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State trail reopens for snowmobiling

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State forest recreation officials today announced a section of the Hancock-Ripley snowmobile trail, between Hancock and Dollar Bay, has reopened this winter for snowmobiling.

The trail was closed earlier this summer to allow for testing and removal of asbestos discovered near the former site of the Quincy Smelting Works in Houghton County. In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency performed baseline and activity-based tests to determine the level of exposure to asbestos or metals, and any potential public health threat to visitors and recreation users.   more...

 



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Owner identification required on ice shanties

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today reminded ice fishing enthusiasts that names and addresses must be affixed to ice shanties placed on public water bodies again this winter.

State law requires the shanty owner’s name and address be permanently affixed on all sides of the structure before it is placed out on the ice. The name and address cannot be placed on a sign board which can be removed. Rather, the name and address must be painted or lettered in some way so that it cannot be taken off the structure. The information must be provided in legible, waterproof lettering at least two inches high.   more...

 



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Snowmobile fee increase aids state trail system

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State recreation officials today reminded snowmobile enthusiasts that snowmobile trail permits for the 2004-05 winter season are available for $25, an increase of $5 above last year’s permit.

The increase is the result of a change to Michigan’s snowmobile law, which requires user-pay funding for the maintenance of the state’s 6,200 miles of designated snowmobile trails.   more...

 



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Let there be ice

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Brian Brosdahl is a poster boy for how the sport of ice fishing has evolved in the past 10 years.

A Cass Lake, Minn., fishing guide, Brosdahl — or "Bro," as he's best known — lives for quality time on the ice. From November through April, he's either ice fishing or talking about ice fishing. Pick up any publication, and it's almost impossible to miss the burly guide with the red goatee in ice-fishing ads or stories.

As a spokesman for a group of winter-fishing promoters that calls itself the Ice Team, Brosdahl knows all about the trappings that make the pursuit more enjoyable and more productive.

From portable shelters to underwater cameras, ice fishing has come a long way from the days of five-gallon buckets and broom-pole rods.   more...

 



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The Little Book Of Snowflakes

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Remarkable revelations of nature’s diversity, revealed in hundreds of snowflake images taken by American photographer W .A. Bentley during a 50-year period. Over 850 illustrations of snow crystals, with no two designs exactly alike, will inspire artists, designers, and craftspeople in search of extraordinary patterns for textiles, wallpaper, and other creative projects.

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Is ice safe? It's a matter of degrees

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GRAYLING -- Two days ago, Lake Margrethe was wide open, its December waters frothed by a stiff northwest wind. Today, a shelf of white extends from the shoreline to near mid-lake, and it won't be long before we see the first ice fishermen walking gingerly onto its surface.

First-ice and last-ice produce some of the best fishing, but also many tragedies when people break through thin spots and drown. The key to avoid becoming a statistic is to use common sense and learn some things that can save your life.

Officialdom will always insist that there is no such thing as safe ice. That's officialdom's way of covering its butt with I-told-you-so absolution from responsibility, even though officialdom knows perfectly well that its pronouncements won't prevent people from going onto the ice to fish.   more...

 



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Mountain Grand Lodge takes big step toward opening

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BOYNE FALLS - As families coming north for the holidays begin to fill Boyne Mountain, a tradition since its humble beginnings, a grand vision for the future rises above fresh powdered snow.

The $50 million Mountain Grand Lodge and the $20 million Avalanche Bay indoor waterpark are coming to life, marking the most expansive and expensive additions to the Northern Michigan region. The projects are part of a joint venture between Boyne USA and New Frontiers Capital, LLC part of the Forsythe Group of companies based in Illinois and owned by Gerald R. Forsythe.   more...

 



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DN ice yacht regatta in Minnesota a big draw

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By Randy Rogoski
DN US 4192
 
Over 50 boats turned out for the eighth annual DN Western Challenge Cup, this year sailed at Lake Christina near Ashby, Minnesota.
Racers came from as far away as North Carolina and Ohio; and four Europeans made the trek to this event, which upheld its reputation for drawing fast racers and always having ice on schedule - the first weekend in December.
The lake is three hours west of Minneapolis - St. Paul, and only 45 miles east of North Dakota. It has about three houses on its shores and no ice fisherman.
While many other lakes in Minnesota have open water in early December, Lake Christina has proven reliable ice. This shallow 4,000-acre lake has a racing area that measures 1.5 miles to the south shore from the launch. East to west, there are 1.75 miles of racing ice.   more...
 


