Cannon Power Sports Cannon Falls 507-263-4532 www.cannonpower.com Bristow’s Kawasaki & Polaris St. Cloud 320-253-7878 www.bristowinc.com Hilltop Sports Hill City 218-697-8188 www.hilltopsport.com Jackson Sports, LLC Jackson 507-847-3977 www.jacksonsports.com 8 MINNESOTA OFFROAD B IL A R T S IT B B IL IL A A R R T T S IT B IL B A R IL T A There are several ATV trail plans at various stages of development throughout the state. Northway Sports East Bethel 763-413-8988 www.northwaysports.com Power Lodge Onamia - 320-532-3860 www.powerlodge.com Power Lodge Mora 320-679-4014 www.powerlodge.com Stacy Do It Best Hardware Stacy 651-462-4342 www.stacyhardware.com TRAIL BITS Comments Welcome on Miller Black Bear Trail Crow Wing County Land Services is requesting public comments on the proposed multi-used motorized Miller Black Bear Trail, with a deadline of December 20, 2012.The 20-mile trail is proposed by the Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV Club and is located northwest of Crosby. It includes 18.6 miles of existing trail and nearly 1 mile of new construction.The current allowed motorized uses include licensed highway vehicles, off-road vehicles, ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, and all forms of non-motorized recreation uses. If approved by both Crow Wing County and the State of Minnesota, development and maintenance of the recreation trail system could be paid for through the Minnesota DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Grant-In-Aid program and the Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV Club. See the full project plan and instructions on how to comment at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/index. aspx?nid=291. Tousley Motorsports White Bear Lake 800-TOUSLEY www.tousleymotorsports.com Tri-K Sports Maple Plain 763-479-3719 www.tri-ksports.com Power Lodge Brainerd 218-822-3500 www.powerlodge.com Vetter Sales & Service, LLC Kasota 507-934-4628 www.vetterpolaris.com Bigfork to Balsam ATV Trail The DNR closed its comment period on the proposal to authorize state Grantin-Aid (GIA) funding for the Bigfork to Balsam All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Trail in Itasca County on December 7. In the plan, the county will sponsor the trail and provide trail monitoring, development and maintenance in cooperation with the Wilderness Wheelers ATV Club. Most of the trail, which is approximately 25 miles, is located in the George Washington State Forest in northern Itasca County. Parts of the trail go through the Chippewa National Forest and in the rights-of-way of Itasca County roads. Approximately 1 mile of new trail would be developed on state forest land.The majority of the trail route is already open to all ATV use. Segments of the trail that pass through state or federal lands also would continue to be open to nonmotorized uses, such as hiking and horseback riding. Northwoods-Soo Line ATV Trail The DNR comment period for the Northwoods-Soo Line ATV trail ended on Dec. 14.The trail, in Beltrami County in northwestern Minnesota, is sponsored by the county in cooperation with the Northwoods Riders OHV Club. Most of the trail, which is approximately 35 miles, passes through county-owned land where ATV use is permitted. The proposed funding will support a managed ATV trail system that runs from the city of Bemidji to the Clearwater County line and includes the communities of Pinewood and Wilton, along with nearby amenities and recreation facilities.The trail will be designated for ATV use, although it will remain open for other recreational uses, such as mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Copies of the proposal and a project map are available for review at www.mndnr.gov/ohv-input. Little Moose ATV Trail dedicated The Balsam Trail Blazers ATV club officially opened the Little Moose ATV Trail on Oct. 13.The trail has been under development since 2003.The 19.5-mile trail is northeast of Grand Rapids in the George Washington State Forest. It goes near three lakes and crosses the west fork of the Prairie River — and includes a camping site near Wolf Lake. About 150 people attended the dedication, which included a ribbon-cutting and a barbecue meal.Two state legislators were there: Sen. John Calrson and Rep. Carol McElfatrick. Portions of the funding was provided by Yamaha and Polaris. ATVers from around the state helped provide the labor. OR