Archives for December 2016

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.