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Sno Plainsman South a t o k a D

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September 2011

Calendar of Events 2 President 3

President-Elect 4 On the Trails 6 ISMA 7 MaryAnne’s moment 8 BH Trails 10 Directors Reports 14-15 Minutes 16 Club Directory 27 Associate members 30 & 31 Club news 26,29,34,36 Convention 39

SDSA Convention November 4 & 5 Dakota Sioux Casino Watertown, SD

Calendar of Events 9-29-11 ATV Open House MidAmerica Motoplex Sioux Falls November 3, 2011 MidAmerica Motoplex Snowmobile Open House November 4 & 5 SDSA Convention - Dakota Sioux Casino (see ad on page 39) November 4 11 a.m. Governor’s Advisory Council 1:30 p.m. SDSA pre-convention meeting

November 5 9 a.m. - Annual Meeting 1:30 Post Convention Board of Directors meeting 7:00 p.m. Banquet November 11 & 12 Open House at Roelofsen Implement Toronto, SD January 22, 2012 Town & Country Snowdrifters Poker Run

February 18, 2012 Governor’s Ride

. Photo on the front cover features Dean Vander Hamm on the Arctic Cat. Bryon Henningsen on the Skidoo. Steve Starr, photographer.”Taken at the top of Bald Mtn in the Big Horns. We were on top of about a 50 foot deep snow drift. Steve pulled up at the bottom of the drift and yelled at us to look at him....” Submit your photos - your photo could be our cover shot someday!

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Officers and Directors

PRESIDENT Chuck Anderson P O Box 26 Viborg, SD 57070 Phone 326-5779 PRESIDENT - ELECT Greg Hiles 604 Root Ave SW DeSmet, SD 57231 Phone 854-3660 PAST PRESIDENT Duane Sutton 38459 129th St Aberdeen, SD 57401 Phone 605-229-3805 (W) 229-4105 cell 216-0804 email SECRETARY/EDITOR Mary Anne Grabow P O Box 206 Gary, SD 57237 Phone 272-5900 Fax 272-5328 TREASURER Stacy Quiram 606 Redbird Hayti, SD 57241

DISTRICT 1 DIRECTOR Dave Kennedy 3214 E Fairgrounds Loop Spearfish, SD 57783 605-645-2808 DISTRICT TWO DIRECTOR Jon LaFramboise 6717 South Canyon Rd. Rapid City SD, 57702 Home 605-342-1605, Cell 605-209-0901, Office 605-787-5187 DISTRICT THREE DIRECTOR Bill Naessig 139 Terry Drive Webster, SD 57274 (605) 265-0302 email DISTRICT FOUR DIRECTOR Brian Erickson 221 N Pleasant Ramona, SD 57054 Phone 482-8348 DISTRICT FIVE DIRECTOR Travis Watkins 400 SW 13th St Beresford, SD 57004 605-763-8911 Gene Kruger 2416 S Dartmoor Circle Sioux Falls, SD 57106 605-310-8397 DISTRICT SIX DIRECTOR Don Larson 506 E 8th Avenue Milbank, SD 57252 605-880-2502 DISTRICT SEVEN DIRECTOR Jerry Anderson 21413 460th Ave Volga, SD 57071 605-826-4179 TRAILS PROGRAM SPECIALIST Ryan Raynor 523 E Capitol Pierre, SD 57501 Phone 773-6671 BH SNOWMOBILE COUNCIL Arvid Meland 624 Ruby, Sturgis, SD 57785 720-5575 BH REGIONAL MULTIPLE USE COALITION Jean Kennedy, SDSA Rep. 3214 E Fairgrounds Loop Spearfish, SD 57783 Phone645-2808 SNOWMOBILE ADVISORY COUNCIL Gary Ulmer 42230 290th, Menno, SD 605-660-4842 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Scott Erstad, Badger SD

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Chuck Anderson

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Hard to believe summer is over and the snow season is almost upon us.

In June I went to Calgary Alberta, Canada for ISC International Snowmobile Congress. Information and Business meetings were held. South Dakota's Past President Duane Sutton was elected to the position of Midwest Chapter Chairman. Congratulations Duane! Mary Anne Grabow was reelected to Chair of the International Snowmobile Media Council. Congratulations Mary Anne! South Dakota snowmobilers are very fortunate to have people in these political positions.

Last year ended with SDSA membership up to 1060 families. Thanks to everyone who helped SDSA gain in membership. Snowmobile registrations are also on the rise up to 15437. This

could be because of a record snow season but we like to think we helped by promoting the sport of snowmobiling across the state.

SDSA will participate in the Ski-doo club support program again this year. That is where you fill out the club support donation certificate and drop it off at a Ski-doo dealership. Your club will get $10 from Ski-doo for each filled out. The program runs from Sept. 1st to Nov. 15th.

The Long Range Forecast is for the Midwest to have a heavy snow season this year according to Clubs will be busy grooming the trails again.

With membership up, registrations up, and a great snow season forecasted, snowmobilers across the state should look forward to a great riding season. Now is the time to start getting non-SDSA, and club members involved. Ask them to help preserve the sport of snowmobiling. Thanks for all you do for the sport!! Chuck

Woody's charity golf outing raised over $9,200 for Pink Ribbon RidersŠ

Hope, MI (August 29, 2011) - International Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (IEM), maker of Woody's traction products, held their 2nd Annual Golf Outing on August 19, 2011 to bring industry patrons, local businesses, and friends together in efforts to raise funds for Pink Ribbon RidersŠ (PRR).

The day started out early at Beech Hollow Golf Course in Freeland Michigan with over 120 participants. Last years 1st Annual was enjoyed by all who attended which generated more interest and double the teams signed up to play this year. As everyone arrived, they enjoyed coffee, donuts and a massage to get them ready for 18 holes of golf. Free massages were given out by Nicole Mollhagen from Your Healthy Balance of Saginaw County.

Teams throughout the day had the opportunity to win a $10,000 Hole-In-One, hole prizes and many others prizes donated for this worthy event. In addition, players dug deep into their pockets and participated in 50/50 drawings, raffles, betting hole, and a live auction. Winners of the 50/50's gave ALL their winnings back to PRR, as well the 1st and 2nd place finishers and skin winners gave back a portion to PRR. After a great day of play, teams joined under the pavilion area where they were treated to a wonderful chicken dinner prepared by Beech Hollow.

