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

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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Sat

23

Aug

2014

"State Fair Time" Update

Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
2014 “It’s State Fair Time” Update 
 
5th Anniversary Annual Meeting Is Big Success -- About 50 people attended the meeting and club ride to Huddles. A slide show of the club’s first 5 years was shown. Andy Becker was elected to the club board. We sold over $1900 in Polaris-donated helmets, accessories and club gear. Lewie Schrupp was awarded the highly coveted “Top Salesman” trophy and the club’s new stainless steel pancake batter dropper, for his outstanding contributions keeping members well fed and attracting new members with the spring pancake breakfast and the bullhead feed held at the American Legion earlier this year.  
 
Club Brings Safety Trailer To Hackensack ‘National Night Out’ -- Thanks to the Buches and the Vanselows for setting up the trailer and passing out maps, reg books and ATV safety color books to families, in Hackensack on August 5th.
 
Sheriff’s Department Considering Starting An ATV Posse -- Sheriff Tom Burch would like to work with the club to create an ATV posse. Members would attend a meeting and be asked to help with searches for missing persons. Many members indicated their interest at the annual meeting. If you would like to be added to the list and contacted to attend an informational meeting in the future, simply reply to this email with your name. 
 
Sorry We Had To Cancel August Ride -- Due to medical issues and scheduling conflicts, we weren’t able to hold the August 9 ride at Moose River ATV Trail. Our apologies. We can schedule more rides! If you would like to lead a local ride on a weekday or Saturday at a trail system in the area, please shoot an email to Dave Halsey and he’ll send out an email to all members. 
 
Club Prez and Treasurer Updates -- Dave Halsey had 2 eye surgeries in the past 2 weeks for a detached retina. Mike Ebinger is looking at 2 possible surgeries on his digestive tract. Neither will be riding for a bit while they are healing up. Both thank you for your understanding and support. 
 
August 26th -- Woodticks At The State Fair -- Tuesday August 26th is Trails Day at the DNR Building. If you’re at the State Fair that day be sure to stop by and say hi to club members who are working as volunteers operating the DNR ATV Simulator. Last year we had over 200 kids ride it in one day, and talked to many parents about ATV safety. Thanks to this year’s volunteers: John Dickerman, Tony Bluth, Mike Burress, Richard Thompson.
 
September 19-20 -- Overnight Club Ride in Roseau -- This will be a fun ride. It’s the ATVAM Fall Ride & Rally. Some members already have motel reservations in Roseau and Warroad, or are camping at the Roseau campground.  
 
Two travel options to consider: 
1) Drive to Roseau Thursday or early Friday for the ATVAM VIP Ride. Friday Schedule: 9-10 a.m. Arrive at Polaris plant (301 5th Ave. SW); 10-11 a.m. Polaris factory tour and presentation; 11 a.m. - noon Travel to trail; Noon - 1 p.m Lunch provided at the trail; 1-4 p.m. Ride the Bemis Hill trail system.  RSVP for Friday VIP ride (for lunch count) by contacting Jonathan Bohn: jonathan@goffpublic.com or 651-815-1196. 
 
2) Drive to Roseau Friday afternoon or early Saturday. Register for Saturday ride at Brickhouse Bar & Grill (205 5th Ave. SW, next to Polaris factory) from 8:30 a.m. on. Guided rides and general riding at Bemis Hill all day. 5 p.m. social hour at Brickhouse, come as you are!  6:00 p.m. ATVAM Banquet. 6:30 p.m. general membership meeting & election of ATVAM officers, plus silent and live auctions of ATV items. 
 
Ride & Rally Registration for ATVAM members: $25 single / $50 family (includes 2 non-adult children under 18, additional children $10 each). For non-members: $45 single / $70 family (both include 1-year ATVAM membership). 
 
Link with more details and registration for ATVAM Fall Ride & Rally:  
 
Questions or to arrange meeting up with other club members in Roseau -- Contact Dave (dvhalsey@aol.com)  612-723-1987 or John Dickerman 507-317-7711.
 
September 26-27 -- Club Trailer & Youth Vehicles at Hackensack Chainsaw Event. All members are invited to visit the trailer and help for a few hours by passing out trail maps, reg books and safety materials. Kids will be invited to sit on club ATV and dirt bike, and wear helmets and safety gear, but not start the vehicles. 
 
October 4 -- Club Ride & Poker Run To Huddles (with valuable prizes!) -- Followed by Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup (need 12 volunteers, takes about an hour).
 
October 11 -- ATV Youth Safety Class, 9 a.m., at the WACC. 
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 ATV CD-ROM, and bring a certificate of completion to the class. CDs are available from our club’s instructors, 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.
 
Dues Renewal --  If you haven’t mailed your renewal dues for 2014, please help us finish that effort. Thanks!
 
Address, Phone or Email Change? -- Please let us know so we can keep you up-to-date on all club news and events. If you aren’t getting our emails and have an email address, please send that to dvhalsey@aol.com
 
Thanks to all our Business Members for your support!  Please give them your business. They are: 1st National Bank of Walker, Ace Hardware & Lumber, Legion Post 202, Arrowhead Builders Supply, Bear Pause Theater, Birch Lake Small Engine, Birchwood Char House and Bar, Birdie’s Mini Golf, Focalpoint Flooring, Gallery of New Creations, Hackensack Auto Value, Hackensack Lumber, Hartmann Recycling, Hilltop Sports, Huddles Resort, Kevin Larson Construction, Longville Motel, Lori’s Luv’s, Luccette’s Pizza, Mark’s Market, Netter, North Country Tire, North Lakes Marine, Oakwood Insurance Agency, Southside Fuel Plus, Stompin’ Grounds, The One Stop, Tranquility Acres, Udoms Thai Restaurant, Walker Power Equipment.
 
