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Northwoods Trail Reapers give away ATV, gearing up for snow

Jacob Tidemann was the winner of the ATV giveaway by Northwoods Trail Reapers Snowmobile Club. Submitted Photo

Fall is definitely here as the leaves have turned and fallen to the ground.

For snowmobilers, that hopefully means snow is right around the corner. Last year, being a dismal year, they are all hoping for a much better year to come. The following is a brief highlight of what the Northwoods Trail Reapers Snowmobile Club has been doing this summer in preparation for the upcoming year:

This summer we sold raffle tickets for a Polaris Sportsman 500 4-wheeler that was purchased through Okeson's Offtrail Sales. The drawing was held Oct. 1 at Ice Cracking Lodge where the 4-wheeler was stored during the summer, and the winner was Jacob Tidemann from Detroit Lakes.

The club thanks everyone who purchased and sold tickets for the fundraiser.

Ice Cracking Lodge has been holding weekly meat raffles all summer that has also been a very successful fundraiser for the club, and we thank all that have helped in those activities.

We are starting our fall fundraiser with two guns to be raffled off. Tickets are on sale now and the guns can be seen at Ice Cracking Lodge. Thanks to Lakes Sport Shop for continuing to support the club on our gun raffles.

The rest of the summer has been busy with many trail improvements. We were approved for two grants that the club applied for on the 400 trail. Work started on those the middle of September and both are nearing completion.

We also finalized a trail re-route from Height of Land Lake to the south side of Island Lake where it meets up with Lehman's property. This re-route is going to eliminate a lot of road riding improving safety and should help to extend the season a couple of weeks.

Private landowners who made this possible include Margret Beckwith, Donald Stenger and Larry and Laurie Olson. The club hopes everyone enjoys this new trail, and please respect the landowners and stay on the trail.

We have had several areas where we have been installing gates where the trail enters and exits private land. Off season damage to the private property by vehicles driving on these pieces is threatening the closure of the trail and thus the club is working with the landowners to prevent access during the off season. We ask that everyone respects the landowners and not drive around the gates.

We are working on re-opening the trail connecting Height of Land Lake to Frazee. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact one of the club officers:

• President Craig Hall ( 218-846-1969

• Vice President Ryan Restad ( 701-367-9487

• Secretary Kari Mcallister ( 218-851-8824

• Treasurer Rayna Tucker ( 218-573-3631

• Trails Chairman Steve Tucker ( 218-573-3631

Youth safety training is tentatively going to be held at Ice Cracking Lodge on Dec. 15, starting at 10 a.m. Everyone needs to sign up ahead of time and must complete the CD course ahead of time.

CDs can be picked up at Ice Cracking Lodge or you can go on to the DNR website and request one,

The club's next meeting is Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Cracking Lodge. We are looking for new members so please come and bring a friend.