Welcome to the new Woodtick Wheelers Website

Congratulations Woodticks! We received this award at the annual conference of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) .For more info on this great organization, go to nohvcc.org.
Congratulations Woodticks! We received this award at the annual conference of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) .For more info on this great organization, go to nohvcc.org.

We proudly support and volunteer on these MN DNR programs.

Fri

04

Apr

2014

Spring Meeting & Pancake Breakfast April 26, 2014

Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club         NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!
Spring Meeting / Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

It’s our club’s 5th Anniversary! So neither snow, nor sleet, nor a foot of ice on Stony Lake will stop us from having a fun spring meeting, complete with hot coffee, pancakes and sausages.

Please join us at the Bursch cabin on Stony Loop. (same location as last year)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
-Pancake Breakfast
-Results of Member Survey
-Team Reports, Trail Updates
-2014 Club Rides & Community Events
-Club gear available!

Directions from Hackensack: East on Cty 5 for 2.5 miles, left (north) on Cty 122 for 3 miles, road turns west (Stony Drive), 1.5 miles to Y, right, one block, left on Stony Loop. Watch for signs.

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Mon

10

Mar

2014

ATV Trails Open In 60 Days!

March 1, 2014 Late-Winter Update
 
Club Survey - It’s hard to believe but the club is 5 years old this year! We sent out a short, 10-question survey to all members to see what they like about the club and what they’d like to see us do in the future. We’ll share the results at our spring meeting/pancake breakfast. Thanks to everyone who took the survey. If you haven’t taken it, please do. You just need to go to your email list, find one sent on February 9 titled “Woodtick Wheelers Member Survey”, open the email and click on the link. That will take you to the survey.  
 
168 Comments To DNR! -- Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to the DNR during the 30-day public comment period for our ATV/OHM Trail proposal. The DNR received 168 comments from our club and others! Comments in favor of the trail: 145. Comments with concerns: 23. We reviewed the comments at a meeting with the DNR and county. One major issue: since we started this project, Whipholt Beach Road that goes from Huddles to the beach has changed from a county road to a township road. Pine Lake Township still supports the trail, but does not want the dirt road to be part of a designated ATV trail. The Trail Team is looking at our options and will report on it at the spring meeting.
 
Club Volunteers At Back To Hack - Eight hearty Woodticks helped at Back to Hack, Hackensack’s Winter Festival, by monitoring the Saturday morning walk/run. And it was cold! Thanks volunteers! WCCO News featured Hackensack and Back To Hack that week. 
 
Club Buys Youth ATV, Looking For Youth Dirt Bike - We picked up our new 2014 Polaris Outlaw 90 ATV, purchased with a Polaris TRAILS grant. We’re also planning to buy a new or used dirt bike. Let us know if you see one for sale. They will be a great addition to our Safety Education Trailer, attracting kids to the trailer so we can talk to them and their parents about safe riding. Thanks Polaris! And thanks Walker Power for a great price on the youth ATV!             
 
More Kids ATV Safety Coloring Books & Crayons -- We used some money from our Trail Ambassador grant to order another 2,000 Adventure Trail activity books from NOHVCC. We’ll be distributing them to restaurants, chamber offices and businesses in the area as part of our ongoing effort to encourage safe, responsible riding of ATVs.
 
Youth ATV Safety Classes Help Lower Accidents and Fatalities -- A report from the MN DNR shows that in 2013, there were 12 ATV-related fatalities, 11 on Class I ATVs and 1 on a Class II ATV (side-by-side). Every one is tragic. Unfortunately, none of the individuals involved had ATV Safety Certificates. Most involved adults and machine roll-overs. Only 2 were under 16 years of age, which the DNR attributes to Minnesota’s successful youth ATV safety education program, one of the best in the nation. To see the DNR report, go to this link:http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/incidentreports/index.html.
 
