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January Newsletter


   I can’t believe it, the snow has come and we get to groom the snowmobile trails so that all of that work putting the trail in was not for nothing. The groomers were out and the trail was groomed for the first time on Dec. 20th and 21st and it appears the trail is in pretty good shape. I know that the trail will be used because I have been getting telephone calls wondering when the trail was going to be groomed. I know that we have an awesome trails system up here in Aberdeen and that our groomers do an excellent job keeping it in good shape for all of the riders to use.

I hope with the holiday season coming upon us that all will have a great time with their family and friends. This can be a trying time for some and an awesome time for others so be sure to share the good cheer with everyone.

   On a sadder note Colleen and Jamie Hohm of the Town and Country Snow Drifters earlier this month unexpectedly lost their 9 year old son Jakob and he loved snowmobiling and doing things with his family and snowmobile club. Jakob was one of the youth snowmobile candidates this year at the convention. Jakob will be missed by all of his family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers this holiday season because it will be rough on them.

   Our next monthly club meeting will be at Wakeside on Mina Lake Thursday, January 5th starting at 7:30pm so show up earlier for supper.

   We have a few club events coming up this month on the calendar,

January 7th. at the Richmond Oasis, is the radar run (1 pm), if we get more snow, followed by our yearly steak feed and Xmas party for members only out at the Richmond Oasis at 6pm. which will be held regardless if we have the radar run or not.  

January 15th , Sunday, is the club ride from Westport starting at 1 pm

January 20th is the club ride out in the Black hills and also the Snow Pro races in Deadwood check our web site for more details on this for club functions.

January 28th, Saturday, is the club ride from Frederick starting at 1 pm

More events will be scheduled at our Jan. 5th. Meeting.



           JEFF THORNE, PRES.

Dakota Midland Trail Update 12-20-16

Trail Boss Jim Weaver reports: “We’ll were off and grooming the Dakota Midland snowmobile trail in Aberdeen. Going good except for a bad hydraulic leak that took 2 hours to repair. Trails are 80% good and 20% fair. A lot of drifting today also and more tomorrow with high winds that helps the ditches full in. Hope to groom again later in the week. Should be some good riding if it doesn’t get too warm tomorrow. Ride safe!”15622375_1166996423355181_1525728706316201561_n

Dakota Midland Trail Opens December 15th

Jim Weaver, Trail Boss, reports that the Dakota Midland Trail is signed and ready to go for the December 15th trail opening.  A sincere thanks goes out to all the club members who spent countless volunteer hours putting and getting our Dakota Midland trail in safe shape to ride.  Trail grooming will begin after December 15th as snow conditions permit.  Let it snow! The Snocat has been resting long enough.

Dec. meeting minutes

Driftbusters Dec.1 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order by Pres. Jeff Thorne

Introductions were made by all.

Minutes to the meeting were passed out and Jeff Thorne asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes if not he asked for a motion to accept the minutes. Kelly Weaver made a motion to accept the minutes and Ann Nagel seconded the motion, motion accepted.

Treasurer’s report by Jim Friedt. Jim stated that most of the bills for the convention have not come in yet. Motion was made by Jim Gelling to approve and Ken Ham seconded, motion approved.

SDSA report by Jeff Thorne: Silent auction brought in $2,468 on the 36 items and the live auction was $9,019 for approx. 138 items so the total for both auctions was $11,487 and Aberdeens portion of that was $4,020.45 and SDSA 65% share was $7,466.55, the John Greene print went for $4,000, and $2,000 of that was paid to John Greene, the rest went to SDSA, the winner of the Every-One-Wins raffle went to Watertown, the 50/50 raffle brought in $2,108, SDSA received a check from ISC for putting on the convention in Rapid City this past June for $67,982.93, $1,750 of that went into the Kaos Youth fund for start up funds, which leaves $65,932 to be put into investments for youth groups, legal actions, etc. SDSA is hosting the Sno Cross races again this year more details will follow.  

Advisory Council report by Al Nagel: Not a lot to report but the Groomer school is scheduled for Dec. 2nd. in the Hills this year. There has been some new reroutes in the Hills, and there was 2 new groomers purchased this year for the Hills. The 2 oldest groomers were sold on an auction site, one went to Canada and one went to Oklahoma. The next meeting will be the night before the Governor’s ride in Feb. The snowmobile trails open Dec. 15th. both east river and west river.

