CHISHOLM, Minn. — If all goes according to plan, the Northern Traxx ATV Club will begin construction on a 10-mile trail, going from Chisholm to the Side Lake area.
Club Secretary Larry Folstad said the ATV license agreement, approved by the Chisholm City Council at last week’s council meeting, cleared the way for the club to assume the final permit from ArcelorMittal.
The mining company owns a portion of the property on which the trail is intended to be built.
“It’s great,” said Folstad, commenting on the council’s action. “It’s finally a reward for all the six years, plus work.”
Financing for the project is already in place, Folstad said. Grant monies from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Trails Program total around $170,000. In addition, Yamaha Corp. donated $10,000, he said.
Folstad said Congressman Jim Oberstar and his aide Makowski were very helpful in obtaining funding for the project as were State Sen. David Tomassoni and Rep. Tony Sertich.
Plans call for the trail to begin by the Chisholm Cemetery and end on Connors Road and Highway 5.
Folstad said the Northern Traxx Club has around 30 to 50 members, with a core group of around a dozen or so “really active members.”
Folstad said the club is participating in the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) convention in Nashwaulk, with an ATV pull on Sept. 18. He said around 400 to 500 people are anticipated to attend the convention.
Anyone interested in joining the Northern Traxx Club or helping with the trail is asked to contact Folstad at 969-6789 or by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article: Chisholm Tribune Press