The snow has fallen, and what that means is those who are winter enthusiasts will be out enjoying it. That includes snowmobilers.
Andrew Dirks, DNR conservation officer, has seen people out and wanted to offer a couple of reminders, as the riding season gets under way.
First of all, he said, everyone born after Dec. 31, 1976 must receive training in order to ride on any public land. Those trainings are available via the traditional classroom and online through the DNR Web site.
A traditional classroom training is being held in Belview at the community center. To find out more, contact Barry Hultquist at (507) 938-5010.
In addition to the classroom training, those who want to ride on public land must also earn riding certification. The next field day for that certification in the area is Jan. 14 in Redwood Falls at Redwood Valley Schools. For more information, contact Duane Heiling at (507) 829-4446.
Dirks added with the past few years being less than ideal for riding some snowmobile owners may want to check to be sure the registration on their machines is up to date.
“Registration is good for three years,” said Dirks, adding so far in the season this is the issue he is seeing the most.
Other things Dirks said riders need to remember are to get permission to ride on private land, to make sure all ice is safe before riding on it and to just use common sense when riding.
For more information, visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota DNR