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Minnesota snowmobile trails are closed

A landowner tells us why it's important to stay off of thawed ground with your snowmobile.

Posted: Apr. 8, 2018 8:08 PM
Updated: Apr. 8, 2018 8:13 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- In Minnesota there are over 22,000 miles of snow trails. Many of those snow trails are closed because of the changing season as well as the contracts for the season ending. If you were hoping to squeeze in one last snowmobile ride, you'll have to wait until next winter. We spoke to a snowmobiler and a snow trail land owner about the closing of snow trails.

Bruce Tesmer is one of many snowmobilers who use grant- and-aid snow trails in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural resources says those trails cross a variety of public and private land - and the permission for those seasonal snowmobile paths are from December 1st through April 1st. Tesmer owns land that snowmobilers cross. he says it's important to close the trails once it's spring because riding on thawed ground can hurt landowners crops.

“This will affect their ground and affect their crops for the next year for the farmer we got to make sure that we do that do not hurt things for those guys.”

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