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John Stewart

Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Training Offered

(Dec 7, 2009) - Waiting to sign up for a snowmobile safety class may mean sitting out the snowmobile season, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Some snowmobilers wait to see how much snow is in the forecast or on the ground before getting around to taking a DNR snowmobile safety training course,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program coordinator. “In some instances it’s too late because classes have already concluded or are full. No Snowmobile Safety Certificate, no snowmobiling.”

To legally ride a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, need a valid snowmobile safety certificate.

Plenty of training classes are available right now and may be taken in a classroom or through a CD ROM delivered program.

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John Stewart

Minnesota Geocache Offers Gift Cards


Geocachers can find gift cards worth $10 to $50 during holiday treasure hunt that starts today at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas

(Released November 24, 2009)

Just in time for the holiday shopping season opener, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten unveiled the new Minnesota state parks gift card today at Fort Snelling State Park.

“The gift card is another way to help people connect to Minnesota’s great outdoors,” Holsten said. “We’re billing it as the ‘gift that goes all out,’ because it can be used for camping, lodging, and vehicle permits, as well as the clothing, books, and other items sold at Minnesota state parks.

“Ideally, we think people will give Minnesota state parks gift cards to their children or grandchildren with a promise to take them fishing or canoeing or snowshoeing. The memories of spending time together will last a lifetime, and the experience will help introduce the next generation to the fun of outdoor recreation.”

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John Stewart

FOA Shocks Rise to be King of the Hammers Official Shock Absorber

"We think King of the Hammers is the ideal series to step up our involvement in rock racing and the rock crawling sport in general." stated FOA leader Chris Farrell. "Our customer base is primarily the rock/Jeep crowd and with our knowledge of off-road racing, we couldn't ask for a better fit. We are honored to be a part of the King of the Hammers family and look forward to growing with them."

FOA Shocks will use their race entry to host well known driver Jeff Mello and his FOA shock outfitted rig.  Mello started on the pole position in the 2009 Griffin King of the Hammers but “not having good suspension was defiantly a contributor to the demise of last years race.  I cannot think of a any single piece of equipment that would make a greater difference to this teams performance,” said Jeff Mello.  “We have been looking forward all year to go to the King of the Hammers with some good shocks under us and can’t be happier to be hooked up with the Official Shock FOA.”

FOA Shock Absorbers is based in Las Vegas NV. and specializes in a full line of off-road racing shocks and bumpstops from 2.0 remote reservoir models, to large 2.5 coilovers and 2.5 to 3.5 bypasses shocks for the serious competitor. Using a combination of proprietary design and American ingenuity, FOA Shocks offer quality products at a substantial savings over their competition.

For More Information on FOA Shocks go to:  www.F-O-A.com

Hammerking Productions, Inc. created the “King of the Hammers” off-road race in 2007 (www.kingofthehammers.com) and released its first full-length film in 2008.  The 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers will be held on Friday February 12th, 2010 where over 15,000 drivers and fans from around the globe will descend on the desert of Johnson Valley for over a week of off-road related activities.  The 2009 running of the King of the Hammers was featured on Spike TV and in the film “Second Crusade.”  In 2009, Hammerking expanded race action to include three additional regional qualifiers for the 2010 race.  More information can be found at www.kingofthehammers.com.

 

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John Stewart

Geo-Cache Roughneck Rendezvous Announced

On Saturday morning between 7-9 am, we will line up our vehicles, register (if you didn’t pre-register), download our waypoints, and begin our grand geocache scavenger hunt! At 9 am you will be released into the park armed with your coordinates and your GPS.

Your goal will be to find as many of the 100 strategically placed geocaches hidden within our park. In each cache you will find a special item that will be used to document your visit to the cache. You will also discover an interpretive message about the natural or cultural history of our park, or about responsible and sustainable geocaching and riding. We will not be able to make all 100 sites official caches on geocaching.com because we will be conducting this event for many years to come, and we would reach cache saturation in a very short amount of time. However, we will make a few of the caches permanent. And, don’t forget, you can always visit some of our pre-existing caches!

If you are the “First to Find” on a cache, you will have the opportunity to try and locate one of our bonus caches! These caches are tougher to get to, and even tougher to find once you reach their location. If you are successful, you will be richly rewarded with a special prize!

The scavenger hunt ends at 5 pm. Don’t forget to turn in your event booklet with your final cache count and receive your raffle tickets. For each “First to Find,” you will receive five (5) free raffle tickets; for each regular cache, you will receive one (1) raffle ticket; and, if you found your one (1) bonus cache, you can collect ten (10) free raffle tickets! There will be a 2-hour break from 5-7 pm which will give you the opportunity to grab dinner at one of our vendors booths (BBQ and Hot Dogs!) before the night’s events begin.

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Volunteers Make a Difference

Since the Friends of the High Lakes inception in 2007, the group has moved over 100 tons of rock, completed trail maintenance, installed needed signing, and developed patrols to educate and inform users to stay on designated (posted) trails, and use light on the land camping techniques.  In addition, the group has eliminated many braided trails, developed brochures, signs, and maps all used to encourage proper use of the area.  

The group was recognized in an informal presentation by the Forest Service, District Ranger Al Vazquez, on September 26, 2009, National Public Lands Day at Spring Valley Lake prior to the group completing fall maintenance in the area.  The group will be recognized more formally in early November by Forest Supervisor Kathleen Morse, of the Lassen National Forest.

Friends of the High Lakes Chairman Knull said he is “extremely proud of the group to have been selected for this honor and 100 percent of the credit goes to each individual and each club that has done an awesome job in making it happen.”

For information about the Friends of the High Lakes Organization, contact Chairman Knull at (530) 873-2430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, contact District Resource Officer Jane Goodwin, Almanor Ranger District at (530) 258-2141.

-LNF-

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