Sno-Dak News - - Club News - Chris Iver­son

The Sheyenne SnoDrifters are keep­ing busy while wait­ing for snow! The core mem­bers of the club worked with a few young vol­un­teers from the high school and got the trails all signed for the sea­son. Hope­fully we have a white Christ­mas and can get out and en­joy snow­mo­bil­ing dur­ing Christ­mas va­ca­tions!

For the last year we’ve been talk­ing about a spe­cial way for our club to com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of Snow­mo­bile North Dakota. That dis­cus­sion cul­mi­nated in two re­cent events.

The evening of De­cem­ber 5th we had a float in the Val­ley City Christ­mas Pa­rade of Lights— which is when Santa Claus makes his first ap­pear­ance of the year. We dec­o­rated our float with lights and snow­mo­biles from the last four plus decades of snow­mo­bil­ing which in­cluded a ’75 John­son owned by Jerry Perkins, a pair of ’67 and ’80 Scor­pi­ons, a ’89 Yamaha Sno Scoot, and a ’98 Kitty Cat owned by Todd An­der­son, and a ’14 El Ti­gre owned by Dean & Char­lene Sten­son. We had rid­ers and walk­ers of all ages who donned vin­tage cloth­ing to match the sleds and even had a few old Sheyenne SnoDrifter club jack­ets to round out the en­sem­ble. Rather than toss­ing candy, we de­cided to pass out pack­ets of co­coa with a sticker that gave in­for­ma­tion about club meet­ings and the new on-line youth snow­mo­bile safety class. We’re hop­ing some of those snow­mo­biles gen­er­ated a few wishes for one un­der the tree by win­ter fun-lovers of all ages! As you can maybe tell, Todd An­der­son is some­what of a vin­tage snow­mo­bile col­lec­tor—that in­cludes snow­mo­biles, cloth­ing, and mem­o­ra­bilia. Todd comes by his love of snow­mo­bil­ing nat­u­rally—he is the son of Judy An­der­son, who was the Trea­surer for SND in the late 70’s and he had a SND time cap­sule of sorts in a brief­case that hadn’t been opened in over 30 years. From 1976 – 1978, not only was Judy the trea­surer, other Val­ley City res­i­dents and mem­bers of the Sheyenne SnoDrifters also held state of­fices in SND—Har­land Hau­gen was pres­i­dent and Riki Mielke was sec­re­tary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. For the month of De­cem­ber the front win­dow of the Barnes County Mu­seum will have a dis­play of se­lect vin­tage snow­mo­biles, cloth­ing, hel­mets, and mem­o­ra­bilia from Todd’s col­lec­tion as well as cloth­ing be­long­ing to Den­nis & Sharon Cole­man and Kelly & Sandy Lang, all of Val­ley City, and also club ban­ners. There is also a “40 years of SND” T-shirt in the front to bring ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion to the fact that we have some­thing sig­nif­i­cant to cel­e­brate. It was such fun to look through the SnoDak News from back then— SND memberships were $5 a year, snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tions were an is­sue, and the cash on hand bal­ance of Novem­ber 20, 1976 was $331.56! Two of my fa­vorite items in the dis­play are my mom’s yel­low Ski-Doo base layer and Todd’s dad’s SnoDrifters jacket with patches from Easter Seals rides in the late 70’s and early 80’s. There are so many great sto­ries to go along with each item.

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