Welcome to the Woodtick Wheelers Website. Celebrating our 5th Anniversary in 2014, the club now has over 400 members!

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.

Get your free copy of the new DNR Trails Atlas!
Get your free copy of the new DNR Trails Atlas!
Lewie Schrupp receives Top Salesman trophy and official club pancake batter dropper at our annual meeting celebrating our 5th Anniversary!
Lewie Schrupp receives Top Salesman trophy and official club pancake batter dropper at our annual meeting celebrating our 5th Anniversary!
We ride in the Longville and Hackensack parades
We ride in the Longville and Hackensack parades

Fri

03

Apr

2015

Two Spring 2015 Events!

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 we’re 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!


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Spring Meeting / Pancake Breakfast  

Followed by ride To Whipholt & Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup 

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -- New location!  Schrupp’s Garage 


9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast

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. 


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Sat

31

Jan

2015

Happy New Year

Belated Happy New Year!

The trails are closed. The fish aren’t biting. 
So it’s a good time for a brief January 2015 club update.

January 23-25 - Volunteers needed for Back To Hack --  This is a fun winter celebration, with an ice fishing contest, medallion hunt, chili feed, penguin plunge, and a big bonfire and fireworks at night. The Hackensack Chamber has asked the club to help during the Saturday morning “Frostbite ur Fanny” Walk/Run, standing at intersections to guide the participants along the route. It looks like this year won’t be quite as cold as last year. We have 6 volunteers but could use a couple more. If you can help, show up at the Hackensack Visitor’s Center at 8:30 a.m. Have fun at Back to Hack! Here’s a link to the schedule of events:http://www.hackensackchamber.com/MP/images/file/BTH%20Schedule%202015(1).pdf

February 28 -- Club Board Meeting - Ideas Wanted! The club’s 9-member board will get together and start planning club meetings, rides, and community events we’ll be part of in 2015. Please reply to this email with any and all ideas on trails you’d like to ride this year, new club gear you’d like the club to make available, and other things you’d like the board to add to the list. Our focus this year will be on riding and having fun!

March 6-9 -- ATVAM Vision Conference. All ATVAM members are invited to ATVAM's Annual 2015 Vision Conference and All Membership Meeting, March 6 - 9 at Sugar Lake Lodge in Cohasset. This is a chance for ATVers across the state to come together to share concerns and celebrate successes. The cost to attend the Vision Conference is $40.00 per attendee (which the club will reimburse) and will include printed handouts, a delicious Saturday lunch and morning refreshments/snacks both Saturday and Sunday. You can attend just Saturday for the main meetings if that works for you. Please reply to this email if you plan to attend, and register by February 20 using the form at this link: https://files.ctctcdn.com/564eb3f9001/ee174466-482f-4592-a1cd-2a3b81da6537.pdf.
    
Join ATVAM today! -- Our club is very involved in ATVAM to help protect our right to ride and work with the DNR on ATV rules and regulations. To learn more about ATVAM and to join, see their web page at atvam.org.

2nd Annual Bullhead Feed (Date TBD) -- Last year’s fish fry in early May was a huge success. We packed the Legion and ran out of fish dinners. This year we’re ordering twice as many bullhead, which taste great deep-fried and served with buns, cole slaw and other goodies. Lewie Schrupp is organizing this event and is working with Legion Post 202 to set a date. We’ll update you with more details in the near future.

Will we have to ride our Rangers and RZRs in the ditch of county roads this year? We’re getting that question a lot. The 2015 DNR regs say any vehicle under 1200 lbs. (was 1,000 lbs earlier) will have to now ride in the ditch of county roads. This is creating a lot of confusion. There is a work group of ATVAM, DNR and state legislators working on a new ATV definition. And we’re speaking up as a club. We’ll see what happens and let our members know asap.

MN DNR ATV Youth Safety Instructor Classes -- The DNR has scheduled a number of classes for the near future. If you’d like to join our club’s instructors, consider attending. It’s also the first step to becoming a certified MN DNR Trail Ambassador. Here’s a link to the schedule and pre-requisites required:  

Thanks!

