starting, push-button reverse and standard accessories that include: hand and thumb warmers, front sport bumper, tow hitch, wind deflectors, ice scratchers, rear overload springs, rear rack, tether switch, 12V outlet and tunnel bag. For more information and complete specs visit your dealer or go to: https://arcticcat.txtsv.com/snowmobile/sport-utility/norseman

Polaris Voyageur 146

The Voyaguer 146 features the rider-first Matryx platform which delivers complete control with breakthrough rider dynamics. The rider-first, snocross-inspired cockpit has been proven on the track to reduce effort and improve rider connection. The Patriot engine delivers performance for any riding style. The industry leading 650 engine delivers class-leading power to weight and provides easy runability with spirited performance. The Voyageur 146 delivers superior on-trail handling, with a 15-inch-wide track and Polaris race IFS. Polaris Internal Floating Piston (IFP) Shocks deliver both durability and high-performance. They perform reliably under the harshest conditions and deliver a smooth ride and handling. The 146 IGX rear suspension with the 1.6 Cobra track provides floatation and traction in any snow condition, allowing the Voyageur 146 true go-anywhere capability. The 1.6 Cobra

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track provides confident on-trail performance while delivering exceptional traction and grip in loose snow conditions on or off the trail. Standard utility features like the cargo rack and hitch ensure the Voyageur 146 is ready for any job. Storage was developed with the Matryx platform, so it installs securely without tools, and features seamless, integrated styling that matches the sled’s design lines. Sturdier zippers provide better cargo security and protection. Underseat storage comes standard with the Voyageur 146. The machine has an overall length of 125 inches and a 146-inch track. The 650cc 2-stroke motor has a 15-gallon fuel tank, comes standard with electric start, and has industry exclusive Smartwarmer technology. For more information and complete specs visit your dealer or go to: https://snowmobiles.polaris.com/en-us/voyageur/ voyageur-146

Ski-Doo Skandic WT

Purpose-built for work on the industry’s most responsive platform—the REV Gen4—Skandic WT starts with your choice of dependable 2-stroke or 4-stroke Rotax engines to provide the power for extreme reliability in harsh conditions best suited to fit your individual needs. It is outfitted with a 154-inch long, 20-inch ultra-wide track for superb flotation in deep snow, and exceptional traction when hauling heavy loads. Skandic sleds reach another level in rider comfort and capability, thanks to the open cockpit design, enabling the rider to influence the sled like never before. The sport-utility suspension refines ride both on trail and on top of powder. Industry-exclusive telescopic front suspension enables a large, flat-belly pan for exceptional deep snow flotation. Ski-Doo’s articulated rail maximizes deep snow traction in reverse or locked out when towing. The SkiDoo Skandic features optimal lubrication for extreme reliability and ultra-quiet operation and a rider-friendly H-L-N shift setup with push-button reverse. Easy shifting with multiple gear ratios

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is ideal for heavy towing, thanks to its high load resistance. The cargo rack is capable of adapting to 16- and 20-inch-wide LinQ accessories to maximize accessory options. Multiple configurations allow up to 125 pounds of (56.7 kg) cargo capacity. The Skandic WT has an 11.1-gallon fuel tank and comes standard with electric start. For more information and complete specs visit your dealer or go to: https://www.ski-doo.com/us/en/models/sport-utility/skandic

Yamaha VK540

The Yamaha VK540 is legendary for its durability, reliability and dauntless work ethic. A proven 540cc 2-stroke twin engine powers this ultra dependable utility snowmobile. The heated Mikuni TM33 flat slide carburetor delivers crisp throttle response, while the small dual electronic heater coils in the carburetor body stabilize idle speed and reduce plug fouling. Together, these efficient carburetors help deliver great fuel economy and reliability. The VK540 comes with standard electric starting with manual backup, assured to get you going no matter how far the mercury drops. The VK540 has an 11.6-gallon fuel tank and 3-speed transmission. The Hi/Lo transmission with reverse is a workhorse one minute and a versatile trail cruiser the next. With a simple-to-use manual actuated lever, you can select from “normal” high range for cruising to low range for pulling heavy loads. The VK540 features a TSS front suspension and Pro Comfort Suspension with flip-up rails. Whether you’re riding one- or two-up or hauling a heavy payload, the dual-shock, fully-coupled suspension features a simple and effective flip-lever torsion spring adjustment. A 40mm, High Pressure Gas (HPG) shock provides exceptional control, fade resistance and maximum work abilities. Functional mirrors tout a large viewing area, making it easier to see what lies behind. The mirrors are mounted on the interior side of the Protective Windshield to shield them from potential damage. The dependable 20x154x1.5-inch Cobra track delivers the perfect balance of traction versus durability. The 1.5-inch lugs provide ample deep snow traction with the strength to withstand rugged, hard-packed terrain. For more information and complete specs visit your dealer or go to: https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/2-up-touring-utility/models/vk540

