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Grooming the region's 257 miles of snowmobile trails

Three snowmobile groomers are usually out Mondays through Thursdays throughout the Hubbard County and Two Inlets regions to get trails ready for weekend riding.(Sarah Smith/Enterprise)1 / 2
Andy Nagel is president of the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club in Park Rapids. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)2 / 2

The Forest Riders Snowmobile Club is responsible for grooming all 257 miles of grant-in-aid trails in the region. Grooming begins Monday mornings and continues through the week, usually stopping Thursdays to get the trails ready for the weekends. The club is compensated by the mile. Club president, Andy Nagel said that usually works out to $420 per mile by the end of the season. The club has been in existence since the 1970s. Groomers say although trails are in excellent condition and the weekend weather will be perfect for riding, some fallen branches may still be on trails in remote areas and could be obstructed by newly fallen snow, so riders should exercise caution. Last month's ice storm caused many branches to snap off trees and branches near the trails. The club has begun grooming the ditches off County Road 4, which were added to the trail system this year.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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