The 2002 DNR lands bill has three area projects sponsored by state Sen. Don Samuelson (DFL-Brainerd). The bill has provisions related to DNR land management or sale of surplus parcels. The provisions include:
-- Adding four adjacent areas to Crow Wing State Park. The parcels include land along the Mississippi River and trails on the east side of the river. These will help buffer the river corridor toward the cities of Brainerd and Baxter.
-- Add 80 acres to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
-- Establish the Cuyuna Lakes Trail in Crow Wing and Aitkin counties. It would have both paved and unpaved surfaces to maximize use and minimize user conflicts and maintenance costs. The trail would originate in Crow Wing County at the Paul Bunyan Trail in Baxter and go northeast to Riverton, where it would hook up with the Sagamore Mine segment of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
Hibbing snowmobile safety instructor honored
Ray White, a long-time snowmobile safety instructor in Hibbing, was honored at Breezy Point during the Minnesota United Snowmobile Association's Winter Rendezvous. White was named the DNR's 2001 Minnesota snowmobile safety education Volunteer Instructor of the Year.
White, a retired teacher who lives in Cohasset, worked with the first snowmobile safety class in Hibbing more than 30 years ago. Since that time thousands of students have learned the importance of safety, attitude, and responsibility when operating a snowmobile. Retired since 1992, White still makes the 40-mile trip to Hibbing to remain an active part of snowmobile safety classes.
The DNR's Snowmobile Safety program began in 1969 and has certified nearly 300,000 students. In the past year, approximately 12,000 students received training from 2,100 volunteer instructors with a combined 9,700 years of experience teaching the class. The approximate number of volunteer hours expended on these classes was 26,000 hours.
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