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March 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message: Hi Members,

Well winter is almost over in the Northland and some of us will be sad to see it go. We need to get out and enjoy the beauty of the snow while it is still here. Remember with the warming weather comes an increase risk if traveling on frozen waterways. Avoid traveling on the ice if at all possible, because of the early heavy snowfall we experienced this winter the ice never did become strong. There have been reports of vehicles breaking through the ice all winter. Luckily most of our snowmobile trails in Washburn do not include travel across lakes so we can enjoy them in safety. Remember “Ride Safe” Greg

TRAIL REPORT: A couple reminders for groomer drivers…. be very aware of signing.   With the deep snow conditions we must really work the corners to get the berms down, also keep an eye on the clock for grease jobs and faulty lights etc.  Now with the warm sun, be careful to not have the snow ball up in the blades…start real early or go after sundown, I prefer early early.  Big news on the grant for Hwy 70 at Cargills…. we will have a new crossing next season.  Stay tuned for details!  What a season we have had both with great snow and problems with groomers.   Thanks for all the great help!

If you have some time to help on the trails or see a problem, please call Jim at 715-635-8661.

AWSC “Celebrate Snowmobiling in Wisconsin” VIP Ride:

DSC_9183A group of approximately 70 people, from all over the state, snowmobiled into Trego last Friday for the First Annual Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs “Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling VIP Ride”.  Representatives from numerous clubs, business owners, Washburn and Burnett County Tourism, staff from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Department of Natural Resources, and even Senator and Mrs. Dale Schultz, were among those who participated in the inaugural ride.

A huge “Thank You” to all the club members and dealers that helped make this a success!

AWSC Cap/Step Update

Feb. 20th, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 407, the CAP/STEP bill. The final vote on passage was 89-6. We strongly encourage you to send an email or card to Rep. Mary Czaja thanking her for her hard work and her dedication to passing AB-407 through the Assembly.

There are many other legislators to thank and quite a few played significant roles including Assembly co-author Rep. Chris Danou. In the final days and hours, it was the hard work of Rep. Czaja in collaboration with Rep. John Nygren, Rep. Dean Kaufert and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos that brought this bill to the floor for a successful vote.

CAP/STEP, as passed by the Assembly currently includes:

A two-tiered trail pass requirement at an annual cost of $30/non-member and $10/club & AWSC member

Provides a free annual trail pass sticker to be displayed on sleds 30 years and older.

Increases the non-resident trail pass fee from current $35/year to $50/year.

Moves to a $30/3 year registration fee structure.

Includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires evaluation prior to renewal of CAP/STEP.

The next phase of the process is consideration by the full Senate. We strongly recommend you continue contacting your State Senators for their votes in favor of CAP/STEP. Passage by the Senate would then direct CAP/STEP to the Governor for his consideration.

As always, we will do our best to keep you informed should further activity take place.

2014 Winter Club Trip

Well, 1st of all those who missed the club ride to Osseo Wi, it was a great trip  with all the snow.  The spring and summer is on the way, I think, so what then, ATVING, so club members start thinking about club rides and over niters. Call Gerrit @715-635-4188 have a safe winter.
                              Thanks Gerrit

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February 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message: Hi Members,                                                                                 The snow and cold have come and it has been a good old fashion winter. I hope everyone has had a chance to get out and enjoy it. Some of my favorite thing to do outdoors in the winter has to do with snowmobiles, skis, and snowshoes. Just being outside in the winter is refreshing for me. I think it’s because everything is so pristine even the air is crisp and clean.  So please get out and enjoy our trails. They are in great shape and should be enjoyed by all. I would like to thank our members who have been working hard on keeping our trails in tip top shape. Remember “Ride Safe” Greg

TRAIL REPORT: Trail report could include that the two groomers were not in service this week while we added better lighting at the rear of both groomers…we had two very busy weekends with many snowmobilers taking advantage of great weather.  Thanks to the operators, we have received very nice compliments on the condition of our trails!  One reminder to the operators: be very careful not to bring snow across driveways and intersections.  Always check when you cross the driveways and roads.  We have had a great winter and hope that trails stay in great condition. If you have some time to help on the trails or see a problem, please call Jim at 715-635-8661.

Jim greasing tractor

 

 

 

 

 

We need a caption for this photo! Bring your suggestion and we’ll judge them at the next meeting.

AWSC “Celebrate Snowmobiling in Wisconsin” VIP Ride: February 20/21, Thursday and Friday, are the dates for this very important event headquartered out of “Heartwood.”  The Club will need a lot of volunteers to help make this event a success.  We will man a booth, help park and organize sleds, vehicles, and trailers, and assist in transporting donated snowmobiles from Hayward to Heartwood.  Please keeps these dates free and call Jim Dienstl, 715-635-8661, to inform him of your availability.
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The 2014 Jack Frost Antique/Vintage Show was a fun day filled with lots of great old sleds to check out, listen to the stories of days past and have a pizza while inside Tony’s to warm up. Thank you to Wild River Sports for sponsoring the trophies and the best of show prize of a snowmobile suit. Also, a huge thank you to all the participant for bringing your sleds and to the club members for helping direct traffic, load and unload sleds.

