Minnesota Snowmobiling - February 2022

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

Contents

u FEATURES 22 Entry-Level Sleds 24 Brainerd: A Snowmobiling Mecca

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Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

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

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From the President

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From the Vice President

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Directors

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Legislative News

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MnUSA News

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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.

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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, 7040 Lakeland Ave N., Suite 212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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21 Calendar of Events 28 MnUSA Business Members

UPCOMING EVENTS MnUSA Quarterly Membership & Board Meetings (virtual) » Feb 10, 2022 Veterans Appreciation Ride » Feb 12, 2022 MnUSA Scholarship Application Deadline » Feb 28, 2022 MnUSA Spring Meetings » Apr 22-24, 2022

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MnUSA President

The Key to Buying an Entry-Level Sled Scott Wakefield With the pandemic we have seen an influx of people wanting to get out of the house and participate in a sport that is naturally social distanced and masked by its own definition. Great! Well, some of those new snowmobilers need to be educated on where they can drive, and where they can’t, but besides that we are welcoming the influx and the manufacturers have taken notice with entry-level sleds. Find an excellent article on entry-level sleds by Joel Kunz, in this edition of Minnesota Snowmobiling, the official publication of MnUSA and its members. I’d like to take the entry-level area a bit further. Although the manufacturers have done a great job building entry-level snowmobiles featuring technology only available on top-ofthe-line sleds from just a few years ago, and with a very good

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warranty program, they may still be out of reach for some. In order to keep snowmobilers joining the sport, it needs to fun, engaging, easy to do, but more importantly affordable for people to participate. I have talked on numerous radio stations and even been interviewed for some TV stations, and one of the questions I always get from the non-snowmobile side is, “How do I get involved and get a snowmobile I can ride and afford?” My answer is, “I’ve developed a 4-tiered system— one that won’t break the bank or skyrocket your debt-toincome ratio, and keep you within your family budget.” Everybody’s expendable income level is different, but you need to start at the first tier which is under $1,000.00. I have seen numerous entry-level sleds in this range. I have one in my brood—a 1987 Polaris Indy Trail 340—a fun sled and very reliable. The next is tier #2. This is the $1,000 to $4,000 range. I just sold one in this range—a 2002 Polaris Classic 2-up with 4,500 miles on it. These sleds have seen some mileage on them, but with proper care, and being somewhat mechanically savvy, are very affordable. Tier #3 is $4,000 to $8,000. You can get some really good sleds in this group, with newer suspensions and newer technology, but maybe with some high miles, and some potential repairs coming in the not-too-distant future. This tier could come along with monthly payments in most cases of under $200.00 on the low end of the tier, and under $300 on the upper end of the tier. If you need to finance, tier 3 is a very good tier to be in, and can get you to the 2017 year on some manufacturer’s sleds. Tier #4 is $8,000 to $10,000. I was at Hay Days trying to buy for a buddy in tier #3 this past year, and it’s a toughie. I could find 2018 and 2019, not in tier #3 but in tier #4. Tier #4 can be difficult in trying to weigh the warranty factor of a new sled vs. used in that higher end of tier #4. So, if you’re looking in tier #4, you’re looking for 2018-2019 sleds. The key here is stay within your budget. Don’t overspend on something that is a “want” and not a “need,” but there is no reason in the world that you can’t enjoy snowmobiling in today’s market, even with a COVID push in prices. You just need to be prudent in your decision making and use my fourtiered approach. Your checkbook will thank you.

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If you’d like to discuss further or talk sleds and prices and what you’re seeing out there, drop me a line. Thank you for continuing your commitment to Minnesota Snowmobiling, and making us one of the best state organizations in the upper Midwest. We really appreciate it. Spread the news and grab a buddy or two and sign up with your local club today.

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Get out There and Enjoy the Ride!

Fest, where the Lakeville Sno-Trackers are invited out to give the public a short snowmobile ride through the woods of Ritter Park. The event is a huge success as so many diverse people leave understanding why we love riding. Hopefully they are encouraged to jump into the frenzy of enjoying the outdoors in a different way. (I think it is cheaper than hockey, I might be wrong).

Tim Heinen Can you believe it’s already February? Christmas and New Years have come and gone. We are 2 ½ months into our riding season. The northern half of the state has seen much snow, but unfortunately the southern half has not. Storms across this great country of ours have made a mess everywhere. Good thing we live in Minnesota as snow usually doesn’t cause much damage, if any. A true Minnesotan doesn’t get held back from snow. We just keep going and going, like the energizer bunny. Hopefully you have had a chance to go out and ride when the snow came. Living just south of the Twin Cities, riders do take advantage of what snow we get. Snowmobilers down here will go out and ride with only 2 inches of snow. I wonder if they realize that with low snow base, the wear and tear they put on the sled. Not enough snow to lubricate the hyfax, skis, and keeping the engine cool, are all items that will lead to premature wear. I guess it keeps the repair shops busy. I was reading, and maybe by the time this is published it has changed, but some trails have not opened yet due to storms that came through late fall/early winter. A call was put out for help, and I hope that some of our members took the call to helping. I want to thank all clubs and their members for their hard work on preparing and keeping the trails going. With that said, “Take a Friend Snowmobiling” week is nearby. Some people have little knowledge or a bad image about snowmobiling. If we take them out for a ride and show them how much fun it is, and how wonderful it is to experience the winter in a unique way, we can shed the true light of snowmobiling. In Lakeville we have an event called Ritter

Another great way to promote clubs and snowmobiling is with Meet and Greets and local events. With a Meet and Greet you can direct riders to free food. Who would pass that up? Then you can promote your club. We have had great success with that. I also have attended a few local events this winter already and each one has been packed with everyone enjoying each other stories. People that don’t own a sled do show up at these events to see what is happening, great way to hook ‘em as they see the fun right in front of their eyes. I am hoping to get to more meetings with different clubs as the season progresses to see what is happening in your neck of the woods. In the meantime, enjoy the ride, keep it safe, and follow the rules (yes, there are rules), so you can ride tomorrow.

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MnUSA Directors Executive Board

Directors

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

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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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trespassers simply don’t know any better. A few are jerks.) • Riding and drinking alcohol go well together. (Drunk snowmobilers tend to kill themselves and innocents.) • Safety training is for other people, but I don’t need it. (My first snowmobile experience was on an Arctic Cat Jag in Detroit Lakes. My instructions were simple, press all the way down on the throttle and point the sled. Fast and fun! My next time out I totaled a Yamaha Phazer in Two Harbors. I was hurt but through the grace of God, I survived.) • There’s no need to join a club or MnUSA. (The reader is invited to critique this one on your own.)

An opinion column by Doug Franzen Recently, I heard an old song by the British band Dire Straits entitled “Industrial Disease.” What struck me was the lyric … “Now, I go down to Speaker’s Corner, I’m thunderstruck They got free speech tourists, police in trucks Two men say they’re Jesus, one of them must be wrong.” The lyric, while clever, led me to believe that at least one of the speakers was not telling the truth. Yet, each may have been telling their own perception of the truth—a subjective truth or, perhaps they were selling something. This reminds me of the current state of some people’s speech where opposing points of view tend to claim ownership of the truth and demonize contrary points of view. The song doesn’t say anyone’s lying; just that one purported Jesus was wrong. So who’s right and who’s wrong? Subjective truth is all around us. It’s confusing and often convoluted. I much prefer objective truth such as the earth is round and revolves around the sun or, women are better in most ways than men (except, of course, at peeing in the snow). Even what we believe to be objective truth can turn out to be wrong, and a better new objective truth takes its place. Enough sophomoric philosophy. Here are some of my truths. I think they are factual, but some people might disagree: • Snowmobiling is fun. It gets us outside in winter and, for a few hours, makes us forget about our problems. • Safety should be the number one priority for all snowmobilers. • Snowmobiling is social. Our sport binds families and friends together having fun. • Snowmobiling is uniting. When you are out on the trail, you couldn’t care less about your companions’ political or religious opinions. We are just a motley group of folks doing something we all enjoy. • Snowmobilers are caring and compassionate. If you break down or are injured on the trail, you can count on other snowmobilers to stop and help you. • Snowmobiling is important to the Minnesota economy. Millions upon millions of dollars are generated annually by the jobs, the resorts, the restaurants, and the tourism created by snowmobiling. Other people may have different truths. Like the song says, I think they are wrong. My critiques of their error are bracketed: • It’s okay to ride off the trail onto somebody’s land because the snow there looks like more fun. (I think most

I think you now have figured out some of my truths. Perhaps you share these truths. Not all people do. Literally, thousands of Minnesotans have never been on a snowmobile and don’t want to. Some misguided souls actually have an intense dislike for what we do. However, every day that we grow our culture of a fun, safe, family sport, every day that we get better sports people and citizens, the number of naysayers grows smaller and smaller. So be kind, be charitable, be the best you that you can be, and snowmobiling will continue to be an essential part of what it means to be a Minnesotan. That’s just my opinion.

