Over The Hills ATV Club Day at Minnesota State Fair

Hello Club Members,

We are looking for a minimum of 6 volunteers (get paid admission) to work the MN DNR booth at the State Fair on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 9am to 7pm to talk ATV Safety, Trails, and share club information. We will work in groups of 2 for 2-3 hours each. No ATV simulator, just handing out information and answering questions.

If you are interested, please let us know!

The You Tube video is a "Goin to the Lake" / Emily segment from WCCO /CBS TV  newscast that aired on Thursday July 13th, 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.

 

OTHG Club Hosts WCCO/CBS TV,  Goin' to the Lake - Emily, MN Edition

Member Request #1:

OTHG Club Elections

Hello all Over the Hills Gang ATV Club Members.  On the agenda for our August 5, 2017 club meeting is the voting for three club leadership positions.  You can submit a nomination to our club Secretary Jim Remington  by emailing him your nomination and credentials to jrems53@gmail.com.  Nominations will be accepted up to August 3rd, 2017.  Voting members include President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Trail Coordinator and one "At Large" member vote.

Treasurer, two-year term beginning August 5, 2017 expiring August 2, 2019.  Current Treasurer is Lynn Remington

The treasurer maintains the bank accounts for the club, and prepares current reports for the club meetings.  The treasurer will work directly with state agencies to submit grant and expense reimbursement requests in accordance to "Grant-In-Aid procedures.  The treasurer receives donations, membership dues, grant reimbursements, and income from club merchandise and deposits these in the correct ledger bank accounts. The treasurer will make payments for pre-approved expenses along with a check co-signer from club leadership.  Annual tax preparation and periodic financial audits are also part of duties

President, two-year term beginning August 5, 2017 expiring August 2, 2019.  Current President is Meri Lysne

The President is the visible lead and first contact for the club, and responsibilities include the organizing and facilitation of club meetings, communications and maintaining relationships with ATVAM, Township, County and State Agencies,  business and individual business membership recruitment, succession planning for club leadership positions,  organizing volunteers for club events & fundraisers,  preparing annual reports /newsletter, direction /event setting  based on membership input, attending public meetings to provide input for ATV trails, legislative or ordinances that affect club activities.

Trail Coordinator, two-year term beginning August 5,2017 expiring August 2, 2019.  Current Trail Coordinator is Ben Allen

The Trail Coordinator organizes volunteers and contractors to maintain or improve the safety, signage, and sustainability of the Emily /Outing ATV trails to meet the trail directives outlined in the Minnesota Trails Assistance Program. (GIA).  The Trail Coordinator prioritizes trail repairs or improvements and requests  funding through the GIA Coordinator  as part of the annual GIA grant request due each year on November 30th.   The Trail Coordinator works directly with the Treasurer to submit expense reimbursements as previously approved in the annual grant.  The Trail Coordinator will need to work directly with Trail Sponsor Cass County, MN DOT, MN DNR Forestry, Fisheries, Enforcement, and Parks & Trails , Crow Wing County, local townships and towns to make effective decisions on trail issues. The Trail Coordinator will provide periodic trail updates at club meetings, newsletters, or by social media.  Trail Coordinator should keep trail building and maintenance skills up to date by attending seminars put on by MN DNR, ATVAM, or NOHVCC (National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council).

Member Request #2:

OTHG Membership Update

Hello all Over the Hills Gang ATV Club Business and Individual Members.  We are in the process of updating our club membership records to help us provide you with more current information regarding Club Events, Trail Conditions, Business Member News, Local ATV News, Youth Safety Training, etc.  There are many good things happening locally, state, and nationally regarding ATV Recreational Riding, and we want to get this news to you more quickly via direct email messages and monthly club newsletter. Your information is needed by August 1st, 2017.  After this date we will begin a process of calling you or sending you a letter to update our membership list.

 

Your help is Needed!

1. Please send our club Secretary Jim Remington, jrems53@gmail.com the following information

Your Name + any names of family members you want included on your membership

Your Home Address

Your contact phone number

Your email address (where do you want electronic newsletters and email messages sent)

 

2. Annual Dues are due August 1st, 2017

If you are a past, present, or new member you can renew or join by going to our club website at www.overthehillsgang.org and click membership. Your dues help maintain today's trails and helps build future trails

 

3. Get Involved / Volunteer

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in the club such as leading a trail ride, organizing an event, selling club merchandise, installing trail signs, social media expert, membership recruitment,  fundraising, trail repairs, etc., etc., etc.,  Your input is important !