 

2014 Winter Club Trip: The change in reserving a room is… club members do not have to  call and reserve a room, call GERRIT and I will put you on the list that I have, on about the 6th of FEB 2014, I will call in the reservations we need, room rates are as follows 2-4 people@$67.47 tax included. The rooms will have 2 full size beds or 2 queens beds, their is a 24hr cancellation notice. We have 20 rooms blocked for Feb. 10th-13th, 2014, Mon- Thurs. 11 rooms have been taken on club list COME ON get on the list by calling GERRIT@ 715-635 4188.

January 2014 Grooming Schedule

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December 2013 Grooming Schedule

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January 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message: Hi Members,  The snow and cold has come and I hope it stays throughout the winter months. It would be nice to have a regular winter with some good snowmobiling. If nothing else the local businesses would appreciate it. Now that it is cold remember to protect yourself against Frostbite and Hypothermia. Both of these are serious, and precautions such as hats and gloves to protect the extremities and warm clothing are needed. If your snowmobiling, skiing, or hiking make sure someone knows where you plan to go and when to expect you back. They can contact the authorities if you are missing. I also recommend you carry with you some way to make a fire in case you need to spend time awaiting rescue. Remember winter here in the Northland can be dangerous. If you need to spend an extended time outdoors try your best to stay warm and dry. It will increase your chance of survival greatly.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Remember “Ride Safe

Greg

TRAIL REPORT: After 20 plus years we finally got the ideal base to start the season off right.  The trails are all groomed and in great shape, however the large amount of snow with some ice has caused a few problems.  Take extra precautions while riding as there will be some low hanging limbs and trees.  These will be alleviated as we work through the system, but it will take a considerable amount of time. If you have some time to help on the trails or see a problem, please call Jim at 715-635-8661.

AWSC “Celebrate Snowmobiliing in Wisconsin” VIP Ride: February 20/21, Thursday and Friday, are the dates for this very important event headquartered out of “Heartwood.”  The Club will need a lot of volunteers to help make this event a success.  We will man a booth, help park and organize sleds, vehicles, and trailers, and assist in transporting donated snowmobiles from Hayward to Heartwood.  Please keeps these dates free and call Jim Dienstl, 715-635-8661, to inform him of your availability.

2014 Winter Club Trip: I called the Osseo Inn last Friday, the change in reserving a room is… club members do not have to call and give them their credit card, call me, Gerrit and I will put you on the list that I have. On about Feb 6th 2014 I will call and make the reservation for rooms we need, room rates are the same 2-4 people@$67.47 incl. tax. The rooms will have two full size beds or 2 Queen beds, their is a 24hr cancellation fee, 20 rooms have been blocked  FEB 10 -13th 2014 Mon-Thurs. 11 rooms have been taken on club list. COME ON get on the list by calling Gerrit @ 715-635-4188.

Christmas Party & Food Pantry Collection: A big Thank you to Julie and staff for a great dinner. It was great to see everyone at the Christmas Party and congratulations to those lucky winners.

 Also, Thank You to all who donated to the Food Pantry!

A total of $259 will help families in need!

President’s Message September 2013

President’s Message,

Hi Members, Here in northern Wisconsin the summer tourist season is officially over, the kids are back in school and fall is beginning. The end of September thru the beginning of October starts the color season. This is when the Northland is blanketed in the beautiful and vibrant colors of fall, and is the time to take a Fall Color Tour. What better way to see the colors and wildlife than from the back of an ATV. Take the family and friends out for an afternoon ride on our trail system to see this wonder of Mother Nature. The ride I always enjoy is Trail #39 north from Spooner to Trail #8, then head west on Trail #8 to the Wild River Trail (Trail # 35), and then back south to Spooner. We always take a short side trip north on Trail #35 to Minong for lunch and gas. This is a nice ride in any season and is about 75 miles in length, just right for a day trip. Remember “Ride Safe”

Greg

TRAIL REPORT: We have now completed the mechanical brushing for the summer. This method tends to leave a lot of brush on the trail, so if you are out riding in a vehicle or ATV please remove any and all brush on Trails 7B, 7 (Casey Loop), and 39N. Call Jim with  your time worked and I will get it credited. By the time you read this the bridge in the Casey Lake area should be completed and ready for ATV’s and snowmobiles. Thanks! to those club members that worked. Starting in the 3rd week of the month we will be back to grading all ATV trails. For trail concerns call: Jim 715-635-8661

 

post offices 002Jim Dienstl (right) was recognized at the Sept. 4th regular meeting held at Wolf Point, for his years of hard work and dedication as the Club’s President. Current President Greg Leitza presented Jim with a placque expressing appreciation for his years of commitment as past president.

 

 

 

SUNSHINE: Members are encouraged to let Mary Patrick know if a land owner or anyone in the club or their family member is sick, or just in need of a little “sunshine” from the Club, so that she can send a card of concern or encouragement. Please contact Mary at 715-635-4900 if you are aware of anyone needing recognition. Thank you.

