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Nordic Ski Club sets preseason trail cleanup

The Lake Country Nordic Ski Club welcomes volunteers for trail clearing sessions on Saturday, Oct. 26 on the Cut Lake and Washburn trails and Saturday, Nov. 2 on the Goose Lake and Hiram trails. The Club has taken over maintenance of the four public cross-country ski trails in Cass County, as the county no longer has trail maintenance in its budget.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. in the trail parking lot of their choice. In case of bad weather, the sessions will shift to the following day. More information is available at or call Don Hoppe at 218-675-6265.

Volunteers will walk trails and remove branches/twigs that will affect grooming, and any downed trees. Cut brush and branches that will impact grooming or skiing. Look at signage to see if it needs to be replaced or repaired or if additional signage is needed.

Bring loppers, hand saws, clippers, gloves, blaze orange (it is grouse and archery season), water, and any food you may want for the trail. Bring a cell phone to keep in contact with the work crew. ATVs or work pickups can be used during this clean-up day.

Meet others who enjoy and look forward to skiing our beautiful trails. The Club will be reimbursed for your time effort as these are state grants-in-aid trails.

The next business meeting of the club is Monday, Nov. 18 in the meeting room in the Cass County Land Department building in Backus. The board will meet at 5:30. The public is welcome at the board meeting or for public discussion at the full membership meeting at 6 p.m. New members are welcome. Annual dues are $25 for individuals or $50 for families. To join, or for more information, contact

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