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Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 5th marked the first mea­sur­able amount of snow for the Rugby area. It started snow­ing in the early morn­ing hours, and by the time we awoke, there was about an inch of fresh white stuff on the ground. This was a mon­u­men­tal morn­ing in the Fritz home as this day only comes once a year! When my sec­ond old­est, Kiefer, peered out the win­dow you could hear the ex­cite­ment in his voice. “It snowed last night!” he said. We all fin­ished get­ting ready for the day and out the door we went with an ex­tra hop in our step. I thought for sure the snow would melt by the time we ar­rived home from school and work, but it didn’t. When I picked up the boys from day­care they im­me­di­ately asked about rid­ing. “Dad can we snow­mo­bile in the yard when we get home?” This is mu­sic to most snow goer fa­ther’s ears. A few short min­utes later and 3 tugs on the rope, the mini z was run­ning. Af­ter a brief warm up pe­riod, Kiefer blasted from the garage and into the yard mak­ing the first tracks. Proudly stand­ing in the yard watch­ing him spin lap af­ter lap I felt some­what left out. Heck, there was plenty of snow for me too, why am I just stand­ing here? I saun­tered into the garage, popped up the kill­switch, hit the orange start but­ton and the Etec was ready to rock! I cau­tiously drove it off the front of the trailer, out the garage door and into the yard mak­ing my own first tracks. We made a few laps rid­ing side by side me mainly check­ing out my bal­ance and strength by at­tempt­ing to make a full lap on one ski. Al­most tip­ping a few times I de­cided it was best if I drove nor­mal and not jeop­ar­dize my weak, heal­ing an­kle. We con­tin­ued rid­ing un­til the pink sun dis­ap­peared into the cool Novem­ber hori­zon. It’s mo­ments like those when I am so glad to be a part of the snow­mo­bile com­mu­nity and I’m ex­tremely lucky to have a fam­ily who en­joys snow­mo­bil­ing like I do. Cheers to a win­ter full of fresh snowy morn­ings, above nor­mal temps, and your own first tracks!

Spe­cial Thanks to the Gas­mann Coulee Cruises and the work they went through in putting to­gether an­other suc­cess­ful SND con­ven­tion in Minot. The North­ern Lights Trail Blaz­ers were well rep­re­sented at the con­ven­tion and the Knains were awarded “Fam­ily of the Year”. Thank you Mark Ship­ley for your time on the SND Board rep­re­sent­ing re­gion 2 and a warm wel­come to Nick Parslow who takes Marks spot.

cover photo cred­its: Sled’ N Snap Win­ner Deb Knain

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