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Woods N' Wheels ATV Club offers youth safety class in May

Woods N' Wheels ATV Club is offering youth ATV safety training Saturday, May 15, in Detroit Lakes.

Registration will be May 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes VFW. For those interested but can't make the registration night, call 847-4868.

The classroom session will be held Saturday, May 15, at 8 a.m. in the VFW basement. The driving skills session will start about 15 minutes after the competition of the classroom session. It will be held behind the Oak Hills Addition, west of highway junction 34 and 59.

A rider can take the course at age 11, but the certification does not take affect until the turn 12.

Students learn where they can and can't ride and safe handling of an ATV. They have to know the parts of a machine and how to check out the machine each time before they ride. The student learns what it takes to have a proper fit for a machine their size.

Every person under the age of 16 must have taken the course in order to ride on public lands.

Cost is $20, payable to Woods N Wheels ATV Club.

Before the ATV classroom, youth must fill out forms through the Department of Natural Resources. They can be downloaded at

Download the parent's sign off sheet, obtain signatures and bring it to class.

Bring the following items to the driving skills session: your ATV if it fits you, DOT approved helmet, long pants and long-sleeved shirt, boots (no tennis shoes), gloves and goggles if helmet doesn't have shield.