It has been a while since the last update. Between normal club activities, trail groomer maintenance, trail grooming and getting some much deserved seat time on the sled it has been a busy few weeks.
The trails have been seeing a lot of traffic so hopefully you are among those who have had an opportunity to get out and enjoy them. Thanks to Brian and John for their commitment to completing the first couple grooming passes. The first passes are always the toughest and the dry nature of the snow we’ve received so far didn’t make it any easier. Still we’ve got a good base down that hopefully will survive the current heat wave.
With the temps staying above freezing through the weekend we will not be grooming this week. Hopefully seasonal temps will prevail next week so we can get our new groomer operator recruits some seat time.
General Meeting – 7:00pm Tues. Jan 24th @ Brewzers in Walcott
Come join us for general discussion about the club and snowmobiling. We plan to hold a couple general meetings at various trail stops this winter to provide folks and easy opportunity to check out their local snowmobile club and how they might get involved. Hope to see you there.
Save the date – Radar Run and Bikini Radar Run for Breast Cancer – Saturday Feb. 11th
This year’s Radar Run is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11th from 10am-2pm with bikini runs at 11am. Stay tuned for additional details.
For more info or to participate in the bikini run, contact Jolene at (218) 280-7277 or via Facebook: ND/MN Bikini Radar Run for Breast Cancer.
Happy New Year!
We’d like to extend wishes for a Happy New Year to our club members and friends in the extended snowmobiling community.
Although we don’t have a lot of snow locally yet we are hopeful the season will continue to crank up so we can get our trails opened up. Trail systems in other parts of the state that have seen heavy snow are starting to open up so get out there and take advantage of the opportunity to snowmobile in other parts of our state. Visit SnowmobileND.org for information on state trails and check trail conditions.
Club Meeting – Tues, Jan 3rd, 7pm @ Rice Bar & Grill
- Kickoff party recap
- Radar Run planning
Kickoff Party 2016 is in the books
Thank you to all that came out to the annual kickoff party last weekend. We hope you enjoyed your time with us and went home with some nice stuff.
Be sure to visit and thank these businesses for donating items for our event. Their generosity and support is critical to the club’s ability to maintain the trail system.
|All Season Motorsports – West Fargo
||Granite City – Fargo
|Arctic Cat – Thief River Falls, MN
||Kindred Spirits Bar & Grill – Kindred
|Bergseth Bros. – Fargo
||Knickerbocker Liquor Locker – Hickson
|Bernie’s Liquors – Fargo
||Moorhead Marine – Moorhead
|Beverage Wholesalers – Fargo
||Outlet Recreation – Fargo
|Big Erv’s – Horace
||Quality Meats & Seafood – Fargo
|Bikeman Performance – St. Croix Falls, WI
||Red River Regional Marksmanship Center – West Fargo
|Brewzer’s – Walcott
||Republic National Liquor – Fargo
|CSN Welding – Horace
||U Motors – Fargo
|D&S Beverages – Fargo
||Ultimate Transportation – Fargo
|Dakota Cat – West Fargo
||Visto’s Trailer – West Fargo
|Davenport Supper Club – Davenport
||Wheels Inc. – Fargo
|Food Services of America – Fargo
||Wild Rice Bar & Grill – Wild Rice
A big thanks goes out to those club members that worked to make the event reality. Brian & Troy Mullenberg, Kevin Sandness, Steve Altendorf, Regan Miller, Gus & John Ries. It takes a good crew to pull off any event and you guys did a great job.
New Trail Maps
Our new trail maps for the 2016-2018 seasons have been printed and we have started the process of delivering them to our map sponsors. Although there were no trail changes, there are several new sponsors. There are also changes to improve usability and provide additional information. Look for the updated map on our web site in the near future.
Kickoff Party this Saturday, Dec. 10th. Free stocking caps for the kids and plenty of prizes for all. Join us and support your local snowmobile club.
We will be meeting at 7pm at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill. Check out the agenda below and join us.
- Trail Map progress
- Membership cards
- State Convention update
- Kickoff Party final planning
- Trail Grooming plans
Kickoff Party is coming Saturday, December 10th
Make sure you have your calendar marked for this annual event. This event is our primary fundraiser and membership drive for the year and is always a great time. It’s the perfect opportunity to support your local snowmobiling club while winning cool prizes and meeting other snowmobilers. Pretty simple huh? From snowmobiling gear to beer signs to meat, there is sure to be prizes you would like to take home. Plan to join us.
Snow is coming. Are you ready?
With two big snow events to the east and west of us already this year, it seems inevitable we will be next. With the marginal to no snowfall of the past few winters, interest in snowmobiling as been waning. Still I and the other hardcore snowmobilers I know are confident this is the year we return to at least a normal snow pack and we will be able to keep the trails open and hold our Radar Run in February.
When we do finally get that decent snow year will you be ready? As a club we work hard to be ready to go when the conditions allow. This year is no different, we are ready! Take time now to prepare so you will be ready when the conditions favor this sport we all love. I know it’s been a tough couple years, but don’t give up, get ready.
Yes, you read it right, trail signing is complete. We had a great group of hard working volunteers who put in a full day from 9am to sunset on Saturday to knock out the signing on all but the last couple miles of the trail were finished on Sunday afternoon. Yup, missed another Vikings loss.
We had enough hands to assemble two separate signing crews, and with Matt and Kevin on 4-wheelers we were able to maintain a strong pace and even had time to break for some lunch at Brewzers in Walcott.
Here is a shot of our volunteers back in Horace just after sunset. From left to right is Gus Ries, Regan Miller, Brian & Troy Mullenberg, Lucas, Larissa, Kevin & Ben Johnson and Matt Langlie. Not pictured are Kevin Sandness and John Ries (behind the camera).
If you have the opportunity, be sure to extend your thanks to these folks for their commitment to preparing the trail system for the coming season. It was an awesome day and I couldn’t be more proud of how each of these guys stepped up to the plate.
Save the Date – Annual Kickoff Party, Saturday Dec. 10th
Our Annual Kickoff Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10th at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill from 6:00-8:30pm. This event is our primary fundraiser for the season’s trail grooming expenses and is the perfect opportunity to bring out your family and support your local snowmobiling club all while having a good time winning cool stuff. Mark your calendar and we’ll see you there.
The plan is to meet at Valley Fireworks, 720 Main St. Horace at 9am on Saturday, November 12th.
Once we assemble we will determine how many crews we can send out and which areas each crew will cover. If you have a 4-wheeler please bring it along as they provide a real boost to efficiency of the process. If you have safety clothing (fluorescent yellow or orange) bring that along as well. We will have some available but want to make sure everyone is as visible as possible for safety.
Can’t commit to the whole project? That’s fine too. Any time you can provide would be great. Email us at email@example.com to let us know your schedule and we can exchange contact info to ensure we can meet somewhere on the trail.
We continue to move forward with efforts to print new trail maps for the season. We are still adding sponsors to advertise on the map at a cost of $50. We will be finalizing our map advertisers by Nov 13th so there is still time. If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elections were held and two new general board members were voted in. A big Thank You to Betty and Kevin for stepping up to help keep the club moving forward.
With new faces in the club, we are gaining more fresh ideas which is a great thing. Now what we need is help to bring the best of those ideas to reality. Join us for our next club meeting on Tuesday, December 6th to see how you can get involved and make a difference.