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A Lincoln County landowner has had enough, closing the snowmobile trail that goes through her land after an act of vandalism was discovered last week.

And that's got Langlade County snowmobile officials worried as well, and encouraging respect and courtesy to landowners.

According to Stacy Pettit, her family has allowed snowmobile clubs to use their Lincoln County land for trails for over 35 years. But that could soon change, after someone--likely not a snowmobiler--placed spray-painted cardboard signs containing a vulgarity on the trail's gate, which was locked due to ice conditions on a nearby lake.

“When these types of things keep happening, you have to do something,” Pettit said. ‘Landowners don't have to tolerate this type of behavior from businessmen, snowmobile's, or any other type of people trespassing on their property,”.

The club that maintains the trail, Rock Island X-Press Snowmobile Club, posted the photos on Facebook to let riders know why the trail is closed.

“The club was actually established because of the trail, it connects north and south Merrill,” Robin Mittelsteadt, club president, said. “ It is out of my hands. We're at her will as to if she reopens it or not.”

“I want an explanation and I want an apology, “ Pettit said. “It wasn't a snowmobiler. It was someone who benefits from this trail being open. It's hard to punish the snowmobilers for something a local business owner did. If this person comes out and does a public apology I will stick to my agreement of opening the trail.”

Lt. Tim Fischer with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office confirmed his office was investigating a case involving trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Local snowmobile clubs are worried closures could happen here, largely due to riders not staying on the marked trails.

“We battle every year with maintaining roughly a hundred landowners relationships and the past five years has proven to be the hardest due to increased off trail riding from the designated trail,” Drew Grall of the Antigo Sno-Drifters said. “With an increase in popularity of back country riding primarily we see the younger generation buying longer track sleds which are not suitable for our trail conditions that are more dangerous to ride on trail and tend to overheat from taller lugged tracks.'

Those drivers are known to ride around signs or off trails to keep their sleds from overheating., Grall said.

“That is hurting the relationships we have with landowners, especially farmers who typically own swaths of land and often have new seeding planted that's clearly marked every year.”

Trail riders need to remember our trails are a privilege not a right and it starts with the relationships with landowners, Grall stressed.

“Signs are posted throughout the trails clearly stating “STAY ON TRAIL OR STAY HOME” even with signs like these posted, almost every mile of the trail there is a violation of landowners property by not staying on the trails,” he added.


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The Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club is warning snowmobilers to stay on the trails or risk losing the privilege.

Club warns sledders to respect landowners
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A Lincoln County landowner has had enough, closing the snowmobile trail that goes through her land after an act of vandalism was discovered last week.

And that's got Langlade County snowmobile officials worried as well, and encouraging respect and courtesy to landowners.

According to Stacy Pettit, her family has allowed snowmobile clubs to use their Lincoln County land for trails for over 35 years. But that could soon change, after someone--likely not a snowmobiler--placed spray-painted cardboard signs containing a vulgarity on the trail's gate, which was locked due to ice conditions on a nearby lake.

“When these types of things keep happening, you have to do something,” Pettit said. ‘Landowners don't have to tolerate this type of behavior from businessmen, snowmobile's, or any other type of people trespassing on their property,”.

The club that maintains the trail, Rock Island X-Press Snowmobile Club, posted the photos on Facebook to let riders know why the trail is closed.

“The club was actually established because of the trail, it connects north and south Merrill,” Robin Mittelsteadt, club president, said. “ It is out of my hands. We're at her will as to if she reopens it or not.”

“I want an explanation and I want an apology, “ Pettit said. “It wasn't a snowmobiler. It was someone who benefits from this trail being open. It's hard to punish the snowmobilers for something a local business owner did. If this person comes out and does a public apology I will stick to my agreement of opening the trail.”

Lt. Tim Fischer with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office confirmed his office was investigating a case involving trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Local snowmobile clubs are worried closures could happen here, largely due to riders not staying on the marked trails.

“We battle every year with maintaining roughly a hundred landowners relationships and the past five years has proven to be the hardest due to increased off trail riding from the designated trail,” Drew Grall of the Antigo Sno-Drifters said. “With an increase in popularity of back country riding primarily we see the younger generation buying longer track sleds which are not suitable for our trail conditions that are more dangerous to ride on trail and tend to overheat from taller lugged tracks.'

Those drivers are known to ride around signs or off trails to keep their sleds from overheating., Grall said.

“That is hurting the relationships we have with landowners, especially farmers who typically own swaths of land and often have new seeding planted that's clearly marked every year.”

Trail riders need to remember our trails are a privilege not a right and it starts with the relationships with landowners, Grall stressed.

“Signs are posted throughout the trails clearly stating “STAY ON TRAIL OR STAY HOME” even with signs like these posted, almost every mile of the trail there is a violation of landowners property by not staying on the trails,” he added.


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The Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club is warning snowmobilers to stay on the trails or risk losing the privilege.
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