Dale Deibert- Region 1
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.