CJ Ramstad Trail Dedicated
On September 30th, members of Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA), the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM), and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with representatives from Midwest Sports Publishing Association (MSPN) officially dedicated the North Shore State Trail as the C.J. Ramstad
North Shore Trail. The ceremony took take place at the C.J. Ramstad North Shore Trail Martin Road parking lot in Duluth. Minn.
Terry Mattson, President /CEO of Visit Duluth, and longtime friend of Ramstad, said, “This is a tribute to my friend and commemorates the legacy of one of snowmobiling”s most enthusiastic advocates – C.J. captured the soul of snowmobiling with his writing and photography. Winters may come and go, but the tracks C.J. left will always remain”
Former MNUSA President Greg Sorenson initiated and lobbied for the name change, it was carried by Minn. Rep. David Dill and State Senator Tom Bakke and got a buy-in from Minnesota DNR. The state legislature agreed to approve the change only if the cost of replacing all the signage found along on the 146-mile trail from Duluth to Grand Marais, Minn., was funded by the private sector.
Caption: (L-R) Ron Potter, DNR; Terry Mattson, Visit Duluth; Greg
Sorenson, MnUSA; Joel Mellenthin, MSPN.
Sorenson recognized Dill, Bakke, the Minnesota DNR, and also his gratitude to others. “Funding for the sign change came from the C.J. Ramstad Memorial Trail Fund,” he said. “I would like to thank the members of ATVAM, MNUSA, ISOC [International Series of Champions] and MSPN for their time and donation, and a special thanks to C.J.’s family members who helped organize and manage the fund raising.”
Ramstad, the former editor Snow Week, Snowmobile, Snow Goer, Supertrax and Sledder, owner of MSPN, publisher of Minnesota Snowmobiling and Minnesota Offroad, and a motorized recreation advocate for over 40 years, died along with his son J.J. a in tragic car accident in 2007. The North Shore Trail was one of his favorite places to ride. It’s one
of the few snowmobile trails in the state that bear a person’s name. The re-naming of the trail took place in 2009, but it’s now official on signage and maps.
The C.J. Ramstad Memorial Trail Fund is dedicated to preserving, supporting and expanding trails for motorized recreation. For more information or to make a donation contact Kathy at MSPN: 952-473-7870 or Kathy@sledder.net.
State snowmobile trail renamed in honor of passionate advocate C.J. Ramstad
The North Shore State Trail, a popular snowmobile route that extends 146 miles from Duluth to Grand Marais, was recently renamed the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail in honor of one of Minnesota’s most passionate snowmobiling advocates, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.
C.J. Ramstad, the former editor and publisher of Minnesota Snowmobiling, spent nearly 40 years promoting, preserving and enjoying snowmobiling in Minnesota.
The DNR joined members of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA), the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) and Midwest Sports Publishing Association (MSPN) on Friday, Sept. 30, to dedicate the trail.
“It is a privilege for the DNR to be part of the C.J. Ramstad legacy,” said Ron Potter, DNR Parks and Trails recreation systems manager. “A true legend, he was thought of as the dean of snowmobile photojournalism. To be part of his legacy, by having one of the state trails named after him, is humbling. We are grateful for all C.J. did for the snowmobiling industry and the sport.”
The trail was renamed in 2009, but the dedication event made it official by recognizing the recently installed trail signage and maps. Signage and maps were made possible by the C.J. Ramstad Memorial Trail Fund which is supported by ATVAM, MNUSA, MSPN, International Series of Champions (ISOC), and Ramstad’s friends and family. Ramstad and his son were killed in a car accident in 2007. The North Shore State Trail was one of Ramstad’s favorite places to ride.
For more information on the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail or to view a virtual tour of the trail, visit mndnr.gov.