January 16, 2021 – ATV Club Meeting

Hi Everyone,
It is that time again for our club meeting. We are having this month’s meeting on January 16th, 10 am at the Ironton Legion, 232 4th Street, Ironton, MN. Our club meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of each month, due to the governor’s mandates, the legion was closed last Saturday, we are having January’s meeting one week later. The legion will be open for indoor dinning starting on January 11th.

Let’s kick off the New Year. We are having a free burger basket lunch with pop for everyone. You do not have to be a member. If you would like to come meet us and hear about the trails we maintain, please come join us, we would like to meet you.

This is our way of saying thank you for being our member and volunteering to maintain the Miller Black Bear and the Mississippi River Northwoods trails.  

Dean Schliek & Ben Moores from MN ATV Riders are joining us and want to let us know what their group is planning for this New Year.

Do you like to write? I’m looking for someone that would like to start a new club newsletter.

Please invite your friends.

Ken Irish
Club president

Agenda;

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Approve October club minutes
  • Treasure’s report – Barb
  • Old business
  • New business
  • New trail signs – Andy
  • New trails – Russ & Ken
  • Dean & Ben
  • Anything else

Adjourn 11am  

Lunch & Social

Jan 9, 2021 – ATV Club Meeting Canceled

Hi Everyone, Our Jan 9 th club meeting is canceled; the legion is closed until January 10 th due to the governor’s orders. We may be able to have our meeting on January 16 th, I’m waiting to hear this week what his plans are to re-open businesses.

Until then have a good day & Happy New Year.
Ken Irish 
Club president 

Saturday 10/24/20 Trail Work Canceled

Hi Everyone,

Due to the recent snow and cold weather our Saturday trail work day is cancelled. 

We are going to take a couple months off and get back together next January. We will plan more rides and trail work days in 2021. We had a great year with many good rides and memories. A big shout out and thank you to our new members for joining and everyone that came to ride and worked on our trails. Stay in touch on Facebook.

Ken Irish
Club President

October ATV Club Meeting and Ride

Hi Everyone,
Our club meeting and ride is this coming Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Ironton Legion, 232 4 th Street we are riding the Lawer Loops and we will stop for lunch at Jackson Hole. This will be our last club meeting and ride for the season. Bring your own snacks and beverages. The forecast is low 60s and sunny. The fall colors should be really nice.  Last month we rode the Fond du Lac State Forest. Russ guided our group through the forest; we had a good turnout, it is a very nice forest to ride, I recommend we go back next year. There are several pictures on our clubs Facebook page. Keep October 24th open we are going to do some trail maintenance on the Mississippi Northwoods Trail and the Miller Black Bear Trail.

Agenda;

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Club minutes – Sue
  • Treasures report – Barb
  • Taconite tailings & trail work – Dale & Andrew
  • New club signs – Andrew
  • Sand Creek Bridge update- Russ
  • Proposed shooting range – Ken
  • Fall trail work & clean up October 24th –Ken
  • GIA payments – Russ
  • Adjourn 10 a.m.

    Ken Irish Club president

Gun Shooting Range

Below is a press release from Crow Wing County. There is a proposal to build a gun shooting range on 84 acres of County Land that borders Iverson road, this is close to our Miller Black Bear trails. This is an area that our club would like to expand trails to make connections to the Mississippi River Northwoods Trail. There are currently some trails in that area, that we hope to use. If this would be approved it would stop any trail expansion there. The county is taking pubic comments, the comment period ends this Sunday, it’s urgent please send your comments.  

