Off-Road News Road Trip! Members of the Northern Traxx ATV Club tried out another riding area in Gilbert — West Virginia, that is. The group drove 1,100 miles to attend Trailfest 2012 in September 2012 on the Hatfield-McCoy trail system. “We found the event online by accident but now plan to attend every year,” said Larry Folstad of Hibbing. “It was the perfect combination of ATVing, camping, events, sponsors/vendors, mud racing, drag racing, fireworks, live music and great people from all over the U.S.” Pictured, from left to right, are Eric Meese of Grand Rapids; Scott Jance of Chisholm; and Folstad. Reprieve on Molpus Lands A threatened closure of forest lands, including trails, are open for the time being as legislators and landowner Molpus Timber Management continue to discuss future access. Moplus threatened to cut off access due to its lands, primarily near the area of Cook, to a dispute involving recent legislation that limited the amount of management funding. Minnesota State Representative David Dill and Minnesota State Senator Tom Bakk negotiated an agreement, which will provide for public access to Molpus land for the duration of 2012 and continuing through the close of the 2013 legislative session. Molpus is Minnesota’s largest landowner. In addition to agreeing to work for legislation to benefit Molpus’ operations, they also discussed the possibility of conservations easements to ensure future recreational access to the forests.“Public access to private lands is a preeminent issue for all in the state,” Dill said. Cannon Power Sports Cannon Falls 507-263-4532 Century Power Sports Stillwater 651-439-2035 Cities Edge Motorsports Shakopee 952-224-2054 Country Cat Sauk Centre 320-352-3534 Hamm’s Repair Warren 218-681-1067 / 800-889-5967 Lighthouse Motorsports and Marine Rosemount 651-322-4420 MotoProz, Inc. Mazeppa 507-843-2855 Northwood Equipment Aitkin 218-927-2140 RV Sports, Inc. Thief River Falls 218-681-1007 Sette Sports Center Owatonna 507-451-6922 Snell Powersports & Equipment Mankato 507-304-6786 Thomas Sno Sports Ogilvie 320-556-3467 Waconia Farm Supply Waconia 952-442-7326/ 1-888-741-FARM Westside Sports, Inc. Wadena 218-631-1113 Windom Farm Service Windom 507-831-2793 Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener For the second year, ATVAM was invited to the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener on Nov. 3 in Winona as a part of youth field day. The lines were long for a chance to test the ATV simulator. The Bluff Country ATV Club of Rushford helped throughout the day by operating the simulator and giving safety instruction. DECEMBER 2012/JANUARY 2013 5