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Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
State Fair Time Update 2015
News, Updates & Woodticks On A Stick! Note change in dates on Sept/Oct club rides
National Night Out -- Thanks to Dick Buche for setting up the the trailer in Hackensack for this event on Aug. 4th. And to the other club members who passed out trail maps and other handouts to the public.
Emily/Outing Trail Club Ride -- We had a great time on this mid-August ride, and recommend it to everyone. We started at the Moose River ATV Trail parking area off State 6, rode down to Emily, went to the corn feed at Granny’s Bar & Grill, and did a 45 mile loop that’s a mix of winding trails and Forest Roads. It’s very well signed and fun.
More Hoodies! We had a run on hoodies at the annual meeting and ran out of charcoal and blaze orange. Never fear! We ordered more and will have them at our upcoming club events! Along with more camo hoodies, and lined camo wind jackets for fall hunting. We will even ship orders, just reply to this email for info.
Trail Ambassador Update -- Our club’s TAs rode a total of 210 hours through July. We will be receiving our mid-year grant check from the DNR shortly, and reimbursing all our TAs for their riding expenses.
ATV & SxS Demo Rides! -- Lakes Area Powersports (formerly Walker Power, and a new Business Member!) will be holding demo rides of Polaris and Can Am vehicles. Dates are Saturday, August 29th, 3-5 pm at the Stompin’ Grounds Lodge & Campground (3 miles north of Akeley on State 64). And Saturday, October 3rd, 2-4 pm at the Moondance Fairground during Harvest Moon (2.5 miles east of Casino on State 200). Questions: 218-547-1558. Stop by, ride and say hi to Doug and Mary Jo Wolter, dealership owners, who are long-time riders, have a combined total of 30 years experience on the manufacturing side of the powersports industry, and are very supportive of the Woodtick Wheelers. Riders must be 18 or older, have an ATV safety certificate if born after July 1, 1987, a helmet and goggles, and will be required to sign a waiver.
September 26 -- Next Club Ride! -- At the ATVAM Fall Ride & Rally -- This is a fun day. Club members went last year in Roseau. This year, the main day of the annual ATVAM event is September 26, at Quadna Mountain Park in Hill City. North Woods Quads is the host ATV club. Registration is 9 am to 5 pm at the Quadna Chalet. Quadna entrance is on State 169, 1 mile south of State 200. There will be guided rides and general riding on the Hill City, UPM Blandin, Soo Line, Moose River and Outing-Emily Trails. Meet back at the chalet for the social hour starting at 5 pm and the banquet at 6 pm. Ribs and chicken catered by Harry’s Bar, with a cash bar. Music provided by Last Call Entertainment. There is a short meeting and an auction of ATV gear and accessories, large and small. There is also a silent auction. Our club will donate a Polaris helmet and other gear to the auctions. Camping is available. Registration for ATVAM members and non-members is $35 per person and $20 for kids 16 and under, which covers everything. ATVAM memberships will be available at a discounted rate of $15. ATVAM requests registrations by September 21st to get a head count for the banquet. Registration form and other details are at atvam.org. See you there!
September 25-26 -- Hackensack Chainsaw Event This was our best community event last year. So we’re doing it again. We’ll have the club trailer and youth ATV and motorcycle there. Club members will be passing out trail maps, reg books and kids ATV safety color books and crayons, and signing up new members. We need a few more members to work the trailer on Friday and Saturday. Please reply to this email if you’d like to visit with riders and answer their questions about the club and riding in our area.
October 3 -- North Shore Club Ride! (Originally scheduled for Sept 19) Thanks to Trista and Andy Becker for organizing this fun weekend trip to the North Shore. Drive to lodging in Duluth or Silver Bay area Friday. Saddle up on Saturday morning at the trail parking lot in Silver Bay (across State 61 from motels) and ride on the Moose Walk, Moose Run and Red Dot Trails. Return Sunday. Dick Buche reports that the Mariner Motel in Silver Bay has openings (800-777-8452). For more details on this trip, contact Trista Becker by email at: email@example.com. Here is a link to the DNR’s trail map for the area: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/ohv/moosewalk_mooserun.pdf.