Trail report by Jim Weaver: Robert Teachout from Game, Fish, and Parks stated that he had just completed inspecting the trail and handed out a detailed report of all the corrections that need to be made. Jim Weaver will email the report to the trail leaders of each section on the corrections that need to be made. Once the corrections are made we are to let Robert Teachout know and he will inspect it again. Jim stated that he has more signing supplies if anyone needs them, also he has the new snowmobile trail maps for everyone to distribute.

Safety report by Corey Gelling. Corey stated that he had 12 people attend the safety course at the convention. He was well pleased at the turnout. Some of the attendees were getting information on how the course was presented so they could do one for their clubs.

Convention report by Kelly Weaver: Kelly wanted to thank everyone for all their help and support on the convention. She said she thought it was one of the smoothiest run conventions yet and she is waiting for the rest of the bills to come in for the convention. Kelly asked if there were any suggestions on what we could do better for any future conventions. One bad note was when the large Ski-Doo Banner, that was owned by one of our club members, was stolen on Friday night and we are hoping whoever took it will return it, if not, the club needs to replace it. There has been a challenge made to all clubs to contribute $1,000 to the Kaos youth group. Kelly made a motion to donate $1,000 to help with the start up of the Kaos youth group, seconded by Tracy Olson, motion carried. Kelly said she would report at the Jan. meeting the rest of the convention details. The club wants to thank David Beckler for the awesome job he did conducting the auction at the convention. Jim Freidt said he talked to Diane Hiles and asked her what her honest opinion was of the convention and she said other than the powdered eggs for breakfast the meals were great and the intertainment was fabulous. Good to hear some positive feedback. The club gave a big thank you to Cheryl Gelling for being chosen as Women Snowmobiler of the Year and to Matt Olson for being chosen as Teen Snowmobiler of the Year. The gun raffle was a success as there were 121 tickets sold.

Activities/ rides: Discussion was held on scheduling club rides in Jan. Jan 7th. will be the Christmas party/steak feed/ and possibly radar run at the Richmond Oasis. It was decided to do a ride on Sun. Jan 15th 1 pm from Westport, club ride in the Black Hills weekend of Jan. 20th. Jan 28th. from Frederick, 1pm, Check the web site for more details. Discussion was held on the Jan. club ride in the Black Hills the weekend of the Sno Cross about the possibilities of everyone getting together either during a ride or after a ride for a social time. Ann Nagel volunteered to check into some places where we could possibly all meet.

Monthly News Article: Matt Olson volunteered to do this.  

New Business: Kristi Mikkonen sent her invoice for web hosting of $300. Matt Olson gave a report on what took place at the Kaos gathering at the convention that he attended. Kelly suggested that we put more information on the our web site about how parents can get their kids involved in the Kaos group. Tracy Olson said she has applications she can publish for this to any members that want them. She said she will do this to all members.

Old Business: Because Duane Sutton was unable to attend this meeting his discussion with Scott Meints, of Brown County emergency management on donating the emergency reaction snowmobile sled and trailer to Brown County will be tabled until next months meeting. Robert Teachout from GF&P talked about having a winter carnival at the park at Richmond Lake based out of the warming shelter and other events that might be held. More details will follow.

Split pot ticket winner was Andy Olson.

Next meeting will be Jan 5th. at Wakeside on Mina Lake at 7:30pm.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Kelly Weaver, seconded by Dan Rohbach, meeting adjourned.

December Newsletter

Hi Everyone,  


   The December monthly meeting will be held at Anchors Away on Richmond Lake at 7:30 pm Dec. 1st. Anyone wanting to come early are welcome to order off the menu.




Hope to see you at Anchors Away on Dec. 1st.

                       Cheryl Gelling, Sec.

Nov. meeting minutes

November 3rd. meeting minutes

Meeting was called to order by Pres. Jeff Thorne

Introductions were made by all.

Minutes to the Oct. meeting was handed out for everyone to read. Jeff asked if there was any additions or corrections, if not he asked for a motion to accept the meeting minutes, a motion to accept was made by Al Nagel, second Dan Rohbach, motion carried.

Treasurers report by Jim Freidt. A motion to accept the treasurers report was made by Brent Fisher, seconded by Stacey Pence, motion carried.

