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Ironwood Trail Report – Gogebic Range Trail Authority – 03/23

160 water hazards and there are 3 stretches of road to run that will be tough if you can’t ride up on the banks. It was cold yesterday and most hazards froze up hard last night. But today they will all break open and really start flowing. Safest rides would be trailering to Wakefield (ski hill reroute road routes are brutal) and riding to Marenisco. The northern end of the trail is gorgeous!!! Ride slowly today conditions will change quickly. Remember Iron county is closed and Vilas County closes tonight at midnight. WHAT A SEASON, THANK YOU GRTA VOLUNTEER GROOMER OPERATORS!!

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Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 1:35 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Thank you to Dutch's Old Bar in Marenisco for hosting our club meeting last night. It was obviously a very tear filled meeting with the recent loss of our beloved trustee, ORV Safety Instructor, groomer operator trainer & 2018 Groomer of the Year recipient Calvin Kangas. We've had our meetings at many of our Sponsor's locations but Candice, Maggie & Crystal went all out for us; Thank you!!!! Nan was out of town with Grand kids and Bill was busy prepping for the Softball Tournament this weekend. Regardless, get your butts in there and have some pizza and enjoy a great bar that supports our area trails. Thank you Bill & Nan! 😍💓 ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Dutchs Old Bar in Marenisco for hosting our club meeting last night.  It was obviously a very tear filled meeting with the recent loss of our beloved trustee, ORV Safety Instructor, groomer operator trainer & 2018 Groomer of the Year recipient Calvin Kangas.  Weve had our meetings at many of our Sponsors locations but Candice, Maggie & Crystal went all out for us; Thank you!!!!  Nan was out of town with Grand kids and Bill was busy prepping for the Softball Tournament this weekend.  Regardless, get your butts in there and have some pizza and enjoy a great bar that supports our area trails.  Thank you Bill & Nan!  😍💓Image attachment

 

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Awesome people and atmosphere at Bill & Nan's Dutch's Old Bar. Always a stop anytime we are in the area.

Tuesday July 16th, 2019 - 11:15 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

This isn't a snowmobile or ORV club post about our trials, tribulations or injustices; this is a post of reverence, sincerity and compassionate thanks - please read. The world lost an incredible human yesterday when we lost Calvin Kangas, GRTA trustee 2017-2019, to a heart condition while he was volunteering his time fixing hiking trails in the Porcupine Mountains. Calvin was a devoted humanitarian as displayed by his far reaching volunteerism for the many organizations he and his beautiful wife Susan supported. He always said, "Superman should be replaced with a "V" for volunteering because that is what makes communities great". Calvin joined the GRTA in January 2017 after showing up to our plea for help to groom our snowmobile trails. Little did I realize we were gaining a tremendous and accomplishing force of Yooper-man cloaked in flannel, KBC and Stormy Kromer. Every single time I had a stranger answer our call for help to groom trails I passed them to Calvin and he would make himself available to train them - mostly 7pm-2am. He would breathe dignity, compassion and logic into every situation we encountered coaching me all the way subliminally to make the right call. He always did 120% of what was asked and did it with the biggest Upper Peninsula smile you ever saw. The man drenched every room in positivity and warmth the likes I have never experienced. He passed on doing what he loved the most - creating public access to the beauty that is the Upper Peninsula. He bridged gaps between motorized and non-motorized groups over the basic principle that we are all here to appreciate mother earth's beauty. What he taught me most was to live your life the way you want, have FUN(!!), and SEW THE THIRST FOR MORE ONTO OTHERS. He left us far too soon doing exactly what he loved - volunteering on trails. Stay tuned for information on how you can pay homage to Calvin Kangas's legacy. This isn't about anything other than giving a damn about your community - which is what we feel Calvin's legacy is all about. Our heart is broken for now, but your spirit and legacy will love on through us. Thank you - Steve #onelife #calvinkangas #forevergrateful #volunteer #volunteerism #upperpeninsula #ewenmi #ironwoodmi ... See MoreSee Less

 

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He had to be one of the best men I ever met. and he brought so much joy to everyone he knew. I'll never forget the math classes we shared--his humor kept us going. Sorry to hear of his passing. Til we meet again. A Classmate at E-TC.

How blessed I was to have Calvin for an uncle. He inspired me by his positivity and love of nature and people. What a beautiful tribute this is. 🌲Scott Vaughan

Our sympathies to Susan, Judy and family. Soar with the angels Calvin, you have earned your wings.

