Happy New Year!
Looking Back On 2016, our club:
-Welcomed many new members and Business Sponsors
-Had 9 club rides and two big meetings
-Kept members informed on ATV news and issues
-Certified 25 youth riders at our ATV Safety Class in Walker
-Rode 1000 miles as Trail Ambassadors
-Recognized Dick Nytes as Member of the Year
-Held a pork chop feed, pancake breakfast & benefit chili feed
-Created an ATV Search & Rescue Team
-Donated a rescue insert and cab to the Sheriff’s Ranger,
for S&R, using Polaris TRAILS grants
-Visited with 100s of riders at National Night Out and the
Hackensack Chainsaw Event
-Rode with Woodrow the Woodtick in 2 parades; won the
prize for innovative entry
-Put 250 kids on the ATV Simulator at the MN State Fair,
and talked to their parents about ATV safety
-Attended many ATVAM and DNR meetings, and a NOHVCC
Great Trails Workshop in Akeley
-Promoted and thanked our Business Members year-round,
and bought many $25 gift cards from them, for use as prizes
-Sold lots of cool club gear to members
-Donated gear and funds to other clubs and non-profits for
their silent auctions and trail work
The MN DNR reports that, during 2016:
-4,460 kids, teens and adults took their Online ATV Safety Training Course
-DNR Conservation Officers wrote over 3,700 ATV violations and warnings. From Jan 1 to Dec 8, COs wrote 911 citations, and 2790 warnings. There are 25 violation categories. Of the ATV tickets, the top 3 are “License/Registration/Permit Not inPossession or Displayed” (286), “No Valid License/Registration/Permit” (167), “Youth Operate w/o Helmet” (117). Most of the violations are $125 or more (including surcharges). By comparison, COs wrote 339 tickets to snowmobilers, 80 to dirt bike riders and 16 to 4WD truck drivers. If you’d like to receive the complete list, reply to this email and we’ll send you the DNR table.
Two New County ATV Parks opened last year
1) The Axtel Technical Riding Area, off the Soo Line Trail near MacGregor, is a big hit. It was built by Aitkin County. We’ll do a club ride there in 2017. A map of the obstacles is shown here: http://www.co.aitkin.mn.us/departments/land/recreation/
2) If you live in or near Grant County, the county built a new ATV Park, complete with a youth training area and 2 mile trail complete with lots of cool obstacles. There is a picnic area for parents to watch their kids as they ride. If you want to check it out this spring, it’s near
Elbow Lake. Here’s a link to the county website for details: http://www.co.grant.mn.us/582/ATV-Park
Did you know? -- The Grant County ATV Park was built with RTP funds. Across the country, many ATV trails -- as well as hiking, bicycle and horse trails -- are funded by gas taxes paid by ATV, snowmobile and truck owners. It’s called the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). This month is the 25th anniversary of this important federal program that directs gas tax money back to the states for motorized and non-motorized trail projects in all 50 states. You can read about
the Grant County ATV Park and the RTP 25th Anniversary in the December NOHVCC newsletter, at this link: http://nohvcc.org/Materials/Newsletter/December-2016.
Woodtick Wheelers Featured in “The Source 2017”
The Pilot newspaper just published its 115-page resource guide for Central Cass and Eastern Hubbard Counties. It was delivered with the Pilot paper last week. A full-page article with photos on the Woodtick Wheelers is on page 104. Watch for it!
Trail Ambassador programs featured in magazine.
Minnesota is one of only 4 states with a Trail Ambassador program. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) wrote an article on them a while back, and recently sent us a pdf of it.
You can read it in the attachment to this email.
For those interested in becoming a Trail Ambassador, here are DNR class dates:
-Saturday January 7, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.
Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area Headquarters
5463 West Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025
Contact: Bruce Lawrence @ 763-267-8534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-Saturday March 4, 2017@ 10:00 a.m.
Nelson Hall - Camp Ripley, 15011 Hwy 115, Little Falls, MN 56345
Contact: Bruce Lawrence @ 763-267-8534 or email@example.com
-Saturday April 1, 2017
Midwest Interagency Fire Center (MIFC)
402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Mike Lee @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-963-7343
-Saturday April 22, 2017
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
7196 Pettit Rd, Gilbert, MN 55741
Contact: Bruce Lawrence @ email@example.com or 763-267-8534
Thanks for supporting the club! ‘Like’ us on Facebook and visit WoodtickWheelers.com.
Send us your ideas, places you’d like to ride next year, and other comments!
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;
Sherrie Gayken, Secretary; Ed Anderson, Dick Buche, Sue Buche, Scott Meyers, Dave Shaw
We are sad to report that Roy Huddle has passed away.
Twice a year, our club does a ride from Stony Lake to Huddle’s Resort on Leech Lake. We are always warmly greeted by Roy and Kay Huddle, and their family. Roy passed away this week at the age of 78. Huddles is one of the oldest family-run resorts in Minnesota, started by Roy’s grandparents in 1928. Huddle’s is a long-time business sponsor of our club. Please keep the Huddle family in your prayers. You can read Roy’s obituary at this link:
Two websites for snowbirds and travelers:
Some of our members head south for the winter, and bring their ATVs and SxSs with them. Others trailer their vehicles on winter vacations, going to Glamis in California, and other popular riding areas. Here are a couple websites to help you find places to ride this winter:
1 - RiderPlanet.com -- This ATV and motorcycle trails database is very detailed, with photos and contact information to plan a ride anywhere in the country. Just click on the state you are going to, and you’ll see a long list of public trails and private ATV parks.