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MnUSA News Notice of General Membership Meeting and Proposed Changes in By-Laws A quarterly General Membership meeting of Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association will be held on April 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Brainerd, MN. All MnUSA members are welcome to attend. At its meeting, the General Membership will vote on the following proposed bylaws changes to Article II – Membership and Dues and Article XIV - Amendments. ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP AND DUES Section 1 Membership in MnUSA shall consist of the following classes: 1.

Active Members: a. Family membership, including children under the age of eighteen (18) years. b. Individual membership, 18 years of age and over. (Amended 10/22/05) c. Individual youth membership, ages fourteen (14) to under age eighteen (18) years. if a member of a youth-only club.

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Business members. (Amended 10/24/09 Business Sponsor. (Amended 10/24/09) Trail Organization. (Amended 10/24/09)

Section 2 Membership fees must be current for a member to be considered Active. Active membership is available to all families and individuals eighteen (18) years of age or older and individual youth members fourteen (14) to eighteen (18) years of age. Each active member, eighteen (18) years and older, shall have office holding privileges. Family membership entitles two both adults, eighteen (18) years and older, privileges of a member. Membership includes a members= children, under the age of eighteen (18) years, as non-voting members. (Amended 10/24/09) No member under the age of eighteen (18) shall have voting privileges. ARTICLE XIV - AMENDMENTS Section 1 The By-laws may be altered, amended or repealed, and new By-laws adopted by a simple majority of MnUSA at a general or special membership meeting called for that purpose. However, before the presentation of any change, they must be presented to screened by the State Board of Directors within thirty (30) days of receipt and printed in MnUSA’s official publication at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. *Underlined items are new text for the section. Strike-outs will be deleted.

From the International Snowmobile Tourism Council and the International Snowmobile Media Council

The International Snowmobile Tourism Council (ISTC) and the International Snowmobile Media Council (ISMC) want to bring to the attention of all snowmobilers the trespassing issue. Trespassing on private land is more prevalent in the Midwest and Northeast than in the West as there is more public land in the West, but regardless, all snowmobilers need to respect private land as the use of it is a privilege and not a right. If you trespass on private land you add to the reason we lose trails and other riding areas. When you see a No Trespassing sign, do not go there; respect the landowner’s right to keep anyone he wishes off his land. In the words of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, “Know Where to Go or There Will Be NOwhere to Go!” 8

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Ann Pierce Named Director of DNR Parks & Trails The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named a new Director of the Parks and Trails Division to fill that important role. Ann Pierce has more than 25 years of experience with the DNR, starting in southeast Minnesota and most recently serving as the Deputy Director of the Ecological and Water Resources Division. Ann has a passion for outdoor recreation and the opportunity it provides to connect Minnesotans to the benefits and beauty of the state. She enjoys all kinds of trails, and throughout her time at the DNR she has engaged in multiple parks and trails issues, from assisting with master plan development, to working on individual recreational trails, to managing invasive species. Ann is also focused on ensuring that everyone has welcoming opportunities to connect to the outdoors.

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MnUSA News Throughout her career, Ann has worked with partner groups to build relationships and advance DNR’s mission. Understanding the importance of snowmobiling for the state of Minnesota, Ann looks forward to working with MnUSA and Parks and Trails staff on the GIA program and state snowmobile trails.

Ride Responsibly, Help Save Our Snowmobile Trails

A message from MnUSA Legislative / Trails Committee Terry Hutchinson, Chairman Trespass Q: If I see an open field while operating my snowmobile on a grant-in-aid trail or when operating in a road right-of-way, can I ride on it? A: NO!! Operating a snowmobile on private property without permission is trespassing period. Just because the property isn’t posted, it doesn’t mean you have a right to enter someone else’s property. Q: If there are already tracks on it does that mean it is okay to ride there? A: No, that means you will be the second person violating the law. Trespassing is a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor, or you may be charged with a civil penalty. Misdemeanor is punishable by fines up to $1000.00. Civil penalties range from$50.00 up to $500.00 and loss of your registration. More than 60% of our Grant-in-Aid trails are on private property and over twenty two thousand miles are installed and maintained by our Grant-In-Aid club volunteers. Our clubs around Minnesota are losing or rerouting trails due to

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MnUSA News the actions of a lot of snowmobilers violating the snowmobile laws and riding off trail. There are thousands of newer snowmobilers without any clue that laws exist and they, along with the bad apples in our own group, without education and compliance, are going to cause us to lose our places to ride. We all must educate snowmobilers when you see them riding off trail or right-of-way, that it is illegal. MnUSA, with support of all motorized recreation trail groups, has introduced legislation this year to increase the fines for trespass. Loud pipes Minnesota Administrative Rules 6100.5700 REQUIRED EQUIPMENT Subp.5. Mufflers: *** Section D. No snowmobile manufactured after April 1, 1975 shall be sold, offered for sale, or operated in Minnesota unless it is so equipped and has been certified by the manufacturer to confirm to a sound level limitation of not more than 78 decibels on the A scale at 50 feet as originally equipped. *** Section G. Except for organized events as authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section 84.871, no snowmobile shall be

modified by any person in any manner that shall amplify or otherwise increase total noise level above that emitted by the snowmobile as originally equipped, regardless of date of manufacture. Loud pipes are killing our trails. Landowners are telling clubs if they can’t manage the snowmobiles with loud pipes, they need to remove snowmobiles and our snowmobile trails from their property. If you can find an aftermarket company selling modified exhaust systems with a certification by the “Snowmobile Safety Certification Committee” that it complies with Minnesota Statutes and has a label conspicuously attached to it, then buy it. Otherwise stop buying illegal equipment, and remove your existing loud pipe without it. Help us to “Protect our Trails”

Take a Friend Snowmobiling The Go Snowmobiling/Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign has been supported by the snowmobile community over the years. Snowmobile Clubs and Associations across North America have taken military personnel snowmobiling, coordinated Enlightenment rides with land managers, and often just have fun organizing snowmobile rides with friends and family. The trails and riding areas in many parts of North America are amazing and offer great opportunities to take friends snowmobiling and enjoy winter. The Take a Friend Snowmobiling rides highlight the “wowfactor” and the pure enjoyment that people have when they first ride a snowmobile. First-time snowmobilers can’t quit talking about how much fun the ride was. When you take a friend snowmobiling, this may very well be their first time on a snowmobile. Chances are that your normal ride would seem like a marathon to an uninitiated friend. Let your friend enjoy that first day of snowmobiling. Enjoy the ride, make it relatively short, make it simple, and remember that it is always a good idea to feed your guests. The Go Snowmobiling/Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign is also joined with the Safe Riders! Campaign. We have a 13-chapter Safe Riders video series that can be found on our website at: http://www.snowmobile.org/ snowmobile-videos.html. The chapters are a great tool when introducing a friend to snowmobiling and will help make the ride more enjoyable for everyone.

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MnUSA News You should also visit and “Like” our Facebook page before participating in a Go Snowmobiling campaign. Our Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling . When looking at the page you will notice that many snowmobilers are posting pictures and their experiences on the page. We have thousands of Friends who visit regularly, and it is common for snowmobilers to send out informative posts that are forwarded to hundreds and thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts worldwide. There is a short general survey on our Facebook page, so when you visit the page, consider answering a few simple survey questions. We are constantly surveying snowmobile customers to see how we can better serve you and how we can help you enjoy your snowmobiling activity. When you consider putting together a Take a Friend Snowmobiling ride, remember that individuals who don’t own a snowmobile have a high interest in going snowmobiling. They want to go snowmobiling for the same reasons you do: • To enjoy the scenery • To get outdoors to have fun with family and friends • To go to unique places that they can’t reach any other way to see amazing sights • To have fun in the winter outdoors and be able to go home tired and be ready for a good night’s sleep.