I did not know Cal for very long at all, having recently moved here. Met him through the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter: North Country Trail, and his enthusiasm and volunteer spirit was very evident in everything about him. He was a good and kind person, and he always asked me about mutual friends and made me feel welcome in a group where I was mostly a stranger. This past weekend the group held a hike and prior to departing, he spoke eloquently to the folks gathered about the North Country Trail, it’s purpose, our goals, and the need for fresh volunteers to take the reins and help make those goals a reality. I’ll remember that forever. If all of us capture and exemplify the same vigor and spirit as Calvin Kangas, those goals will become reality. Let’s do it.

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of a great guy, husband, volunteer, and fellow dog lover. Susan, please call if you need anything.

Tim and I are very shocked and saddened by your loss of Calvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, his family and all that had the opportunity to meet and know Calvin. God Bless. Tim and Sarah Long

Heroes don't always wear a uniform. Thank you Calvin for everything you've done. We were blessed to have you in our community.

Here, here, I will miss you just like all the others, may I try to fill your shoes, Gods speed my friend. 🙄

May God give Susan the strength to bear her loss.

gone to soon but not forgotten...

How blessed our community was to have such an amazing person give so selflessly for the greater good. Thank you for capturing so eloquently Calvin’s spirit of volunteerism, Steve. Peace and prayers to his family and friends 🙏🏻

Susan,Judy and the rest of the family,you all have our deepest sympathy!!! We are heartbroken😥😥 You have lost a loving and caring person!!! Rest In Peace,Calvin!! We love you and will miss you!!❤️😥

Wonderful guy, will be missed greatly.

Deepest sympathies to Calvin’s family and friends.

RIP sir. Thank you for your servants heart. Prayers to his whole family, club, friends.

Wonderful tribute and well spoken thoughts. A great legacy. So sorry Susan for your loss.

A beautiful tribute. Our sympathies to Susan and family💔

Shocking news. He was one of the nicest people I know

So sad. Such a great person,great volunteer. Prayers to his family.

Heart broken, RIP Calvin you will be missed by all who knew you. Prayers to family and friends!

So sad. Sorry for your loss, Susan. He was a wonderful guy. He will truly be missed.

You all have my deepest condolences . 😔

RIP Calvin. You gave so much to many organizations. The GTRA tribute on FB sets a public service goal for us all. Thank you Calvin, and Susan too.

Sad to hear. He graduated with my brother and i remember him being such a kind and gentle soul! R.I.P.

So sorry to hear this !! He was a great guy !!! Always smiling & fun - was so proud of me & my growth - I’ll sure miss him 😭🙏. RIP Cal 💔

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The second ORV Safety Education Course held by GRTA this year was this past Saturday at the Gogebic Community College. 11 participants were awarded their ORV safety certificates! We owe a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Hanson from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jessie Yesney from Gogebic County Sheriff's Office (he also owns Antonio's Bergland, MI!) for their help in leading major sections of the course. The course was led by Deborah Fergus and supported by club trustee's Joe Rundell and Bill Lafond, THANK YOU!! To date GRTA has certified 78 people with their MDNR safety certificates and a fall class is being planned. Get involved, ride safe, ride sober and set a good example!!! #dogoodfeelgood ... See MoreSee Less

The second ORV Safety Education Course held by GRTA this year was this past Saturday at the Gogebic Community College.  11 participants were awarded their ORV safety certificates!  We owe a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Hanson from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jessie Yesney from Gogebic County Sheriffs Office (he also owns Antonios Bergland, MI!) for their help in leading major sections of the course.  The course was led by Deborah Fergus and supported by club trustees Joe Rundell and Bill Lafond, THANK YOU!! To date GRTA has certified 78 people with their MDNR safety certificates and a fall class is being planned.  Get involved, ride safe, ride sober and set a good example!!! #dogoodfeelgood

Saturday July 13th, 2019 - 1:17 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

We owe a huge thanks to T4 Land-Timber for quickly responding to our beaver dam/bridge issues on the rail trail to Marenisco from Wakefield. We nearly lost a bridge due to water running around it! Thank you Matt Tingstad and crew!!! They had to punch through the brush/mud packed 10' thick under our bridges! ... See MoreSee Less

We owe a huge thanks to T4 Land-Timber for quickly responding to our beaver dam/bridge issues on the rail trail to Marenisco from Wakefield.  We nearly lost a bridge due to water running around it!  Thank you Matt Tingstad and crew!!! They had to punch through the brush/mud packed 10 thick under our bridges!Image attachment

 

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Always a good day on the trail whether it’s riding or working!!! Tanner Schaaf

Great job.. Awesome group of guys 👍🏼👍🏼

They do great work!