2 - RideCommand.Polaris.com -- This program (formerly called RiderX,and which Woodticks Halsey and Potter work on at Polaris), is nowbetter than ever. Go to the website, zoom into an area and you’ll see all the public trails and private ATV parks. You can plan OHV and snowmobile rides across the U.S. and Canada, and more.
Download the free Ride Command mobile app on your smart phone or tablet, and use it while riding. You can track your rides, find your exact GPS location on OHV or snowmobile trails across the country, form a group with other riders and see where they are on the trail, plus find food, fuel, lodging and the nearest Polaris dealer..and more.
In the Hackensack-Akeley-Longville area, you’ll see brown icons highlighting 10 of our club’s business sponsors that bought a Premium Point-Of-Interest from our club. It was part of a pilot project at Polaris that’s now going nationwide, giving OHV and snowmobile clubs a new tool for fundraising.
To learn more about Ride Command, watch this Youtube video created by Polaris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Check out this scenic video made by GoPro about a father/son
trail-building team in Oregon. The GoPro staff spent some time with Reid Brown and his dad Barrett,
two outstanding OHV advocates in Oregon. Check out this short video to watch this father/son team as they ride and race dirt bikes, and build single-track trails on the steep slopes of the Tillamook Forest. Their expertise and enthusiasm is amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
There are a lot of great OHV success stories out there. To read aboutOHV success stories in Colorado, Maryland and Connecticut, plus an easy way to donate to the OHV industry when shopping on Amazon, and a new guide to help you get involved in Forest Planning with the USFS. It's all in the November NOHVCC Newsletter at this link: http://www.nohvcc.org/
Merry Christmas! from your Woodtick Wheelers Board:
Dave Halsey, President email@example.com, 612-723-1987; Andy Becker, Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mike Ebinger, Treasurer,Membership email@example.com; Sherrie Gayken, Secretary; Ed Anderson, Dick Buche, Sue Buche, Scott Meyers, Dave Shaw
Update On Longville ATV Ordinance
The Longville city clerk contacted the club for information on their ATV Ordinance, which
we assisted the city with creating a few years ago. Here is our club’s letter to the
Longville City Council, including an inquiry to find out if Class 1 ATV riders are still being
ticketed for riding on Longville city streets, or if Class 1 are now legal, like Class 2 ATVs
are currently. We’ll let you know what we find out.
To: Longville City Council
November 8, 2016
I want to thank Christina, your city clerk, for asking me about the Longville ATV
Ordinance, how it came about and how it is connected to our club’s proposal to create a
Grant-In-Aid ATV Trail from Longville to Hackensack and further west to the Foot Hills
State Forest. I also want to apologize for not updating you earlier about our OHV Trail
proposal, which has stalled out. The ordinance and trail project got their start at the
same time. Here is an update:
Project to create a GIA ATV Trail
The Woodtick Wheelers held meetings in 2011 and 2012 with the Longville City Council
to get approval and support to create a Grant-In-Aid ATV trail connecting Longville to
As required by Cass County (the funding sponsor) and the MN DNR, the club received
resolutions in favor of this project from Longville, Hackensack, 5 townships and 2
snowmobile clubs. An ordinance allowing ATVs on the Longville city streets was also
required. The team that worked on this ordinance included myself, Scott Carpenter and
Kam Kammueller, along with the city attorney.
As reported by the Pilot newspaper, Longville adopted an ordinance regulating the use
of ATVs and golf carts within the city limits on November 16, 2011.
In addition, the Cass County Commissioners on January 17, 2012, approved a request
by the City of Longville to allow ATVs to run on segments of CSHA 5 and 7 within
Longville city limits, as part of the GIA Trail proposal.
The Trail project also required a permit from MNDOT to allow ATVs coming into
Longville from the south on Cty 5, to cross State 84, but not ride on it. MNDOT said that
permit would not be available until the new bridge was installed.
In the meantime, as we moved through the MN DNR's 7-step process to create a GIA
Trail, we ran into some issues with Phase 1, from Longville to Whipholt. At the outset,
Pine Lake Township had voted to support the trail project (in a vote of 2 in favor, 1
against). Later, following elections at the township level, however, the person who
earlier voted against the trail, was elected township supervisor.
When the club got to the DNR’s Step 4, public comments were received on the project.
Over 200 were in favor. However, the few negative comments took precedence by the
County, which has a “neighborhood must approve projects” policy. The township
supervisor and residents along the proposed route, decided they didn’t want the trail on
the roads in Whipholt, crossing State 200, or using the roadside rest at the Whipholt
Beach for parking. The DNR requires that a GIA ATV Trail must have parking at both
ends. The club proposed alternate parking areas away from Whipholt, along the ‘C’ trail
to the County. Unfortunately, they were not acceptable to the County.
Losing Pine Lake Township support and not being able to get an approved parking area,
basically killed Phase 1 of the club’s proposed ATV Trail. At this time, there are no plans
to restart this ATV Trail proposal, which is unfortunate, because it would have provided
a safe, signed riding opportunity for families with ATVs and off-highway motorcycles.
I hope this helps the city council in addressing its ATV and golf car ordinance, and how
to move forward with it. Our club would like to know if the City of Longville allows
both Class 1 and Class 2 (side-by-sides) on city streets. Some of our members
have been ticketed by the DNR Conservation Officer for riding Class 1 ATVs into
Longville. Please let me know what is allowed, so I can pass the details on to our
Let me know if you have any questions about this subject.
Dave Halsey, president
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
We proudly support and volunteer on these MN DNR programs.
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
P.O. Box 83
Hackensack, MN 56452