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So please, go out and have fun, take a friend snowmobiling, and enjoy this wonderful winter. The link to the “Take a Friend Snowmobiling Campaign Action Manual” is: https://www.snowmobile.org/docs/2022-take-a-friendsnowmobiling.pdf . Please review it and share it with others. After you take your friend on their first snowmobile ride, tell them to visit the www.gosnowmobiling.org website where they will read all about getting started in the wonderful sport of snowmobiling.

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Mic hael B u t te rf i e ld MnUSA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

In the September issue the 2021 MnUSA scholarship recipients were announced. This issue we are featuring an essay from Michael Butterfield. 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. Michael Butterfield graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine in May 2021 and is studying exercise science and a teaching license at University of Wisconsin, Superior. He is an active member of the Swampsiders Snowmobile Club and helped with fundraising, trail clean-up and grooming, shop work on equipment, wood cutting, snowmobile safety classes and grounds maintenance at the club house. Mike was active in many extracurricular activities during high school, lettering in Cross Country (Captain, Individual Iron Range Conference Championships & State participant), Basketball, and Track (Captain) and he participated in Pep Club. Mike also volunteered for many community activities including camp counselor and Second Harvest Food Bank. He is the son of Bruce and Allison Butterfield and is the recipient of a $2250 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.

Michael – What would you do to educate and stop riders of all ages and experience levels from trespassing and to say on the trails?

As the COVID pandemic impacted the world and limited recreational and indoor activities for people of all locations, ages, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses, countless individuals found themselves asking, “What is there to do?” Many answered their own question by taking up outdoor activities and hobbies. In the winter months 12

these included skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and of course—snowmobiling. This expanded interest in the sport is wonderful for the snowmobile industry and those who make their living supporting it in various ways, including snowmobile sales and service as well as lodging, restaurants, and gas stations. But—this newfound interest also comes with a caution. Not all individuals new to the sport grew up understanding the intricacies behind the construction of the trails and how easily portions of the trails can be lost. I was fortunate to grow up in a snowmobiling family. Some of my earliest memories are riding in our family’s SnowCoach with siblings or cousins. As years passed, recollections also include sitting in front of my dad on his sled as he incrementally taught me the nuances of driving, completing the snowmobile safety course facilitated by

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Youth News my dad and other local snowmobile club members, and assisting club members in annual maintenance of the trails. All these experiences flamed within me a love of the sport, but they also taught me that snowmobiling comes with much responsibility. There are many rules and regulations that riders must know, understand, and follow to keep the trails open. It may be easy for some riders to hop on the trails and enjoy the day outdoors without considering the process of constructing and maintaining snowmobile trails. Growing up as I did, this is not the case. Many local trails cross property of friends and neighbors, and this property and relationship needs to be respected. For the past years, I have helped with trail maintenance and clean-up to ensure it is ready for riders. After summer storms and heavy winds, it is very common to find fallen trees and branches in the way of the trail. I, along with other members of our club, spend a day riding along the trail and clearing away any fallen brush. Additionally, we trim trees and branches that have overgrown and are in the way of the path. We also add or replace signs that are cracked or faded to make sure signs are visible, including those that encourage riders to stay on the trail. I also know that it takes a lot of time, consideration, and cooperation to design the routes for the trails. Snowmobile

clubs must get permission from landowners to allow the trail to go through their land and provide snowmobile riders access. This fall, I experienced asking a landowner to reroute a trail section to make it safer and more enjoyable for riders. Landowners, however, do not have to agree. They are only contingently permitting riders to access small portions of their land. Anytime riders go off the trail onto privately owned property, they are trespassing. Landowners have the right to stop allowing the snowmobile trail to go through their land if problems arise. This causes many issues as it is not a simple task to re-route and re-sign the trails. So how do we protect these agreements and relationships with landowners and educate riders of all ages and experience levels about trespassing? I would organize a publicity campaign with the help of local snowmobile clubs. We would need to identify the exact message we want to send, the various groups that the message needs to reach, and the modes of delivering the message that have the best chance of reaching the identified target audiences. The message should include the need to stay on the trails, but not only that. It needs to include the why—the reason behind the request. Riders need to understand what goes into continued on next page

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Youth News obtaining access to private land (as stated above), the benefits of respecting that access (continued and even expanded access to private lands), and the potential ramifications of disrespecting that access—for the riders as well as the landowners and local snowmobile clubs (loss of trails, damage to property and vegetation, stressed livestock, broken relationships). Multiple groups need exposure to this message including youth new to the sport, adults new to the sport, individuals who ride frequently, and those who ride infrequently such as those riding with a friend. The best methods for delivering the message vary for each case. One method that our local snowmobile club utilizes each year is a snowmobile class for new youth riders. This is a great opportunity to talk about the importance of staying on the trails. Sending home articles or flyers that address the topic could spread the message to those with whom the youth live. Chances are these youth will not be riding alone, so whether they are with their parents, grandparents, or friends, they can share the information and help spread the word about staying on trails. Another way to communicate with youth is to post flyers in locations they frequent, such as school hallways. Another way to encourage youth to learn about and spread the message is for local clubs to sponsor a coloring, essay, or video competition related to the topic. Media probably reaches the most people of all ages. To reach those who use traditional media, radio and television public service announcements are an option, as are newspaper releases. Public, shareable social media posts have the potential to reach even more people of various demographics. Designing posts or challenging others to create posts and encouraging their spread is one idea. Since all trail riders see the signs along the trail, it is important to utilize this method of communication as well. In addition to the current signs that say stay on the trail, other types of signs could be included. Signs that say “trail provided by the generosity of landowners” or even actually naming the landowner, similar to adopt-a-highway signs, could bring more awareness.

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Finally, a commitment or pledge campaign could create more consciousness and loyalty. This could be done in various ways. One way is to add a statement and checkbox to the snowmobile license renewal application that says, “In order to respect the property rights of landowners and maintain current trail systems, I will stay on marked trails.” If it would be too cumbersome to add this to the license renewal process, another option would be to conduct the commitment campaign via social media. Either way, it is about increasing awareness and loyalty. It is exciting to see the snowmobile industry increasing in popularity and what this could mean for expanding opportunities in the future. With growth, however, also comes the need to proactively consider potential areas of concern. As the number of snowmobile riders grows, one of these areas of concern is the need to educate and encourage all riders to honor the landowners by staying on the trails. We are fortunate to live during a time when numerous technological tools are available to meet this need. Trespassing is an important subject that needs to be addressed more frequently with a deliberate approach to reach all age groups of riders. It needs to be simple, with better ways of educating people on the problem and the consequences associated with breaking the laws. Regardless of age, all riders need new and continued education on the problems that trespassing and leaving the trails while riding can cause. I think three key areas that could be looked at are what is being done in the snowmobile safety course, what is being done with laws and enforcement and what is being done in advertising and exposure of the problem. I think that it is important that we provide the new riders with the knowledge and understanding of the importance of obeying trespassing laws. Clear communication in the snowmobile safety course both online and in person needs to stress what trespassing is, why it is a serious topic, and what the consequences are for breaking the law. A lot of young people see a field of fresh snow and think “that will be fun to zip around in that field of powder,” but they could be doing damage to the crops that are planted beneath the snow. Young kids need to be taught the right way first and foremost. When they first start out as riders if they do not think that trespassing is a problem, they might develop the bad habit of doing it, and once you have a bad habit it is hard to break it. To make sure kids understand why it is important to stay on the trails a class coordinator might include bringing in actual landowners to talk to students about what it means to them when people trespass on the lands they grant easement to cross. Maybe invite in a farmer, who has experienced damage to crops or harassment to livestock, or a lake property owner who has people using their land without permission to access the lake in the winter on sleds. Helping students to understand the land easement process and showing them just how much of the trails in the area or state cross private lands might also serve as an effective tool to stress the importance of eliminating trespassing, so as to not lose access or to have to

