Region reporters tell you the latest.
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!