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Ice Annual Available for Download

Posted on August 3rd, 2018 in Offroad News, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

The latest Ice Annual is now available for digital download. You won’t want to miss this one. Get it now for features including: 

-Modern Day Mapping

-Go to Rods of the Pros

-Sight Fishing Insights

-So much more…

New MN DWI Law in Effect Today

Posted on August 1st, 2018 in Offroad News, Sledder News


(July 31, 2018) – A new law that goes into effect Aug. 1 means people convicted of driving while intoxicated – regardless of the vehicle they’re driving – will lose their driver’s license and be prohibited from operating motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, motorboats and snowmobiles. The state Legislature passed the law following the death of 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., who died in January after being struck by a snowmobile driven by a man whose driver’s license was revoked after multiple DWI offenses.

Before the law change, people convicted of DWI in a highway-licensed vehicle still could legally operate ATVs, motorboats and snowmobiles. The changes apply to violations that occur on or after Aug. 1.

“We have zero tolerance for people who endanger themselves and other people by operating a motor vehicle or recreational vehicle while they’re intoxicated,” said Col. Rodmen Smith, director of the Minnesota DNR Enforcement Division. “This new law should send the message that drinking and driving – no matter what the vehicle – isn’t acceptable and the consequences are severe.”

As an example, a person convicted of DWI in a motorboat, or who refuses testing for a motorboat DWI, would have their driver’s license suspended and be prohibited from operating ATVs, motorboats and snowmobiles for one year. Additionally, first-time DWI offenders operating off-road recreational vehicles or motorboats also will be subject to chemical use assessments, conditional release and plate impoundment – the same as a DWI in a highway-licensed vehicle.

The Minnesota DNR and other law enforcement agencies in the state, along with ATV and snowmobile groups, supported the law change, which passed the Legislature with bipartisan support and was signed into law in May by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Action Needed to Support RTP!

Posted on July 30th, 2018 in Offroad News, Sledder News


Senate Appropriations Package Includes Measure to Allow Recreational Trails Program to be eligible for additional funding.
Urge your Senator to support Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) amendment to the four-bill spending package (H.R. 6147), under consideration on the Senate floor this week. The package combines four appropriations bills for federal programs in fiscal 2019: Agriculture, Transportation and Urban Development, Financial Services, and Interior-Environment.
Senator Klobuchar is a strong champion of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and has filed an amendment to the spending package that would allow the RTP, as well as all Transportation Alternatives programs, to be eligible for additional funding.  RTP projects, which have always been eligible for use of other state surface transportation funds, are specifically denied eligibility for funds added under the 2018 appropriations omnibus signed into law in March, 2018. This amendment is designed to remove that unfair restriction.
The Senate is voting on H.R. 6147, and it is imperative that ARRA members express support to their Senators for the Klobuchar amendment today.
Take Action! Send a letter encouraging your representative to support H.R. 6147.

Latest MN Snowmobiling Online Now

Posted on July 26th, 2018 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

The summer issue of Minnesota Snowmobiling is now online, available for free download. Check it out for features including: 

-Annual Summer Action Guide

-Party at the Angle

-Spring Meeting Recap 

-So much more…

Changes to TLR Cup Tour

Posted on July 20th, 2018 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

(July 20, 2018)  With eight successful TLR Cup Tour seasons under his belt, Tommy Lipar of Tommy Lipar Racing, has decided to step away from the sport of ice oval racing. Beginning in 2010, Mr. Lipar committed considerable time and resources in an effort to grow the sport of snowmobile racing. History will reveal his commitment as one of the significant events in snowmobile oval racing.
Simply stated – Thank You Mr. Lipar for creating an environment for ice oval racing to foster and grow.
In 2014, Mr. Lipar handed the administrative reins of the TLR Cup Tour over to Todd Achterberg. After spending more than 10 years in a managerial position at the Derby Track in Eagle River, Todd took his vast wealth of knowledge and has worked tirelessly to move the TLR Cup Tour forward.
In what will be a bit of a rebuilding year for the Tour, Achterberg stated, “Right now, we are looking at a series for the 2018-19 season with a minimum of five races. Without Tommy’s strong financial support behind us this year, the potential exists to scale back our travel and the number of races. As we continue to plan for outstanding racing action this season, we are also beginning the search for long term financial partners to keep the TLR Cup Tour viable for the next 5-7 years.”  Tour Director Acterberg went on to say, “It can not be understated. What Tommy Lipar did for the sport we love is nothing short of miraculous. I think we all owe Tommy a huge Thank You. And there is no better way to show our gratitude than to grab the Tour, find some new sponsors and move it forward.”
Details of the 2018-19 TLR Cup Tour will be released this fall. Updates are readily available by following the Tours Facebook Page at TLR CUP TOUR.