Thank you for the great snowmobile trails

Dear Editor:

Many area residents who drive on Highways 8, 65 and I35 in the winter see snowmobile trailers heading north at the start of each weekend and then heading back south at the end of the weekend. These snowmobilers are heading to some of the great trails in northern Minnesota.

We are lucky in our area that we don’t have to load sleds on trailers and drive hundreds of miles to get to great trails. We have them right here. Thanks to the hard work of area snowmobile clubs and generous land owners who allow trails over their property we have great snowmobiling right at our door step.

We can ditch ride for a mile from our place in Sunrise and hit trails where we can ride for literally hundreds of miles. If someone wants they can cross over to Wisconsin at the Sunrise Landing and go for hundreds of miles in Wisconsin.

These trails don’t happen by themselves, the snowmobile clubs put in hundreds of hours laying out routes, clearing trails, grooming trails and probably most important getting landowner permission for the trail to be on their land.

Perhaps all snowmobilers owe their biggest thanks to the landowners who open their land to the trails. The trails are amazing from curving trails through woodlands to open fields where you can see such beautiful lands right in our area. It’s a wonderful network of trails and I offer my thanks to the clubs and landowners who make it all happen.

Rick Olseen
Sunrise Township