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Lake Shore: Council hears details about cross-country snowmobile race happening Feb. 26-27

Race will travel through Lake Shore

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Justin Olson races in a cross country snowmobile race.
Contributed / Emily Pearl Photography

LAKE SHORE — The Lake Shore City Council learned more about the Nisswa 100 cross-country snowmobile race that will take place Feb. 26-27, starting and ending at the Mitch Crocker property in Lake Shore.

Pam Dorion, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce president, and Justin Olson, a race committee member, addressed council questions at the regular meeting Monday, Jan. 24, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

The race will feature approximately 150 racers who will complete two laps of 50 miles, crossing the road four times with one of the crossings being County Road 77. There will be a spotter at each stop sign and the racers will stop.

Police Chief Steve Sundstrom asked if the snowmobilers would follow the speed limit on the trails that recreational snowmobilers use. Olson said the Department of Natural Resources will have that portion of the trail closed to recreational snowmobilers during the race.

Sundstrom said it is critical that the racers follow the traffic rules since this event is occurring at the same time as the Frozen Fore event around Gull Lake. Dorion said this will be properly communicated to the racers, and the trail through Fritz Loven Park will have a 30 mph speed limit.

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The organization sponsoring the race will provide 25 staff and the chamber will have approximately 25 or more volunteers. Spectators will park on the lake in this area and on County Road 24.

Originally planned to start and end at Grand View Lodge, Dorion said in an email the location changed because of ice conditions and the weight of the trailers and semis in the pits.

Council member Doug Miller was absent Jan. 24.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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