Monthly Meetings – 7:00 PM
Our Clubs 50th Anniversary
Jan 13th 2018 at the Sebeka Event Center.
Trailbreakers Inc. Snowmobile Club news release
On January 13, 2018, we will be celebrating our clubs 50th Anniversary.
The club started September 17, 1967 at the Huntersville Forest Campsite. It started out as the Sebeka Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club. Most area towns had snowmobiles clubs in the 1960’s and 70’s when there were over 100 manufacturers of snowmobiles. Due to the popular growing sport a few individuals worked hard establishing trails, held races, trail rides, cook outs, and regular meetings (which they rode their snowmobiles to each time). As poor snow conditions and the economy caused manufacturers to close, many clubs did as well. The Trailbreakers continued to groom trails and have meetings throughout those times.
The name was changed in the 1990’s to Trailbreakers Inc because it now includes all of Wadena County. There are members from every area of the county. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month in a different area of the county. The areas that make up the club are Sebeka, Menahga, Huntersville, Wadena, Verndale, Nimrod, Staples, Aldrich.
The club maintains 204 miles of trails in the county. This also includes 2 corridor trails that people can ride from one end of the state to the other much like an interstate highway. The trail system relies on private property and 2 state forests. The trails connect with other area club trails so you can actually ride anywhere in the state without having to go off a groomed trail as they all connect. Our trails are also mapped on GPS.
The club has nice equipment consisting of 2 large Tucker Groomers. They also have a smaller groomer, skid steer and equipment for mowing brush and doing trail work. One groomer is based in Wadena and the other in Sebeka. The club also grooms the Wolf Lake trail system including the Smoky Hills.
There will be a full day of activities planned for January 13th, and it will all occur at the Sebeka Event Center on US Hwy 71 in Sebeka.
There will be a vintage snowmobile show and ride, display of the clubs grooming equipment including some of the early groomers that were used when the trails were first started. There will not be any judging or prizes for the show.
The day will start off with a light lunch provided free by the club from 11am to noon. Trail Rides will start at 12:30 on our groomed trails. One ride will be shorter for the older sleds or anyone who doesn’t want to go as far. The other ride will stop in Huntersville and make a nice loop back to Sebeka. Vintage snowmobiles and newer are invited to ride on either trail ride. Everyone is welcome to join.
The evening will have a banquet at 5:30 followed by a program at 6:30 where we will have some of our founding members who will be recognized. We will also have our Landowners Appreciation program included in the program. It will be topped off with a special guest speaker, Brian Nelson. Brian won the Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 snowmobile race twice, once on a John Deere, and once on an Arctic Cat. He is also the owner of USXC racing. This is a cross country snowmobile racing program that is held in many places in the Midwest. We will also have other guest speakers which will be very interesting. Everyone is welcome to the banquet and we will have dinner tickets available for $10. You must RSVP for the banquet to Brad at 218-639-4766 or Mike at 218-255-0162 or Jack at 218-639-5230.
The founding members that we still have with us are Donald and Delores Quale (original president), Larry and Judy Huotari, Archie and Joyce Lake, Waino Wierimaa (original vice president), Emil Burgau (original secretary), Clayton Paurus, David Paurus., Raymond Kangas. We also have Robert Hillstrom as an honorary member. Bob and his wife Jan helped to keep the club going through those tough years by maintaining the trails very nice.