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Youth News make costly re-routes of existing trails. I also feel as though there should be a more detailed coverage of the consequences of trespassing covered in the class. This would mean bringing in law enforcement officers and conservation officers and maybe even an attorney to talk to students about the fines and fees associated with getting charged with trespass. Education from the beginning is a good first step. While education for new riders is important, even experienced riders need to be reminded of the importance of obeying laws and respectful riding. I would suggest that law enforcement improve upon enforcing the existing laws that are in place already and possibly develop new laws to put more severe consequences on people who are “repeat offenders” of violation of trespass laws. Laws, in many ways, might act to reinforce behavior of the law-abiding, but what about those that tend to need more immediate reminders? Better signs and clearly marked trails that indicate where a person can and cannot go while riding, can be a good first step. Providing clubs with access to some sort of “universal” marking system so that all riders, regardless of where they are riding in the state, will know when they are on the trail and where the boundaries of the trail end. An aggressive approach to clearly marking and signing trails will also help to reassure landowners that clubs want to make sure that trespassing does not occur. Giving landowners a sense of security is important in preserving easements and maintaining good relationships between them and the clubs. For those who have been through the class and have been longtime riders, I feel it is as equally important to stress to them the importance of preventing trespassing as well. I think that one way we could “refresh” them is by an advertising campaign that could help prevent and slow the continuation of trespassing because they will have a fresh sense of what could happen if they do disobey the law. Making sure that the ads that are created are done in a way that doesn’t make the problem seem trivial and shows the real consequences would be very important. While some ads like to use humor, trespassing is not a laughing matter, and should be advertised as seriously as possible, but without being threatening. Ads in popular places where snowmobilers frequent, like in snowmobiling magazines, in the dealerships, on billboards along the high trafficked routes to popular snowmobiling destinations, and on social media are all good outlets to reach the targeted audience. These are just a few ideas of things that can address the issue. There are many other simple strategies and things that can be improved upon without just targeting a specific group of people. It might take time, effort on the part of many organizations, and of course money and resources, but a collaborative effort on all fronts could be the solution. Education using a serious tone, making sure that expectations and consequences are clearly presented, and making sure that each group of riders from young to old are being effectively reached will deliver the message and should deliver positive results of fewer acts to trespass.

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Club News Clearwater Trail Blazers Help Improve Local Trail System Paul and Gail Friborg and their club, the Clearwater Trail Blazers, received word that a trail reroute through a WMA in Clearwater County was finally approved and could be completed. After more than a year of meetings and discussions with state agencies, the agreements were finally reached. With the leadership and help of David Schotzko (DNR Parks & Trails), Ken Brein, Lee Peterson, Craig Strandlein, David Rongstad, Terry Hoie, Erickson Logging, and Friborg Contractors this bridge was built and installed it on an adjoining landowner’s property. This is a great asset to their trail system! Come up to MnUSA Region 1 and enjoy the outdoors and the great trail systems including this area and new trail.

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The Foxtailers Snowmobile club looked for a worthy recipient to donate the proceeds of the event. Several options were put forward and the club overwhelmingly chose to support the MSEAF 2022 Veterans Ride.

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After taking an unwanted year off, the Foxtailers Snowmobile Club wanted the 2021 Trail Opener kickoff event to be big. St. Michael provided the Foxtailers a great lead with the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the afternoon of December 4th, 2021, and the Foxtailers hosting the kickoff event in the evening. It was a full day of holiday and winter festivities. This year’s kickoff party was a well-attended event where past members got to mingle with new members. Young and old gathered to ring in another season of our favorite winter activity, regardless if there was snow or not. The event chairpersons, Jerry and Jackson Larson, stepped up to the challenge in a big way. The father-son duo said it was a group effort to put on an event with a membership drive, entertainment, appetizers, refreshments, merchandise table, door prizes, a silent auction and a whole lot of fun. The event helped sign up nearly 40 new members for the 2022 season, the current membership in excess of 120 memberships (solo and family). 18

Club member Doug Reich and his son attended the 2019 Veterans Ride in Two Harbors. Reich said the event exceeded every expectation with a nice guided ride, meals, bonfire and accommodations to all attendees. In the interest of finding out more information, Foxtailers members reached out to MSEAF past president Larry Shepherd and learned this is free to any veteran, including a snowmobile to ride, accommodations and meals, so any donations are greatly appreciated. Past trail opener kickoff events raised around $1,000. Due to hard work and some generous donors, the Foxtailers raised over $5,000 for this year’s veterans ride. Shepherd made the trip up to the January club meeting to accept the Foxtailers’ donation. The Foxtailers Snowmobile Club would like to thank all veterans for their service and dedication. We’re proud to be able to support such an event. The Foxtailers Snowmobile Club is based in St. Michael, Minnesota, part of the Wright County Snowmobile Association and MnUSA. The club maintains trails in Wright County, Minnesota, hosts youth safety certification every fall, club rides (winter and summer), trips, helps with Albertville’s Friendly City Days and other social events throughout the year. If you are looking for fun with a strong snowmobile emphasis, check out https://foxtailers.com. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month at Liberty’s Restaurant and Bar in downtown St. Michael.

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Little Mayer, MN has a Superman in its midst but, due to his quiet demeanor, most residents most likely don’t even know it. If the five-time Vintage World Champion has anything that is obvious, it’s the fact is he’s super quiet and does all his talking on the racetrack. You’d think his neighbors would know who Matt Goede is, given all the pre-work, motor testing, late-night hot laps, etc. Matt actually grew up in even smaller New Germany, MN, almost equal distance between New Germany and Lester Prairie, MN in a swampy low area, with numerous little lakes, and wide-open spaces, beside the tracks set up at the home farm in New Germany. Matt’s victory is quite the accomplishment given the 53 tough competitors in 440 Super Mod Class for the Sunday Final, but also for the fact that Matt took a hard tumble into turn one a few years back, spending a fair amount of time in a Wisconsin hospital and the better part of a summer on crutches. With time all things heal, including any hesitation going into turn one at the iconic Eagle River Derby Track. Thursday’s qualifier started out with Matt really showing his strength in getting the holeshot and the sled hooking up well. Traction was a huge difference to the competition and a strong motor was just as impressive. During the Friday night run, which would result in the winner being in the front row at the Sunday Final, Matt’s holeshot and strong motor again made a multiple sled lead to take the checkered flag and pick up a nice check from Woody’s to boot. Saturday other entrants to this 440 Super Mod Class continued to jockey for position to try to compete with Matt for the Sunday Final. Sunday came with the 10-lap final, and Matt on the front row, but he got beat for the first time off the line by last year’s champion Curtis Peterson. It didn’t take long for Matt to settle in, and before long he had piloted his 1973 Polaris Starfire, even after multiple restarts, to earn his fifth Vintage World Championship. Matt Goede would like to thank all his sponsors and the “crew” for all the work to get him this championship. And all the folks back in Mayer, MN, might be a little more enlightened on who they have living in their midst. But then again, Matt Goede would probably prefer the quiet, even though the rest of us can’t keep our mouths shut talking about it! 20

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Calendar of Events Feb. 12 – Veterans Appreciation Ride, Grand Rapids, MN www.mnvetsnowmobileride.org Feb. 12 – Greenway Snowmobile Club Speed Run, MJ’s on Swan Lake, Pengilly, MN https://www.facebook.com/GreenwaySnowmobileClub Feb. 13 – Wadena County Trail Breakers Inc. Trail Ride/Fun Day, Outpost, Huntersville, MN https://trailbreakers.org/ Feb. 19 - 19th Annual DL Vintage Rally & Swap Meet with Radar Run, Detroit Lakes city beach, Detroit Lakes, MN. Wayne Schlauderaff, 218-849-3069 Feb. 19 – North Branch Sno Drifters 22nd Annual Vintage Snowmobile Expo, J J’s Bowl & Lounge, North Branch, MN. Kevin 651-328-1839 Feb. 19 – Finland Snowmobile & ATV Club 17th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Rendezvous, Finland Community Center (Clair Nelson Center) Finland, MN, www.finlandsnowmobileandatvclub.com Feb. 26 – Waseca Vintage Snowmobile Ice Drags, Boathouse Grill and Bar, Waseca, MN. Saturday registration 8:30-10:30 am, races start at 12 noon sharp, 100% payback. Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show and Ride, registration 9 am at the Boathouse. Show from 11am to 1pm. Feb. 26 – Blackduck Stumpjumpers 9th Annual Snowmobile Drag Races, Blackduck Lake, Blackduck, MN https://www.facebook.com/BlackduckStumpjumpersSnowmobileClub Feb. 26 – Wells Creek Riders 12th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride, Lake City Golf Course, Lake City, MN, Dan 651-212-3760 or Brandon 651-380-0993

With more than 140 miles of groomed trails, The North Shore State Trail cuts through the backwoods along Lake Superior for hours of winter enjoyment. Make Lake County, MN your top winter fun destination.