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Minnesota Snowmobiling

Calendar of Events Jan. 7-8 – Snocross National, Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Jan. 8 – East Cottage Grove Scramblers Dust’em Off Swap/ Vintage Show, 70th St & Hwy 19, Cottage Grove. Jeremy Goebel 651-308-2390; Facebook East Cottage Grove Snowmobile Club Jan. 19-23 – Northland 300 Ride for Special Olympics, Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN http://www.northland300.org/ Jan. 21-22 – Pequot Brush Pilots 28th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, American Legion, Pequot Lakes, MN. Feature snowmobile: Arctic Cat Panther. Trail rides & more. Dave 218-831-1636, https://business. explorebrainerdlakes.com/events Jan. 28-30 – Midwest Ride-In Vintage Show, ERX Motor Park, Elk River, MN https://www.mwvss.com/ Jan. 29 – Ride for Wyatt, Riverside Park, Mantorville, MN, supported by Byron Snow Bears. All proceeds to support Wyatt M Coy Memorial Fund & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Facebook & Twitter Ride for Wyatt

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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.

9702 Hwy. 1 Isabella, MN (218) 323-7681 www.knottedpine.com We’re right at the intersection of Tomahawk and Yukon Trails Relax and enjoy our heated indoor pool.

Fuel up every morning with a free homestyle breakfast.

Feb. 2-5 – Blackwoods Blizzard Tour for ALS, Duluth, MN to Tower, MN & back https://www.neversurrenderinc.org/ Feb. 3-6 – MnUSA Winter Rendezvous, Cragun’s Resort & Conference Center, Brainerd, MN https://www.mnsnowmobiler.org Feb. 5 - St. Stephen River Runners 4th Annual Vintage Show, Ride and Raffle, Rodger Bellinger rodgerrab@msn.com; Facebook St. Stephen River Runners Feb 12 – Veterans Appreciation Ride, Grand Rapids, MN www.mnvetsnowmobileride.org


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Feb. 19 - 19th Annual DL Vintage Rally & Swap Meet with Radar Run, Detroit Lakes city beach, Detroit Lakes, MN. Wayne Schlauderaff, 218-849-3069 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

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


Roseau County Coop Greenbush, MN 218-782-2117 Wahl Bros. Racing Inc. Greenbush, MN 218-782-2295 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

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



40 Club Restaurant & Bar Aitkin, MN 218-927-7090 Aitkin Flyers Aitkin, MN 218-927-2527 Barnacle’s Resort & Campground Aitkin, MN 218-678-3122

Castaways Bar, Restaurant & Camp Aitkin, MN 320-684-2380 Farm Island Store Aitkin, MN 218-927-3791 Grill of Glen Aitkin, MN 320-684-2229 Midwest Machinery Co Aitkin, MN 218-927-2140 Northern Automation Aitkin, MN 218-670-0315 Paulbeck’s Country Market Aitkin, MN 218-927-6919 Riverside Pub Aitkin, MN 218-927-3915 Security State Insurance Aitkin, MN 866-929-3712 The Landing Aitkin, MN 218-927-9998 Tire Barn Aitkin, MN 218-927-1444 VFW Post 1727 Aitkin, MN 218-927-2323 Ash 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 Sandberg Construction & Property Service Cook, MN 218-666-3173 Vermilion Hotel & Country Store Cook, MN 218-666-2272 VFW Post No 1757 Cook, MN 218-666-0050 Melrude Whistle Stop Cotton, MN 218-969-5632 Wilbert Café Cotton, MN 218-482-3318 Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats Crane Lake, MN 218-993-2266 Cromwell Sno-Gophers Inc. Cromwell, MN Eagle Lake Plumbing Cromwell, MN 218-644-3010 Riley’s Cannibal Jct Deer River, MN 218-832-3656 Effie Country Service Effie, MN 218-743-3616 Neighborhood Tavern Effie, MN 218-743-3286 Christian Cavalier Ely, MN 218-820-7119 Ely Chamber Of Commerce Ely, MN 218-365-6123 Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club Ely, MN √ Grand Ely Lodge Ely, MN 218-365-6565

