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Snowmobile safety for kids

Brown ground will not stop instructors from teaching kids about snowmobile safety.

"We're doing it snow or no snow," said Sonya Anderson, one of the volunteer instructors. "We can put wheels on them."

Kids ages 11 to 15 can sign up for safety training Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Runestone Community Center at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with class running from 8 a.m. to noon.

Students must first complete an online snowmobile safety test at To find it, click on Education & Safety then Recreational vehicle safety then Snowmobile safety training. Students must bring a printout of their completed training to the class. Students should know their hand signals, be prepared to do a pre-ride inspection and drive through the snowmobile riding course. They are asked to bring a helmet, dress for the weather and bring their own snowmobile if they have one. Extra snowmobiles will be provided for those who do not have their own. The class will use throttle stops.

Register for the class at Ollie's Service, 1213 Broadway St. in Alexandria.

Once the online test and in-person driving test are complete, forms will be submitted to the State of Minnesota. Snowmobile safety certifications will be mailed out.

For more information, call 320-763-4455.