October 3 -- Cass County ATV Posse Training -- Thanks to everyone who attended our organizational meetings. 15 club members have submitted applications to the Sheriff’s
Department. Initial training in CPR, first aid, GPS and radio is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 9 am to 1 pm at the Cass County Land Department office, on State 87 in Backus. A mock search
will be scheduled for later in the fall. We are looking for more members to join the ATV Posse. Reply to this email if interested. Thanks to Posse Team Leaders for leading this effort: Darcie
Gayken, Ed Anderson, Dave Shaw.
October 10 -- Club ride to Huddles & highway cleanup. Originally Oct 3rd. We had to move this back a week, in place of the Hill City ride, which by October we will already have done three times. Meet on Stony Loop near Halsey cabin (4450 N. Stony Loop) at 10 am. Ride to Huddles, clean highway and all volunteers are treated to a free lunch at Huddles. We need 12 people to make the cleanup easy. Please email Dick Buche if you can help (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks!
October 17th -- ATV Youth Safety Class, 9 am, Walker Area Community Center -- We partner with the Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies to put this class on. This ATV training class is for operators ages 11-15. Students who are age 11 may take the complete course, but the certificate will only become valid when they reach their 12th birthday. Adults who are new to ATV riding are also encouraged to take the class. The Minnesota DNR reports a rise in the number of injury accidents among older adults who are riding ATVs for the first time. Class requirements: Prior to the class, students must complete the DNR’s independent study, which is now on-line at http://offroad-ed.com/minnesota/. There is a cost for the new on-line class. After completing the class, print out your ATV/OHM Safety Voucher and bring that to the hands-on riding class. For the rest of the year, students may also continue to use the DNR’s CD-ROM, and bring a certificate of completion to the class. CDs are available from our club’s instructors, at Lakes Area Power Sports in Walker, at the One Stop in Longville, or by calling DNR Enforcement Safety Training Office at 800-366-8917. Those attending the class must provide their own ATV, wear long pants, long-sleeve shirt, gloves and boots (no tennis shoes) and bring a helmet with goggles or face shield. Parents must sign a parent release form, and are encouraged to help with the class. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Lloyd Solarz at 218-682-3775.
RZR For Sale -- Cory Clarke has a 2014 RZR XP900 for sale. Includes full and half windshields, 5 year warranty, has 570 miles. Contact Cory if interested at email@example.com.
We’re still looking for renewal dues from a few dozen members. Please send to PO Box 83, Hackensack, MN 56452. Thanks for your support!
Send us your ideas and comments on the club.
Thanks! Your Woodtick Wheelers Board
Dave Halsey, President firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-723-1987
Andy Becker, Vice President, email@example.com,
Mike Ebinger, Treasurer, Membership firstname.lastname@example.org 218-507-0153
Sherry Gayken, Secretary; Trista Becker, Dick Buche, Sue Buche, Dick Nytes
We had planned to meet at Granny’s Bar & Grill in Emily, but they have a big Corn Feed that day so parking there will be impossible. Instead, meet at the Moose River ATV trailhead parking
lot, off State Hwy 6 north of Outing (same location as previous years) at 9:00 a.m. We’ll ride to Emily, eat at the Corn Feed (hot dogs, brats, pork on a stick, free sweet corn!) and ride back.
Directions from Longville: east on Cty 7 to State Hwy 6, south on SH 6 about 4 miles to Ben Draper Road (big sign), go left 1/2 mile to trailhead parking lot. Join us on the ride and bring
friends and family! This link to the DNR web site has more details and a map of the Moose River Trail: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=15
What a day! 65 people showed up for the annual meeting and almost 40 ATVs and SxSs rode to Huddles for lunch, both dedicated to the memory of John Dickerman, club VP and good friend, who died
suddenly in early July. 33 riders were family and close friends of John who drove from southern MN and WI, to help us celebrate John's life. Thanks to Tom Johnson at Lone Rock Trophy for donating
the slate memorial. And thanks to everyone who participated!
Whether this is your first ride with the club or your next ride, this will be a good one.