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Joe’s Marine & Repair Ely, MN 218-365-6264 Kuehl’s Logging LLC Ely, MN 218-365-5504 Lindsey Keen State Farm Insurance Ely, MN 763-923-4066 Motel Ely Ely, MN 218-365-3237 Ojala Heat & Refrigeration Ely, MN 218-235-7562 OZFAB LLC Welding Ely, MN 218-220-8949 Patrick Knudson Ely, MN 218-235-3471 Tim & Monica Cunningham Ely, MN 218-365-5831 5 Seasons Sports Center Inc Eveleth, MN 218-744-5871 At Your Convenience Eveleth, MN 218-744-4005 √ Iron Range Tourism Bureau Eveleth, MN 800-777-8497 S&S Towing Eveleth, MN 218-744-2959 Super 8 - Eveleth Eveleth, MN 218-744-1661 Timber’s Edge Eveleth, MN 218-744-2627 The Event Center Floodwood, MN 218-591-4333 Mainline Station Floodwood, MN 218-476-2222 Eveleth Trailhawks Snowmobile Club Forbes, MN 218-780-5207 Old Muni / Udovich Bro 4C Gheen, MN Camp Bluewater Grand Rapids, MN 612-284-8261 Midland Title Grand Rapids, MN 952-250-5355 Mississippi Diamond Jewelers Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-6242 Ray’s Sport & Cycle Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9355 Visit Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9607 Arrowhead Ultra 135 International Falls, MN

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

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


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



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

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

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

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Lake Country Properties Outing, MN 218-792-5200 RE/MAX Lake Area Realty Outing, MN 612-269-3490 Village Inn Outing, MN 218-792-5186 √ Nathe’s Marine & Sport Center Paynesville, MN 320-243-4517 Pequot Brush Pilots Pequot Lakes, MN 218-568-4343 √ KC’s Saloon Pillager, MN 218-746-3328 Hinckley/Pine City Flames Snowmobile Club Pine City, MN 320-515-0156 Waste Partners Pine River, MN 218-824-8727 Randall Twin Trails Club Randall, MN 320-749-2235 RE/MAX Results Remer, MN 651-334-5000 Country Snow Cruisers Richmond, MN √ AmericInn Sauk Centre, MN 877-352-1199 BEAM Electric Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-5641 √ Centre Powersports & Recreation Sauk Centre, MN 320-351-7669 Country Cat Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-3534 Phil Polipnick Insurance Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-6171 Winters Recreation Sauk Centre, MN 320-351-7533 Benton County Snowmobile Club Sauk Rapids, MN √ Pro Cycle & Snowmobile Sauk Rapids, MN 320-252-1556 Antique Snowmobile Club of America Stacy, MN 651-462-4497 ATVAM Stacy, MN 800-442-8826 Pro Skinz & Design Wadena, MN 218-639-1691 Trail Breakers Inc. Wadena, MN 218-6319-4766 Westside Sports Wadena, MN 218-631-1113