During the dinner presentation a local breast cancer patient, Sherry Stewart, was presented with a gift of $500 by Pink Ribbon Riders. Sherry was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2010. She is currently undergoing radiation treatments and will have to continue with chemotherapy once finished with the radiation. Sherry's spirits are high and she was extremely grateful to all of those who attended and made the day


Team Wixom was the 1st place team and was awarded $480 with the 2nd place team, TechMet Carbides (last years winners), getting $240. The Boice Bird and Sons team secured 3rd place and will receive new 2012 Woody's Hooded Sweatshirts. Team #60, Bouza Dairy and Nizinski teams went home with goody bags for taking 5th, 10th and last places.

"I was impressed with the support the industry gave Pink Ribbon Riders at the second annual fund raiser. The event really grew from the first year. The team at Woody's outdid themselves with hospitality and professionalism. It was a very enjoyable day, raising money for a wonderful cause. Everyone should make the time to attend next years event as they will get to see first-hand the incredible work that Pink Ribbon Riders is doing in their local communities for people who are hardest hit by a devastating disease," said Joe Mooney from Marshall Distributing. "I am thrilled to be a part of the Woody's-Pink Ribbon Riders golf outing. Woody's, a long time sponsor of Wright & Filippis racing, can always be counted on with quality traction products to put our sleds on the podium. The golf outing was nothing short of spectacular. We had a great time, raised money for a great cause, and we showed that we belong racing a sled, not on a golf course! Can't wait till next year's event," said Jim Wazny from Wright & Filippis.

Thank you to all our sponsors, prize donors, teams, volunteers, PRR, and Beech Hollow for making this a fun and successful event!

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From e Th

I've done it again! Yes, you guessed it. I waited until the last minute to write an article. It's not that I don't have a thing to write about, I just struggle with how to write an interesting article for snowmobilers to read and be glad they took the time to read it.

Believe me the thought did cross my mind to pull the file drawer open and go back a few years and copy one of my September articles and fire it off to Mary Anne and be done with it for now. I've been writing these articles for 7 or 8 years, who's going to know? Or care for that matter?

Well, I care and know you deserve better than a copied article. We are suppose to keep you informed and work for you. We don't have the luxury of knowing what each other on the Board are writing about and a lot of the time we echo each other so I'm going to dedicate my article to fundraising efforts. With continuing budget struggles for this organization there are several efforts to fund SDSA's annual budget without raising your dues.

Yes, these raffle type fundraisers are very important to the bottom line for SDSA. But the unique part of a couple of these raffles is the clubs and individuals that put the time and effort into them will be, or at least will have chances to be, rewarded as well.

One of these, alot of you are familiar with, is the SDSA 50/50 raffle. These tickets sell for $2 each with $1 going to SDSA and the other $1 going to the club that sells the ticket. SDSA puts up $1000 cash for one of the prizes and the other prizes are as follows: 2-place trailer donat-

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Greg Hiles

ed by Badger Oil and Trailer Sales; 4 jackets from each manufacturer, Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. Two - $50 gift certificates from Roelofsen Implement. Think about it for a minute - a club can earn $1 for every ticket sold with no expense. We count on your efforts and we both gain in the end.

Here's the new one and hats off to the Poinsett Pounders for including SDSA in your fundraiser. Here is the format for this fundraiser. The Pounders and SDSA are selling 1000 tickets at $20 a ticket. When the winning ticket is drawn at the SDSA Convention in November, ONE lucky winner will be $10,000.00 richer. That's right, $10,000.00 to one lucky winner! The other winners will be as follows - if all 1000 tickets are sold the club that sold the winning ticket will be rewarded $2,000.00 and SDSA and the Poinsett Pounders will earn $4,000.00 each. If all of the tickets are not sold, the last 3 groups mentioned will be paid on a percentage of sales. This will NOT affect the $10,000.00 winner. Think about this for a minute. If your club buys some of the tickets and one of those is drawn and all 1000 tickets have been sold, the club would win $10,000 plus $2,000!!! Remember you can't win if you don't play. I'm not worried. I know how snowmobilers like to play. I'm guessing all 1000 tickets will be sold.

For more information on either of these fundraisers please contact the SDSA office or myself (cell # 605-203-0318). As I mentioned earlier, SDSA is counting on your support and THANK YOU for your help!

Greg Hiles.

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International Snowmobile Hall of Fame plans big induction weekend

The weekend of September 16-18 will see a gathering of many of the most influential and well-known snowmobilers in the sport. They will come to Eagle River, WI for the annual International Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductions. The Derby Track is again presenting the "Reunion" with grass drags, vintage show and swap meet. The "Snowmobile Capitol of the World" will again fill with snowmobilers. Hall of Fame

Four new members will be inducted into the Hall. They will join 84 previously inducted snowmobilers into this prestigious Hall which was founded in 1984. Being inducted are:

Wayne Davis from Minneapolis, MN. Wayne's photography has captured the joy and essence of snowmobiling for over 30 years. It helps that Wayne is an avid snowmobiler himself and that enthusiasm shows in his photos that can be seen in magazines, on billboards and on television. His passion for the sport shows in his photos. Bill Manson from Rockford, MI. Bill has been the voice and source of guidance for snowmobiling in Michigan since 1982. He has been instrumental in the creation and administration of numerous programs and trail developments and currently serves as Executive Director of the Michigan Snowmobile Association. Les Pinz from Isle, MN. Les can count 46 years of active snowmobile enthusiasm. Starting as a teen at his father's dealership, first Les raced, winning numerous honors on the track. Following that, he got involved in the club, county and state levels of organized snowmobiling. His collection of sleds numbers well over 100. His joy now is educating others about the history of the sport. Gordon Radtke from Wausau, WI. Gordy has spent a lifetime with Bombardier in their service department. Also and avid snowmobiler, his knowledge of the product and service has earned him the distinction of being the "go-to" person for dealers and magazine editors. Groomer of the Year In this category, there are three groomer operators who have been nominated by their respective state snowmobile associations. These are the unsung heroes that volunteer their time and energy to create the smooth trails we ride.

They are:

Ron Benson from Timron, CO nominated by the Colorado Snowmobile Association.