Emily Outing ATV Trail Summary 2016:

Our OTHG Trail Coordinator, Ben Allen, had his hands full this year trying to keep the trail system open while dealing with all the obstacles Mother Nature can dish out. The month of May was typical in terms of weather, however, by mid-June, we had our first windstorm that downed approximately 100 trees across the trails. The removal of these trees was just completed, when eleven inches of rain fell during one week in mid-July. The heavy rains flooded many areas of the trail system, and caused damaging ruts. Some of the ruts were three to four foot-deep, with the worse being located along the “A” trail and close to 75th avenue, (Charley’s Road). Dan Switzer, owner of Cass County Construction, has since repaired this section of trail. In mid-July, the second windstorm came, which devastated many parts of the Emily /Outing area, and reached over to Duluth. An estimated 500 downed trees blocked many parts of our ATV trail system, which caused trail closures on various sections of the trail. It was not until August 22nd, that the final trees were removed, and all sections of the trail were opened. The Beavers were active all summer, creating new dams, which resulted in flooding over parts of the trail. Ben worked with our local Conservation Officer, Chelsey Best, to get permission to remove some of these rodents. One large beaver dam along the “B” trail and Reservoir Lake area, raised the water level so high that it forced us to close the “B” trail past Cty. Rd 58 to the Pikus Road for the last month of the riding season, due to flooding. The only way to reopen this trail was to break the dam. The club worked with the MN DNR Fisheries to get approval from a MN State Hydrologist before we could break the dam. After receiving approval, Brian Erdmann, owner of Rice Contracting, was contracted to break open the beaver dam, and repair the trail. All repairs to the trail were complete by November 1st, however, at that time the trails close due to the Big Game Hunting Season.

Ben, had to deal with one none related Mother Nature issue, and that was vandals. Sometime in October, a highway licensed vehicle decided to do a mud run down many of our trails after a recent rain.  This single act of vandalism, created deep ruts along both the “A” and “B” trail sections that run northeast from Outing. We believe this same vandal was responsible for temporary stealing one of our trail contractors trailers and his skid steer load binding equipment. As responsible ATVers, if anyone has information regarding this act of vandalism, please let us know. This ruins the trails for every law-abiding rider and, and drains our trail funds for other needed repairs.

We did get around to a few capital improvements, such as widening the Jim Hilger Memorial Bridge. Jim Remington led the effort to purchase and bring the lumber to the site, and a group of about 10 volunteers, fighting the early morning mosquitoes, finished the job before our club meeting at 10:00am. We installed additional trail signage where the “B” trail empties out onto the Pikus Road to the intersection of Aitkin County Road 20. This helps direct riders to and from the North Soo Line Trail using the Moose River Connector. Ben and Perry road the entire trail system with DNR Parks & Trails to complete an audit of our trails and to see if we were complying to the rules and goals of a grant-in-aid trail system.  We received a fully satisfactory report from the DNR. During the first week of November, and before Deer Season opener, we completed a ride to collect and prioritize repair projects for the 2017 riding season. We are hopeful to begin some of this work during the winter months, such as bringing in fill to some low areas on the trail. We want to thank all the volunteers that showed up this year for trail work. We had many first-time volunteers and some that brought their personal heavy equipment such as skid steers.

There is a lot of exciting news to inform you about regarding the proposed Emily to Blind Lake Trail, and the trail reroute in the City of Emily. We will cover that news in a separate article.

 

Message from Perry May:

Hello Club Members,

I was invited to attend the grand opening of the Aitkin County ATV Challenge Course yesterday, 9/23, as part of ATVAM Fall Convention. The new challenge course is right off the Soo Line Trail about 1 mile north of McGregor and open from 8am to 8pm, May 15th to October 31st. It is basically a play area for ATV's with sand hills, mud puddles, sand pits, climbing hills, ravines, etc to challenge your ATV driving skills. For OTHG Club Members, this would be a good day trip to McGregor. I would recommend trailering to the Swatera Parking area and then taking the Soo Line trail down to McGregor, about 30 miles. You could stop at Palisade for a break, or catch lunch at one of the McGregor area restaurants such as Buckhorn Bar & Pizza, McGregor Baking Co., Fireside Inn, or Jacks favorite Dairy Queen.

You can catch a glimpse of the challenge course by visiting the All Terrain Vehicle of Minnesota ATVAM Facebook page and viewing the video they have uploaded.

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