Want to be more involved in trail building? Come to the ATVAM Region 3 All- Club Meeting - For the third year in a row, our club is organizing a meeting of all the ATVAM clubs in Region 3 (9 counties, 13 clubs). It’s a great meeting, with folks from MN DNR and county land departments, where clubs show their trail projects and discuss common challenges and opportunities, and get trail updates from the DNR. Our club usually has a half dozen members attend. If you’d like to get more involved with trail projects, and learn what’s coming from clubs, the DNR and ATVAM, this is a great opportunity, so please join us. The 3rd annual Region 3 all-club meeting is Saturday, March 29, 9am-1pm, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing. Questions? Call Dave Halsey at 612-723-1987. 
 
The club sold over $150 in merchandise over the holidays. Thanks everyone! See club web site for gear and prices. We’re happy to mail it, or pick up a shirt and cap at the spring meeting.
 
2013 Ranger XP 900 For Sale -- Dave Halsey turned in his Polaris loaner vehicle, so it’s now available for sale at Walker Power. It’s sunset orange, with a steel roof, glass windshield, glass rear window, and 4500 lb. winch. Call Walker Power if you’re interested in a great Ranger with just 500 miles on it.  Club member David Mach also sells used ATVs. Contact him at this email: machcco@yahoo.com
 
2014 Meetings & Events being planned. One of the top comments in our survey was that members want more club rides, including an overnight ride on the North Shore. Watch for future emails with our schedule of club events for the coming riding season, that starts May 1.
 
Watch our web site and Facebook page for more news, photos and updates! 
Thanks for your support!  Send us your comments and fun club ideas for rides and events!  
 
Only 2 months till the ATV and OHM trails open! Watch for a future email with details on our spring meeting/pancake breakfast!
 
Your Woodtick Wheelers Board: 
Dave Halsey, President  dvhalsey@aol.com  612-723-1987 
John Dickerman, Vice President   johnandjoycedickerman@gmail.com  507-317-7711 
Mike Ebinger, Treasurer, Membership   mebinger48@gmail.com  218-507-0153 
Sue Buche, Secretary     Julie Andrews, Dick Buche, Karen Nytes, Dick Nytes, Lloyd Solarz
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Sat

28

Dec

2013

Please Support Our Club's ATV/OHM Trail Proposal

Please Support The Woodtick Wheelers ATV Trail Proposal 
By Sending A Comment To The MN DNR Today.  
 
This is very exciting. The Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club has now reached Step 4 of the MN DNR’s 7-step process to create a Grant-In-Aid ATV Trail.
 
A little background:
Our club has been working on this trail proposal for 3-1/2 years. Phase I, which we are working on now, is 12 miles long and connects Whipholt to downtown Longville. Phase II will connect Whipholt to downtown Hackensack. Phase III will connect Hackensack to the ATV trails in the Foot Hills State Forest a few miles to the west. We have held over 30 meetings on this project, attended by over 20 club members! Many of these meetings were held to inform the public on the benefits of a GIA Trail, and obtain resolutions of support from the townships and cities along the route, as well as the Chippewa National Forest and two snowmobile clubs, whose trails are involved on the proposed route.
 
We are now on Step 4 and need your support!
Step 4 is a 30-day public comment period. That means the MN DNR is now accepting comments pro and con about our trail proposal. There are individuals in the area who are against motorized recreation of all kinds. They will be commenting, as will environmental groups outside the area whose only interest is keeping the public off of public lands. Your support is critical, and it will only take a minute to send in a comment. 
 
The DNR and Cass County (our funding sponsor) need to know that there are a lot of people in favor of the trail. The more comments the better. A form letter is not a good way to go, because 100 form letters only count as one letter. So it's best for each comment to be different and personal. Your comment can be as short as "I am in favor of the Woodtick Wheelers trail proposal because it's good for the community."
 
If you would like to add more details to your comment, please do so. Many of you live in the area and have personal reasons for supporting the trail, which will eventually be 35 miles long, and once connected to other trails will create over 100 miles of riding opportunities. Here are some additional talking points you can choose from, and put in your own words:
 
Talking points:
-The proposed trail turns what is now a legal ATV “route” into a managed ATV “trail” that is family-friendly, complete with signing, trail maintenance and a trail map.
  