Convention report by Kelly Weaver, Ann Nagel, and Stacey Pence. Kelly Weaver went over the schedule for the weekend of the convention. She listed the prices for each event if someone wants to attend just one event. Kelly stated the Driftbusters will have a hospitality room which will be hosted by the Freidt family. The Trailbusters snowmobile club from Beresford area will also have a hospitality room as they will be hosting the SDSA snowmobile convention for next year. The Poinsett Pounders will also have a hospitality room. Ann Nagel went over the list of volunteers she has assigned to jobs during the convention and said she still has some jobs to be filled and asked if anyone wanting to volunteer to please contact her as soon as possible. She asked if anyone had raffle tickets to please turn them in so she can tell where we stand on the sales. Stacey Pence stated that we have been collecting items for the silent auction, live auction and door prizes. She stated that anyone that still has some items to please turn them in as soon as possible. She said that she still has some shirts that the club had purchased earlier for all workers to wear at the convention for anyone that needs one.

Trail report by Jim Weaver. Jim said it is time to mark trail again as the trail has to be marked by Nov. 23rd. Any trail leaders that need any supplies please let him know and he will get them ordered. Jim stated he will be picking up the groomer Tues. night and get it into town to get it ready for grooming and to put it on display for the convention. Jeff Thorne stated the SDSA safety trailer which has the simulator in it will be here on Thurs. night.

Publicity report. Jeff Thorne asked if there was any other advertising for the convention coming up. Kelly stated she had sent some information to Casey Weismantel and she will get the Driftbusters facebook page updated.

Activities/trail rides. After some discussion it was decided to have the steak feed/Xmas party and possibly a radar run on Jan. 7 at the Richmond Oasis. Jim Friedt will check with Alex & Diane to see if that date is ok. Kelly Weaver stated she was asked by Casey Weismantel with the Aberdeen Hotel Alliance that if they hosted some snowmobile events would the Driftbusters be willing to help them. Kelly stated she would discuss it at the club meeting.

Emergency Reaction. Stacey Pence stated that she is working on updating the list of people on the emergency reaction team. Duane Sutton stated that if your name is on the list, you need to go down to the police station and give them your SSN to get registered so you are covered by their insurance when you are participating in an emergency situation. Discussion was held on the emergency snowmobile, sled, and trailer that the club has owned for several years to be used by Brown County emergency personnel. If it would be to our benefit to just donate it to Brown County so we would not have to license it every year and pay for any maintenance it might need on it. A motion was made by Stacey Pence and seconded by Al Nagel that Duane Sutton would contact Scott Meints of Brown County emergency management to see if they would accept the donation of the emergency snowmobile, sled, and trailer from the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. Motion carried.     

Old Business:  SDSA report by Al Nagel. Al stated that the state has bought 2 new groomers and 2 of the older groomers in the Hills will be rotated to 2 clubs in the East river district. Al also stated that people that bought new snowmobiles last year have gotten a letter from the state that they were over charged on sales tax on new sleds and have gotten a refund. So Al said that will have to be discussed at the SDSA convention meeting on how that will affect the budget. Al stated that there has been a few reroutes in the Hills.

New Business. Duane Sutton presented a check from Anchors Away of Richmond Lake to become an associate member of SDSA and Aberdeen Driftbusters. Duane also stated that they asked if we would consider having some of our monthly snowmobile club meetings at their place of business. After much discussion a motion was made by Duane Sutton and seconded by Ann Nagel to start moving our monthly meetings around to associate members that have the space and would like to host our monthly meetings. Motion carried.   The Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club wants to thank Greg Jensen of the Pizza Ranch for providing us with a place for our monthly meetings at the Pizza Ranch for the past couple of years and also all that he has done for the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. We want Greg to know that we will still plan on having several of our meetings at the Pizza Ranch throughout the winter.

   Jim Freidt asked what the club thought of the idea of selling 50/50 raffle tickets at one of the Brown County stock car races to raise money for events for the snowmobile club. Jim was given the ok to contact the race promoter Todd Neuendorf, to see if he would consider the idea.

Next meeting will be Dec. 1st. at Anchors Away tentatively and it will be on the web site, in the newsletter and on facebook.                Motion to adjourn by Ann Nagel and seconded by James Gelling, motion carried, meeting adjourned.

                                                                           Cheryl Gelling, Secretary

November Newsletter

November Newsletter


WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!! The SDSA convention is just 2 weeks away and we need every members help. You need to get registered as soon as possible if you have not already done so. The registration form can be downloaded on the Aberdeen Driftbusters web site or found in the SnoPlainsman.

