CONTENTS Summer 2013 AMERICA’S LARGEST REGIONAL SNOWMOBILE PUBLICATION Minnesota Snowmobiling is the official publication of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA). The publication is a benefit of membership in MnUSA ($20 annual membership). MNUSA EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT Mark Steinmueller VICE PRESIDENT Gayle Quistgard SECRETARY Janet Widness TREASURER Mark Kavanaugh DIRECTOR AT LARGE Keith Twombly Past Presidents Keith Twombly, Terry Hutchinson, Curt Berg, Harold Brace, Bob Linn, Diane Wallenta, Greg Sorenson, Jeff Mausolf, Bob King, Larry Shepherd, Bill Kullberg, LeRoy Strehlo, Tom Decker, Mary Violett, Allen Eglinton, Al Lalim, Harold Tomkins Minnesota Snowmobiling (ISSN 10851054) is published eight times a year for $12 – September, October, November and December, January, February, March and June – by Midwest Sports Publishing Network (MSPN), 7887 Fuller Road #101, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Periodicals postage paid through Minneapolis, MN, and additional entries. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, 7040 Lakeland Ave N., Suite 212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 FEATURES 13 Spring Thinking PUBLISHER Joel Mellenthin EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Lynn Keillor COPY EDITOR / ADMINISTRATOR Paula Jones ART DIRECTOR Paige Sandvik ADVERTISING SALES Mark Mastro ADVERTISING SALES Diane Voight ADVERTISING SALES Cathy Krause PHOTO ARCHIVES C. J. Ramstad PHOTO CREDIT Jerry Hanson CONTRIBUTOR Jim Urquhart CONTRIBUTIONS: Letters, manuscripts, stories, materials and photographs are welcome but cannot be returned unless sender provides a SASE. Minnesota Snowmobiling is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and drawings. Submission of articles and letters implies the right to edit and publish in all or part. ADVERTISING MSPN Phone: 952-473-7870 or 800-989-MSPN Fax: 952-473-7805 • Send all advertising materials to: MSPN, Ad Department, 7887 Fuller Road #101, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 DEPARTMENTS 4 5 6 7 22 25 25 30 30 MnUSA Directors President: Mark Steinmueller Vice President: Gayle Quistgard MnUSA News Club News Trackside Gearbag Calendar Parting Shot There were ideas galore at the annual MnUSA Spring Meeting. No telling which ones will take root. 14 Capitol Report What’s hot and what’s not from this year’s legislative session. Snowmobilers have some good results, but work is ahead for the next election cycle. 15 A $1.3 million Payback Proof that snowmobilers are generous: more than $1.3 million was raised for charitable causes in the 2012-13 season. Snowmobilers and clubs make a difference. 16 Annual Summer Action Guide Mark your calendars for campouts, swaps, races, vintage meets, and displays to keep your snowmobile mojo going all summer long. MNUSA UPCOMING EVENTS JULY 12-14 SUMMER CAMPOUT HINCKLEY OCTOBER 25-27 FALL WORKSHOP OWATONNA 20 A Rich Tradition of Teambuilding A Minnesota family earns a national award at the annual International Snowmobile Congress, a meeting of the minds for snowmobilers. 24 Swapper Secrets Copyright © 2013 by MSPN. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without consent of the publisher. Make room in the garage and score some extra cash with these tips for swap meet success. MNUSA EVENT INFO: WWW.MNSNOWMOBILER.ORG Summer 2013 3