-The proposed route connects the towns of Whipholt and Longville, so families can ride their ATVs from homes, cabins, resorts and motels to the restaurants, stores and businesses, as well as enjoy other recreational opportunities, such as the sandy beach and picnic area on Leech Lake. 
 
 -Provides a local club to serve as the champion of the trail system, its funding and maintenance. It was recently named “Club of the Year” by NOHVCC, and works hard to promote safe, responsible OHV riding in the community.
 
-Provides funding for administration, signage, maintenance (grading, dust control, approach hardening, etc.) and other expenses along the trail route.
 
-Protects natural resources by keeping riders on an approved, clearly signed route, designed to DNR specifications to be environmentally sustainable.
 
-Directs families along a route they know will be well maintained, and signed as to what vehicles are allowed and not allowed. 
 
-Increases safety and compliance on Township Roads and Forest Roads that form the route, including monitoring by DNR-certified volunteer Trail Ambassadors, with reports provided to DNR enforcement.  
 
-Provides tort protection to Townships and County by redirecting liability to the State.
 
-Provides an annual review of the travel route, its use and resource protection.
 
To view the DNR project description and map of the proposed trail route, go to the DNR web site at this link:http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/woodtick_wheeler.html
 
Please send in your comment today. The public comment period ends on Friday, January 24th.  
 
Please submit your written comment by email, fax or mail. Be sure to include your name and email or mailing address.
Fax to: 218-755-4063
Mail to: Dave Schotzko, Area Supervisor, DNR Parks & Trails, 3296 State Park Rd NE, Bemidji, MN 56601
 
If you have any questions, please call or email Dave Halsey at email: dvhalsey@aol.com  phone: 612-723-1987.
 
Thanks for supporting the Woodtick Wheelers in our effort to create a positive future for OHV recreation in Cass County! 
 
 
Thanks!
Board of Directors (in photo, plus Julie Andrews)
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
Hackensack and Longville, Minnesota
 
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Sat

28

Dec

2013

Black Friday Update 2013

NOVEMBER 29, 2013 - “BLACK FRIDAY” UPDATE
 
The ATV trails may be closed, but the Woodticks aren’t hibernating. 
We are working through the winter on some new projects. Here’s a short club update:  
 
New Map Project For The Chip!
On November 26, a meeting was held at the Walker District Ranger office with recreation planners and land managers from the Chippewa National Forest, MN DNR, Cass and Itasca Counties, and representatives of the four state motorized associations -- ATVAM, MNUSA (snowmobiles), ARMCA (dirt bikes) and MN4WD (trucks). It was  organized by Ron Potter (recently retired from the DNR) and Dave Halsey. The main action item that came from the meeting was forming a work group to create a user-friendly “Motorized Travel Map” for the entire Chippewa National Forest, similar to one created in Montana between two state associations and the Lewis & Clark National Forest. It’s widely known that the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) created by the 150 National Forests, even though they are free, are worthless to riders. To see the type of map we’re going to create, click this link:  http://www.nohvcc.org/Materials/Newsletter/News09-2013
 
$5,000 Grant From Polaris!
The Polaris TRAILS program has awarded our club a $5,000 grant to purchase a Polaris youth ATV and riding gear. It will be a great addition to our ATV Safety Education Trailer, helping us talk to kids and their parents about ATV safety and responsible riding. According to SVIA, 93% of youth fatalities on ATVs in the U.S. involve kids riding adult-size ATVs. That figure alone is reason enough for our club to keep promoting ATV safety across northern Minnesota. If you’d like to join our team of ATV youth instructors and DNR volunteer Trail Ambassadors, let us know and we’ll arrange a class for our area. 
 
