Archives for January 2017

February Newsletter

                       FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Well, if you were not in Deadwood for the snow pro races you missed out on one heck of a time. There was so much action going on at the races that weekend it was unbelievable. If you are a Polaris fan it was looking like there was going to be a run away on Saturday night or one awesome race but with one wrong move by the person behind Kody Kamm and put their ski in his track pretty much ended the night’s final for him. It was much easier for Tucker Hibbert to win the race that night. It is an awesome time and if you have not ever gone you need to attend the race next year.

The last club meeting was held at the Wakeside out at Mina and it sounded like there was a nice turn out for that. I was not in town to attend and run the meeting so I give a big thanks to Jim Gelling for handling the meeting for me.

The Governors ride is coming up fast in February on the 18th. The meetings are at the Comfort Inn in Deadwood on Friday night, social after the ride on Saturday night. The ride leaves from Hardy camp Saturday morning and it is a good time to get out and meet new snow mobile friends. They would like you to make reservations if you are planning on attending the ride.

The next meeting will be at Westport at The Shed on Thursday the 2nd of February @ 7:30 pm. If you plan to eat come early. The bids for the 1999 Arctic Cat Bearcat utility snowmobile and the 2000 2 place sled bed trailer will be opened at the meeting.    

The next club ride is Saturday, January 28th. leaving Frederick @ 1pm.

Jeff Thorne, President

Snowmobile and Trailer for Sale

After input from Emergency Management, the Club has decided to sell a snowmobile and trailer currently used for emergency reaction.  The club will accept bids on each of these items individually, and bids will be opened at the next club meeting on Thursday, February 2nd at The Shed in Westport.  The bids must be received in the mail by Feb. 2nd or may be hand delivered to the meeting.  For sale are:

1999 Arctic Cat Bearcat Utility Snowmobile, less than 500 miles

2000 2 place Sled Bed Trailer

Both have been well maintained and stored inside and are in good working order.  These items will be on display at Curt’s Motorsports on West Highway 12 in Aberdeen for further inspection.

Plans for Club Ride Weekend Taking Shape

A Club Ride Weekend is planned for January 20-22 in the Black Hills.  Most members are staying at the Deadwood Gulch Resort.  There are two rides planned for Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s ride will leave from Dumont Lot at 9:30 am Mountain Time.  Saturday’s ride will leave from Trailshead at 9:30 am.  Trail leaders and route will be determined at the beginning of each ride.  Those wishing to attend the SnoCross in Deadwood can receive a 10% discount on tickets by using the code SDSA2017 at the gate or when ordering tickets by phone at 1-800-344-8826.

Jan. 5th. meeting minutes

Driftbusters January 5 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by Jim Gelling filling in for Jeff Thorne.

Introductions were made by all.

Meeting minutes by Cheryl Gelling, Minutes for the Dec. 1 meeting were passed out and Jim Gelling asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes , if not he asked for a motion to accept the minutes. Al Nagel made a motion to accept the minutes and Joey Nagel seconded the motion, motion approved.

Treasurers report by Jim Friedt. Motion to approve was made by Ken Ham seconded by Evan Halvorson, motion approved.

SDSA report: Stacey said the Governors Ride is coming up on Feb. 18th. so get your reservations in at the Comfort Inn. Tracy Olson stated that Matt hasn’t heard anything from the Kaos group if they will be participating in the Governor’s ride. Check the SnoPlainsman for the Governor’s winter games events and schedule on Jan. 21, 22 hosted by the Poinsett Pounders at the Lake Poinsett Pier 81 resort.

Advisory Council report by Al Nagel: The next meeting will be Fri. Night at the Governor’s ride. Check the Snoplainsman on how SDSA members can get a discount on their SnoCros tickets. It is recommended to get your tickets early as they expect a sell out for both nights.

Trail report by Jim Weaver: The entire trail was groomed for the second time yesterday and today. The trail has snow on 90% if it but everyone is cautioned to watch for icy spots. The club has paid for having gravel put on the trail below the dam at Richmond Lake. Jim talked to Ryan Rymer, state trails coordinator, if the state would help pay for cementing a culvert in this crossing as it becomes a problem every year. Ryan stated that because it is on private land we would need to get a long term lease signed with the land owner to do this. The cost to have the gravel put there this year was $576. Jim said he found some trail ends sign so we need to put one at Mstation at Mina and at Becklers at Bath and in Frederick. Jim stated the first time we groomed the groomer developed a hydraulic leak and we lost all the hyd. Fluid. It ended up being an easy fix as a plug came lose in a hyd. Fitting and just needed to be tightened up. The groomer is now running great and there are no issues. Jim Gelling stated he got an email from Robert Teachout that he sent his report for inspecting our trail to Ryan Rymer and everything was approved.  

Emergency reaction by Sunny Pence: Jim Weaver read a letter from Scott Meidts from Brown County Emergency management, that they would accept the donation of the emergency sled from the Aberdeen Driftbusters but they do not want the 2 place snowmobile trailer or snowmobile. So a motion was made by Jim Weaver to donate the emergency reaction sled to Brown County Emergency management and motion was seconded by Al Nagel, motion carried. Discussion was held on what to do with the snowmobile and the trailer. The snowmobile is a 1999 Arctic BearCat and the trailer is appox. the same age. After much discussion it was decided to park the snowmobile and trailer at Curts Motorsports and accept bids on it. Anyone interested in it can contact Aberdeen Driftbusters or Curt Merkel at Curts Motorsports.

Safety report by Jim Gelling: Nothing to report at this time.

Charity report: Nothing to report;

Publicity report: Nothing to report.

Activities/trail rides: The radar run has been postponed because of low snow conditions and icy patches all over the field. After some discussion it was decided to reschedule it for Feb. 11th. and possibly have a chili feed along with a food drive for charity. The steak feed will be Sat. Jan. 7th. from 5pm to 7pm, Jim Friedt stated he plans to ride to Frederick this Sat. and anyone wanting to ride with him he will be leaving Fossum Field at approx. 11:30 am. so just contact him. It was decided to sell 50/50 tickets for charity at the steak feed on Sat. Jan. 5th. There is a club ride scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15th. leaving from Westport at 1pm. Jan. 20th. and 21st is the club rides in the Black Hills. (see note at the end of the meeting minutes for more details on club rides). Jan. 28th. club ride leaving from Frederick at 1pm. .

Monthly News article:   Matt Olson will do this.

Convention report by Kelly Weaver: Kelly handed out a SDSA 2016 Convention financial report for all to read. Kelly stated there are still a few bills left to come in. Duane Sutton has received a new replacement banner for the one that had been stolen so we need to pay for that. Everyone was thanked for their help and participation on one of the best conventions we have had.

Old Business: Nothing to report.

New business:  Jim Friedt read a very touching thank you letter from the family who lost their 9yr. old son who are members of the Town and Country SnoDrifters.   

Next meeting will be Feb. 2nd. at The Shed in Westport at 7:30 pm.

Split pot drawing:  Al Nagel won $30 and the club received $29

Motion to adjourn the meeting by Al Nagel and seconded by Ken Ham, meeting adjourned.


Discussion was held at the steak feed Sat. night and it was decided that everyone will meet Fri. morning at 9:30am at Dumont Lot, which is south of Recreational Springs, on Rockford Road, for the Fri. club trail ride. We will meet at Trailshead at 9:30am Sat. morning for the Sat. club trail ride.    Cheryl Gelling, Sec.