Off-Road News Mn4WDA Hauls Trash Check Out Our Continuous Renovations! The AmericInn Two Harbors has all the value you’re looking for: • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet • Large Pool, Whirlpool and Sauna • 32” Flat Panel HDTV with HBO • Wireless High Speed Internet • Quiet rooms due to SoundGuard Construction • Get Cash Back with Easy Rewards • Ask about our MUDPAW Packages • Close to Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls • Several Restaurants Nearby More than 40 members of Mn4WDA from around the state provided the muscle and horsepower to clean refuse from the former V & S Auto Salvage yard in Belle Plaine this fall. The 60-acre site is one of the worst areas of pollution in the state — and has been undergoing cleanup efforts since 1999. The DNR estimates that about 80 to 85 percent of the trash is gone, but the Mn4WDA’s removal of about several hundred tires on Oct. 27 shows that there’s still a ways to go before it’s done. Mn4WDA is one of many groups that participate in clean-up throughout the year, but it’s also the group that’s able to really pull out the tough stuff. They filled 10 20-yard trash containers with tires, fuel-oil tanks, scrap metal, automobile parts and other assorted debris. This was the seventh time MN4WDA has assisted the Adopt-a-River program, of which this site is a part, and the fourth time that they have assisted in the Belle Plain State Wayside location. Other sites where MN4WDA has volunteered services include Minnesota Valley State Trail in Shakopee and Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Crosby Farm Regional Park, both in Saint Paul. “It reminds us that our natural resources benefit greatly when the community at large embraces volunteer involvement,” said DNR Adopt-a-River Coordinator Paul Nordell. The Beater Boys The Beater Boys 4x4 Club knows how to clean house: it’s been doing so on Highway 47 north of St. Francis for 20 years. It’s a family event for club members with kids of all ages helping out. 1088 Highway 61 North Two Harbors, MN 55616 1.800.634.3444 www.americinn.com A look into the future? Polaris unveiled these funky airless tires at the U.S. Army’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Expo in October for application in its military vehicles.The tires have been tested in some unusual ways — including being shot with a bullet and then ridden for 5,000 miles.The tire concept was initially developed by Wisconsin-based Resilient Technologies, which was purchased by Polaris in April.Though the tires will be first available for military applications, the longterm plan is to roll them out to consumer vehicles. Each tire core is made of polymer web and the tread band is made of thick rubber.The tire remains functional, even with 30 percent of the web damaged. ATV’ERS WELCOME ON THE NORTH SHORE Silver Bay, home of the World’s Longest ATV Parade, on June 23, 2012. 100s of miles of well maintained trails through pristine forest and spectacular overlooks. For lodging info: www.heartofthenorthshore.com phone: 218-226-4408 email: info@heartofthenorthshore.com 6 MINNESOTA OFFROAD