Wayne Aune from Fairdale, ND nominated by the North Dakota Snowmobile Association

Gary Hilgendorf from Tomahawk, WI nominated by the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs. Club of the Year

Club of the year will be awarded to the Trailmates Snowmobile Club of Wausau, WI. This club, which has 168 very active volunteer families, was organized in 1968, grooms 80 miles of local trails, has their own groomer shed and clubhouse, partners with over a dozen charities and puts on Wisconsin's largest grass drag race every fall to start the new season. World Championship Snowmobile Derby Hall of Fame

Last the first ten winners of the World Championship Race were inducted. For this year the class of 2011 will induct the next thirteen winners. These are the drivers from 1976 through 1992 and are: Ed Schubitzke Steve Thorsen Bob Elsner Jacques Villeneuve Brad Hulings Jim Dimmerman Michael Gingras Chuck Decker Bobby Donahue Bruce Vessair Dave Wahl Greg Goodwin Gary Vessair

Most of these racers will be attending the weekend festivities that include the Reunion at the Derby Track with grass drags and a large show and swap meet. They will meet on Saturday afternoon at the Derby Track for photos and autographs.

All snowmobilers are invited to attend the weekend events. The inductions will be held at the Eagle River Inn the evening of September 17. For more information contact: Tom Anderson 800-746-8963

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Hello again!

On the Trails

Ryan Raynor, Trails Specialist

What a crazy summer it's been in Pierre. It's no secret the flood flight of 2011 has occupied the lives of residents of the Pierre and Ft. Pierre area along with many other communities nestled close to the mighty Mo.

Not only have Pierre residents fought the flood we also had to survive a whopping 3.4 magnitude earthquake. Obviously not the biggest earthquake in the world but when your building starts to shake along with the random objects which happened to be sitting on your desk, it was definitely a shock to everyone. Soon there after we all formulated our non-scientific guesses as to what just happened. The most popular theory being a vehicle must have hit our building. Nobody however guessed the real or scientific earthquake whose epicenter was literally in Pierre.

Shannon and I have once again had a busy summer. Reroutes are always at the top of our "Things to do" list and that subject alone has kept Shannon busy. The Economic Impact Study has been at the top of my list and progress on that final report continues. The University of South Dakota has been charged with crunching the data and developing the report. I look forward to introducing this report during the state snowmobile convention in Watertown later this year.

In mid August GFP met with the Governor appointed Snowmobile Advisory Council in Pierre. The main topics for discussion at this meeting were to review the final numbers from the fiscal year 2011 budget, review the current budget or our fiscal year 2012 budget, recommend the fiscal year 2013 budget, and approve the 2011-2012 Grant-in-Aid package. The biggest news coming from the Grant in Aid program comes from the towns of Miller and Mitchell. The James Valley Drift Skippers from Mitchell will help sign and groom around 50 miles of trails from Mitchell to the Heartland Trail. The Hand County Sno-Goers from Miller had their application for a trail system approved by the advisory council as well. Many of you may remember there was once a trail system in this area a few years ago. Both additions will be great for snowmobiling on the eastern side of the state. As a reminder these grants and the snowmobile budget in general come from three main sources of revenue including 2 year license, gas tax, and 3% excise tax on the purchase price of new and used snowmobiles. Another big topic for discussion at this August meeting

was the status of our current fleet of Sno-Cats in the state. At some point in time everybody who has ever been involved with grooming has probably experienced grooming with a steel tracked Sno-Cat. These machines while in their hay day were valuable pieces of equipment are now obsolete due to the movement to rubber tracks. After further discussion the council agreed it was in the programs best interest to remove the remaining 5 steel tracked groomers from the states fleet as quickly as possible. Pursuing two Sno-Cats both this year and next will not only help to remove the remaining steel tracked machines, it will also help to lessen the number of hours on the machines which are transferred from the Black Hills to clubs who operate out of the GIA program from year to year.

While summer continues to pass I can't help but look forward to another year of winter. South Dakota has been blessed with strong snow years back to back and the sports popularity has definitely shined because of the great snow conditions as South Dakota has around 2,500 more registered snowmobiles starting in July then we did that same time the previous year.

Until next month!

Ryan Raynor

50/50 FUNDRAISER $2.00 each

Prizes: $1000 cash - SDSA a 2 place trailer - Badger Oil 2 $50 Gift Certificates Roelefson Implement Ski-Doo Jacket - BRP US Inc. Arctic Cat Jacket - Arctic Cat Inc. Polaris Jacket - Polaris Ind. Yamaha Jacket - Yamaha Motor

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Snowmobile Community Enjoys a Growing 2010-2011 Season HASLETT, MI, JUNE 7, 2011 -

The snowmobile manufacturers are pleased to join the snowmobile community in announcing the 2010-2011 sales results and more.

Worldwide Sales: The worldwide snowmobile sales increased 10% to 123,063 new snowmobiles sold in North America, Europe, and Russia. The sales breakdown is as follows:

US Sales: New snowmobile sales in the United States showed a 5% increase with 51,796 snowmobiles being sold. The average price of a new snowmobile was $8,397.00 showing a slight decrease in price due to continuing efforts by the manufacturers to achieve economies of scale and provide quality products at the best possible price.

Canadian Sales: New snowmobile sales in Canada also showed an increase of approximately 8% to 40.878 new units sold. The average price of a new snowmobile in Canada was $9,361.00 per unit, a slight decrease in price from the previous year.

Europe and Russia Sales: New snowmobiles sold in Europe and Russia showed an increase of 20% to 30,389 new units sold.

Parts, Garments and Accessories sales: PG&A sales for the manufacturers in North America were up approximately 7%.

Registered Snowmobiles Increase: To underscore the continued growth of the community, ISMA is pleased to announce that in the United States for 2011, there were 1,550,158 registered snowmobiles. That is an increase of last year's number of 1,500,000. Registered snowmobiles in Canada totaled 602,902 compared to last year's total of 582,134.

Registered snowmobiles in the European community continue to increase and it is now estimated there are 530,000 registered snowmobiles in Europe.

Economic Demand Determinants Support Growth: The key determinants of demand which supported the increases were the availability of snow and cold weather. There has also been slight change in the population segment purchasing snowmobiles, with an increase in interest by the Millennial Generation (Generation Y) who are between 19-35 years of age. There are more than 80 million "Generation Y" residents in the United States - equaling the Baby Boomer Generation in numbers.