 
  Thanks for your support!
Watch for updates on emails, club website & Facebook.
Suggestions, new club ideas? Reply to this email.  
 
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Fri

04

Jul

2014

We love a parade!

Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
Fourth of July Update, 2014
 
It’s Parade Time!
Ride your ATV, SxS, dirt bike, Jeep or mini-truck with the club in one or both of the local parades coming up. It’s always a fun time, and amazing how many shouts of support we get from the crowds in Longville and Hackensack. We’ll tow the club trailer and toss candy to the kids! Details:
 
Longville Parade, Friday July 4th -- ride or trailer your vehicle to Longville, meet at the Salem Lutheran Church parking lot at 10 a.m., where we’ll unload ATVs, and decorate them with flags. Bring candy to toss. The parade starts at 11 a.m.  
 
Hackensack Sweetheart Days Parade, Tuesday July 8th -- ride or trailer your vehicle to Hackensack, club will stage its vehicles at 4:30 to 5 pm, on 1st Street, south of No Name Avenue. The parade starts at 6 pm. Bring some candy to toss and decorate your ATV! This year’s theme: History of Hackensack Area. 
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20 Members Ride the Hill City ATV Trail
It was a great club ride June 7th, with many new members experiencing a trail ride for the first  time. Recent rains made the ride plenty fun...with no dust! See club Facebook page for photos.
 
Woodtick Wheelers Annual Meeting July 26th 
Help us celebrate the club’s 5th Anniversary! We’ll have a 1 hour meeting, with board elections, a half-price helmet sale (Polaris donated 50 helmets, shirts and RZR accessories. Thanks Polaris!), and a club ride to Huddles for lunch! This is always fun. Club gear also available. Location: Bursch cabin on Stony Lake. Directions from Hackensack: East 2 miles on Cty. 5, then north 3 miles on Cty. 122, road turns left (Stony Drive), go 1.5 miles, right at Y, then first left (Stony Loop). Watch for signs. For more information send email to club president Dave Halsey: dvhalsey@aol.com.
 
Our MSF Dirt Bike School was on WCCO-TV -- Nine riders took the 6-hour class on June 21st, taught by Motorcycle Safety Foundation-certified coaches. Dirt bikes ranged from a Honda 50 to a KTM 450. Riders ranged from 7 years old to 60.  WCCO-TV covered the class, airing a segment that Saturday morning. You can see it at this link: 
 
Big news for young riders: MN DNR Now Recognizes ASI and MSF Safety Training Certificates -- There are two new ways for young riders to be safety certified. Thanks to a new state law, promoted by ATVAM and ARMCA, the MN DNR now recognizes the ASI ATV RiderCourse certificate and the MSF Dirt Bike School certificate for young riders to legally ride on public lands. Earlier, only a certificate from the DNR’s ATV CD & Safety Training Class or OHM Safety Training CD were recognized. This is a huge step forward, bringing MN in line with other states that recognize these national rider safety courses for young riders to be certified. According to Leland Owens with the MN DNR, riders should carry their MSF or ASI certificate when riding on public trails.
 
Plan Now For Club Ride To Roseau -- Our club rides this year include an overnight in Roseau at the ATVAM Fall Ride & Rally on September 19-20. The Friday VIP ride is always fun, riding with 15 or more DNR folks and state legislators. This year it includes a Polaris factory tour (their 60th anniversary) and a BBQ. Saturday there will be guided rides on some great trails. Book your lodging now at the AmericInn in Roseau, at this link: http://www.americinn.com/Hotels/MN/Roseau. If full, there are 4 other hotels in Roseau, and campgrounds available for those who wish to camp, which you can find doing a Google search. Options: Drive to Roseau Thursday for the Friday VIP ride and Saturday rides and ATVAM banquet. Or drive up Friday for the Saturday ride and banquet, returning Sunday. The club will be providing more details as they are made available by ATVAM and the ATV club in Roseau.  
 
Club Ride August 9 at Moose River ATV Trail -- Meet at the trailhead parking lot, off State Hwy 6 north of Outing (same location as last year) at 9:30 a.m. We’ll ride the Moose River Trail, have lunch in Outing at the Village Inn, return by mid-afternoon. 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.  
 
More Club Rides? -- If you would like to organize a club ride on a weekday or weekend, in addition to those already scheduled, send an email and we’ll help spread the word. 
 
Hoping To Wrap Up 2014 Dues -- Thanks to everyone who has sent in their club dues for 2014. The response to our mailing to all members -- which included a membership card -- was great! We’d like to wrap that up, so if you haven’t renewed, please send your check today ($20 Family / $10 Individual / $25 Business) to Woodtick Wheelers, PO Box 83, Hackensack, MN 56452.
 
Thanks for belonging to the Woodtick Wheelers, celebrating 5 years of club rides, trail projects and OHV safety education in the Hackensack/Longville area. 
 
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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.
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