It’s that time of year again!

Fill out the membership form and bring it to the meeting or drop it in the mail. John will be collecting dues.

September 2013 Newsletter

President’s Message,

Hi members!

Well it’s that time of the year again. Summers winding down, Kids are getting back to school and the days are getting shorter. I think that summer passes by faster now than when I was a kid in school. Where does the time go? I want to take this time to give a big “THANK YOU” for all the hours volunteered by our club members for trail and equipment upkeep. Without them our trail system would be non-existent. They did a great job this summer as always.

Remember as always, “Ride Safe”,

Greg Leitza

4th Annual Shriner’s ATV/UTV Rally

Open to all ATV/UTV riders

$20.00 per machine

Includes Lunch on trail & food at Wolf Point after ride.

Start/Finish at Wolf Point Bar & Grill

W4186 Cty Hwy F, Springbrook, WI (Trail 39 Stop #18)

Poker Run ~ Food ~ Raffles

Paddle Party

Great Raffle Prizes/Tickets 1 for $5 or 3 for $10

Savage Hunter-30:06 with 3x9x40 Nikon Scope

Toshiba 32″ LCD HD Color Television

$250 Meat Bundle

Kindle Fire 7″ Color Screen w/ case & flip stand – WI-FI

Registration is 8:30 am

Ride starts at 9:30 am

~ COME JOIN THE FUN ~

2013 Summer ATV Club Trip

The Summer overnight saddlebag trip to Barnes was awesome!

Great trails, great fun and new friends were made.

It’s that time of year again!

Fill out the form and bring it to the meeting or drop it in the mail.

John will be collecting dues.

June 2013 Newsletter

ATV TRAILS OPEN     Saturday May 25, 2013

Ride safe and make sure we patronize our advertisers!

May Election Results

President – Greg Leitza                    

Vice President – Dave Johnson

Secretary– Rob Adler

Treasurer– John Patrick

 Director – Jim Dienstl       

Director – Phil Soltis

Director – GerritVanpykeren       

Director – Diane Voight

Thank you Dagny Johnson, Mary Patrick and Joe Fitzgerald for helping with this election. 

May 22, 2013 @ 6:30PM – ATV PATROL MEETING

A short meeting will be held at the shed for members wishing to help this summer with the ATV Patrol.  Members are needed to sign up for a period and drive our trails maintaining and ensuring our trails are safe.  This does not require an ATV as you can use the club ATV.

Family Fun Day – June 1st @ 11am – 3pm

Family Fun Day will be held at the Fair Grounds.  Our club will participate with games for the youth as well as displaying some of our equipment for the public.  Those able to help with are asked to meet at the fairgrounds at 10am.

Club ATV Ride – June 18th & 19th

Leaving Trego @ 9am to Barnes where we will be staying at the Wilderness Inn,  then returning to Trego on the 19th.  Make your reservations by calling Wilderness Inn directly at (715) 795-2320 If you have additional questions you can contact Gerrit VanPykeren @ 612-750-4349

Next big project – Spring 2013

We are working on rerouting a section of trail by Pair O Lakes Lodge to avoid the road route. Thanks to Mark and Kim owners of Pair O Lakes we will be able to avoid the often bare road route. Stop by and tell them “Thanks”!

It will be a huge project moving the old bridge from Whalen Lake to the water crossing, but with lots of help, it will get done. Here are a few photos of the bridge to be moved, courtesy of Joe Fitz.

I went up to the site today BEFORE the temp change and blowing that I see<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
now........this is going to be the best adventure we've attempted in a long<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
while.......Jim says we'll probably take off the deck cuz it looks like only<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
one deck.....there are four of these big beams sitting on four huge wood 14"<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
beams......on each end.....the WCC boys built this under the direction of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
our buddy Bob BUSCH.....RIP!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Looks like a real project for the near future..........got ideas????    Fitz

I went up to the site today BEFORE the temp change and blowing that I see now……..this is going to be the best adventure we’ve attempted in a long while…….Jim says we’ll probably take off the deck cuz it looks like only one deck…..there are four of these big beams sitting on four huge wood 14″ beams……on each end…..the WCC boys built this under the direction of our buddy Bob BUSCH…..RIP!

Looks like a real project for the near future……….got ideas????    Fitz

The big beams sit on these huge wooden headers.Whalen Bridge 2

Jay Pee and Jim Dohm buried T-4 here last year....it made the final decision To put a new bridge upstream......way to go guys :-)

Jay Pee and Jim Dohm buried T-4 here last year….it made the final decision
To put a new bridge upstream……way to go guys 🙂

This is the last winter picture of the old faithful bridge at Whalen Creek!We have a real project to get it removed......

This is the last winter picture of the old faithful bridge at Whalen Creek!
We have a real project to get it removed……

Jack Frost Antique/Vintage Show

Fun day at the snowmobile antique/vintage show.....nice turnout!

Fun day at the snowmobile antique/vintage show…..nice turnout!

A great variety of beautiful sleds...
A great variety of beautiful sleds…

 

A huge “thank you” to all the participants and club members for another great show.