Ed Klim, ISMA President

The ISMA report shows the following survey results for 2011: Average age of a snowmobiler is 43 years of age. The median age however is beginning to track lower - highlighting the fact that additional Y Generation customers are entering the market.

Approximately 65% of first time buyers purchase a used snowmobile.

The average snowmobiler rode 1,141 miles - a 10% increase from last year.

The majority of individuals that snowmobile in North America are club members and/or association members. These active, involved outdoor enthusiasts build the trails and support snowmobiling freedoms and access. They are also active charity fundraisers and raised over $3 million dollars for national charities.

Go Snowmobiling website: The website reported an increase in visitation with over 3 million visitors to the site. Approximately 18% of those visitors (600,000) do not own a snowmobile but are expressing a great deal of interest in owning a snowmobile and going snowmobiling. This positively reflects on the long-term trend line showing an increase in snowmobiling as a recreational family activity in the winter. Individuals have discovered that people snowmobile to a. b. c.

view beautiful scenery, to be with friends and family, to get away from the usual demands of life and be close to nature.

This sincere desire for freedom was underscored at the last International Snowmobile Congress, which embraces freedom for all men and women in pursuing their goals and objectives in life and their recreational pursuits.

The positive growth in the industry and the optimism shown at the 43rd Annual International Snowmobile Congress held in Calgary, Alberta was enlightening. The continued broad based growth of the snowmobile community is highlighted by the fact that most states and provinces are continuing to see expansion of their clubs' membership numbers and new trails being developed which support the positive economic impact and job growth for the rural community that snowmobiling provides. Economic impact studies generated by Universities worldwide show that snowmobiling is growing in importance as part of the overall economic engine and job growth for winter tourism. Estimates show that snowmobiling now generates more than $28 Billion dollars worth of economic activity.

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Mary Anne’s Moment Mary Anne Grabow, Editor Greetings from the SDSA office! It’s 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening. I’m trying to proofread the Sno Plainsman, get it print ready and get it off to the printers. I have a busy weekend ahead of me and I want this issue behind me now!

To say that this has been a tough issue, is an understatement. The office computer crashed on the 4th of August, if my memory serves me correctly. I got a new system which is wonderful to work with on the 18th of August, approximately. When I started to layout the newspaper, the program that I create the Sno Plainsman on locked up. Contacted tech support and they said that the version that we own was too old to work well with the newer operating system on my new computer. So, guess who had to order a download of an update?! Which means that I’m learning how the new program works too. So, if something doesn’t look quite right, I am so sorry but I did the best that I could for a crash course on learning the new program! And believe me, it was indeed a crash course!

The office phone is beginning to ring off the hook which tells me it’s Snowmobile season again. That means it’s time to prepare for convention, time to renew your memberships, and time for your clubs to start sending in articles and photos for publication. And what else does it mean? Time to plan your winter snowmobiling trips! See? There has to be a fun side to the season starting, too. I know how much my directors enjoy writing articles....and I also know that Shannon Percy really LOVES writing his article each month. He thinks it’s so much fun that I’m pretty sure I heard him volunteer for a second column ....wait, maybe that isn’t what he said. I could have heard that one wrong, I guess.

The latest that we’ve heard on the RTP funding which was scheduled to end September 30th is that the House of Representatives passed a six month extension which would continue programs like RTP. It will now go to the Senate to be discussed and amended, then on to a vote. (This was as of September 14th). At this point, the RTP funding, the funding source that we use for our trails and maintenance, appears to be extended through March. Comment periods will be coming and we’ll keep you posted as to when we need your input! You’ll notice that I have deadlines listed for you to have your memberships in if you want your membership cards early in the season. I’ll say it again while I have your attention ~ have your membership lists in by October 1 if you want your cards by the convention. (I’ll hand them out at convention). If your club doesn’t WANT your membership cards (and some clubs do not), let me know that too! There is no sense in printing them if you throw them in the trash anyway!

If only you had called M a r y A n n e

I hope to see you at convention in Watertown this year. The information about convention is on page 39 of the Sno Plainsman. I’m sure that the Pounders will show us all a good time.

And what’s happened at the Grabow’s since last we talked? Let’s see, we have grandbaby number two on the way. DJ will have a sibling sometime in November. That’s pretty exciting. You all know how much I enjoy my grandchild! DJ’s learned a lot more words over the summer and it’s fun seeing how quickly he is putting together sentences.

We’re adding another son-in-law to the family. Jessi (our well known daughter who loves to be hypnotized - if you remember the whale story and the speeding pink volkswagen) will be getting married July 28th to Brent. Brent & Jessi have been friends for somewhere around six years but they haven’t dated that whole time. We’re excited about the wedding. Our nephew is getting married this summer too so it will be a fun summer for us!

Mary Anne

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Taylor Hiles receives SDSA Scholarship Taylor H i l e s , daughter of Greg & Diane Hiles and Marcia Hiles of DeSmet, SD was awarded the SDSA Scholarship this year. Taylor is a member of the Town & Country Snow Drifters and a graduate of DeSmet High School. She is attending Northern State University majoring in Elementary Education. The scholarship winner is selected by the scholarship committee. The committee doesn’t know who has submitted applications. They have the numbered essays to rank by number and then when they submit the winner to the office, Mary Anne determines whose essay was chosen. This year, Taylor’s sister, Chelsea Hiles was able to surprise Taylor by presenting the scholarship award at DeSmet’s Awards Ceremony. Chelsea and Taylor are pictured on a snowmobile trip above. Chelsea is a past scholarship recipient as well. The following is Taylor’s winning essay:

Snowmobiling is a high priority in my life. I have experienced it all: from marking trails, safety courses, grass drag races, poker runs, Governor’s rides, state & national conventions, and club meetings. Ever since I can remember, I have been involved in snowmobiling. Winter is a season I look forward to every year. Snowmobiling is a great winter sport that draws in all kinds of visitors to the Black Hills. The trail system of the Black Hills is beyond compare. Also, the hundreds of miles of marked & groomed East River trails provide for winter recreation statewide for snowmobilers. The economic impact of snowmobiling in South Dakota is an important part of our economy. Snowmobiling is a great way to get family & friends together for a good time. I have been on several family trips over the years. Sometimes we have had up to six or seven families on a trip, which makes for a great time. Most kids want to go to a beach for spring break, but I cannot wait to go with my family to the mountains for break. Signing trail is something my older sister, dad & I have done together for years. I have been signing since I was big enough to wiggle the posts out of the ditches in the spring and attempting to shove them in the ground during the fall months. I have attended safety courses when I was younger. Our snowmobile club used to host grass drags, and I remember working

in the concessions with my older sister and other club members. I have been present at numerous Governors rides where my dad is a red bibber. Our club has also hosted the state convention a couple times and I have attended the state convention many other times as well as the ISC when hosted by South Dakota. Conventions are a great way to get to know other snowmobilers from around the state. I have participated in the Ride for the Ribbon, a fundraiser to find a cure for breast cancer. It is awesome that snowmobilers take it upon themselves to raise so much money for a cause that has affected so many people, as well as our family. I look forward to our family snowmobile trips during my college years. If the opportunity would arise to be able to serve as a SDSA board member with my sister, I would take it. I would like to stay involved in snowmobiling and, hopefully, have a family that I can bring up into the snowmobiling traditions.

THANK YOU I would like to say "THANK YOU" to SDSA for the scholarship I was awarded this spring. It will be helpful towards tuition at Northern State University in Aberdeen where I will be studying Elementary Education and Special Education. Again, Thanks!!! Taylor Hiles

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Black Hills Trails S h a n n o n

Hello everyone,

P e r c y

District Trails Supervisor

It is hard to believe we are on the front door to another snowmobile season. I have been working on several different projects for the snowmobile trail system this summer. We have been working closely with the USDA Forest Service to ensure the snowmobile trail system has a place in the Hills due to the Mountain Pine Beetle problems.

The reroutes have been submitted to the Forest Service and I have approvals for all the northern routes. The trail system will look somewhat different because of trails being removed and rerouted. Trail #2 (south loop) will be removed because of planned haul routes for logging trucks. There are so many logging units in this area we were unable to find another route to connect back up to trail #7. This is going to put a lot of strain on the 2 and 5 routes that connects the east to the rest of the trail system. The loggers are going to use FS roads 231 and the 206 roads to bring the logs out of the forest. The second

Grabow Photography Gary, S. D. 605-272-5278

reroute on trail #2 is we connected Black Fox up and around Crooks Tower to the 189 road. This will put a loop back into the trail so we are not deadheading just to Black Fox.

Some other notable changes to the system this year is 11F no longer exists. Dampier Lodge has closed their doors and does not plan to reopen. Buckhorn Bar and Grill will not be affected by this change. If you are out enjoying the trails in the Hills this year keep in mind, the trail could change location or run through an active logging unit.

We are looking forward to the up coming year and hope snowfall is bountiful wherever you reside. The Black Hills has seen several good years of plentiful snowfall and I hope that you get an opportunity to come out and play in the Hills.


Committees 2010-2011

Government Relations 1.Duane Sutton 2.Chuck Anderson 3.Scott Erstad Scholarship 1.Bill Naessig 2.Travis Watkins 3.Don Larson

By Laws & Right to Ride 1.Greg Hiles 2.Duane Sutton 3.Chuck Anderson BHRMUC 1.Jean Kennedy

Call us for quotes on your photo needs! Weddings Families Seniors

Safety 1.Brian Erickson 2.Jerry Anderson 3.Gene Kruger

Grants 1.Marie Cooper 2.Chuck Anderson 3.Kim Raap 4.Mary Anne Grabow

Nominating All SDSA Clubs

Membership/Website 1 Greg Hiles 2 Travis Watkins 3 Scott Erstad 4 Stacey Quiram

Awards 1.Travis Watkins 2.Gene Kruger 3.Brian Erickson

Convention 1.Don Larson 2.Jerry Anderson 3.Scott Erstad

Fundraiser/Raffle 1. Greg Hiles 2. Travis Watkins 3. Jon LaFramboise Hall of Fame Board of Directors

Governor’s Ride 1. Dave Kennedy 2. Jon LaFramboise 3. Travis Watkins 4. Mary Anne Grabow 5. Jean Kennedy Charities 1. Don Larson 2. Jerry Anderson 3. Bill Naessig

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Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee supports Recreational Freedom

HASLETT, MI, JUNE 29, 2011 - The Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee (FOSPAC) was initiated by the snowmobile community in response to our desire to continue the family snowmobiling tradition we have created here in the United States. Snowmobiling access is consistently under attack and demonized by members of the environmental and anti-freedom groups across the country. An important ingredient in keeping our recreation of choice vibrant is to participate in the US political system. Our political system allows and requests all Americans to participate actively in their government and in the selection of those individuals whom represent our beliefs and philosophies in Washington DC. Our Federal elected Representatives and Senators should be our voice in Washington DC when policies are introduced that impact on our lives. Those same Federal elected officials have oversight responsibilities on the various agencies that impact on snowmobiling. Those agencies include but are not limited to: Department of the Interior, National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, etc. The Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee serves as a vehicle enabling us to contribute personal funds in a collective nature to support Federal political candidates. All of the


officials make decisions that can affect our lives and our livelihoods. Their decisions influence everything from the size of our tax bills to land preservation, to the course of our industry and recreation. Decide now to tell them we are listening and that we want them to listen as well.


Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee is a registered multi-candidate political action committee that supports candidates for federal office. Through your voluntary contributions you can make your voice heard in the halls of Congress.


can contribute to the Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee by sending a personal check. Your contribution will be pooled with others to be distributed by the committee.

Contributors to the Friends of Snowmobiling Political

Action Committee are restricted to citizens of the United States. Contributions will not be accepted from corporate funds, federal contractors or individuals who have exceeded federal contribution limits.


Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee provides voluntary financial support to federal political candidates and committees espousing or reflecting policies and principles supporting the growth and development of the snowmobiling industry. Employees and Members are free to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions to the committee are not deductible for income tax purposes.

funds collected are then presented to candidates that presently serve in the US House of Representatives or Senate or those who wish to serve in that capacity and are "Friends of Snowmobiling." FOSPAC supports individuals who share our values and support responsible recreational access and freedom to enjoy our public lands.

