By Keith Nelson, St. Louis County Commissioner
I understand a newly-formed opposition group has convinced the city council to research breaching a long-standing contract with the DNR on the proposed OHV park in Houston.
By Ray Bohn, Media & Government Affairs, & Tom Hackbarth
Two budget bills are still making their way through the 2021 1st Special Legislative Session. The not so special session anymore was convened on June 14, 2021, to finalize the budget bills not passed during the regular session. Even with the additional time, two budget bills (Taxes & K-12 Ed) are moving towards agreement by 12:00 midnight today, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The prospect for passage of these two bills is good at this time.
DNR News Release
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named David Andrews Jr., a volunteer ATV safety instructor in Grand Rapids, as the 2020 ATV instructor of the year.
Where can I find the ATV regulations? The MN DNR publishes a small booklet called OHV Regulations which covers All-Terrain Vehicles Class I & II, Off-Highway Motorcycles, and Off-Road Vehicles. You can also find the regulations on the Minnesota DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/ohv.
TVMN Director-at-Large Some of you may be spending your winter hours not only dreaming of getting back on the trails with your ATV, but also building a new ATV Trail or new Connector Trail to reach an existing system.
Dry conditions mean very high fire danger persists in north-central and northeastern Minnesota. Spring outdoor recreation activity is increasing, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges outdoor enthusiasts to limit the use of campfires and use caution with off-road vehicles that could spark and start a wildfire.
Where can I camp near ATV trails? Second only to "Where can I ride my new ATV" that may be the most common question new owners ask.
New state forest maps being published by the Minnesota DNR show where you can camp near trails, as well as hike, swim and enjoy other activities.
The NOHVCC has shared a job opportunity in Minnesota for an OHV program consultant.
Please see below information from Minnesota DNR Parks & Trail Central Office about an open job opportunity.
“High Lifter is excited to announce we have partnered with ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota!” Scott and Rachel Smith, with High Lifter, said. “It’s time to offer an off-road experience like no other and ERX Motor Park stepped up to the challenge.”
This map -- just updated by the Minnesota DNR -- shows 15 projects in various stages of the Grant-in-Aid process, creating new off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails or trail additions. New trails are a high priority for riders of ATVs, dirt bikes and 4WD trucks.
Across the state, ATV clubs and the Minnesota DNR are working hard to prepare trails for the 2021 riding season. Removing windfalls, replacing culverts, repairing bridges, hauling gravel.
Having kicked off this past October, the current Master Plan will identify ways to enhance ORV opportunities for all Minnesotans.