√ Power Madd Wyoming, MN 651-462-8465



Grover Farm Amboy, MN 507-380-8324 Linda’s Place Amboy, MN 507-674-9790 Snowbirds of Amboy Amboy, MN 507-340-2820 Appleton Ridge Riders Appleton, MN Blue Earth Snow Rovers Blue Earth, MN 507-893-4679 Ruppert Oil Co Currie, MN 507-763-3778 Blizzard Snowmobile Club Fairmont, MN 507-238-2190 Flying Goose Campground Fairmont, MN 507-235-3458 Holiday Inn Fairmont, MN 507-238-4771 Visit Fairmont Fairmont, MN 507-235-8585 CentraSota Vintage Sledheads Glencoe, MN 320-327-2559 Thunder Bar & Restaurant Good Thunder, MN 507-278-4488 C & A Pro Skis Hutchinson, MN 888-321-6789 Hutchinson Area Chamber & Tourism Hutchinson, MN 320-587-5252 Stateliners Snowmobile Club Kiester, MN 507-294-3174 Grover Farm Trucking LLC Lake Crystal, MN 507-720-8120 Country Line Ag Madelia, MN 507-381-5017 Kaduce Tire Mapleton, MN 507-524-4999 Pfeffer Tree Service Mapleton MN 507-317-0595 Action Sports Inc Marshall, MN 507-532-9649

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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

Grand Stay Hotel & Conference Center Spicer, MN 320-347-1450 Dana Heger Ins & Financial Services St. Charles, MN 507-932-3751 Pearson Backhoe St. Charles, MN 507-932-4118 BJ’s Bar & Grill Theilman, MN 507-534-3590 Brewskies Bar & Grill Utica, MN 507-932-3485 Cedar Valley Resort & Outfitters Whalen, MN 507-467-9000 Trophy Store & More Zumbro Falls, MN 507-259-6190





J&M Parts Supply Chatfield, MN 507-867-4200 Harry Brown’s GM & Chrysler Faribault, MN 507-332-7441 RJ Amish Furniture Harmony, MN 507-886-2777 S&A Petroleum Lanesboro, MN 507-467-2121 Lake Front Bar & Grill Le Center, MN 507-357-4401 Little Dandy Sports Bar Le Center, MN 507-357-6062 Brewsters Bar & Grill Lonsdale, MN 507-744-2370 √ Motoproz Inc. Mazeppa, MN 507-843-2855 LeSueur County Snowmobile Trails Montgomery, MN 507-491-6183 St. Patrick’s Tavern & Restaurant New Prague, MN 952-758-2380 Union Hill Bar & Grill New Prague, MN 952-758-4239 Susie’s Roadhouse Ostrander, MN 507-657-0000 Wolf’s Den Ostrander, MN 507-261-5479 √ Sette Sports Center Owatonna, MN 507-451-6922 M&M Lawn & Leisure Rushford, MN 507-864-7781

Anoka Area Chamber Anoka, MN 763-421-7130 PSB MARS Anoka, MN 877-688-2268 √ Print Central Blaine, MN 763-780-3333 Sno Barons Snowmobile Club Blaine, MN Caliber, Inc. Burnsville, MN 952-540-4709 √ Northway Sports East Bethel, MN 763-413-8988 Story Agency Farmington, MN 651-463-3334 √ Chopper City Sports Fridley, MN 763-572-2100 Prinoth Fridley, MN 612-251-4094 Danner Sales Inver Grove Hts, MN 651-451-0121 √ Leo’s South Lakeville, MN 952-435-5371 √ Lighthouse Motorsport & Marine Rosemount, MN 651-322-4420 Franzen Law & Policy Group St. Paul, MN √ Lettertech, Inc. St Paul, MN 651-292-0738 SBS International St Paul, MN 612-770-1752

Washington County Star Trail Stillwater, MN 651-430-3175 Lori Zimmermann State Farm Insurance Woodbury, MN 651-731-8252



Hugo’s Bar Brimson, MN 218-848-2220 Country Corner Bar Brookston, MN 218-391-5661 Duluth Drift-Toppers Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN Duluth Lawn & Sport Duluth, MN 218-628-3718 Fish Lake Storage Duluth, MN 218-721-4243 Johnson Supply Co. Duluth, MN 218-722-1717 √ Marshall Hardware Duluth, MN 218-525-3638 The Other Place Duluth, MN 218-733-0214 Pequaywan Area Trailblazers Duluth, MN 218-591-3574 Pequaywan Inn Duluth, MN 218-848-2201 Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN Sheet Metal Solutions Duluth, MN 218-391-6582 Crooked Lake Resort Finland, MN 218-220-0211 Finland Snowmobile Club Finland, MN 218-353-7337 Friends of Finland Finland, MN 218-353-0300 Maple Grove Bait Store & Lodging Finland, MN 218-353-7303 Trestle Inn Finland, MN 218-830-0523 Wildhurst Lodge & Campgrounds, Inc. Finland, MN 218-353-7337 Cook County Snowmobile Club Grand Marais, MN 218-387-9392 29