Mar. 5 – Chaska Sno-Hawks Benefit for Ryent Trebiatowski, Dahlgreen Golf Course, Chaska, MN Cindy Dauwalter 612-709-3163 or Mary Olson 612-369-1789 Apr. 22-24 – MnUSA Spring Meeting, Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Baxter, MN www.mnsnowmobiler.org

MnUSA Raffle Calendar Winners January 2022

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Entry-Level Sleds by Joel Kunz This issue’s topic of choice is a machine style that may be one of the most important decisions a person makes when buying a snowmobile—the first one. It is a decision that can play a role in whether snowmobiling is something a person does often and grows in to or not. The wrong choice in first machine can affect a person’s overall enjoyment of the activity, and there are numerous considerations. Limited horsepower, top-end speed and accessory level are all a part of first machine decisions. Filling the gap between a child’s machine and entry level for a young adult, the industry continues to grow, providing new sleds that are considered entry level beyond just price point. Much like anything snowmobile, the manufacturers have features and functions they call their own and promote. Once again, I made a call to my local dealership to ask a few questions, which is always a good place to start. Like most things, there are some trade-offs, and that is why working with a professional at your local dealership is best. 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. Following are four machines we chose to cover…enjoy!

F Arctic Cat Blast ZR

Considered by the manufacturer as a “mid-size” machine, the Arctic Cat Blast ZR has a number of standard features, like reverse, that may not be found on all entry-level machines. It is powered by an industry-first design 1-cylinder electric start motor that is compact and lightweight (under 50 pounds). The EFI engine brings 65-hp (397cc) performance to every ride on the lighter weight midsize chassis. Easy handling and maneuverability is what this ride is all about, with a size that lets more riders capture more thrills. The slide rail suspension has a full 10.7 inches of travel; this responsive rear suspension soaks up any bump on the trail to keep the ride stable and smooth.

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A three-stage exhaust valve system takes this power to the next level, delivering improved throttle response and better overall engine performance. As a liquid-cooled engine, it thrives in low-snow conditions, and a counterbalance shaft eliminates most engine vibration. The result—a lightweightbut-mighty power source that fuels a ride like no other. The Blast ZR has a 14-inch wide, 121-inch-long track on a 115inch chassis. Maneuverability is easy with the 37.5- to 38.5-inch adjustable ski stance for the 6-inch-wide single runner trail skis. Altogether, the unprecedented frame design combines with an unrivaled engine to deliver an action-packed ride that’s easier to handle.

F Polaris Indy Evo

This is a snowmobile sized for new riders, with more flotation, a confidence inspiring ride and a price point to reflect that. Compact ergonomics accommodate a wide range of riders without feeling too big or too small. From its optimized seating position to its easy reach throttle, Indy Evo builds confidence in all new riders.

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F Ski-Doo MXZ Sport

The entry-level candidate from Ski-Doo is the MXZ Sport. Part of the MXZ line from Ski-Doo, the MXZ Sport is designed to be the ultimate sled for the trail with responsive, motocross-like handling and exceptional agility at the lowest price point in the line. With advanced suspension innovations used throughout the line and the dynamic 85 horsepower, two-stroke Rotax 600 EFI power, every MXZ Sport delivers the perfect blend of exhilarating performance and superior ride quality at an entry-level price. An industry-first, Smart-Shox semiactive suspension instantly reads terrain and rider input to automatically dial in your suspension to give you the optimal ride in any conditions. The overall chassis length of 115 inches supports a 129x15-inch trail-ready track. The 42.4-inch-wide ski stance is supported by the Ski-Doo RAS 3 suspension and motion control front shocks. The MXZ Sport has standard reverse, heated handlebar grips and electric start. The accessory packages let you make your new snowmobile the ride you want.

F Yamaha SX Venom

The Yamaha SX Venom is a lightweight snowmobile aimed at young, new and returning riders. The fuel-injected, electric start, two-stroke 397cc single cylinder engine is propelled by a 121-inch Camso Hacksaw track. The long travel ‘Dual Shock’ rear suspension, lightweight alloy chassis, Stryke single keel ski and racy styling combine to create a compact sled that bristles with excitement at a very attractive price.

The Indy Evo suspension is engineered for a stable yet effortless ride. The adjustable-stance Independent Front Suspension (IFS) allows the sled to evolve with the rider. A trail-ready sled with power that’s perfectly scaled to new riders’ needs, the speed is electronically limited to 50 mph, and an accessory kit is available to make additional power as skills develop. The rider is positioned for comfort, control and confidence. The sled is lower and narrower than a full-size sled which provides new or shorter riders a more confident control. Lower seat and suspension height lowers the center of gravity and enhances ride stability. Easy throttle flipper is designed to be comfortably controlled by smaller hands. The Indy EVO has a 15x121x.91-inch Shockwave track on its 114-inch chassis. It has standard electric start, hand and thumb warmers and low-profile windshield.

This hi-tech 397cc engine has all the features you’d expect to find in a top-of-the-line sled: computerized ignition (ECM), three-stage exhaust power valve, batteryless fuel injection, electronic oil-injection and electric start. Tuned exhaust with EPTS (exhaust pipe temperature sensor) and a detonation sensor work together for reliable performance. A lightweight, counterbalance shaft handles unwanted vibration to deliver a smooth, wide range of power. The lightweight chassis is designed to keep weight down; the new alloy uses minimal parts without compromising durability or function. The compact digital gauge displays speed, RPM, fuel level, hours, while light indicators warn against any oil or engine temperature issues. A simple push of a button causes the engine to restart in reverse. The audible ‘back-up’ beeper indicates the reverse system is engaged and continues to beep until the button is pushed again to restart the engine in its forward direction—a simple, lightweight and effective way to back out of a tight situation. Electric start, handlebar and throttle lever warmers come standard. Price point, standard features, horsepower and accessories all play a role in an entry-level sled decision. With manufacturer price points starting at just over $6,000 to initial price points over $8,000, it all plays a role with the variety of features and expectations in a first sled. Again, your professional dealer can help you make the right decision.

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Brainerd:

a Snowmobiling Mecca by Joel Kunz

The local snowmobile clubs provide maps and there is plenty of information available online. The following is a list of “trail towns” and mileage provided by paulbunyantrail.com.

Not just a summertime family vacation destination, Brainerd is a great place to enjoy winter activities and has resources for every winter activity imaginable. Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota with a population of 14,395 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat, and one of northern Minnesota’s largest cities. Located at the south end of the vast Paul Bunyan Trail, Brainerd is a perfect destination when planning a snowmobiling outing or vacation. Conveniently located in central Minnesota, the Brainerd Lakes area is easy to get to but hard to leave.

Brainerd, MN Mile 0.0 While not located on the trail, Brainerd is the largest city in the trail region, and is located where the trail begins. Brainerd has many services likely to be sought out by trail users. Photo: Mark Kavanaugh

The Paul Bunyan State Trail with its connecting snowmobile trails are a one-of-a-kind resource with endless miles of groomed riding trails that are just right for any level of enthusiast. It has everything a snowmobiler could want in a snowmobile vacation—from beginner to advanced, the Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Trail has something to offer. Weave your way from Brainerd on the south end to Bemidji on the north. Passing through many communities along the way, you’ll always find the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner and fill your gas tank. If you’re planning a Minnesota winter snowmobiling vacation in the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Paul Bunyan Trail has beautiful and affordable lodging possibilities en route, with over 14 “trail towns” located on the trail. With the vast amount of lodging possibilities available, you won’t find it hard to accommodate what you are looking for; from family vacations, family reunions, girls or guys weekend getaways, as well as a romantic weekend for two! After a long and exhilarating day on a Minnesota snowmobile trail, there’s nothing like curling up in front of a warm fire and relaxing or enjoying dinner at one of the area’s great restaurants.

