ATV Club delivers promising news. Trail Anticipated to be completed in 2012.

Chisholm ATV Trail Proposal Out for Public ReviewChisholm, Minn. — Larry Folstad, secretary for the Northern Traxx ATV Club, delivered promising news to the Chisholm City Council last week.

He reported the club had secured the necessary land permits from Arcelor Mittal Hibbing Land Corporation for the proposed 10.1 mile trail, which will start just north of Chisholm and end in Side Lake.

The club has worked on the details of the trail for the past six to eight years, said Folstad. Estimated cost of the project is around $177,000.

Funding for the trail involves a $88,000 grant from the Minnesota Trails Assistance Program along with a matching grant from the Federal Recreational Trail Grant Program. The club is waiting on wetland permitting from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and St. Louis County. It’s necessary to fulfill the grant requirements. If all goes well, Folstad said the trail is anticipated to open in the spring of 2012.

Northern Traxx ATV Club is currently 30 to 40 members strong. For more information, call Larry Folstad at 969-6789 or visit the club’s website at

The club is planning on sponsoring an ATV training course for youth in August. More details will be forthcoming.

Article: Chisholm Tribune Press

ATV Convention Pulls Into Nashwauk

ATV Convention Pulls Into NashwaukNashwauk, Minn. — When patrons entered the Nashwauk Rec Center Saturday afternoon for the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM)’s Fall Convention, many asked the same question: “Where are all the ATV’s?”

“All the ATV’s” and their riders were where one might expect them to be on a sunny fall afternoon – on the trails. The convention kicked off with a VIP ride Friday. Forty riders took to the trail, including local legislators and representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Nashwauk’s EMT and Police Department. ATVAM Secretary Mary Campbell said she spent all day Friday on the local ATV trail. “We definitely enjoyed ourselves,” she said. “The trail’s are nice and very entertaining.”

The tree-day convention is being held in Nashwauk for the first time, Campbell said. Fall Convention locations are picked each year based on access to trails and club support, she added. In Nashwauk, the event was hosted by the Range Riders ATV Club, which was instrumental in bringing the event to town, Campbell said. The event brought in 120 registrants from across the state. Normally, organizers like to see crowds of 250 to 300 for the fall convention, ATVAM president-elect George Radke said. “But with the economy and uncertainty of jobs, it’s very understandable that we’ve had lower numbers lately,” he said.

Lou Benepe of Range Riders said though registration was lower, he was pleased to see that those in attendance were participating full-force in the weekend’s scheduled events. On one side of town, helicopter rides were being offered throughout the day by Northern Helicopters of Hibbing. Benepe said the chopper had been flying steady all day with good response. The other side of town featured Chisholm ATV Club Northern Traxx’s second annual ATV Pull. The competition featured nearly 40 registered riders from across the state and a large number of spectators than the previous year, organizers said. For the riders, the event is all about earning bragging rights. For the crowds, there’s a different draw, said Larry Folstad of Northern Traxx. This was the first state convention Folstad had attended.

“It’s good to see everyone getting together like this,” he said, noting that riding ATV’s is all about “getting together, getting outside, and being in the woods.”

In addition to Nashwauk and Chisholm ATV clubs, Penguilly’s Red Rock Riders had a booth at the convention. The event has found support from the community. The Spartan Booster Club sold food and refreshments at the ATV Pull, and local volunteers served food at the Rec Center. “lots of the community volunteers are not involved with ATVAM or the Range Riders,” said volunteer Margaret Barr. “people just wanted to come out help.”

Visitors have taken note of the community’s support. ATVAM officials said they had received “great, positive” feedback from members about the convention’s location. “The community has been welcoming, helpful and supportive,” Campbell said. “…The city council, the business owners – everyone’s been very accommodating.” The ATVAM Fall Convention will remain open until 3 p.m. today at the Rec Center.

Article: Hibbing Daily Tribune

ATV Trail Construction Anticipated to Begin This Fall

CHISHOLM, Minn. — If all goes according to plan, the Northern Traxx ATV Club will begin construction on a 10-mile trail, going from Chisholm to the Side Lake area.

Club Secretary Larry Folstad said the ATV license agreement, approved by the Chisholm City Council at last week’s council meeting, cleared the way for the club to assume the final permit from ArcelorMittal.

The mining company owns a portion of the property on which the trail is intended to be built.

“It’s great,” said Folstad, commenting on the council’s action. “It’s finally a reward for all the six years, plus work.”

Financing for the project is already in place, Folstad said. Grant monies from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Trails Program total around $170,000. In addition, Yamaha Corp. donated $10,000, he said.

Folstad said Congressman Jim Oberstar and his aide Makowski were very helpful in obtaining funding for the project as were State Sen. David Tomassoni and Rep. Tony Sertich.

Plans call for the trail to begin by the Chisholm Cemetery and end on Connors Road and Highway 5.

Folstad said the Northern Traxx Club has around 30 to 50 members, with a core group of around a dozen or so “really active members.”