https://www.crowwing.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2186

September ATV Club Meeting & Ride

Hi Everyone,
Our next club meeting is this coming Saturday at 9 a.m., at the Ironton Legion, 232 4th Street. We will be riding trails in the Fond Du Lac State Forest near Cromwell, MN. This is Russell and Mark’s hometown area. Our club rode there three years ago they are nice scenic trails. Bring some sandwiches, snacks and beverages for the ride. There are not any restaurants in Cromwell.
Last month we had our Explore MN ride with Over the Hills Gang ATV Club. There were 52 people and 38 machines on the ride everyone had a good time. OTHG brought sandwiches and chips for everyone, our club brought pop and bottled water. You can see lots pictures on our club Facebook page.
In other good news, Sue Sasse is our new Club secretary. Sarah Phillips had been it for many years. Thank you Sue for accepting the position and thank you Sarah for all those years.
Please welcome our new club members Mark Walters and Jim & Pat Dearing.  
Dale Carry and David Wille have been out working on trails in the Mississippi River Northwoods area. Great job guys!
Crow Wing County Commissioners are discussing a shooting range proposal off of Iverson Road, it is an 84 acre parcel that boarders Iverson Road. It is not far from the Miller – Black Bear Trails. There are currently some trails in this area, if this is approved it will affect our riding area. There have been articles in the Crosby newspaper.
Here is a link to the press release. Please send your comments.
https://www.crowwing.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2186


Agenda;
Pledge of Allegiance
August Club Minutes – Sue
Treasures Report – Barb
New Club Signs – Andy
Gun Shooting Range – Ken
Club Newsletter-Ken
Anything else
Adjourn

Invite your friends,
Ken Irish Club President

Exploring MN ATV Trails Group Ride

Hi Everyone,
Our Explore Minnesota ride with Over the Hills Gang is this coming Saturday.  OTHG is going to provide a picnic lunch on the trail.  I’m going to pick up some beverages from our club. Meet me in front of the Ironton Legion at 8 a.m., you can follow me and we will meet up the OTHG in Outing.  The weather forecast is 73 and sunny.  Come join me.

Ken Irish
Club President

Exploring MN ATV Trails Group Ride

August 29 @ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

So many trails, so little summer!  Join us as we travel away (but not too far!) from our Emily/Outing ATV trails to experience another of the states great trail systems.  This year we will explore the Hill City Connector Trail and the UPM Blandin Trail.  Lots of variety on this trip! Forest, hills, mud, play area, tight and twisty, wide open and fast.  You name it, you’ll ride it!  Meet at the Swatera parking area off the Soo Line North ATV trail at 10 a.m.  Picnic lunch out on the trail provided by Over the Hills Gang ATV Club.

For those not familiar with Swatera, a group of riders will also be meeting at 9 a.m. in Outing at the parking lot 1/4 mile east of town on Cass Cty Rd. 58 then trailering out to Swatera.

August ATV Club Meeting and Ride

Hi Everyone,
Our club meeting and ride is this coming Saturday, August 8th – 9 a.m. at the Ironton Legion. We are riding the Emily Outing / Moose River trails. There will be some people from the Cuyuna Lakes State trail group coming to the meeting. They want to discuss their plans for a paved trail and the bridge over Sand Creek in the Mississippi Northwoods trail area. I look forward to hearing their plans. For this meeting I’m going to hold off on our club business this month.
Sarah Phipps has stepped down as our secretary. We need someone to fill that position.
Last month we had our annual club picnic at the Miller Black Bear trails. We had a good turnout, 32 people came. Andrew was our grill master he did a great job, we need to get him a chef’s hat and apron.
Senator Carrie Ruud and Representative Josh Heitzman attended, everyone brought something to share, we all had great time. There are several pictures posted on our Facebook page you can see.
Dale Carry’s dad passed away, the funeral was Monday. We are all sorry to hear this Dale, Barb our treasure sent a card and monetary gift.
Ken Irish
Club president

July 8th Storm Update

The storms from last Wednesday evening dropped a couple of inches of rain and high winds.  We had over 40 trees down on the trails at Miller Black Bear and Mississippi River Northwoods.

With the help of some club members the trails all cleaned up and ready for use this weekend.  We are excited to see everyone at the club meeting and picnic on Saturday.