MnUSA Business Supporters √ Hungry Jack Lodge Gunflint Trail Grand Marais, MN 218-388-2265 √ RJ Sport & Cycle Hermantown, MN 218-729-5150 Lutsen Trailbreakers Lutsen, MN 218-663-7305 Darin & Sherri Lind Proctor, MN 218-590-2508 Caywood Country Store Saginaw, MN 218-591-3101 Hoss Construction Saginaw, MN 218-591-3829 √ AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4300 Bri-Esa’s Convenience Store Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4694 J&H Auto Repair & Towing Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4447 LaBerge Logging Silver Bay, MN 218-226-3586 Silver Sledders Trail Authority Silver Bay, MN 218-220-8189 Silver Trail Riders Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4608 √ AmericInn by Wyndham Tofte Tofte, MN 218-663-7899 American Legion Post 109 Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4141 √ AmericInn by Wyndam Two Harbors, MN 218-834-3000 Auto Value Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2191

Blackwoods, Inc Two Harbors, MN 218-834-3846 Castle Haven Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4303 Cooperative Light & Power Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2666 √ Country Inn of Two Harbors Two Harbors, MN 218-834-5557 Danny’s Auto Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4524 Harbor Insurance Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2114 Haugen Construction Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2876 Judy’s Cafe Two Harbors, MN 218-834-4802 Lake County Chamber of Commerce Two Harbors, MN 800-777-7384 Sonju Two Harbors Sports Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2181 Superior Hiking Trail Assn Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2700 Superior Shores Resort Two Harbors, MN 218-834-5671 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

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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



Bill Mitchell Electric Bloomington, MN 763-238-7239 Fowler Distributing Bloomington, MN 952-884-5401 Minnesota Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund Brooklyn Park, MN 763-577-0185 MSPN Inc. Eden Prairie, MN 952-473-7870 Kassbohrer ATV Pisten Bully Jordan, MN 952-345-3330 Erickson-Larsen Inc. Maple Grove, MN 763-535-0055 Ox Yoke Inn Maple Plain, MN 763-479-2522 √ Tri-K Sports Maple Plain, MN 763-479-3719 Carver County Snowrunners Mayer, MN 952-466-2673 √ CorTrust Bank Mayer, MN 952-657-2500 √ Minneapolis Motor Sports Minneapolis, MN 763-634-0244 Westonka Snoblazers Mound, MN 612-309-5882 Moorhouse Motorsports New Germany, MN 507-491-6217 The Doublewide New Market, MN 952-461-3682



Ollie’s Service Alexandria, MN 320-763-4455 Winning Edge Graphics Alexandria, MN 320-763-7953 Ashby Legion Post 357 Alexandria, MN 218-747-2858 Pettit Painting Ashby, MN A.L.S. / Boopa’s Bar Audubon, MN 218-439-6611 Pit 611 Audubon, MN 218-439-6121 Barrett Farm Supply Barrett, MN 320-391-1435

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

• Full time lobbyist to protect your sport • Discounts at participating business members • Extra-Miler members receive an XM pin and other perks at MnUSA events • Support for youth and adult safety training • Official membership card & decals

DHS Grain Ltd Barrett, MN 320-815-1043 Spud’s Small Engine Service & Repair Barrett, MN 320-528-2299 ABC Brewing Battle Lake, MN 218-864-2739 Richwood Offsale Callaway, MN 218-847-6380 Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill Detroit Lakes, MN 218-310-4105 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 Credit Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5311 Farmers Agency Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-6880 Farmers Cooperative Oil Assoc. Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4491

Grant County Herald Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5326 Grant County Lumber Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-5321 Haley Oil Company Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4466 LG Seeds – Dana Bloom Elbow Lake, MN Midwest Machinery Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4438 Wendell Pioneer Insur. Elbow Lake, MN 218-685-4414 Johnson Harvesting Evansville, MN 320-760-3236 Northland Seed Evansville, MN 320-808-6892 Frontier Marine & Powersports Fergus Falls, MN 218-998-4386 Otter Country Trail Assn. Fergus Falls, MN 218-739-3708 AJ’s Gas & Grocery Herman, MN 320-677-2300 Runestone Telecom Assn Hoffman, MN 320-986-2013 Brian Woodle Trucking Kensington, MN 320-815-3992 Cameo Properties Lake Park, MN 701-799-0420 √ A-1 Automotive Service Moorhead, MN 218-233-6161 West Central Trailblazers Morris, MN 320-589-3445 Tender Hearts Home Care New York Mills, MN 218-385-3466

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

MnUSA Application for Membership (Please check appropriate boxes.)




