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Drive safely this snowmobile season


Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start.

Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1.

Minnesota residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, must complete a DNR snowmobile safety training course before they can legally ride a snowmobile anywhere in Minnesota, including private land.

In a snowmobile safety course students learn about the machine, the laws, safe operation, ethics of the sport, and how to avoid the most common causes of snowmobile accidents.

DNR snowmobile safety courses can be completed by either attending a snowmobile safety training course from a DNR-certified instructor in a local community or by CD.

To obtain the snowmobile safety training CD, or for general information, call (888)646-6367, (651)296-6157, or (800)366-8917, or email at info.dnr@state.mn.us.

Over 1,000 volunteer instructors teach DNR snowmobile safety courses across the state. For more information on the dates and locations of these courses, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html or call (800)366-8917.

Snowmobilers should follow these safety tips:

•DON’T DRINK - Drinking alcohol before or during snowmobiling can impair judgment and slow reaction time. Snowmobilers who have been drinking tend to make poor decisions that can lead to injury or death. Alcohol also causes body temperature to drop at an accelerated rate, which increases the likelihood of hypothermia.

•SLOW DOWN - Speed is a contributing factor in nearly all fatal snowmobiling accidents. Drivers should proceed at a pace that will allow ample reaction time for any situation. Remember, when driving at night at speeds of 40 miles per hour and above you’ll easily “over drive” your headlight and won’t be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

•BE PREPARED - When traveling, tell someone the destination and return time. Bring a map, a first aid kit, a flashlight, waterproof matches/lighter, compass and cell phone.

•STAY ALERT - Fatigue can reduce the driver’s coordination and judgment. Changing trail conditions are potential hazards to stay alert for to avoid injuries or dea .....
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Spring wild turkey hunters can apply for permits starting today

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

People can apply for early season spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The spring season, which runs from April 15 to May 28, is divided into eight time periods ..... 
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LSOHC Grant awarded to National Trout Center

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Committee announced recently that a grant of approximately $400,000 has been awarded to Trout Unlimited of Minnesota for stream rehabilitation and improvement on the South Branch of the Root River within the City li ..... 
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Harmony EDA hopes to extend bike trail to Iowa

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority) requested support from the city at the council meeting on December 9. Vicky Tribon explained the EDA’s goal of extending the Harmony-Preston bike trail from Harmony toward Niagara Cave and to the ..... 
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Drive safely this snowmobile season

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1. Minnesota residents born after Dec. 3 ..... 
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Deer Creek Speedway offers 2014 ticket holders same price for 2015 World of Outlaws tickets for limited time

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

Spring Valley, MN — December 3, 2014 — Fans who held reserved tickets for this past season’s Asgrow/DEKALB Clash at the Creek that featured the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, will hav ..... 
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Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Although many trails do not yet ..... 
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DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds. The Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children this Thanksgiving as they visit friends and family who l ..... 
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Hunters register 111,000 deer through the third weekend

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year during special hunts and t ..... 
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