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Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Training Offered

(Dec 7, 2009) - Waiting to sign up for a snowmobile safety class may mean sitting out the snowmobile season, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Some snowmobilers wait to see how much snow is in the forecast or on the ground before getting around to taking a DNR snowmobile safety training course,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program coordinator. “In some instances it’s too late because classes have already concluded or are full. No Snowmobile Safety Certificate, no snowmobiling.”

To legally ride a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, need a valid snowmobile safety certificate.

Plenty of training classes are available right now and may be taken in a classroom or through a CD ROM delivered program.

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Minnesota Geocache Offers Gift Cards

Geocachers can find gift cards worth $10 to $50 during holiday treasure hunt that starts today at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas

(Released November 24, 2009)

Just in time for the holiday shopping season opener, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten unveiled the new Minnesota state parks gift card today at Fort Snelling State Park.

“The gift card is another way to help people connect to Minnesota’s great outdoors,” Holsten said. “We’re billing it as the ‘gift that goes all out,’ because it can be used for camping, lodging, and vehicle permits, as well as the clothing, books, and other items sold at Minnesota state parks.

“Ideally, we think people will give Minnesota state parks gift cards to their children or grandchildren with a promise to take them fishing or canoeing or snowshoeing. The memories of spending time together will last a lifetime, and the experience will help introduce the next generation to the fun of outdoor recreation.”

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W.E. Rock Western US National Series Opener This Weekend

Fifty of the Nations best drivers will be at this weekends competition.  Fighting it out in the Pro Modified Class will be National Champions Brad Lovell, Tracy Jordan, Shannon Campbell and multiple time World Champion Dean Bulloch, who are just a few of the premier full bodies vehicles that will be doing insane maneuvers that you never thought was possible.

In 2009 the W.E. Rock series produced a number of epic battles in each of the four classes including Pro Modified, Unlimited, Modified Stock, and Formula Toy.   The points battles came down to 3 or 4 point spreads over the 4 event season.  In the Pro Modified class, Brad Lovell had perfect scores in the first two rounds, and then dropped to Tracy Jordan who took the perfect scores in the final two rounds.  But Jordan made a 3 point mistake in the second round of competition that put him into 2nd place at the end of the season.  In the Unlimited Class, Cody Wagner and Jesse Haines had the same battle with both completing 2 rounds of competition with perfect 100 scores, but Haines was not as consistent and dropped to second place by only 3 points.

Justin Hall topped the charts with perfect scores at every event in the Modified Stock Class, but still only won the competition by 4 points.  The Formula Toy Class came down to the last round of competition with John James coming out on top, with a 1 point spread to Brian Ellinger in second and Jeff Mello in third.

This weekends competition will begin at 10am on Saturday March 27th and Sunday March 28th at the Surplus City Jeep Parts in Oroville, CA.  The two day adult pass is $25 with one day adult admission $15, ages 8-15 $5 and 7 under free. W.E. Rock is a great family friendly event to bring the kids and get them interested in rock crawling.

When:   Friday March 26th 1pm-8pm Tech and Contingency
Saturday March 27th 10am Competition Begins
Sunday March 28th 10am Competition Begins
Where: Surplus City Jeep Parts ; 4514 Pacific Heights Road ; Oroville, CA ; 530-533-2500

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CalROCS Announces 2010 4x4 Rock Crawling Competition Season Schedule

CalROCS is a grassroots rock crawling series that is sanctioned by W.E. Rock. In its third full season, the CalROCS series attracts competitors from the entire western region with some of the wildest, coolest and perhaps weirdest looking vehicles you have ever seen, from fairly stock looking jeeps to incredible “Moon Buggies”. There is non-stop action for the two-day events with each competitor running four courses with no shortage of carnage, rollovers and incredible displays of driving talent. All of the CalROCS events will also include Radio Controlled Rock Crawling Competitions.