   We are asking all club members to gather items for the auctions and door prizes. Talk to your employer, places you do business, or your friends and ask for a donation (items do not have to be snowmobile related). Items can be gift certificates, free coupons from business, etc. Bring your items to the Nov. 3rd. club meeting at 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch, or give them to any of the convention committee members. A portion of the auction items goes toward supporting the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.

Please volunteer to help at the convention for a variety of tasks as there are many jobs to be filled. To volunteer contact the convention committee members who are: Kelly Weaver—216-1564, Ann Nagel—228-4143, or Stacey Pence—380-7946.

   REMINDER——-Please turn in all raffle tickets for the club gun raffle, Everybody Wins raffle, and the SDSA 50/50 raffle tickets at the Nov. 3rd. club meeting.




Free snowmobile safety trainings open to the public at the convention on Sat. Nov. 12th.

   Two free classes promoting safe snowmobiling will be available on Sat. Nov. 12th. at the Aberdeen Ramkota Hotel. Both classes will be held at 1:30 pm. and are open to the public, club membership is not required. The 2 classes are Avalance Rescue Skills and Snowmobile Safety certification course. The Avalance course will be taught by Mike Duffy of Avalance 1 and participants are encouraged to bring their avalance gear for hands on training. The Snowmobile safety course is ideal for young snowmobiliers and those new to the sport. Participants ages 12 and older can take the certification test. Safety certification is required in many states.


   There will be a fun make-an-take project at the convention for anyone not attending the 2 safety courses.


   Our last convention planning meeting is Nov. 1st at 7pm in the board room at the Ramkota Hotel.


It is time to start marking the snowmobile trail and we can always use volunteers to help put it in. Anyone wanting to volunteer contact Jim Weaver—216-5309.


Hope to see you at our next club meeting on Thurs. Nov. 3rd. at 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch.


Cheryl Gelling, Sec.


Free snowmobile safety trainings open to the public Nov. 12

Two free classes promoting safe snowmobiling will be available on Saturday, November 12 at the Aberdeen Ramkota Hotel.  Both classes will be held at 1:30 pm and are open to the public.  Club membership is not required.  The two classes are Avalanche Rescue Skills and Snowmobile Safety Certification Course.  The Avalanche course will be taught by Mike Duffy of Avalanche 1 and participants are encouraged to bring their avalanche gear for hand on training.  The snowmobile safety course is ideal for young snowmobilers and those new to the sport.  Participants ages 12 and older can take the certification test.  Safety certification is required in many states.

SDSA Convention right around the corner!

The SDSA Convention being hosted by the Aberdeen Driftbusters is just around the corner.  It will be held on November 11-12 at the Ramkota Hotel.  Early registration deadline is Friday, October 28th with prices increasing after that and again on site.  Hotel rooms are at a premium so call ASAP if you have not booked your room.  Club members should also be gathering items for the auctions and door prizes to be brought to the November club meeting on Nov. 3rd or given to any of the convention committee members.  Reminder also to turn in all raffle tickets sold at the club meeting for the club gun raffle, Everybody Wins raffle and the SDSA 50/50 raffle tickets.  Lastly, we will need volunteer help during the convention for a variety of tasks.  Contact convention chairs to volunteer or learn more.  Let’s make this a great convention for our club and for SDSA!

Kelly Weaver 216-1564

Ann Nagel 228-4143

Stacey Pence 380-7946

October Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters Oct. 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order by Pres. Jeff Thorne

Introductions were made by all.

Minutes to the Sept. meeting was handed out for everyone to read. Jeff asked if there was any additions or corrections, if not he asked for a motion to accept the meeting minutes, a motion to accept was made by Jim Friedt and seconded by Corey Gelling, motion approved.

Treasurer Report by Jim Friedt. Motion to approve by Jim Gelling and seconded by Tracy Olson, motion approved.

SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne: Jeff stated he has the 50/50 tickets and will be handing them out. State convention is coming up in Nov. and we need nominations for the awards.

Advisory Report: Nothing at this time.

