We proudly support and volunteer on these MN DNR programs.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Send us your comments and fun club ideas for rides and events!
Woodtick Wheelers Board:
Dave Halsey, President email@example.com 612-723-1987
John Dickerman, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org 507-317-7711
Mike Ebinger, Treasurer, Membership email@example.com 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!
At its annual conference, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) named the Woodtick Wheelers "Club Of The Year." The club received the award for its work promoting safe and responsible OHV riding at the local, regional and national levels. It was totally unexpected and is a great honor. Members Dave Halsey and Jan Rintamaki received the award at the conference on behalf of the club's 360 members. Congratulations Woodticks!
Have Dust Mask Will Travel! -- On August 24, Woodticks on 13 ATVs and side-by-sides rode parts of 4 trails (Moose River, Moose River Connector, Soo Line North and Hill City Connector). We were joined by Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, and Sergeant Bryan Welk. We were prepared for the dust with bandanas and masks, and had a great time. We also got to see the new boardwalk trail and steel bridge on the Hill City trail, examples of how trails can be built to mitigate wetlands, and what we plan to build as part of our Grant-In-Aid trail in the future.
Join Us On The Next Club Ride! -- On Saturday, September 14, we’ll ride from Stony Lake to Huddle’s Resort on Leech Lake. This is an easy ride, and always popular. We’ll stage at 10 a.m. in front of the Bursch cabin, where we had the annual meeting. It’s an easy 13 mile ride, with lunch at Huddles. We also need 8-12 people to help clean our 2-mile stretch of State 200 at Whipholt. Bags and pick-up tools will be provided. If you can help with the cleanup, please contact Adopt-A-Highway Team Leader Dick Buche (email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 651-338-1135)
More September Rides! -- Here is a chance to ride more new trails. As part of the ATVAM Fall Convention, there are two rides. Friday, September 20, is a guided VIP ride on the new Chisholm Trail, where you can ride with ATVAM board members, the MN DNR and state legislators. On Saturday, September 21st, there is a guided ride from Chisholm to Buhl through old mining areas. Saturday night is the ATVAM general membership meeting, and auction. See all the details and how to register for the rides at ATVAM.org.
Woodticks Helping At Hackensack Chainsaw Event, Sept 27-29 -- Again this year, club members will be providing transportation, using golf cars to shuttle people from parking to this great event, where carvers transform logs to art. The club also bought a small ad in the event brochure. To volunteer, contact Dick Buche (contact info above). For a complete event schedule, visit: http://www.hackensackchamber.com/index.cfm?PageID=5857
Woodticks Volunteer at State Fair -- Monday, August 26, was “Trails Day” at the DNR Building. Five Woodtick Wheelers (Dickerman, Bluth, Burress, Tuftin, Halsey) spent the day volunteering for the DNR to run the hydraulically operated ATV Simulator. We had 317 kids ride the simulator, giving us the opportunity to talk with them and their parents about ATV safety, regulations and state trails. Thanks volunteers!
Grant-In-Aid Trail Moves To Step 2! -- On Tuesday, August 20th, the Cass County Commissioners voted to be the funding sponsor for our GIA Trail. The trail application has been revised following the county purchasing a strategic parcel of land to reroute the trail out of the Cty 5 ROW. It was signed by the county and is now with the MN DNR for its review. That moves us to Step 2 of the DNR’s 7-Step process to build a new OHV trail -- Party!
New ATV Regulations -- The following OHV regulations took effect in MN on August 1st:
-Youths who have completed all safety training are allowed to operate an ATV in the ditch while accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on another ATV. This helps families keep riding legally to towns and trails.
-Class II ATVs (side-by-sides) can operate in the ditch for the purpose of accessing businesses or making trail connections. They can now also make left turns from any part of the road if it is safe under prevailing conditions.
-The MN DNR is recommending (but not requiring) youths under the age of 18 to complete both the written safety test and hands-on safety training. (Currently the age is under 16. ATVAM had lobbied for it to be a requirement.)
