CONTENTS Summer 2015 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 Terry Hutchinson VICE PRESIDENT Mark Kavanaugh SECRETARY Rod Seibel TREASURER Marc Dahlquist DIRECTOR AT LARGE Gayle Quistgard Past Presidents Gayle Quistgard, Mark Steinmueller, 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 Eden Prairie, MN, and additional entries. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, 7040 Lakeland Ave N., Suite 212, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 22 FEATURES 14 Minnesota Snowmobilers Ride With Heart 16 MnUSA Lobbies in Washington 17 Summer Action Guide Charity rides are an important part of the snowmobile experience, and the causes often hit close to home. MnUSA members got a taste of the life of a lobbyist at the annual Washington D.C. Fly-In, arranged by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations. Is summer really an off-season? Check the Action Guide for ample, fun snowmobile-related summer events — including several that support local trails. PUBLISHER Joel Mellenthin EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Lynn Keillor COPY EDITOR / ADMINISTRATOR Paula Jones ART DIRECTOR Paige Sandvik ADVERTISING SALES Mark Mastro ADVERTISING SALES Diane Voight PHOTO ARCHIVES C. J. Ramstad EDITORIAL CONSULTANT Jerry Bassett CONTRIBUTORS Nancy Hanson 20 MnUSA Spring Meeting There was no snow but plenty of speed at the Spring Meeting where members helped to shape the future of the association. 22 The Big Picture of Snowmobiling For four days, Niagara Falls, N.Y., became the nexus of global snowmobile thought with the International Snowmobile Congress. 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 6 7 8 9 President: Terry Hutchinson Vice President: Mark Kavanaugh MnUSA Directors MnUSA Perspectives MnUSA News 24 25 30 30 Club News Trackside Gearbag Parting Shot MNUSA UPCOMING EVENTS DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER MINNESOTA SNOWMOBILING: JULY 15, INFO@SLEDDER.NET MNUSA SUMMER CAMPOUT, OTTER TAIL, JULY 10-12 MNUSA FALL WORKSHOP, DULUTH, OCT. 23-24 VETERANS RIDE, HUTCHINSON, JAN. 9 Copyright © 2015 by MSPN. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without consent of the publisher. MNUSA EVENT INFO: WWW.MNSNOWMOBILER.ORG Summer 2015 3