Baxter, MN Mile 0.0 The southern Trail Head is located in Baxter at the trail’s intersection with Excelsior Road. There is a 150-car lot across the street at the Northland Arboretum! Merrifield, MN Mile 9.0 Merrifield Lions shelter has public bathrooms, as does the North Long Lake public access, which has a large parking lot as well. Nisswa/Lake Hubert, MN Mile 14.8 Located just south of Nisswa is Lake Hubert. The Lake Hubert rest stop has an information board and benches. Nisswa has public restroom facilities adjacent to the trail, housed in the same building as the Chamber of Commerce.

New to snowmobiling and interested in something fun in the outdoors? Travel light and rent your winter gear from one of the many local businesses specializing in snowmobile rental. Many of the Brainerd winter rental companies even have a selection of boots, gloves, and winter snow gear to keep you comfortable while enjoying your new favorite winter activity. 24

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Photo: Mark Kavanaugh


Guthrie, MN Mile 82.4 Guthrie has one of the most attractive city parks located along the Paul Bunyan Trail and is a must stop for any trail user. Guthrie has ample parking and offers a peaceful, shady rest stop under towering pines.

Photo: Mark Kavanaugh

Pequot Lakes, MN Mile 21.0 The community of Pequot Lakes offers you public parking lots adjacent to the trail on the north and south side of town. Trailside Park hosts a picnic shelter and a band shelter right next to the trail. Jenkins, MN Mile 24.0 Gateway to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Jenkins is located north of Pequot Lakes and is a great place for all of a trail user’s needs. Pine River, MN Mile 30.0 The city of Pine River has a parking lot adjacent to the trail. The Chamber of Commerce is in the process of putting up a new facility on the trail. This new structure will have bathrooms.

Nary, MN Mile 87.6 Nary has a few scattered houses and a gently rolling landscape with limited parking. Nary is the perfect place to rest up for the beginning or end of any ride. Bemidji, MN Mile 97.2 The trail enters Bemidji in a residential area, with bike route on the street for a few blocks. As it crosses Paul Bunyan Drive S/MN Hwy 197, two routes are available to reach the northern trail head: the on-street 1st Ave to Gould Avenue, or the south shore trail passing near the Hampton Inn and The Sanford Center. The trail skirts the shore of Lake Bemidji, crosses the Mississippi River as it exits Lake Bemidji and arrives at the trail head in Lake Bemidji State Park. There you go, a nice day’s ride from your Brainerd starting point. Come visit, you should find plenty to do and enjoy. Remember…easy to find but hard to leave. For info visit: www.brainerd.com, www.paulbunyantrail.com or www.brainerdlakesareasnowmobiletrails.com

Backus, MN Mile 38.8 Backus boasts a parking lot, beachside park, running water, and lavatories all adjacent to the trail.

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

Hackensack, MN Mile 46.4 In the Hackensack area you will find public restrooms on the trail and water available. Walker, MN Mile 63.2 Walker is nestled on the western shore of giant Leech Lake and near the Chippewa National Forest. Walker is a popular destination. Benedict, MN Mile 71.0 Benedict is located just between Walker and Laporte on the Paul Bunyan Trail. It includes a rest area with pull-off, information board and picnic tables.

Photo taken by: Michelle Van Hee

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.

Laporte, MN Mile 76.2 With a population of 101, Laporte is the smallest incorporated city on all the trail. A good rest stop with parking spaces, and grocery store and a gas station/ convenience store.

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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Racing News

PirtekSnocross Nationals by Scott J. Wakefield Kicking off the Amsoil Championship Snocross Race series at the massive Canterbury Park in Shakopee in early January brought out the crowds and the best racers in the industry to battle it out for the Pro Final Saturday night as part of the PirtekSnocross Nationals.

Packed crowds were the result and hot, hot action on the track ensued. Race conditions were good as racers battled through competition for positioning placement for the final, along with all the other classes as part of the event. MnUSA was present in the indoor heated portion of the building. Representatives from MnUSA’s Region 8 manned the booth, including Jerry Hanson who did eventually get those three guys to sign up for memberships in MnUSA. Great job Jerry! As part of the event, President Wakefield was invited by CA Pro Skis Nancy Lauseng to participate in a webcast video live from the event. She posted the video on multiple levels of social media. With the help of Tim “Steady Eddie” Pommier on the camera, we were able to get across to the world how important it is that snowmobilers stay on the trails, join a club, get educated and most of all have fun. We also got across a message to our landowners on how vitally important the landowners, including our Minnesota farmers, are to snowmobiling. Included with this article are the results of the Saturday Night Pro Final. If you get a chance to catch the series in another community make sure to check them out. Exciting action isn’t that far away!

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Racing News

FINAL # Name

Hometown

Sled

Bib

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Oppdal, 16 Sorsele, AB Medford, WI Zimmermann, MN Bjurholm, AB Zimmerman, MN Kansasville, WI Ironwood, MI

Ski-Doo Polaris Polaris Ski-Doo Polaris Polaris Polaris Polaris

200 31 3 128 40 21 53 324

Elias Ishoel Emil Harr Adam Peterson Aki Pihlaja Oskar Norum Cole Cottew Kody Kamm Kyle Pallin

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

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Jacob Yurk Francis Pelletier Logan Christian Lincoln Lemieux Trent Wittwer Daniel Benham Hunter Patenaude

Grand blanc, AK ST Felicien, QC Fertile, MN Barnet, VT Bemidji, MN Deer River, MN Hartland, VT

Arctic Cat Ski-Doo Ski-Doo Ski-Doo Arctic Cat Arctic Cat Ski-Doo

727 220 43 13 115 221 8

MnUSA Application for Membership (Please check appropriate boxes.)

INDIVIDUAL / FAMILY MEMBERSHIP

$25 ONE $45 TWO YEAR YEARS

$65 THREE YEARS

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

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP

$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 ____________________

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

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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.

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MnUSA Business Supporters Sportsman Lodge Gonvick, MN 218-487-5295 REGION

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Young’s Bay Resort Angle Inlet, MN 218-223-8031 Fireside Grill Bagley, MN 218-694-2132 Galen’s Fresh Food Market & Hardware Hank Bagley, MN 218-694-6212 Gergracht Logging Bagley, MN 218-694-2132 Ballard’s Resort Baudette, MN 218-634-1849 Boreal Builders LLC Baudette, MN 218-766-9963 Cenex Co-op Services Baudette, MN 218-634-1313 Darin & Shonna Dahl Baudette, MN 218-634-1038 Howard’s Oil Co Baudette, MN 218-634-2550 Northern Sports Baudette, MN 218-634-1089 Sportsman’s Lodge Baudette, MN 800-862-8602 Walleye Capital Sanitation Baudette, MN 218-634-3151 √ Super 8 Hotel Bemidji, MN 218-751-8481 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

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Roseau County Coop Greenbush, MN 218-782-2117 Wahl Bros. Racing Inc. Greenbush, MN 218-782-2295 Shorty’s Place Gully, MN 218-268-4199 Farmers Union Oil of Grygla Grygla, MN 218-294-6117 Lost River Trails Kelliher, MN 218-647-8142 Knob & Kettle Restaurant & Lounge Laporte, MN 218-699-3403

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

Dorset Corner Liquor Park Rapids, MN 218-732-1770 Emmaville Inn, Inc. Park Rapids, MN 218-732-8544