More Color Books Coming!
We distributed the last of our 2,000 Adventure Trail activity books and crayons this week, to the Chippewa National Forest for the brochure racks in their brand new building in Walker, and to the Boys & Girls Club at the Walker Area Community Center. It’s a very busy place during after school hours, and Naoma, their director, was very appreciative.  We used a couple hundred dollars from the DNR grant earned by our Trail Ambassadors to get 2500 more booklets to distribute next year!
 
New Club Computer & Projector!
We used some of our Trail Ambassador grant money to go high tech, buying the club a laptop computer, projector and screen to use for our safety training classes, club presentations, membership tracking and bookkeeping. Thanks to all our TAs for monitoring the trails and helping us buy this equipment. And thanks to treasurer Mike Ebinger for doing the shopping.
 
Planning Club Rides For 2014!
The club is 5 years old next summer. We’ve heard that members want more club rides and at new locations, so we’ll try to do that this year. If you have ideas for our rides and meetings, please let us know.  
 
And finally -- it’s Black Friday so here’s a reminder on club gear available for sale, shipped directly to your door!
 
Just email your order (color, size, short or long sleeve, with mailing address) to Dave at dvhalsey@aol.com or call 612-723-1987. We’ll mail it and add postage (about $5) and email you the final amount due by check. 
Short-sleeve Youth T-shirts $15:  Ash Grey (Youth Large)
Adult short-sleeve Adult T-shirts $15: 
Military Green (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Ash Grey (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Gold (2XL only)
Adult long-sleeve shirts $20: 
Military Green (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Sport Grey with pocket (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Caps & Visors $20:
Quality Ping Visor: Black with club name embroidered
Cap:  Tan or Mossy Oak Breakup Camo with embroidered logo
 
 
Happy Holidays From The Woodtick Wheelers Board!
Dave Halsey, President  dvhalsey@aol.com  612-723-1987
John Dickerman, Vice President   johnandjoycedickerman@gmail.com  507-317-7711
Mike Ebinger, Treasurer, Membership   mebin@arvig.net  218-675-6239
Sue Buche, Secretary  
Julie Andrews, Dick Buche, Karen Nytes, Dick Nytes, Lloyd Solarz
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Mon

04

Nov

2013

Woodtick Wheelers Fall 2013 Update

We had a fun year -- with great participation at our meetings, club rides, local parades and community events, DNR photo shoot & State Fair, ATVAM convention, trail-project meetings, and safety training classes. And we grew the club to 360 members!

 

Welcome new members!  33 new members joined the club this summer and fall, including our newest Business Members: Bear Pause Theater in Hackensack, Hilltop Sports in Hill City, and the Oakwood Insurance Agency in Watertown. Thanks to everyone for your support! 

 

Woodtick Wheelers Named “Club of the Year”

On October 15th, the Woodtick Wheelers was named "Club Of The Year" at the NOHVCC Annual Conference. NOHVCC gave the club the award for all it's done to promote safe, responsible OHV recreation in Minnesota and for working hard on behalf of the organization. NOHVCC is a national service agency that promotes safe OHV riding, partners with clubs, associations and state/federal OHV program managers to build trails, and works hard across the country to “Create a positive future for OHV recreation.” Members Dave Halsey and Jan Rintamaki accepted the award at the conference on behalf of the entire club. Very exciting and unexpected. Congratulations Woodticks! For more information on NOHVCC, visit its web site at nohvcc.org.

 

Club finishes distributing 2,000 Adventure Trail safety activity books and crayon boxes

Thanks again to the Hackensack Lions and American Legion Post 202 (a member) for their cash donations that allowed us to obtain and distribute this fun safety book to kids and families throughout the community this year.

 

Club gear available by mail. Some members weren’t able to get to our events this year, but are interested in getting club shirts and caps. We are able to ship your gear. Just email your order (color, size, short or long sleeve, with mailing address) to Dave at dvhalsey@aol.com or call 612-723-1987. We’ll mail it and add postage and email you the final amount due by check. 

