Dale Deib­ert- Re­gion 1

Sno-Dak News - - The Region Reports - Dale

Dale Deib­ert re­port­ing from the Minot, Sur­rey, Bot­tineau and Lake Metigoshe area for Snow­mo­bile North Dakota. Well, Mother Na­ture sure has been slow on bring­ing snow to North Dakota and sur­round­ing ar­eas. But we sure have been get­ting our share of very cold tem­per­a­tures. The first cou­ple of days of the new year has brought some mea­sure­able snow, so hope­fully we can start groom­ing soon. The north­ern part of the re­gion and Lake Metigoshe area has got­ten some snow, so maybe we can start groom­ing soon. There have been two fun runs in the Minot area so far, they have had very good par­tic­i­pa­tion. The Dakota Trail­blaz­ers had their fun run on De­cem­ber 13th end­ing in Sur­rey, they had 266 en­tries. The Magic City Drift­busters had their fun run on Jan­uary 3rd end­ing in Deer­ing, they had over 380 en­tries. As I am writ­ing this the Gas­mann Coulee Cruis­ers of Burling­ton will have a Fun Run on Jan­uary 17th, hop­ing for a great turnout. The Sno-Trails As­so­ci­a­tion will have a Fun Run on Fe­bru­ary 21st, and the State Ride is Fe­bru­ary 7th in Wah­peton. The North Dakota leg­is­la­tion started a new leg­isla­tive ses­sion in Jan­uary. SND is propos­ing an in­crease in the snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tion fee to $60/2 years, it is cur­rently $40/ 2 years. A bill is be­ing in­tro­duced to trans­fer the snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion from the NDDOT to the ND Parks & Recre­ation. Also, a bill to en­hance ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­mote a fun fam­ily ac­tiv­ity; snow­mo­bile rid­ers ages 10 and 11 years old will be able to ride on pub­lic prop­erty in­clud­ing the state snow­mo­bile trail sys­tem, as long as they have been cer­ti­fied by ND Parks & Recre­ation and are rid­ing in the pres­ence of a par­ent or guardian. The bills will be com­ing up be­fore the com­mit­tee meet­ings at the cap­i­tal dur­ing the next cou­ple of months. Snow­mo­bil­ers are be­ing asked to at­tend the com­mit­tee meet­ings if pos­si­ble, to show sup­port for the bills. SND will let you know when the bills are com­ing to com­mit­tee, so you can at­tend. Hope to see you on the snow­mo­bile trails! Bye for now.

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