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January 2009 Newsletter

January 2009 Newsletter


We are striving to maintain regular scheduling of grooming twice a week, with the most used trail, Marcell North and South being groomed three times a week. Now that we have both groomers operating full force, we are hoping the complaints are resolved. We are also adding additional groomer operators.

Our Club Winter Weekend beginning January 30th is coming up fast, so please get your reservations in. Late reservations will be accepted as long as they have rooms available.
Our destination is Ash-Ka-Nam located on the Ash River near Lake Kabetogama. 
We would like to know who is trailering up. There are a few of us who are riding, so we would like to have someone volunteer to haul coolers, etc. up for the Friday night pot luck supper. It’s a 127 mile ride to Ash-Ka-Nam. We will be meeting in Richie’s parking lot Friday, January 30th, at 9:00am and leaving as soon as we have a good ‘head count’. It would be nice to know who is planning to ride so we can wait for you. We will be going through the Effie Café parking lot, so we can pick up the northern riders there if we know you are going to be riding with us.
Call Jack or Jane ~ 218-743-3658

The Effie garage served as a warm-up place for the annual White Oak dog sled race again this year. Thanks to Gordy and Zona Kinn we had it all cleaned up for the mushers and crew. Northome and Effie were checkpoints for the 10 dog race. The White Oak crew (the Northwoods Saddle Club members, 18 of them) was planning to set up the ham radios and food at about 6:00pm, but the radio operators didn’t show up till 11:30pm. Jack Hillstrom stayed the night and saw the last mushers off at about 8:00am. He has some ideas to make it work better next year. It was a very cold weekend so there were many grateful people who used the facility to warm up and rest.

MN USA’s Winter Rendezvous is the weekend of February 13-15, 2009 at Ruttgers’ Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids. Please let us know if you are able to participate in this event. They still need greeters at Timberlake Lodge for the Governor’s lunch and ride which will probably be Friday, February 13th. Volunteers for this event will not have to pay a registration fee for the governor’s event.    Jane Hillstrom, Secretary
 
Notes from your President 
I am writing this on Friday, January 16, 2009, the coldest day so far this winter.  It was 40 below, but has warmed to 38 below.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30pm at the Clubhouse on Northwind Road just west of Frontier Sports.  A directors’ meeting is scheduled for 6pm immediately prior to the regular meeting at the same location.  You are invited to attend both meetings.<br><br>
We are considering proposed reroutes around the Ritter gravel pit on Highway 38 on the Marcell Trail just south of Richie’s at this meeting and discussing whether or not it is practical to purchase a new or almost new additional groomer to alleviate our grooming complaints. Grants are available for at least 50% of the purchase price.  If so, we probably would retain the John Deere and the ASV DX.

JOIN US TO MAKE THESE IMPORTANT DECISIONS
Are you interested in a club day ride?  Many of our members have not traversed all 103 miles of our trail system.  Perhaps we should try to remedy that situation. Maybe we can convince Paul Hanson to lead us to the Joyce Estate.  Come to the meeting and make suggestions.

We need a volunteer to chair our membership committee. If half of our members brought in a new member, the size of our club would increase immensely.  Does someone have access to information where we could write letters to all snowmobile owners who live in this area as well as those who own seasonal dwellings here who also own snowmobiles?  We need additional support to fund our needs.  We are grooming 103 miles of trails this year, which will be adjusted every year for reroutes. Because we have ‘normal’ snow this year, our expenses will be higher than the last several years.  Director Mike Hughes is working on grants for our needs.  We are about to receive a $10,000 grant from the Itasca County Trails Task Force for the John Deere track system.

You probably are aware that the DX and the John Deere have broken thru the ice on the swamps causing considerable delays with the start of grooming in many areas. The weather seems to have taken care of that problem.
HOPE TO SEE YOU ON JANUARY 27TH                    

Jack Hillstrom

If you have questions, praises, complaints, suggestions, etc. about Marcell Snowdrifters happenings please feel free to contact any of the club officers:

Name and Office   Phone           Email Address
Jack Hillstrom, President 218-743-3658   snowtrack@bigfork.net
Archie Wass, Vice President 218-743-3635   swass@bigfork.net
Zona Kinn, Treasurer  218-743-3666   zona.kinn@wearetheshop.com
Jane Hillstrom, Secretary 218-743-3658   snowtrack@bigfork.net
Ray Hubbard, Director  218-743-3418   rayhubbard@bigfork.net
Mike Hughes, Director  218-327-3231   Mike35599@q.com
Jim Jackson, Trail Coordinator 218-832-3861

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