Peterson Celebrates the official opening of the Dam 4 connection on the North Star Trail with Sportsmen and DNR Commissioner

Nov 1, 2018

Tuesday was clear and crisp in the Beltrami Island State Forest where I had the pleasure of joining members from the Fourtown-Grygla Sportsmans Club and the Roseau-Lake of the Woods Sportsmans Club, and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr to celebrate the official opening of the Dam 4 Trail Connection. This section of trail had been closed due to flooding in the past, and then became part of lands under the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

After hearing from sportsmen about the need to reconnect the trails, I worked to facilitate a land exchange between the DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to connect the two State Forest roads.

We had a wonderful time celebrating the official opening of the trail section with local clubs. After cutting the ribbon we gathered for lunch and rode the trail on both Polaris and Arctic Cat vehicles. It was a great day for all, and I am pleased we could find a resolution for the area sportsmen and women that use our natural resources in Minnesota.

Creating trail access is important for the many sportsmen throughout the region. Snowmobiling and off-road riding are economic drivers in rural Minnesota, and we must insure local sportsmen have access to their local natural resources. In addition to riders from other parts of the State, the two sportsman’s clubs have over 400 local members all together.

Congressman Collin Peterson speaks to the crowd.

Congressman Collin Peterson visiting with members of the local sportsmen clubs.

Cutting the ribbon - pictured from left to right: Jack Nelson and Myles Hogenson of the North Star Trail Alliance, Aaron Holthusenand, and Congressman Collin Peterson

Congressman Collin Peterson and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

Post-ribbon cutting luncheon.