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Annual snowmobile ride brings attention to Eagle RiverSubmitted: 02/19/2018
Annual snowmobile ride brings attention to Eagle River
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

EAGLE RIVER - You probably did something wrong if you ended up snowmobiling with police.

But Monday, dozens of riders invited DNR wardens and police to ride with them for a little fun and safety advice.

"I'm living in the Northwoods, this is living in my paradise," said Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club President Howard Wolf.

Wolf was pleased to share "his paradise" with dozens of people Monday.

"God, I just feel so happy," said Wolf.



Wolf was in charge of this year's VIP Ride for the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs or the AWSC.

This year's VIP ride promotes tourism and local business for the Eagle River area.

"That's the main goal," said Wolf.

But it's also a chance for local law enforcement and DNR wardens to teach people about the safety of the sport.

"[Police and wardens] are not the bad guys. They are out there to enforce what should be enforced," said Wolf.

Members of the Vilas County Sheriff's Office and DNR Wardens came out for the full two hour ride to experience the "sport side" of snowmobiling.

"Stay safe, you bet, Stay safe and have fun," said event participant Chuck Sheffler.

Sheffler loves sharing his passion with new people.

"To come out and meet the locals and also the locals [get] to meet those in the association," said Sheffler.

But his number one goal was to enjoy the experience.

"[It's] certainly to have a good time," said Sheffler.

Wolf hopes the passion he and Sheffler have for the sport can be passed down to others.

"I wanna teach my six grandchildren all how to snowmobile before I move on," said Wolf.

Next year's VIP Ride will take place in Minocqua.


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