Snowmobiling

Shakopee man is snowmobile safety instructor of the year

DNR Enforcement regional training officers Greg Oldakowski (l) and Mike Lee (r) presented Kim Werkmeister with his 2018 DNR Snowmobile Instructor of the Year plaque at the recent Minnesota United Snowmobile Association Winter Rendezvous. (Minnesota DNR)Kim Werkmeister, of Shakopee, has been named the Minnesota DNR Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2018. During his 42 years as a volunteer…

Free snowmobile weekend in New York [video]

In New York, free snowmobiling weekend for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers is Feb. 2-5. Registration fees will be waived for all properly registered and insured snowmobilers wishing to explore New York’s 10,400 miles of trails. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks teamed up to create a video to help snowmobilers enjoy the ride…

Minnesota snowmobile clubs groom trails, create community

BYRON, Minn. — Jim Miesbauer, chatting as he stood next to a warm fire at the Douglas Trail parking lot in Douglas, paused suddenly in mid-sentence and looked south down the trail. “A sled’s coming,” he said. Not until several more seconds had passed did the whine of the engine reach the ears of the other members of the Byron…

Exercise caution on the ice and on snowmobiles

Last winter was one of most dangerous on record in New York for winter outdoor recreation, particularly for snowmobilers and ice anglers. Unfortunately, this one is not off to a good start. On Dec. 16, a Queensbury, N.Y., man drowned after falling through the ice while fishing on Edgecomb Pond, a small body of water in Warren County that allows…