We’re riding at the Spider Lake Trails, the first designated ATV trail system built by the MN DNR over 10 years ago, and still one of the best. It has everything from trails that are smooth and sandy to rough and rocky. All trails are open to Class I and II ATVs. Some are also open to off-highway motorcycles and 4WD trucks. And there’s a nice sandy beach at Spider Lake if you want to go for a swim.
Meet at the main parking lot at 9 a.m. Watch for the club trailer. Guided rides will be provided. Or ride at a quicker pace in your own group. You can’t get lost. There are about 30 miles of loops and they all lead back to the main Forest Road.
You can also ride to Spider Lake from Hackensack or Backus, through the Foot Hills State Forest. There’s a map showing the routes, at this MN DNR web site: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/state_forests/sft00019.pdf. Maps are also available at the DNR office in Backus.
Free lunch! We’ll be grilling hot dogs for all members about noon at the trailer, on the club’s new Weber grill. Bring your favorite beverage. We’ll also have water and pop in a cooler.
Can’t ride in the morning? Come at noon, have a hot dog and ride all afternoon! We’ll have all the club gear there. It’s also a good time to pay your 2015 club dues.
We hope you join us on this fun club ride!
Directions from Pine River: West on Cty Rd 2 for about 11 miles. Watch for a brown State Forest sign that says “Spider McKinley Road.” Turn left onto the Forest Road, go 1 mile to large parking lot (kiosk has maps and reg books; outhouse).
For more information and a map of Spider Lake Trails, go to this DNR web site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=27.
Here we go! Another riding season is fast approaching.
This year the Woodtick Wheelers 9-member board has planned 10 fun club rides in northern MN, and will be talking about possible rides to the North Shore and out West. We are also planning regular dinner rides to our Business Members that serve food, and purchasing gift cards from other Business Members that have them, for door prizes and poker runs. See the complete 2015 schedule under “news”.
Here Are The First Two Club Events Coming Up:
Woodtick Wheelers 2nd Annual Bullhead Feed!
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
4 p.m. until gone
At the American Legion in Hackensack. $8 a plate. We packed the Legion last year but ran out of fish early. So weâre getting a lot more this year. Served with cole slaw, beans, chips, roll and dessert. Club will be doing the cooking, serving and cleaning. Thanks to Dick Buche and Lewie Schrupp for organizing! They have the kitchen crew signed up. We could use 6-8 people to help serve and clean up. It will be a fun time. Come hungry and bring friends and family!
Thanks to Legion Post 202 for supporting the club and partnering on this event! See you there!
Spring Meeting / Pancake Breakfast
Followed by ride To Whipholt & Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup
Saturday, May 2, 2015 -- New location! Schruppâs Garage
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Team Reports, Trail Updates, New ATV Regs
2015 Club Rides & Community Events
New club gear available!
Followed by a club ride to Whipholt and lunch at Huddles! Need 12 people to clean ditch along Hwy 200 (club pays for lunch afterwards at Huddles for all volunteers)
Directions to meeting from Hackensack: East on Cty 5 for 2.5 miles, left (north) on Cty 122 for 3 miles, road turns west (Stony Drive), 1 mile to 3879 Stony Drive (before the Y). Watch for signs.
Halloween Update, 2014
Grab a handful of candy corn, this is a long (but super informative) update.
BOOO! Many OHV Trails Close October 31.
But others remain open. -- Check your MN DNR OHV Trail Atlas or the DNR web site for trail closing dates. Many State Trails close October 31, but others remain open to November 30, and some (including Spider Lake) are open year-round. Many Forest Roads in the Chippewa National Forest also remain open through November; check the MVUM for exact dates. Remember, State Forest Trails and Routes are closed to recreational riding during deer hunting season. Licensed deer hunters may use ATVs on these routes in conjunction with their hunting activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and after legal shooting hours.