The competition was stiff in 2009 where four out of the five classes came down to the last day to determine the 2009 Champions. In the Stock Class, Dan Patterson took first place in all four events, and will be back in 2010 to attempt to continue his domination. In the full body class, “Welder Boy” and Mike Bou both had two firsts and two seconds, and in a one round shoot-out to determine the champion, Mike Bou won by two points. The Pro-Mod Buggy class came down to a battle between Jeff Mello and teammate Brian Whitford with Brian slightly edging ahead for the Championship. The Super Mod Class also came down to the last round of competition where Derek Trent from Trent Fab took the win over Pirates of the Rubicon brothers Dustin & Tim Emick. In the Unlimited Class, where the buggys are built and the competition is strong, Brent Bradshaw in the Scrapper won at the final Donner Ski Ranch event to edge out Dave Wong in his 4-wheel steer buggy.

The line up for the 2010 year will be just as intense. CalROCS is designed to keep the costs down so virtually anyone can participate in this series, and have fun doing it. The Reno events will also feature Extreme MX and the first Donner event will feature a live band on Saturday night. More information on the specific events is available at www.calrocs.com.

2010 Event Dates/Locations:

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Wind and Rocks Collide at W.E. Rock Ballistic Fabrication Pro National Competition

The battle in the Pro Modified class had Jesse Haines leading at the end of day one and day two in his brand new rock crawling rig, but he took second to Brad and Roger Lovell after the final shootout.  Lovell had made several small mistakes in the shootout giving Haines a comfortable lead as he crossed the line and started his time. But Haines took too much time attempting to do one of the big hill climbs and timed out, putting 35 points onto the scoreboard.  Troy Bailey, who had lead the majority of day one, had a huge roll over that put him towards the bottom of the competitors.  On Sunday Bailey successfully worked his way up the points ladder to finish third overall.  Also notable in the class was locals Mike Klensin placing 6th, and fourteen year old Wayland Campbell who took 11th place showing amazing talent that will once again represent the Campbell Enterprises for another generation.

Brent Bradshaw from Oregon took his first ever win in the Unlimited Class with Andrew Paulson taking his first ever podium in third place.  Tracy Jordan had the lead out of day one, but he had a mechanical failure on Sunday when his rear steer moved which resulted in a penalty.  When Jordan opted out of competing in the final shootout he opened the door for Bradshaw to take the win.   “This was a very close battle to the end, and it was hard for the judges to penalize Jordan.  We have worked hard to eliminate gray areas in our competitions and our judges are instructed to ‘call it as you see it’” explained Rich Klein.  Jordan finished second for the weekend.

Todd Stephensen clearly lead the Modified Stock class all weekend.  Dan Petterson made a charge at him late in the competition, but it was too late to overcome the deficit of the day before.  Stephensen finished first, with Patterson and Larry Karver rounding out the top three.

At the end of day one Jake Wright was leading the F-Toy class, but by the end of day two Nathan Unruh from Colorado had taken the clear lead.   With a close battle all day, Unruh took the win with Wright in second and Chris Dunkin in third.

“We had intense battles in 2009, and the 2010 courses are creating just as much competition between all of these amazing teams.  We try and create obstacles that we think will challenge the best, and they still overcome them,” said Rich Klein, W.E. Rock promoter.  The next stop on the Western US National series will be at the most amazing natural course made to man: Donner Ski Resort.  In the meantime, the Eastern US Nationals will have their first event in Rausch Creek, PA.

About W.E.ROCK Events, LLC.
W.E.ROCK Events, LLC. A Placerville, CA based company, sanctions, promotes, and hosts specialty off road events, including the W.E.ROCK Rockcrawling US Pro-National series and 13 international and sub-sanctions. Attracting thousands of spectators to each event, W.E.ROCK reaches a broad demographic of off-road enthusiasts and casual motorsports fans. The sport of rockcrawling has grown by giant leaps in the last decade and is now host to over 300 registered national-level competition teams. Major competition supporters and partners include Red Bull Energy Drink, Monster Energy, NOS Energy Drink, Home Depot, MAXXIS Tires, Cooper Tires, and Crown Royal. With the off road industry exceeding 4 billion in sales annually, the sport of rockcrawling leads the way in print media and advertising for the sport’s 12 major publications. For more information, visit www.werocklive.com

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