Available (see attached photos): 

Short-sleeve Youth T-shirts $15:  Ash Grey (Youth Large)

Adult short-sleeve Adult T-shirts $15: 

Military Green (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Ash Grey (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Gold (2XL only)

Adult long-sleeve shirts $20: 

Military Green (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Sport Grey with pocket (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Caps & Visors $20:

Quality Ping Visor: Black with club name embroidered

Cap:  Tan or Mossy Oak Breakup Camo with embroidered logo

 

20 Local Youths Attend ATV Safety Training Class at the WACC

On October 19th, the club’s DNR certified ATV Safety Instructors, working with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, held a youth ATV safety training class at the Walker Area Community Center. Twenty kids ages 11 to 15 and their parents attended the class. Thanks to our instructors and to Deputy Bob Landreville for helping with this class!

 

Grant-In-Aid OHV Trail takes another step foward. Our proposal to create a Grant-In-Aid OHV Trail has reached Step 3 of the DNR 7-step process. That includes a regional review of all DNR departments, and a meeting at the Cass County Land Department. A big thanks to Josh Stevenson, Land Commissioner, for all his time and energy moving our trail project forward. 

 

Are ATVs Allowed Into Longville?

We get that question a lot. There has been a lot of confusion on Longville’s policy regarding ATVs on city streets. Mike Ebinger checked with the mayor, who confirmed that Class I ATVs are not allowed in Longville, but Class II ATVs (Side by Sides) are allowed in town, on Cty Rd 5 into Longville, and allowed to cross State 84, but are not allowed on State 84. That means you can ride your Ranger, RZR or other SxS from Forest Road 2100, on the far right side of Cty 5 all the way to the One Stop. The city’s proposed ordinance to allow Class I ATVs and golf cars on city streets has been held up by the replacement of the bridge on State 84. 

 

Not sure if you renewed club dues this year? There are about 30 members that haven’t renewed for 2013. Please submit your dues (Family $20, Individual $10) to P.O. Box 83, Hackensack, MN 56452. To find out if you have paid or not, send an email to club treasurer Mike Ebinger, at mebin@arvig.net.

Watch our redesigned web site and Facebook page for more news, photos and updates!

Send us your comments and fun club ideas for rides and events!

 

Woodtick Wheelers Board:

Dave Halsey, President  dvhalsey@aol.com  612-723-1987

John Dickerman, Vice President   johnandjoycedickerman@gmail.com  507-317-7711

Mike Ebinger, Treasurer, Membership   mebin@arvig.net  218-675-6239

Sue Buche, Secretary  

Julie Andrews, Dick Buche, Karen Nytes, Dick Nytes, Lloyd Solarz

THANKS FOR BEING PART OF THE CLUB!

RIDE SAFE AND SEE YOU OUT ON THE LAKES ICE FISHING!

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This is where it all started, in the fall of 2008, when residents and cabin owners discovered the Woodtick Trail had been closed to OHVs. Today the club has over 300 members!
This is where it all started, in the fall of 2008, when residents and cabin owners discovered the Woodtick Trail had been closed to OHVs. Today the club has over 300 members!

Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club

P.O. Box 83

Hackensack, MN  56452

 

Our club's ATV Safety Education Trailer was purchased with a $10,000 grant from the Polaris TRAILS program. In 2012, over 800 people visited it at community events, where we passed out over 500 ATV maps, reg books and safety handouts. Thanks Polaris!
Our club's ATV Safety Education Trailer was purchased with a $10,000 grant from the Polaris TRAILS program. In 2012, over 800 people visited it at community events, where we passed out over 500 ATV maps, reg books and safety handouts. Thanks Polaris!
Every new member gets free club logo stickers for their ATVs and off-highway motorcycles.  Extra logos: $1  Also available in an embroidered patch to sew on your favorite gear. $3 each.
Every new member gets free club logo stickers for their ATVs and off-highway motorcycles. Extra logos: $1 Also available in an embroidered patch to sew on your favorite gear. $3 each.
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