SCARY! Legislature/DNR To Change ATV Definition...Again! -- It used to be easy to know where to ride along public roads. Regular ATVs were in the ditch of county roads, side-by-sides were on the shoulder. But the DNR raised the dry weight of Class 1 ATVs to 1200 lbs., which created lots of confusion. At that definition, only full-size Side-by-Sides like the Ranger XP 900 and RZR 1000 would be allowed on the shoulder of county roads. Everything else has to go in the ditch. I visited with State Rep. Tom Hackbarth at the MNUSA Fall Workshop last weekend. He said there is a work group of people from the DNR, ATVAM and ATV manufacturers working on changing the ATV definition again. Stay tuned. We’ll see what the Legislature does in the next Session. Hopefully it’s not too scary!
BEWARE! ATVs Modified To Be “Snowmobiles” Can’t Be On State Trails Anymore -- In the past, you could put skis and tracks on an ATV and meet the definition of a snowmobile to ride on trails. That’s no longer possible. The new snowmobile regs state: “The definition of a snowmobile has changed and no longer includes ATVs modified with aftermarket ski and track kits.”
WOODTICKS INVADE CALIFORNIA! Members Bill and Lisa Garbe are riding this week in the Imperial Sand Dunes, better known as Glamis, in their 700 HP sand rail and sport ATVs. Maybe we should trailer out for a club ride next year. All those in favor, raise your helmets!
MORE RIDES! We tried but failed to get more rides this year, as requested by our members. We’ll do better next year, planning on at least one club ride a month from May through October. If you have a favorite trail you’d like the club to go to, let us know!
Club Ride / Poker Run & Highway Cleanup -- Thanks to the 13 members who came to the last club ride of the season on October 4th, enjoyed a ride under the fall colors, lunch at Huddle’s Resort, and helped clean our Adopt-A-Highway section at Whipholt. Sue Anderson won the poker run with a full house, winning her choice of $25 Gift Certificates we purchased from some of our Biz Members. We’ll be supporting all our Biz Members this way.
24 Kids Attend ATV Safety Class -- Thanks to 11 of our certified instructors, plus helpers and Cass Cty Deputies Landreville and Collette, for spending part of their Saturday on October 11th to hold our annual ATV Safety Class at the WACC. We used our club’s new projector to show a slide show to 24 kids and their parents, covering the class content, answering lots of questions and certifying all the youth riders. Kids without an ATV rode our club’s Polaris 90. One family liked our class so much they joined the club!
Interested In Being An Instructor? -- There is a DNR ATV safety instructor class scheduled for December 8th in Grand Rapids. Get all the details at this link: https://mail.aol.com/38815-616/aol-6/en-us/Suite.aspx.
Trail Ambassadors Volunteer 400 Hours -- Thanks to all our DNR-certified Trail Ambassadors, who spent many Saturdays monitoring the state ATV trails, helping keep them safe for the public. In addition to reimbursing our TAs for their expenses, the grant also allowed us to pay for another big shipment of ‘Adventure Trail’ coloring books and crayons to distribute in our area, and make a donation to the Coalition of Recreational Trail Users (a MN educational non-profit of OHV and snowmobile groups) to help create much-needed, rider-friendly OHV maps for the Chippewa and Superior National Forests. Our club is on the work group for that project. A big thank-you to John Dickerman for all his work this year as our TA Grant Manager!
Whipholt Beach Road Still Open to ATVs -- Pine Lake Township closed the road from Whipholt to the beach to all motorized traffic. Local residents and businesses complained, and the “No Motorized Vehicles” sign was removed. You can still ride your ATVs down to the Whipholt Beach, with a nice sandy beach and fire grates for a family picnic!
New Team’s Mission: “Open The Woodtick!” -- We need new ideas to get our message to the Forest Service and its new leadership. Interested in helping? Contact a board member. Especially need members who currently can’t access the Forest Roads on their ATVs from their homes or cabins on lakes north and south of the Woodtick, to hear your stories and ideas.
Thanks To All Our Individual, Family and Business Members! -- We now have over 400 members. We have fun rides and events, continue to work hard to create a positive future for OHV riding in our area, build community support, and promote safe and responsible riding.
Watch Our Web Site and Facebook Page for more news, photos and updates!
Thanks for your support! Send us your comments and ideas for fun rides and events!
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
P.O. Box 83
Hackensack, MN 56452