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Nite National Championship Iceboat Regatta

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Quantum Inland – Iceboating Hits the West

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For many years, people have been missing out on the perfect location for some of the greatest iceboating in the United States. While many of us are driving around the Midwest and Eastern Shores looking for ice, the avid iceboaters in the Montana area are sailing! There are many different types of boats out on the large lakes of Montana. Skeeters, Melges 80’s, Sternsteerers, Nites, specialty crafts and Dan Kampo even brought his monster Miss Wisconsin out last season to work towards breaking the speed record.    more...

 



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Nite National Championship Iceboat Regatta

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The following describes the 2004 Nite Iceboat National.  This regatta was held over from last winter and now will be considered the National Championship for 2004 and there will be a second championship in 2005 if Ice permits.
 
  With the absolute final weekend available to hold the Nite Nationals in 2004, a first-of-its kind December event was held in the incredible location of Lake Christina in Ashby, MN. This lake, discovered and often used by the DNs, is 3 to 5 feet deep, freezes very early and is large and round. Because there are no powerboats on the lake, there’s no ramp. But it’s an easy carry-on location from what’s been dubbed, “Mile Post 8.”   more...   Results
 
 
You can get more information about the Nite Iceboat class @ www.inlandsails.com www.iceboat.org & www.iceboat.net
 
Zack Clayton
Quantum Inland Sails
262-646-7610
 


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Skiing & Snowboarding in the Great Lakes Region

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General Resources
Great Lakes Nordic Ski Council
Committed to providing the most diverse cross-country skiing information in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.

Ski Guide
Guide to ski areas in Canada and the United States.
Illinois | Indiana | Michigan | Minnesota | New York
Ohio | Ontario | Pennsylvania | Quebec | Wisconsin


Ski Odyssey
Online Resort Guide to ski and snowboard areas in both Canada and the United States.
Illinois | Indiana | Michigan | Minnesota | New York
Ohio | Ontario | Pennsylvania | Quebec | Wisconsin

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GTIYC Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club

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Welcome to the home of the Hard Water sailors of northwest Michigan. We are glad that you have found us, so please take a few minutes and see what the great sport of Ice Boating is all about. The club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, October through April, 7:30 p.m., at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club on M-22, approximately 1/2 mile North of the intersection of M-72 West and M-22 (NW side of Traverse City.) We have members of all ages, 10 through old enough to know better, so please feel free come and visit us at a monthly meeting or on the ice.   more...

 



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Light Air Sailing - Ice Boating

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This isn't about racing, it's about keeping any style or age DN moving in light air. The typical occasional sailor spends a lot of time pushing or standing around while the more experienced sailor sails on by. Believe it or not, having the most expensive equipment isn't as big an advantage as you might think. Setting your boat up properly and using some basic skills will make all the difference in the world.

In light airs, the plate runners that most sailors have work just great. What's key is having your runners lined up as nearly perfect as possible. Our club spent several hundred dollars for a professional set of runner aligners. They are for everyone's use. Two guys can align a boat's runners in five minutes. If you're not lined up you might as well sit on your boat and drink beer (not a bad idea). Don't worry about a flexible mast or a limber plank or a new sail, the old stuff works just fine.    more...

 



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What's New On iceboat.org:

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December 8, 2004:
Via Scott Brown, Acting Nite Commodore:
"The following letter is posted on iceboating.net and was sent by a German competitor at last week's DN Western Challenge. It's really speaks to the heart of our sport. You may want to post for your club as I think they will appreciate it as well."

Dear friends,
if someone thinks, its a long way for us Europeans to come to this event its just not true. For meeting you guys at this first weekend Iceboating in Minnesota we would even travel twice around the globe. We usually race more, than at any world championship and also everyone is much more relaxed. I asked JD, how much the starting fee is, the answer was "to come". I destroyed my hull after I spunn out. Before I turned around Mark Kiefer carried it from the Ice and took it to his shop. Next morning my boat was stronger than ever(Thank you Mark, JD and Ron for top maintenance at bar time).
If someone is searching for the heart of America he should start looking in Minnesota and among the Iceboaters everywhere. Thank you all, for organizing this world class event.(I feel sorry for Peter Jones, Dough Harvey and John Davenport, that they could not attend. I know they would have come , if possible)
Hope to see you all again in Wisconsin or even at Lake Christina in January.
Very special regards to my friend Harry from Minnetonka and I hope you come by next time you are over in Dortmund.
JoerG-737

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