MnUSA nEWS NEWS NUGGETS RTP Funds Extended, Briefly The Recreational Trail Program (RTP) funding, which is a part of the federal highway bill, was set to expire on May 31. However, it has a brief extention to July 31 rather than fiscal year end on September 30. This means that clubs that applied for an RTP grant this year will receive delayed notice for any awards, due to uncertainty in the budget. South Fowl Lake Trail Progress The South Fowl Lake Trail is now under construction after a protracted legal process to get it built. The 2-mile trail is about 400 feet from the BWCA border and will provide access to a popular fishing lake. Groups that sued to prevent the trail’s construction have not appealed the federal court decision to go forward with it. Arctic Cat Adds Motorfist Arctic Cat has acquired Motorfist, a privately owned outdoor apparel company from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Motorfist, founded in 2009, makes high-performance technical riding gear. Arctic Cat will maintain the Motorfist brand name, and the company will continue to operate with the same personnel at the Idaho Falls location. A Limit for Snow Boundaries It turns out there is a boundary for the Red Bull Snow Boundaries snowmobile enduro event. It was first scheduled to take place at Spirit Mountain in Duluth in late March, and then snow conditions forced a venue change to Ironwood, Mich. Still, condititions were not such to provide a decent event. Red Bull says it remains firmly committed to the event and will work closely with racers, industry experts, and factory race departments to bring this event to the snowmobiling community in 2016. Athletes that signed up to race this year will be the first to know about details for next year’s event. Suspects in Bridge Arson Three juveniles are identified in the April 13 arson of a historic, 113-year-old trestle bridge in Blackduck. The bridge, which is 701 feet long, is used as a recreational bridge — including for snowmobiles and ATVs — over the Coburn Creek. It is a part of the Blue Ox Trail. About 200 feet of the span was damaged in the fire. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The youths say that they did not intend to burn the bridge. Prinoth Partners With Cascade Prinoth, a Quebec-based manufacturer of snow grooming and tracked utility vehicles, and Cascade Machinery Inc. have forged a new partnership. Cascade Machinery Inc. will distribute PRINOTH Alpine and Trail grooming equipment, manufacturer parts and support after sales service for the Midwest USA Grooming Industry. Prinoth, with an already strong network in North America with six regional offices, will use Cascade Machinery Inc. to serve its midwest alpine and trail customers. Prinoth’s vehicles are used to groom ski slopes for skiers and snowboarders, and trails for snowmobiles and cross-country skiing. Sno-Barons to Sponsor Kids Sled Drawing The Sno-Barons snowmobile club will again partner with MnUSA to sponsor a youth machine giveaway at Haydays. Three 120 sleds – an Arctic Cat 120, a Polaris 120, a Yamaha 120 and one Can-Am Youth ATV will be given to four children 12 years and younger. Children can obtain a registered ticket at the MnUSA booth for the drawing. The child need not be present for the drawing to win. World Record Wrecker To those who helped the Roseau County Trailblazers set a world record for the longest snowmobile parade in 2004: you have been surpassed. The Science Hill Drifters Snowmobile Club in St. Mary’s, Ontario, broke the record on February 8 with a parade of 847 machines. The previous record, set in Roseau, was 820. Hot Day in I-Falls Legacy Funds for Motorized Trails Legacy Amendment trail funds are now available for motorized trails. Trails considered for funds should be regionally significant routes. Applications for this round of funding are due on June 30. The first step in the grant process is getting on the designation list though an online application at www.gmrptcommission.org. If selected, a master plan must be completed to get funding. It is important that clubs apply for these grants so that they will continue to be considered for funding. A lack of applications or interest among snowmobilers could indicate to grant planners that snowmobile trails are not important. The International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club invited all trail riders to stop by their shelter at the junction of the Arrowhead and Hagerman trails for two kinds of hot: a hot dog and hot chocolate. This is one way the club promotes its trails and its club to potential members. Summer 2015 9