Over The Hills Gang
City of Emily ATV Route
With the completion of the MN Highway 6 improvement process, there is a need to inform ATV riders how to ride through town, while still being able to access local businesses. Club President, Perry May, and Treasurer, Jim Remington, recently met with Emily Mayor Buddy Lund and Councilman Gary Hanson to discuss a planned ATV Route through the City of Emily. In 2016 and 2017 the Club began working with the City to prepare for a trail route that would lead the rider off the new sidewalks and off the road shoulder. One of the planned changes was constructing a road connection (Bloomquist) that comes off South Bay Drive. Club member Meri Lysne, worked with the City to purchase a piece of property, and tear down existing structures. The Club, using Grant-In-Aid funds helped construct the road connection. There is now a need for both directional and informational signs to guide the rider. New directional signs and informational city maps are in development, and plans are to be ready in October. The SnowBirds Snowmobile Club is also working with the City on a planned route. The route may utilize the same route as ATV's, however, there will be a few changes.
Emily Proposed ATV Route
Coming from the south by City Hall, ATV's will travel on the trail on the ditch along the west side of the sidewalk down to 3rd street where they will make a direct perpendicular crossing across MN Hwy 6. Once across the road they will drive down to Lake Street, and turn north all the way the County Rd. 1. The rider will then cross Cty. Rd 1, and jog slightly east to the west ditch along Bloomquist Drive. The rider will travel north and follow Bloomquist where it turns to the west and intersects with South Bay Drive.( Sweets and Such) The rider will turn north onto to South Bay Drive travelling on the pavement, and then enter onto the ditch trail.
Some Do's and Don'ts:
• You cannot drive an ATV on any Emily City Sidewalks
• You cannot ride on MN Hwy 6 road shoulders or road bed
• You can make a direct perpendicular crossing of MN Highway 6
• You can ride an ATV on Crow Wing Cty Rd 1 - Far right side of road surface
• You can Ride an ATV on designated City of Emily streets
• Mind your Speed, and Ride with Lights On
Carlton County Riders Hold First ATV Safety Class For 6 -10 Year Olds
On October 24th, the Carlton County Riders held an ATV safety class at the Esko High School, designed specifically for 6 to 10 year olds and their parents.It was the first of its kind in Minnesota, and served as a great example of how an ATV club can team up with a local school or community ed program to meet the educational needs of more and more riders who are operating ATVs at an early age.
The class served as a primer on ATV safety education, rather than certification. Eric Senarighi, club president, was the main presenter. Over the course of almost 3 hours, 21 kids and 15 adults watched short safety videos, and a power-point presentation edited for the class of 6 to 10 year olds. The parents and their young riders also got a lot of hands-on experience, including the chance to sit on youth- and adult-sized ATVs to learn about proper fit, and try on helmets to understand the importance of wearing one that's the right size. "They got it right away," said Ron Potter, ATVAM president, who assisted the ATV club, along with a local DNR Conservation Officer, and past ATVAM president George Radke.
"These kids are hungry for information and asked good questions," said Potter. "It was good for the parents, the kids and the instructors to show it can work to hold a separate ATV class just for younger riders. Clubs could hold their regular class for 11 to 15 year olds, and a second class just for 6 to 10 year olds that's community-ed driven, not certification driven."
"The students and parents got involved throughout the class, but the students enjoyed the hands-on stuff the most," said Senarighi. "We will likely integrate more of that type of learning into this course. Some of our safety material was aimed at the student level, but also had valuable information for the parents to take back with them to prepare their children for the certification course in the future. All-in-all I feel this was a good thing for everyone involved!"
Emily to Blind Lake connector trail update. 8/7/2018
The trail plan has passed local approval and now moves on to the Regional directors. Stay tuned for more updates.
OTHG Club Hosts WCCO/CBS TV, Goin' to the Lake - Emily, MN Edition
The You Tube video is a "Goin to the Lake" / Emily segment from WCCO /CBS TV newscast that aired on Thursday July 13th, 2017 on the WCCO/CBS TV 10pm newscast. The Over the Hills Gang ATV Club organized a 7-mile ATV ride for the WCCO crew that started at Granny's Bar and Grill and ended at Sweets & Such in Emily, MN where they were treated with ice cream. OTHG Club members brought ATV personal protective equipment, such as gloves, helmets,goggles, splash pants, and boots to ensure the safety of the WCCO crew, and conducted some safety training before the ride. Club Members brought ATV Class I machines for Meteorologist Chris Shaffer, News Anchor Liz Collin, to ride individually, and Class II ATV's to transport a cameraman, photographer, social media and promotions team member on the ride. Additional information and videos can be found on the WCCO /CBS Facebook page.
Shown in the picture to the right is WCCO/CBS Meteorologist Chris Shaffer and News Anchor Liz Collin along with OTHG ATV Club Members and MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors Dave Kodada, Daniel Olmshenck, Ben Allen, John Halverson, Lynn Remington, Bub Moser and Perry May.
Over The Hills Gang ATV Club