In many ways, our freedoms are being attacked and this is an important time to challenge those that would take away your freedom. We encourage you to donate any amount you can to FOSPAC and be rest assured the money will be assimilated with other FOSPAC contributions and be put to good use supporting Federal candidates who support our freedoms and enjoyment of the great outdoors on our public lands. The 2012 elections will be very important and your participation in FOSPAC will be helpful. Please fill out the form below and send it back with your contribution to: Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee 1640 Haslett Road, Suite 170 Haslett, MI 48840

Elected officials make decisions that can affect our lives and our livelihoods. Their decisions influence everything from the size of our tax bills to land preservation, to the course of our industry and recreation. Decide now to tell them we are listening and that we want them to listen as well.

The Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee is a registered multi-candidate political action committee that supports candidates for federal office. Through your voluntary contributions you can make your voice heard in the halls of Congress.

You can contribute to the Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee by sending a personal check. Your contribution will be pooled with others to be distributed by the committee. Contributors to the Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee are restricted to citizens of the United States. Contributions will not be accepted from corporate funds, federal contractors or individuals who have exceeded federal contribution limits.

The Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee provides voluntary financial support to federal political candidates and committees espousing or reflecting policies and principles supporting the growth and development of the snowmobiling industry. Employees and Members are free to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions to the committee are not deductible for income tax purposes.Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee My personal check for $____________________ is enclosed, payable to Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee.

Please use my contribution at the Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committees discretion.

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D I R E C TO R ’ S R E P O RT S Districts 1 -2-3-4

Greetings District 1,

Another g r e a t summer is winding down. We had lots of things going on, with something almost every weekend. Yesterday was moving in day at BHSU and Kool Deadwood Nites finished another great weekend of festivities. We hosted a club BBQ at our house with small attendance but a good time was had by all. We handed out raffle ticket

District One Director Dave Kennedy Spearfish, SD

books and managed to sell a few. Remember, your club gets to keep a $1 for every 50/50 raffle ticket they sell. Don't forget to buy a raffle ticket for the prize that the Poinsett Pounders are giving away. The grand prize $10,000! These prizes will be given away at the SDSA Convention in November. It is hard to think about getting the sleds ready for another season when it is 93 degrees outside! But the snow will be flying before we know it. Dave

District Three Director Bill Naessig Webster, SD

Greetings fellow snowmobilers!

What a great summer it has been. I hope your club had a get-together this summer, & I hope you attended & supported this event. It's fun to keep in touch with each other year around, not just during the riding season.

We had a blast at the Day County Trailblazer Annual camp-out.Lots of food, fun, pontoon rides, campfires & a few adult beverages.

I'm going to keep this brief because honestly I can't come up with anything original or remotely interesting that is snowmobile related right now in August.

Plan to attend the SDSA convention at the Dakota Sioux Casino. The Poinsett Pounders do a great job at any event they put on, and I expect nothing less than a fantastic convention which will be one to remember! SEE YOU THERE! Bill Naessig

District Four Director Brian Erickson Ramona, SD Howdy fellow snowmobilers. As we have made our way through a hot summer, the half-blooded Norwegian that I am, is looking forward to fall and winter riding. Speaking of which I need to get the sled in shop and get it fixed due to a "ghost-rider" incident at the winter youth safety training our club hosted in DeSmet. Maybe I can get help fixing it from some "certain friends" - Jay??? Within our District 4, I would like to congratulate the Hand County Sno-Goers on re-establishing a trail in the Miller area. It is great to see renewed activity with the trail in this area. Please watch for the location of this area on the new "SD Snowmobile Trails Map" coming this fall. We look forward to utilizing this trail in the future. I would also like to congratulate Duane Sutton on being elected Midwest Chapter Chairman of International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) and Mary Anne Grabow on being elected to the International Snowmobile Media. It is nice to see local people representing us at the international level. I want to remind everyone to renew their membership in SDSA, of which we presently have 1,059 members across the state. Presently, there are 15,544 sleds licensed in South Dakota. In addition, I would like to encourage you to contact fellow friends and ask them to join your local club and SDSA. The 2012 Governor's Ride is coming up February 18, 2012. I know it is a ways away, but I thought I would inform you that the ride format will be changing this year. I think the new change will be exciting and adventurous (as long as I get my biscuits and gravy). More details will be forthcoming in the future. Until next time, Brian

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D I R E C TO R R E P O R T S District - 5- 6- 7

District Five Director Gene Kruger Sioux Falls, SD

Greetings from Sioux Falls As I am writing this, School has started, temperatures are cooling down at night, and the flood waters starting to recede, reminds me that winter and snowfalls are not that far away. Now is a good time to start to think about preparing your winter equipment. I have always found it is easier to work on these when it is still warm, than when it is freezing out. With fall right around the corner, clubs will be preparing for the upcoming season. The Sno-trackers held its annual picnic which includes taking all of our signs apart and preparing the trailers for the upcoming season. We end the day with a cookout and refreshments.

Some of the upcoming events are Haydays on the 11th and 12th of September. The Sno-trackers will be hosting its annual Steak fry on September 24th. Keep in mind the convention in November as the Poinsett Pounders are promising to put on the best yet.

I would like to extend a big thank you to the Town and Country club for sponsoring the Governors ride in February. They have planned some changes for the ride which I feel will make this an event you won't want to miss. Open houses will be coming as well. They are a great place to recruit new members. Till next month, so long Gene Kruger

Greetings from District Seven

District Six Director Don Larson Milbank, SD

Snowmobile season is here. Get those snowmobiles out of hiding and check them over. The first snowfall could be any day now. Summer is over so get the fall membership drives started. Fall meetings are always better because people tend to forget what happened last winter , so you can juice it up a bit SDSA works very hard to protect snowmobiling for the entire year. You can do your part by being a member of SDSA.

The yearly convention will soon be here. I know the Poinsett Pounders are planning for an exciting meeting in Watertown. Please register early so they can do the Dealer open planning. house promotions will also be starting. Please support your dealers for their efforts to keep snowmobiling a special winter activity.

District Seven Director Jerry Anderson Volga SD

Wow where has the summer gone as it starts to get a little cooler I have been getting the urge to get our trails ready for another years great riding.

