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Posted via the Brainerd Snodeos Facebook Page from yesterday:

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The Brainerd Snodeos out for a Saturday ride. 15 riders at daily average spent for fuel, lunch and a couple trail stops $ 750, not to mention the $120,000 worth of machines sitting in the picture. Yes Mr. City Planner of Brainerd there IS an economic impact to snowmobiling!
 

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The Brainerd Lakes area sports just under 1000 miles of trail, and snowmobiling is a huge part of our local economy. Recently, the City of Brainerd completed a road improvement project that essentially eliminated a key snowmobile bridge crossing over the Mississippi River on a trail that runs through the city. This trail was a primary link in the system, and provided trail access to local riders, and access to local businesses from visiting tourists. This trail was a heavily used trail, since it branched off from the end of the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

Local snowmobile clubs and the county snowmobile association were not engaged in the planning process, and responses from the city planner justifying the plan angered local snowmobilers. In his ignorance, the city planner felt that snowmobiling had no economic impact to the city, and was completely oblivious to the fact that we remain one of the top snowmobile tourist destinations in the midwest.

Currently, there is a fight going on to try to re-establish a Mississippi River crossing, but any new bridge would likely cost well over $1 Million.

The rest of the cities in the Brainerd Lakes area roll out the red carpet to snowmobile tourists- and they receive the economic benefits. Next month, we will be hosting the MN State Winter Rendezvous- which is essentially the state snowmobile convention. This includes the "Govenor's Ride", and several other activities. We are intentionally bypassing the City of Brainerd in every way- and no activities will be done in the city. Other cities that have been friendly towards snowmobile tourism, including Baxter, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Ideal Corners, Cross Lake, and all areas around the Gull Lakes Chain will see the focus of the events and resulting tourist impact.

Ultimately, our goal is to emphasize the importance of snowmobiling to the local economy of the City of Brainerd- and re-establish a crossing over the Mississippi River.

In the mean time, the MNUSA- our state snowmobile association, has deemed the City of Brainerd as "Not Snowmobile Friendly", but emphasizes that the rest of the Brainerd Lakes relies on snowmobile tourism to carry them through the winter months.

We welcome tourists with open arms! However, the City of Brainerd needs to have their eyes opened to a lost opportunity....
 

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Thankyou for the info and wish you well with the fight. Hope they get something figured out. Keep us updated.
 

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Where did they get this city planner, must be from somewhere that doesn't get snow.
If he is from Minnesota, why would he do that.

You think someone would have pulled him aside and said: Hey this is Minnesota we ride snowmobiles up here.
 
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