Trail Report by Jim Weaver: Nov. 1st. is the start date for marking the trail and the trail has to be in by Nov. 23rd. Jim stated that if the ditches are mowed and the farmers have the crops out you can start marking your section of the trail a week early. Art Ham volunteered to help Duane Sutton with his section, also Jim Weaver stated that he was contacted by Dennis Gelling that Dennis’s grandson also wants to help learn how to mark the snowmobile trails. Jim asked if the trail leaders have any concerns or questions to their section of the trail to contact him. Jim said he would get the groomer in and service it and get it hooked to the drag. Jim Gelling stated he contacted North Central Farmers Elevator if they would be willing to make up a sign that we can put at the end of our trail in Frederick stating that they will have credit card gas pumps at the top of the hill on the west side of Frederick on the corner of main street and Hwy. 281. Jim Gelling said they answered back that they would do that and wanted to know what size sign we wanted.   Jim Gelling showed the club one of our signs we have at all junctions and asked for ideas on the changes that need to be made on them. Such as, we will replace the Main Street Station in Frederick with NCFE credit card gas pumps and we need to put the word Mina in front of MStation. The club decided to have Jim Gelling contact Western Printing to have the updates made. Jim Gelling stated that we applied for and have received a credit card from NCFE so we can fuel the groomer at Frederick. Jim Weaver asked if we should apply for an advance on our trail fund after some discussion it was decided to do this so Jim said he would take care of this.

Emergency Reaction: Nothing to report at this time.

Safety Report by Corey Gelling: The safety course is scheduled for Sat. during the convention.

Charity Report: Nothing to report.

Publicity Report by Kelly Weaver: It was decided we would talk about this during the convention report.

Convention Report by Kelly Weaver: Kelly stated that she has sent our detailed articles about the convention, the safety course and the avalance course to all snowmobile publications in S.D. as well as N.D. She also has interviews that will be on the radio in addition to an article that will be in the Aberdeen News Out and About on Oct. 28th.   Kelly stated that we need volunteers to help with the convention and she handed out a volunteer list for people to sign up. Also asking all members to collect prizes for the silent and live auctions at the convention, and that they do not have to be snowmobile related items. Get your registrations form in and your rooms booked as the block of rooms will be released Oct. 10th.   She wanted to remind everyone that we are selling $20 raffle tickets on a Henry Golden Boy gun to be given away at the convention. She reminded everyone that the safety avalanche course will be free to anyone who wants to attend and is a must for anyone who is planning on going to the mountains snowmobiling. The snowmobile safety course will also be free to anyone young or old who wants to take it. Spread the word to your friends whether they belong to a club or not.

Old Business: Jeff thanked Dan Rohbach and Joey Nagel for the awesome job they did on the Gypsy Day parade float.

New Business: Jim Friedt made a motion that the club buy $100 of Everyone Wins Tickets as we have in the past. Motions seconded by Tracy Olson, motion passed.    Dan Rohbach said he was contacted by Les Blocker who owns the old motocross track on the west side of Aberdeen that if he had snow hauled in there during the winter would the club be interested in grooming it so people would have a place to play on with their snowmobiles? Jim Weaver stated it would be a great idea but unfortunately our groomer is owned by the state which has very strict rules on what the groomer can be used for. Jim Gelling stated that the club still has the old drag that hasn’t been used for years and if someone could find a track tractor to pull the old drag it would work great for a project like this. Discussion was held on the cost of having the campout. Jim Freidt stated that the cost for the GoKarts has been going up more and more every year and was $760 this year. In the past we used the money we received for putting on the Halloween Haunted Forest scene to help pay for the GoKarts. We had to give up putting on the Haunted Forest scene because we could not get enough club members to help put on the scene. So we are asking everyone for any ideas of other things we can do to keep the cost down for the campout weekend.

Nominations were held for awards that will be given at the convention.  

Nominations for youth snowmobiler ages 12 and up are Logan Nagel, Matt Olson

                                                          ages 11 and under is Landon Braun

There were no nominations for groomer of the year because both of our groomers have already received the award.

Nomination for snowmobile woman of the year is Cheryl Gelling

Nomination for man snowmobiler is Jim Freidt.

Nomination for family of the year is the Corey Gelling Family.

Motion was made by Jim Weaver and seconded by Stacey Pence to nominate Jeff Thorne for another term as district 3 director, motion passed.

There was no nomination for Hall of Fame.

Jeff Thorne asked for a motion to adjourn. Jim Weaver made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Tracy Olson seconded, motion carried, Meeting adjourned

Next meeting is Nov.3rd. at the Pizza Ranch at 7:30pm.  


Cheryl Gelling, Sec.