Folstad said the club is participating in the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) convention in Nashwaulk, with an ATV pull on Sept. 18. He said around 400 to 500 people are anticipated to attend the convention.

Anyone interested in joining the Northern Traxx Club or helping with the trail is asked to contact Folstad at 969-6789 or by emailing at

Article: Chisholm Tribune Press

Way Cleared for Trail Construction

CHISHOLM, Minn. — An ATV license agreement, supporting the construction of 10 miles of ATV trail for the Chisholm trail system and

Northern Traxx ATV Club, was approved by the city council on Tuesday.
A similar agreement was approved by the council last November.

“I don’t think it changed a great deal,” said Mayor Mike Jugovich.
The agreement brought before the council Tuesday contained language changes, which according to City Administrator Mark Casey, were a result of concerns aired by Cliffs Natural Resources, majority owner of Hibbing Taconite.

The agreement states a portion of the trail will be constructed on properties owned and operated by the taconite company. It also identifies the company as the licensor.

“Taking into consideration their comments, it was rewritten and brought back before the council,” said Casey.

Members of the ATV Club was present at Tuesday’s meeting and agreed with Jugovich and Casey’s assessment of the situation.

In November, City Attorney Lou Cianni expressed concerns over indemnification provided to the mining company. Although it was not addressed at the meeting Tuesday, Cianni said Wednesday that those concerns remain.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Article: Chisholm Tribune Press

ATV Ride Honors Chisholm Shooting Victim

CHISHOLM, Minn. — Just one week ago Ed Walberg was fatally wounded in a Chisholm bar shooting. On Saturday, Walberg’s friends gathered to remember him by doing something that he loved – an ATV ride.

Walberg’s friends remember him as a funny, kind, caring and all-around good guy. “He was the type of person that made the room shine,” Kevin Succio said.

Walberg also had a love for the outdoors. “We’d go hunting, fishing and camping. He loved to go 4-wheeling,” said Succio. Walberg’s friends met Saturday at Tom and Jerry’s Bar and Lounge, just like they’ve done on Saturdays past for their weekend ATV rides.

“There’s a group of maybe 10 to 15 of us that would go every other Saturday,” says Succio, “it was just one of those things that we did.” Walberg was the leader of the group. Succio recalled that he knew all the trails. However, Saturday’s ATV ride had a different meaning. “Today’s about remembering Ed, and we’re going to celebrate Ed today,” Succio said.

The group planned to take their normal route, making a few special stops along the way. “We’re going to go up [to] this place called Ed’s Point,” Succio said. “It overlooks two pits he brought us to a long time ago, and we’re going to do a memorial for him.”

Succio said the group plans to continue their Saturday rides – but he said they’ll never be the same without their leader. “Ed would be amazed to see the turnout,” Succio said. “He would have an ear to ear smile.” Also Saturday, the family of Cale Nelson – who was wounded in last week’s shooting – reported that he has been moved out of the intensive care unit.

Article: Fox21 Online

Iron Range OHV Park Takes a Seat in America’s 26 Greatest ATV Destinations

MORRIS, Illinois — At about 3.79 million square miles, the United States is a vast nation – the world’s third largest by land area. The diversity of our people defines us, but our world-beating OHV trails are pretty magnificent, too. We American off-road riders have an all-you-can-eat buffet of terrain choices available for the taking – deserts and dunes of the southwest, towering peaks in the Rocky Mountains, dense forests and the countless lakes of the Midwest, stunning views from atop the Ozark Mountains and the colossal riding areas of the rolling Appalachians.

Our American history of conservation and outdoor adventure has preserved land for every purpose – wildlife refuges, plant conservation, camping, hiking, prairie restoration, city parks and National Forests comprising about 8.5 percent of our total land area.

As good as we have it, recent legislation like the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act has put a bull’s eye on drastically reducing lands available to human recreation. Our view is that getting out there on sustainable, properly managed trails is an essential way for people to explore and learn to appreciate our natural environment.

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.  Funded and maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Iron Range OHV park is about an hour south of the Canadian border near the town of Gilbert and located in northern Minnesota’s rugged mining country – the aptly named Iron Range. 

Ride 200-foot-high piles of ore that stretch for 20 miles, and check out the scramble areas, training trails, hill climbs, 4×4 rock crawl and creatively named trails like Wayne’s World and Attitude Alley.

What makes it great? Abandoned mines like the Iron Range park often leave behind a labyrinth of narrow trails, unpredictable terrain, huge piles of jagged rocks and fields of silt-like tailings, a mining byproduct, which makes a great Midwestern substitute for sand dunes.
Contact: Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, (218) 748-2207; Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Website.

Article: ATV Magazine Online

Council Supports ATV Trail Grant Application

CHISHOLM, Minn. — A resolution in support of funding for the proposed 10-mile Chisholm ATV trail was unanimously approved by the Chisholm City Council on Tuesday, despite concerns voiced by City Attorney Lou Cianni about potential liability. The resolution supports a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the Federal Recreational Trail Grant Program for $88,000 in matching funds.

Article: Hibbing Daily Tribune


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