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DNR releases new audio programs about snowmobiling in Minnesota

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Snowmobile trip planning, safety and other topics are featured in a new series of audio programs produced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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The podcasts may be downloaded on portable media players or on computers.

"Snowmobiling is a very popular and economically important wintertime activity in Minnesota," said Les Ollila, DNR regional trails and waterways manager, who is featured in the audio programs. "It's been several years since Mother Nature has cooperated by providing the good riding conditions we are enjoying today."

Ollila, an avid snowmobiler, discusses where to ride, proper equipment and the role of snowmobile clubs.

Minnesota has about 270,000 licensed snowmobilers and the abundant snowfall this winter has allowed people to hit the trails.

According to the DNR, there are about 20,000 miles of interconnected groomed trails throughout the state provided by 195 snowmobile clubs and communities from Pipestone to Ely.

The snowmobiling in Minnesota audio programs can be downloaded at www.mndnr.gov.

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