Da Board:
Dave Halsey, President  dvhalsey@gmail.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; Andy Becker, Dick Buche, Karen Nytes, Dick Nytes, Lloyd Solarz
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Sat

08

Nov

2014

Halloween Update 2014

Halloween Update, 2014
Grab a handful of candy corn, this is a long (but super informative) update.
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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!

RECENT EVENTS:
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! 

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Mon

29

Sep

2014

"Fall Colors" Update

To: All Members, Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
 
2014 “Fall Colors” Update
 
ATVAM Fall Ride & Rally -- A little rain (okay a lot of rain) didn’t stop the Woodticks from having a good time up in Roseau. Club members rode the Bemis Hill trail system, toured the Polaris factory, attended the ATVAM annual banquet and got some good bargains on riding gear at the auction. Next year it’s in Hill City. We’ll be there! 
 
Hackensack Chainsaw Event -- Wow! Who knew our trailer would be such a big draw! We talked with hundreds of people, many who are new to the area. As always, the No. 1 question we get is “Where can I ride?” Everyone wanted the new DNR OHV Trail Atlas...we ran out!  We answered a wide variety of questions on OHV riding in northern MN, geared up kids who wanted to sit on our Polaris 90 ATV and Honda 50 dirt bike (purchased this year with a Polaris grant), and signed up a dozen new members!  Mike Ebinger and Dave Halsey were there Friday and Saturday, and thanks to Scott and Theresa Meyers for helping out during the Saturday afternoon rush. A big thanks to Dick Buche for securing a great location for our trailer, and hauling it to and from the event.
 
Fall Club Ride & Poker Run, Saturday, October 4th  -- Join us on a fun and colorful fall ride through the Chippewa National Forest. Meet at the Bursch cabin (same location as our meetings) at 10 a.m. We’ll ride as a group, enjoying the fall colors on this easy 12 mile ride, and stopping along the way to deal cards to everyone and play a hand of poker, with prizes for best and worst hand. We’ll ride up to Huddle’s Resort for lunch. Those who are interested and able are invited to help us do our fall Adopt-A-Highway cleanup along State 200. We’ll send four groups of 2-3 out from Huddles on either side of the highway with yellow trash bags and neon vests. It takes about a half hour -- and the club will buy your lunch! Then we’ll make the return trip on our ATVs in one or two groups, depending on how many riders we have. Directions from Hackensack to Bursch cabin: East on Cty 5 for 2 miles, then north on Cty 122 for 3 miles, road turns west (Stony Drive), go another 1.5 miles to Y, take a right, then a left on Stony Loop. 
 
 A Big Thanks To Our 30 Business Members! -- The club really appreciates your support. We promote your businesses at all meetings, rides and events. We want to do more to thank you, so we will be stopping by to purchase gift cards or gift certificates that we’ll use for drawings, door prizes and poker runs. Our newest Business Member is the Big Dipper in Hackensack! We welcome your ideas on how we can promote your businesses to our 400+ club members. 
 
ATV Youth Safety Class -- Saturday, October 11th, 9 a.m., at the Walker Area Community Center. For ages 11-15 to get their DNR ATV Safety Certificate to ride on public lands. Kids need to do DNR CD at-home study prior to class. CDs available at Birch Lake Small Engine, Sheriff’s Dept, Walker Power and One Stop in Longville. To get details and pre-register, call Lloyd Solarz at 218-682-3775. Adults are also encouraged to attend, who want to learn more about safe riding techniques.  
 
Play Pickleball! -- Board member Sue Buche has started a pickleball club in Hackensack. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hackensack Community Center. Contact Sue for more details: sueb1324@aol.com
 
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!  
(We send all emails through a blind copy to protect your privacy, and do not share your email address with anyone.) 
 
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; Andy Becker, Dick Buche, Karen Nytes, Dick Nytes, Lloyd Solarz
 
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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 400 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 400 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. Over 1,000 people have visited it at community events, where we passed out over 3,000 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. Over 1,000 people have visited it at community events, where we passed out over 3,000 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.