-ATVAM proposed and the legislature allowed there to be a “No Registration Weekend,” allowing ATV owners and nonresidents to use state trails without a registration sticker for one weekend each year. The goal is to get people unfamiliar with state trails to get out and discover them. This year, the Ride Free Weekend is August 31st and September 1st (Sat/Sun of Labor Day Weekend).
Thanks for renewing your membership and supporting the Woodtick Wheelers!
We’re winding down the renewal dues activity for the year, and encourage everyone who hasn’t sent in their business ($25), family ($20) or individual ($10) annual dues to mail them to the club at P.O. Box 83, Hackensack, MN 56452. Every member counts!
Thanks to all our business sponsors! We appreciate your support and encourage our members to support your businesses. See the Woodtick Wheelers web site for the complete list of 28 Business Members.
Email us your comments and ideas for the club...and ride safe!
The Woodtick Wheelers Board
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
2013 Summer Update
Welcome new members!
We’ve had many new members join the club this year. Welcome! We now have 355 members, including 28 business members! To see how far we’ve come in just 4 years, open the attachment: “Woodtick Wheelers By The Numbers.”
Annual Meeting & Ride To Huddles
Over 40 people attended the annual meeting on Saturday, July 27th. We had coffee and donuts fresh from Woman Lake Lodge. The meeting went 1 hour, followed by a club ride from Stony Lake to Huddle’s Resort on Leech Lake for lunch. 17 ATVs and side-by sides participated. Jeanette Mika won the poker run with 3 sixes, and was awarded the pot ‘o money in a stiff north wind on Whipholt beach.
New Club Board
New board members elected are Sue Buche and Dick Nytes, who join the rest of the board for the coming year: Karen Nytes, Julie Andrews, Dick Buche, Lloyd Solarz, Mike Ebinger, John Dickerman and Dave Halsey.
2013 Top Salesman Award
The highly coveted traveling trophy went to Mike Ebinger, who signed up 17 new members this year, including 7 business members in Longville. Thanks Mike!
Grant-In-Aid ATV Trail
Cass County purchased a key piece of property near the Longville city limits that allows us to move our proposed route out of the ROW of Cty 5 and into the woods on county property. This will lower the estimated cost of the first 2.3 miles of our GIA trail from $200K to $20K, and is a key step in our progress to create a safe, signed and club-managed ATV trail connecting Longville to Whipholt, and later Whipholt to Hackensack.
Distribution of Adventure Trail materials
The club is distributing 2,000 “Adventure Trail” ATV-safety activity books and color crayon boxes to area youths, through our business members, chambers of commerce and local stores. Thanks to the Hackensack Lions and American Legion Post 202 for their cash donations that paid for shipping costs of these materials, made available by NOHVCC.
“Trails Day” At Minnesota State Fair
Monday, August 26th is “Trails Day” at the DNR building. Our club will be manning the ATV Simulator again this year on that day. We could use a few more volunteers to help, each will receive a ticket for admission and parking at the fair, for working a few hours with the simulator. It’s a lot of fun. No previous experience necessary. Email Dave Halsey if you are interested.
August 24 -- Club Ride -- Moose River ATV Trail, Outing
(Meet at trailhead and parking area off State Hwy 6 at 9:00 a.m. Directions from Longville: east on Cty 7, south on State 6, go 3-4 miles, turn left at Ben Draper Tower Road, parking lot on left)
August 26 -- “Trails Day” at MN State Fair -- Club will work the DNR ATV Simulator at DNR area. A fun time. Work half a day, then visit the fair, club provides ticket and parking. Sign up today by replying to this email!
September 14 -- Club Ride, Stony Lake To Whipholt & Adopt-A-Highway cleanup
September 20-22 -- ATVAM Fall Convention - Chisholm
September 27-29 -- Hackensack Chainsaw Event.
October __?__ -- ATV Safety Class, Walker Community Center
For ages 11-15, club has CD’s for pre-class at-home instruction.
Visit our web site at WoodtickWheelers.com and “like” us on Facebook.
Thanks for your support and ride safe!
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
P.O. Box 83
Hackensack, MN 56452