$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.

NAME (Please Print) _________________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________

EMAIL ___________________________________________

CITY ________________________________________ COUNTY _____________________ STATE ________ ZIP ______________ Number of Family Members ___________________ Number of Snowmobiles _____________ MRM Number ____________________

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association


Phone: 763-577-0185 Fax: 763-577-0186 E-mail: mnusaoffice@popp.net www.mnsnowmobiler.org


Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

Payment method: ___________ Check Enclosed Mail to: MnUSA 7040 Lakeland Ave. N #212 Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Bill my _______ Visa _______ MasterCard Card Number ___________________________________________ Expiration Date _________________________________________ Signature _____________________________________________

Fill out the application and mail in or go to www.mnsnowmobiler.org to pay by credit card.

Minnesota Snowmobiling

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Working Snowmobiler

Sponsor a Vet – This gift will make you feel good on the inside and out. For $225 you can sponsor a US Veteran to attend the Annual Veteran’s Appreciation Ride scheduled for Sat., Feb. 12th in Grand Rapids, MN. For more information on donating to this event, go to www. mnvetssnowmobileride.org. Any amount is also appreciated. Thank a Veteran for their service this Holiday Season. MnUSA Merch – Show you pride and show your colors, just in time for the season! Get your MnUSA merchandise including pullovers, t-shirts, hats, hoodies and more at Fully Promoted-Roseville through the MnUSA website—www. mnsnowmobiler.org. Let other snowmobilers from around the snowbelt know you’re a member of the best snowmobile association in the Upper Midwest—MnUSA! MnUSA Raffle Calendars – Not only do you get a chance to win, you also get to look at really cool snowmobile pictures from your own members each month. Heck, one might even be your

own! If not, make sure to submit a great photo for next year’s calendar. Start getting ready now as the season starts. Note to self: A hot buy this year, limited availability at the office ($20 + $2 for shipping), or calendars are available through many snowmobile clubs. A win-win! The Gift That Keeps on Giving – A Membership to MnUSA! See the membership form in this issue of Minnesota Snowmobiling—the official publication of MnUSA and its members. Membership has its benefits: discounts at favorite MnUSA member businesses found in the back of this issue, plus issues of the new and improved Minnesota Snowmobiling magazine. Upgrade your membership to an XM membership Extra Miler—it will let members know you’re in for the long haul and the future of snowmobiling in Minnesota. Fill out the form in this issue and mail it, or stop at your local club’s meeting and pay there (see MnUSA website for times and locations). But whatever you do, make Santa and all his reindeer happy—join MnUSA today!


MINNESOTA UNITED SNOWMOBILERS ASSOCIATION? FOR THE FUN OF IT! • Family recreation • Trail rides & club trips • Discover new trails & destinations

• Events, picnics and parties • Create new friendships & camaraderie • Share your passion with us


• Protecting your right to ride at the Capitol & government agencies • Paying a full-time lobbyist to protect your sport • Providing full-time office staff that only works on snowmobile-related issues locally, state and nationwide • Supporting dedicated local clubs who volunteer their time and effort • Providing adult & youth safety training (MnUSA Volunteer Instructors) • Ensuring the growth and future of Minnesota snowmobiling

FOR MORE PERKS! • • • • • •

A subscription (7 issues) to Minnesota Snowmobiling Exclusive invites to events and rides Discounts on lodging and at snowmobile retailers Informative website Official membership card and decals Minnesota Snowmobiling Rider Assist Directory (MNSNOWRAD) For when you need assistance on the trail, road, or planning a ride.



Call 1-866-811-7669 or go online to www.mnsnowmobiler.org Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

7040 Lakeland Avenue N., Ste 212, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55428


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