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It has sure been a nice fall sea­son with at or above nor­mal tem­per­a­tures and very few frosty morn­ings. As I write this ar­ti­cle on Oc­to­ber 10th, it is our wed­ding an­niver­sary. Vir­ginia and I were mar­ried in 1975, 39 years ago. It also re­minds me of how long we have been snow­mo­bil­ing. I was snow­mo­bil­ing 10 years be­fore that.

Trail as­so­ci­a­tions and clubs have be­gun to start grub­bing and sign­ing the trails for an­other snow sea­son. The Bot­tineau clubs and Peace Gar­den Trail As­so­ci­a­tion are look­ing for new mem­bers to help with the trail grub­bing and op­er­a­tions. The cur­rent mem­bers will be re­tir­ing soon and new peo­ple and ideas are needed. There have been a cou­ple of meet­ings in Bot­tineau to dis­cuss the trail sys­tems op­er­a­tions and needs. If any­body has ideas please con­tact Dave Vad at John­son Sport Cen­ter in Bot­tineau or the City of Bot­tineau.

Some of the snow­mo­bile rides and fun runs have been set for the win­ter sea­son. The Dakota Trail­blaz­ers of Sur­rey and Minot will have their fun run on De­cem­ber 13th in Sur­rey. The Magic City Drift busters Fun Run will be on Jan­uary 3rd, 2015. The Pink Rib­bon Rid­ers ND Snow Run will be Jan­uary 9th-10th, 2015 in Grafton. The In­ter­na­tional Ride is sched­uled for Jan­uary 31st, 2015 in Minot.

The North Dakota leg­is­la­tion will be in ses­sion start­ing in Jan­uary. The ND Parks & Recre­ation Depart­ment and SND will be ask­ing for some changes in leg­isla­tive bills. They are as fol­low: • In­crease the snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tion fee. • Trans­fer the snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion from the ND DOT to ND Parks & Recre­ation Depart­ment. • Re­duce the al­lowed rid­ing age from 12 to 10 years old to en­hance ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­mote a fun fam­ily ac­tiv­ity, If you know any leg­is­la­tors who will help spon­sor a bill, please let SND know.

Snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tions are up 8% from this time in the pre­vi­ous bi­en­nium, which is good to hear. I would like to re­mind ev­ery­body to reg­is­ter their sleds be­cause that is the fund­ing for groom­ing the trail sys­tems. Also, make sure you have liability in­sur­ance on your sleds. Bye for now and I hope to see you on the trails this win­ter!

cover photo cred­its: Su­san Scott

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