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.