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.
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
Emily to Blind Lake connector trail update. 12/7/2018
We were notified today by Wade Miller, Brainerd Area Supervisor, MN DNR Parks & Trails, and Tom Strack, Crow Wing County, Environmental Services Specialist, that our GIA application to construct the 16-mile Emily to Blind Lake ATV Trail was informally approved at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. As you all know, the formal funding grant is not valid until all signatures from DNR and Crow Wing County, our sponsor are on the grant application.
The process started in 2012, and the OTHG ATV Club jumped on-board after an ATVAM Region 3 meeting in March 2014. We have received great support from our sponsor Crow Wing County,our soon to be alliance partner Aitkin County, DNR Parks & Trails, with connecting the Emily /Outing ATV trail to the Blind Lake ATV Connector Trail. Thank you to the numerous hours club and county people put into attending township, county, and DOT meetings to inform stakeholders of this proposed trail. When complete, a rider will be able to travel a loop connecting the Northwoods Regional Trail System, Soo Line North Corridor, Blind Lake Connector and Trail, Emily /Blind Lake, Emily State Forest, Emily/Outing, Land O Lakes State Forest and Moose River ATV Trails. Upon the formal execution of grant between sponsor and state we can transition from GIA process step 5 into step 6, which is project permitting and construction.
Exciting times and thankful for all parties connected to this OHV trail development process. Look for further announcements as we get the formal grant agreement in hand.
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