I have been to Pierre for our August meeting and the clubs have their proposals in for trails for this year. Some work is being done to the paint on the Groomer that the Poinsett Pounders have. I attended a club meeting of the Poinsett Pounders last week and they are working hard to put on a first class Convention up by Watertown this year please make sure you put that on your calendar because they are planning on raising the bar again. The 50/50 tickets have been printed and are available for sale again what a Good fundraiser for the SDSA and the local clubs. Also tickets are available for the Everyone Wins Fundraiser that also will help one state club and SDSA, and also

Last year e w recognized t w o clubs for extra efforts helping others at the annual meeting. SDSA would like to continue this recognition this year. Poinsett Pounders and Town and Country Snow Drifters were recognized for going the extra mile to help others last year. I would like to recognize your club for that special project or giving support to a member that can use a boost, but I have to know about it. I am generally aware of some things that have happened but I need you to send more information on what you did to me or the SDSA office. There are no rules or prizes just the acknowledgment of your friends for a job well done. Don

a lucky winner who will win $10,000 when their name is drawn.

I went out to the shed the other day and fired up the sleds and checked out a few things that I was thinking about doing before winter was officially here.

As I was driving home from church today I saw that some of the trail that had a lot of water on it all summer is drying up enough to be a trail again what a relief. Jerry Anderson

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SDSA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes May 21, 2011

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors of South Dakota Snowmobile Association May 21, 2011 Foss Building, Pierre, SD.

President Elect Greg Hiles called the meeting to order at 12:40 p.m.Roll call was called. Present: Chuck Anderson (by phone), President;Greg Hiles, President-Elect; Dave Kennedy; Brian Erickson; Gene Kruger, Jerry Anderson, Scott Erstad; Stacey Quiram, Treasurer & Mary Anne Grabow, Secretary. Absent were: Duane Sutton, Jon LaFramboise, Bill Naessig, Travis Watkins & Don Larson.

Guests included Diane Hiles & Todd Wilkinson, Town & Country; Gary Ulmer, Advisory Council; Todd Sprang & Dug Weelborg, Poinsett Pounders; Russ Johnson, Trailbusters; Nancy Anderson, Brookings; Jean Kennedy, Spearfish; Shannon Percy & Ryan Raynor ,GFP; Bruce Hintz, Rochford. Dave made the motion & Brian seconded to approve the agenda. Carried.

Scott made the motion and Gene seconded to approve the minutes. Carried.

Jerry made the motion and Gene seconded to approve the financial reports. Carried.

President's Report: Chuck reported on the fly in - and said that 30-40 legislators signed to continue the RTP funds. Increased membership this year. Snow conditions were excellent. 13,080 registered snowmobiles. 16 reported accidents. $55,051 charity funds collected including over $45,000 from the Pounders Ride for the Ribbon. 7 Safety courses were held -with 54 graduates.

Office/Sno Plainsman: Mary Anne reported that ad sales will end up relatively where they were last year and that approx. $6400 will be saved on printing/postage for the Sno Plainsman this season as opposed to last season. The board asked Dug Weelborg to get some quotes on a new computer for Mary Anne for laying out the newspaper. Gov Ride, Government Relations, Convention, Bylaws Right to Ride, Safety, Charity, & ACSA all had no reports at this meeting. Membership is currently at 1040.

BHRMUC. Jean gave a report on the issues that have been discussed at recent meetings. Comment period is open on Yellowstone until sometime in June.

Trails Specialist: Ryan reported that SDOHVAC has reorganized & is working towards a state trail system.

Scholarship - Taylor Hiles was awarded this year's scholarship. Budget was discussed -

Membership year - Much discussion has been held on changing the year to correspond with our snow season. Would need IRS approval to change the fiscal year.Scott made a motion that membership year remain as is. Jerry seconded. Approved. Membership year runs July 1 - June 30.

Fundraising: 50/50 - Badger Oil has stepped up with the trailer again this year. Roelefsen's have agreed to donate as well. Manufacturers have to be contacted yet. Tickets will be available at the August meeting. Monday night fundraiser (football) is ready to go. Booklets were handed out to be sold.

Poinsett Pounders introduced a fundraiser entitled "EVERYONE WINS". One winner will be guaranteed $10,000. Drawing held at convention. SDSA will receive a $4000 donation if all tickets are sold. The club that sells the winning ticket will receive $2000. Gene made a motion and Brian seconded to endorse the fundraiser. Approved.

Skidoo Million $ campaign. Town & Country Snowdrifters are challenging clubs to donate the $$$ they received on this program to SDSA at convention! Governor's Ride:

Suggestions to change format - 9 - 9:30 for a brunch. Introductions - and then divide to experience the ride. Much discussion was held. No decisions were made. Town & Country is interested in bidding the Governor's Ride and will submit a bid soon. A conference call will then be needed to act on the bid. Meeting adjourned at 1:27 p.m.

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•Nominations for President Elect and directors (may be made from the floor at convention as well) •District 2, 4 & 6 Directors

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Why should YOU join SDSA?

SDSA promotes trails and your right to ride. SDSA keeps you posted on changing legislation that could affect our right to ride in the national forests. Our lobbyist gives us a voice in State & National Government. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

Benefits as a member include: Membership in a local club. State and local trail maps. A quality newspaper, 7 issues a year. Activities, snodeos, club rides and poker runs.SDSA dues Access to monthly meetings. $20 Life & Disability Insurance. Safety Courses by certified instructors.

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Hibbert to Defend Pro Points Championship aboard ProCross Race Chassis

Thief River Falls, Minn. (9/10/11) – The official start to winter kicked off today at the largest snowmobile event in the world – Haydays. Thousands of loyal Team Arctic race fans were treated to the first unveiling of the all-new 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled. 70’s fashion Icon, Cat Girl unveiled the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 and conducted a walk-around with Performance Product Team Manager Troy Halvorson. Halvorson said the all-new Sno Pro 600 will build upon last season’s winning success and the success of the recently introduced ProCross chassis. Key highlights include:

• All new ProCross Race chassis – Stronger and lighter than 2011 Sno Pro 600 • 600R race engine with 40mm Mikuni rack style TM carbs w/TPS • Front Arctic Race Suspension (ARS) – with Fox Float X Evol Shox

• All-new Race Slide Action rear suspension equipped with Fox Racing Shox

• 1.7-in. Snocross track or 1.25-in. Cobra 2-ply Cross Country track

• Arctic Drive System (ADS) with magnesium chaincase and all-new Torque Overloading Sensing (TOS) bottom sprocket •

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“Racing has been a strong cornerstone of Arctic Cat’s heritage and brand. An arena we have consistently used for testing and development. It’s our commitment to race the ProCross chassis and show the world that our consumers can buy the same snowmobile to conquer the world’s toughest terrain,” said Brad Darling, GM Snow Division.

