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Morgan, among inductees into Snowmobile HOFSubmitted: 02/19/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

ST. GERMAIN - The Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain has four new members.

Blair Morgan - a winner of multiple World Championships in Snocross was the headline inductee. A 5-time gold medalist at the X-Games, Morgan was one of the sport's most popular drivers. He was paralyzed in a motorcross accident in 2008.

The other inductees - legendary snowmobile drag racer Norman Ball. Minnesota vintage race organizer John Zeglin created the largest event of it's kind - the Waconia Ride-In. And the late Bob Bracey was the visionary for the sit-in, twin-track snowmobile.


The inductions were held on Saturday. The events included a ride with the champs. It went from St. Germain to Minocqua. We have a link with more on the event below.

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