Anchorage Inn Longville, MN 218-363-2236

Lobo’s Bar & Grill Park Rapids, MN 218-266-3611

Arrowhead Builders Supply Longville, MN 218-363-2124

Optic Connections Park Rapids, MN 612-599-0500

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

Carrot’s Auto Body Waubun, MN 218-473-2417

Ash Trail Lodge Ash River, MN 218-374-3131

VFW Post No 1757 Cook, MN 218-666-0050

Elbow Lake Store & Bar Waubun, MN 218-734-2504

Frontier Resort Ash River, MN 218-374-3311

Melrude Whistle Stop Cotton, MN 218-969-5632

Hilltop Supper Club Waubun, MN 218-473-2652

Babbitt ATV & Snowmobile Club Babbitt, MN 218-393-6853

Wilbert Café Cotton, MN 218-482-3318

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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

Lavallee Inc Longville, MN

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

√ C’Mon Inn Motel Park Rapids, MN 800-258-6891

Side Track Tap Bar & Grill Leonard, MN 218-968-2304

Docksider Longville, MN 218-363-2565

“√” Denotes Show Your Card Member Discount

Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Park Rapids, MN 218-732-4111 √ Pine Cone Lodge & Vacation Rentals Park Rapids, MN 320-491-6952

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

Up North Sports Park Rapids, MN 218-237-5670

Northern Automation Aitkin, MN 218-670-0315

Two Inlets Resort Park Rapids, MN 218-699-3632

Paulbeck’s Country Market Aitkin, MN 218-927-6919

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

Riverside Pub Aitkin, MN 218-927-3915 Security State Insurance Aitkin, MN 866-929-3712 The Landing Aitkin, MN 218-927-9998 Tire Barn Aitkin, MN 218-927-1444 VFW Post 1727 Aitkin, MN 218-927-2323 Ash River-Kabetogama Snow Drifters Ash River/ Kabetogama, MN 218-875-2841 Ash-Ka-Nam Resort Ash River, MN 800-950-1081

Lossing’s Power Sports Babbitt, MN 218-827-2635 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

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218-744-4005

218-286-5700

√ Iron Range Tourism Bureau Eveleth, MN 800-777-8497

Thunderbird Lodge International Falls, MN 218-286-3151

Super 8 - Eveleth Eveleth, MN 218-744-1661

VFW Post 2948 International Falls, MN 218-283-8777

Timber’s Edge Eveleth, MN 218-744-2627

√ Arrowhead Lodge Resort & Outfitters Kabetogama, MN 218-875-2141

The Event Center Floodwood, MN 218-591-4333

Border Guide Service Kabetogama, MN 218-324-2430

Mainline Station Floodwood, MN 218-476-2222

Kec’s Kove Resort Kabetogama, MN 800-777-8405

Neighborhood Tavern Effie, MN 218-743-3286

Eveleth Trailhawks Snowmobile Club Forbes, MN 218-780-5207

The Rocky Ledge Kabetogama, MN 218-875-3481

Christian Cavalier Ely, MN 218-820-7119

Old Muni / Udovich Bro 4C Gheen, MN

Ely Chamber Of Commerce Ely, MN 218-365-6123

Camp Bluewater Grand Rapids, MN 612-284-8261

Cromwell Sno-Gophers Inc. Cromwell, MN Riley’s Cannibal Jct Deer River, MN 218-832-3656 Effie Country Service Effie, MN 218-743-3616

Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club Ely, MN

Midland Title Grand Rapids, MN 952-250-5355

√ Grand Ely Lodge Ely, MN 218-365-6565

Mississippi Diamond Jewelers Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-6242

Joe’s Marine & Repair Ely, MN 218-365-6264

Ray’s Sport & Cycle Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9355

Kuehl’s Logging LLC Ely, MN 218-365-5504

Visit Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MN 218-326-9607

Lindsey Keen State Farm Insurance Ely, MN 763-923-4066

Arrowhead Ultra 135 International Falls, MN

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 R&R Transfer Ely, MN 218-365-2701 Tim & Monica Cunningham Ely, MN 218-365-5831 5 Seasons Sports Center Inc Eveleth, MN 218-744-5871 At Your Convenience Eveleth, MN

Boise / PCA International Falls, MN 218-285-5312 Boyum Performance International Falls, MN 218-324-0566 CH Consulting Group International Falls, MN 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 Oil International Falls, MN Rainy Lake One Stop International Falls, MN

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

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MnUSA Business Supporters Grand Timber Bank McGregor, MN 218-768-2410 Holiday Station McGregor, MN 218-768-4444

√ Cantilever Distillery & Hotel Ranier, MN 218-540-1932 Loony’s Brew Ranier, MN

Jack’s Shack McGregor, MN 218-768-3848

√ Rainy Lake Grill Ranier, MN 218-540-1002

Mac Town Cottages Air bnb McGregor, MN 218-428-8505

Ranier Municipal Liquor Ranier, MN 218-286-3343

Mark’s Bar McGregor, MN 218-426-8040 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 Northland Parts McGregor, MN 218-768-3132 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 Frontier Resort Orr, MN 218-374-3311 √ Oveson’s Pelican Lake Resort Orr, MN 218-757-3613 Palisade Super Sledders Palisade, MN

Emily Ace Hardware Emily, MN 218-763-2691

Merrifield Marathons Merrifield, MN 218-821-6208

Brothers Motorsports Baxter, MN 218-829-6656

Emily/Outing Snowbirds SC Emily, MN 763-350-8987

Rum River Sno-Riders Milaca, MN

Crow Wing Cty Snowmobile Trail Assn. Baxter, MN 218-829-8922 Cub Foods Baxter, MN Triangle Oil Co. Baxter, MN 218-829-1766

Joe Kapsch Side Lake, MN 218-235-0266

Katy & Matt Hamilton Braham, MN 218-343-5159

Hayslips Corner Talmoon, MN 218-832-3516

√ Kavanaugh’s Resort Brainerd, MN 800-562-7061

Little Turtle Lake Store Talmoon, MN 218-832-3804

Motors-N-More Brainerd, MN 218-824-2277

City of Tamarack Tamarack, MN 218-768-0975

Breezy Point Resort Breezy Point, MN 800-432-3777

Jackson’s Hole of Lawler Tamarack, MN 218-768-2162

Vintage Snowmobile Magazine Burtrum, MN 320-285-7066

Meld Electric Tamarack, MN 320-267-8918

St Augusta Blizzard Busters Snowmobile Club Clearwater, MN 320-558-6158

Village Pump Station Tamarack, MN 218-768-7867 Junction Bar & Grill Togo, MN 218-376-4687

Canvasworks Sno Caps Cokato, MN 320-559-0165 Cokato Ridge Runners Cokato, MN 612-220-4793 The Cedar Chest Crosslake, MN 218-692-2657

√ Good Ol Days Tower, MN 218-753-6097

Hillcore Plumbing Crosslake, MN 218-829-4855

√ 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

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

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Stearns County Snowmobile Assn. Albany, MN 320-250-4800 Ponto Knight Riders SC Backus, MN 218-587-3929

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

Action Graphics Baxter, MN 218-829-7958

Boondocks Bar & Grill Ray, MN 218-875-2699

Tamarack Sno-Flyers Tamarack, MN

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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

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

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 Lake Country Properties Outing, MN 218-792-5200

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

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

√ 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

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

Antique Snowmobile Club of America Stacy, MN 651-462-4497 ATVAM Stacy, MN 800-442-8826

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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

Ripley Sno-Riders Little Falls, MN 320-632-0932

√ AmericInn Sauk Centre, MN 877-352-1199

West Side Recreation Little Falls, MN 320-632-6547

BEAM Electric Sauk Centre, MN 320-352-5641

Flying Goose Campground Fairmont, MN 507-235-3458

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Holiday Inn Fairmont, MN 507-238-4771