Defending his ISOC Pro Points Championship Title, Tucker Hibbert will race the full season aboard the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 as well as compete for his sixth-consecutive ESPN Winter X Games gold medal. If he wins, Hibbert will become the only athlete in the history of Winter X to six-peat. Hibbert has competed every year since 2000 and currently holds 10 medals, six of which are gold. Arctic Cat CEO Claude Jordan stated, “Our talented engineers have built our best Sno Pro race sled to date, and that says a lot considering we won every major race or championship title last season. It’s going to be a tough year for our competition, but an even better year for our Team Arctic race fans!”

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2012 Polaris 600 IQ® Race Sled Features Proven, Race-Winning Suspension Calibration

Polaris snowmobile racers head into the new racing season with a leg up on the competition as the 2012 Polaris 600 IQ® Race Sled features race-ready suspension calibration that carried Polaris racers to podium finishes in the second half of last season. The 2012 Polaris 600 IQ Race Sled also features the powerful, title-winning Liberty 600 engine and a white hood with retro graphics that were featured on Polaris production and racing sleds in the 1970s and ‘80s. Plus, technology developed through racing is now enhancing the riding experience of enthusiasts. The Independent Front Suspension (IFS) that provides easy steering and responsive handling in the race sled is now used on several model year 2012 Polaris consumer snowmobiles.

Polaris Snowmobile Racing Manager Tom Rager, Sr., said the race sled’s suspension setup was fine-tuned throughout last season and delivered outstanding performance, so racers will take delivery of 2012 race sleds that are ready to hit the track.

“We have Ben Hayes, who previously worked with Fox Racing Shox and Walker Evans Racing, as our in-house suspension specialist, and he worked really hard on setups last season,” Rager said. “Working closely with our racers, he came up with an incredible setup that two teams used in last season’s final four or five races.

“We continued testing and development with our racers after the season and made further calibration changes so the front and rear suspensions are better than ever, and we’re going to continue to move forward.”

The current setup features revised shock valving and stiffer rear torsion springs than racers started with on the 2011 Race Sled.“It delivers improved performance because the suspension is compliant through high speed bumps, and when the sled comes off doubles or table tops, the sled absolutely goes straight,” Rager said. “We gain speed through the rough sections because the sled stays so straight.”

The Independent Front Suspension (IFS) has proved to be so durable and delivers such easy, responsive handling that it is featured on several model year 2012 Polaris production sleds such as RUSH models, Switchback models and Switchback Assaults. This IFS design requires less steering effort, and provides flatter cornering. Racers will stay fresher throughout a race and be able to run at maximum speed from start to finish.Consumers will also stay fresher and be able to ride hander longer. The 2012 Polaris 600 IQ Race Sled was developed as a snocross sled, but extensive additional testing was done to fine-tune a chassis setup for cross-country racing. Crosscountry racers who want to campaign this sled will receive information about how to adjust their shock valving and springs to achieve premium terrain performance. 2012 600 IQ Race Sled Details The 2012 IQ Race Sled is built on the Polaris-exclusive IQ®

Chassis, which is strong, durable and lightweight. Designed for maximum efficiency, the chassis’ part count is minimized and advanced assembly techniques are used to produce the strongest bonds among components. As a result, Polaris racers compete on sleds featuring maximized structural rigidity and the performance and durability required to win championships. The IFS uses Walker Evans® Aluminum IFP (Internal Floating Piston) 16-position compression-adjustable shocks with piggyback reservoirs and has 10.3" (26.2 cm)of travel.

The IQ® Rear Suspension has a Walker Evans Coil Over Shock as the front track shock, and the rear track shock is a Walker Evans Aluminum IFP 16-position compressionadjustable large body shock. The rear suspension has 13.9" (35.3 cm) of travel.

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Yamaha Returns to Racing in National Hillclimb Series

hills of the West’s premiere race series.

Cable Willford will spearhead the RMSHA effort on the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association circuit on an FX Nytro MTX 162 race sled. (Professional rider shown on a closed course.) Photo courtesy of

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI. – August 24, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Corporation is proud to announce its return to Western grassroots snowmobile competition on the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) circuit for the 2011-12 season. Yamaha-backed racers will climb the gnarly



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I. S. C. in Calgary 2011

Top photo is Chuck & Todd walking to FOSPAC fundraiser. Chuck Anderson & Duane Sutton at breakfast one morning.

SDSA P O Box 206 Gary SD 57237

The Saturday evening banquet is the final event of the I.S.C. with awards presented while the program unfolds. The photo to the left shows everyone that joined us at our table this year. Thank you to Cathy Hanson from Wisconsin for making sure that our group got a photo together this year. Matt Mead from Washington attempted to help us with this feat, but let’s leave it at - Cathy saved the day!

Phone numbers: 605-272-5900 fax: 605-272-5328

Look for us on Fa ce b ook!!

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Offsite this year in the top photo. We went to a place called Gasoline Alley (or something like that) with lots of things from the past to look at! Groomers reception shows all the groomers on display. Nancy Hanson from Minnesota & Cathy Hanson from Wisconsin visit at the groomer’s reception. Photo of Keri Wanner from North Dakota dancing with one of the performers at the Offsite event.Photo above a table at Banquet:Back row: Bob King from Iowa, Jeff Goddard, Steve Bauer, Corey & Keri Wanner from North Dakota and Judy King from Iowa.Front Row:Joann Smith, Marlys Knutson,Jean and Ed Skomoroh.

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South Dakota Snowmobile Association members pose for a photo at the ISC held in Calgary, Canada this past June. Back row: L-R Chuck Anderson, SDSA President, Duane Sutton, SDSA past president & Midwest Chapter Chair; Marty Grabow, Todd Wilkinson, ACSA past president; Kim Raap. Front row: Mary Anne Grabow, SDSA Secretary/Editor & International Snowmobile Media Chair & Jean Wilkinson.

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