√ Motoproz Inc. Mazeppa, MN 507-843-2855

Stateliners Snowmobile Club Kiester, MN 507-294-3174

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

Pfeffer Tree Service Mapleton MN 507-317-0595 REGION

Rich Prairie Trailbusters Club Little Falls, MN 320-630-4108

Brewsters Bar & Grill Lonsdale, MN 507-744-2370

Hutchinson Area Chamber & Tourism Hutchinson, MN 320-587-5252

Kaduce Tire Mapleton, MN 507-524-4999

√ Power Madd Wyoming, MN 651-462-8465

G&C Powers Construction LLC Rockford, MN 612-964-5406

Little Dandy Sports Bar Le Center, MN 507-357-6062

Deals & Steals Mankato, MN 507-380-0523

Westside Sports Wadena, MN 218-631-1113

Ruppert Oil Co Currie, MN 507-763-3778

Lake Front Bar & Grill Le Center, MN 507-357-4401

Thunder Bar & Restaurant Good Thunder, MN 507-278-4488

Country Line Ag Madelia, MN 507-381-5017

Trail Breakers Inc. Wadena, MN 218-6319-4766

Winter Recreation Technologies LLC Richmond, MN 812-229-3941

S&A Petroleum Lanesboro, MN 507-467-2121

Grover Farm Trucking LLC Lake Crystal, MN 507-720-8120

Pro Skinz & Design Wadena, MN 218-639-1691

√ Hilmerson Sports Center Little Falls, MN 320-632-4408

CentraSota Vintage Sledheads Glencoe, MN 320-327-2559

C & A Pro Skis Hutchinson, MN 888-321-6789

Benton County Snowmobile Club Sauk Rapids, MN

√ KC’s Saloon Pillager, MN 218-746-3328

Harry Brown’s GM & Chrysler Faribault, MN 507-332-7441

Visit Fairmont Fairmont, MN 507-235-8585

√ Sette Sports Center Owatonna, MN 507-451-6922

Action Sports Inc Marshall, MN 507-532-9649 The Great Escape, LLC Minnesota Lake, MN 507-462-3500 Darryl’s Motorsports Ormsby, MN 507-736-4131 Dranttel Sales & Service, Inc. St. Peter, MN 507-931-1363

M&M Lawn & Leisure Rushford, MN 507-864-7781 Grand Stay Hotel & Conference Center Spicer, MN 320-347-1450 Dana Heger Ins & Financial Services St. Charles, MN 507-932-3751 Pearson Backhoe St. Charles, MN 507-932-4118

D Bar Vernon Center, MN 507-549-3153 Best Western Plus & Willmar Conference Ctr Willmar, MN 320-235-6060 Allenz LLC Winnebago, MN 507-787-2383

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

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Trophy Store & More Zumbro Falls, MN 507-259-6190

J&M Parts Supply Chatfield, MN 507-867-4200 29


MnUSA Business Supporters

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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

√ Northway Sports East Bethel, MN 763-413-8988 √ Chopper City Sports Fridley, MN 763-572-2100 Prinoth Fridley, MN 612-251-4094

√ Lighthouse Motorsport & Marine Rosemount, MN 651-322-4420 Franzen Law & Policy Group St. Paul, MN √ Lettertech, Inc. St Paul, MN 651-292-0738

Lori Zimmermann State Farm Insurance Woodbury, MN 651-731-8252

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Hugo’s Bar Brimson, MN 218-848-2220

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Canary Beach Resort Villard, MN 320-554-2471

√ Minneapolis Motor Sports Minneapolis, MN 763-634-0244

DHS Grain Ltd Barrett, MN 320-815-1043

AJ’s Gas & Grocery Herman, MN 320-677-2300

Snow Thrashers of Dalton Wendell, MN 218-458-2265

Westonka Snoblazers Mound, MN 612-309-5882

Spud’s Small Engine Service & Repair Barrett, MN 320-528-2299

Runestone Telecom Assn Hoffman, MN 320-986-2013

Moorhouse Motorsports New Germany, MN 507-491-6217

Richwood Offsale Callaway, MN 218-847-6380

Brian Woodle Trucking Kensington, MN 320-815-3992

The Doublewide New Market, MN 952-461-3682

Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill Detroit Lakes, MN 218-310-4105

Cameo Properties Lake Park, MN 701-799-0420

Bruce & Melissa Illsley Duluth, MN 218-251-6443

Darin & Sherri Lind Proctor, MN 218-590-2508

Duluth Drift-Toppers Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN

Caywood Country Store Saginaw, MN 218-591-3101

Duluth Lawn & Sport Duluth, MN 218-628-3718

Hoss Construction Saginaw, MN 218-591-3829

Lake County Chamber of Commerce Two Harbors, MN 800-777-7384

Fish Lake Storage Duluth, MN 218-721-4243

Saginaw Grand Lake Station Saginaw, MN 218-345-6266

Superior Hiking Trail Assn Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2700

√ AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4300

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

Doherty’s Tavern Prior Lake, MN 952-292-5886

TH Auto Inc. Two Harbors, MN 218-834-3089

Prior Lake Snowmobile Assoc. Prior Lake, MN 952-484-3534

√ Marshall Hardware Duluth, MN 218-525-3638 The Other Place Duluth, MN 218-733-0214 Pequaywan Area Trailblazers Duluth, MN 218-591-3574

Scott & Lisa Pichette Duluth, MN 218-590-2967 Sheet Metal Solutions Duluth, MN 218-391-6582 Crooked Lake Resort Finland, MN 218-220-0211

Friends of Finland Finland, MN 218-353-0300

Washington County Star Trail Stillwater, MN 651-430-3175

Otter Country Trail Assn. Fergus Falls, MN 218-739-3708

Lutsen Trailbreakers Lutsen, MN 218-663-7305

Finland Snowmobile Club Finland, MN 218-353-7337

SBS International St Paul, MN 612-770-1752

Barrett Farm Supply Barrett, MN 320-391-1435

Billy’s Duluth, MN 218-525-3465

Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club Duluth, MN

√ Leo’s South Lakeville, MN 952-435-5371

√ CorTrust Bank Mayer, MN 952-657-2500

√ RJ Sport & Cycle Hermantown, MN 218-729-5150

Pequaywan Inn Duluth, MN 218-848-2201

Danner Sales Inver Grove Hts, MN 651-451-0121

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association

Country Corner Bar Brookston, MN 218-391-5661

Johnson Supply Co. Duluth, MN 218-722-1717

Caliber, Inc. Burnsville, MN 952-540-4709

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Maple Grove Bait Store & Lodging Finland, MN 218-353-7303 Trestle Inn Finland, MN 218-830-0523 Wildhurst Lodge & Campgrounds, Inc. Finland, MN 218-353-7337 Cook County Snowmobile Club Grand Marais, MN 218-387-9392 √ Hungry Jack Lodge Gunflint Trail Grand Marais, MN 218-388-2265

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

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

Two Harbors Federal Credit Union Two Harbors, MN 218-834-2266 Voyageur Snowmobile Club Two Harbors, MN 218-830-8089

Silver Sledders Trail Authority Silver Bay, MN 218-220-8189

√ 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

Dairy Queen of Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-8154 Detroit Lakes Express Inc Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-8049 Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-9202

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

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Silver Trail Riders Silver Bay, MN 218-226-4608

Charlie’s on Prior Prior Lake, MN 952-226-5253

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Sno-Trails Inc. Shakopee, MN 952-445-1199 √ St Boni Motor Sports St Boni, MN 952-446-1554

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

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

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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 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

√ 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 √ 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

OTHER MEMBERS Air Flare San Francisco, CA 650-796-0669 V&V Insurance Agency, Inc. Cresco, IA 563-547-2161 √ Brandin’ Iron Inn West Yellowstone, MT 800-217-4613 Texas Crossing Bar & Grill Wahpeton, ND 701-642-1991 Sledtrack Port Crane, NY 607-693-1031 √ Ultimate TransportationRecreation Fargo, ND 701-282-6060 Custom Manufacturing Clinton, WI 608-676-2282 Mag 7 Transport Ellsworth, WI 507-514-0385 Ultimate Snow Groomer drags.com Galesville, WI 608-539-4600 Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Assoc. Hayward, WI 715-945-2511 Lulich Implement Mason, WI 715-746-2477 Track Inc. Monico, WI 952-888-7372 Lakewindsonline Nekoosa, WI 612-751-4779 Arrowhead Groomers St. Germain, WI 715-479-4200 Visit Laramie Laramie, WY 800-445-5303 Brandin’ Iron Inn West Yellowstone, WY 800-217-4613


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FOR THE FUN OF IT! • Family recreation • Trail rides & club trips • Discover new trails & destinations

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• 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) • Insuring the growth and future of Minnesota snowmobiling

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QUALITY HOME & SPORTS CENTER 1910 COUNTY ROAD 61 SANDSTONE, MN QUALITYHOMESPORTSCENTER.COM

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