Yay Matt Tinger Tingstad!!

Great job! We saw that on the 5th of July.

Amazing folks in the U.P, always helping one another!

Nice job

Woo hooo

thanks

Nice work fella's!!

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Thursday July 11th, 2019 - 5:33 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Welcome home boys!!! The Moonshine Riders are back! These guys donated to the GRTA barn expansion last fall. Without them it wouldn't have happened. They trailer from Knoxville, TN to Lake Gogebic every February staying at their beloved Gogebic Lodge! Welcome back to the land of clean air and big snow!!!! So awesome to see what snowmobiling as a family looks like generation after generation! #thankful #sledderfamily #moonshineriders

Moonshine Riders
Welcome to Ironwood!!!
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Eddie Janda

Those guys are so fun to hang with!

Had a few with them boys....good times!

Thank you Moonshine Riders!

Thank you Moonshine Riders!

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Thursday July 11th, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Thank you Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the SAW Equipment Committee for approving GRTA to refurbish our 15 year old Arrowhead Groomers AH-10! They also approved us to purchase two new tracks for our Tucker as the rears are adjusted out 100%. THIS IS YOUR TRAIL PERMIT DOLLARS AT WORK!! Thank you GRTA club members for getting it ready and being available! This club rocks!! - Steve (Club Prez) ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the SAW Equipment Committee for approving GRTA to refurbish our 15 year old Arrowhead Groomers AH-10!  They also approved us to purchase two new tracks for our Tucker as the rears are adjusted out 100%.  THIS IS YOUR TRAIL PERMIT DOLLARS AT WORK!!  Thank you GRTA club members for getting it ready and being available!  This club rocks!! - Steve (Club Prez)

 

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March 23, 2019 | Uncategorized

Ironwood Trail Report – Gogebic Range Trail Authority – 03/22

If you want to ride this weekend we suggest riding from Ironwood North out trail 160 and back. NOTE Wi trail #3 to Driftwood is closed, no connector back to Hurley. Second suggestion is to unload at the "giant snowman" park and ride in Wakefield riding trail 2 to Marenisco. No grooming occurred since Sunday, but trails remain flat due to light traffic. Pictures are of trail 2 east of Wakefield, there is 1.75mi of plowed trail due to logging. Either side of that section is rated good to very good. We are heading out grooming this afternoon!! Be aware for rapidly changing conditions and water hazards. Ride slow!!! This hazards come up quick!! The pics from our club member said they took trail 1 north and trail 8 back west to their unload spot saying "all was good."

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Report via Gogebic Range Trail Authority on Facebook

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Postings From Regional Pages On Facebook

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 1:35 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Thank you to Dutch's Old Bar in Marenisco for hosting our club meeting last night. It was obviously a very tear filled meeting with the recent loss of our beloved trustee, ORV Safety Instructor, groomer operator trainer & 2018 Groomer of the Year recipient Calvin Kangas. We've had our meetings at many of our Sponsor's locations but Candice, Maggie & Crystal went all out for us; Thank you!!!! Nan was out of town with Grand kids and Bill was busy prepping for the Softball Tournament this weekend. Regardless, get your butts in there and have some pizza and enjoy a great bar that supports our area trails. Thank you Bill & Nan! 😍💓 ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Dutchs Old Bar in Marenisco for hosting our club meeting last night.  It was obviously a very tear filled meeting with the recent loss of our beloved trustee, ORV Safety Instructor, groomer operator trainer & 2018 Groomer of the Year recipient Calvin Kangas.  Weve had our meetings at many of our Sponsors locations but Candice, Maggie & Crystal went all out for us; Thank you!!!!  Nan was out of town with Grand kids and Bill was busy prepping for the Softball Tournament this weekend.  Regardless, get your butts in there and have some pizza and enjoy a great bar that supports our area trails.  Thank you Bill & Nan!  😍💓Image attachment

 

Comment on Facebook

Awesome people and atmosphere at Bill & Nan's Dutch's Old Bar. Always a stop anytime we are in the area.

Tuesday July 16th, 2019 - 11:15 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

This isn't a snowmobile or ORV club post about our trials, tribulations or injustices; this is a post of reverence, sincerity and compassionate thanks - please read. The world lost an incredible human yesterday when we lost Calvin Kangas, GRTA trustee 2017-2019, to a heart condition while he was volunteering his time fixing hiking trails in the Porcupine Mountains. Calvin was a devoted humanitarian as displayed by his far reaching volunteerism for the many organizations he and his beautiful wife Susan supported. He always said, "Superman should be replaced with a "V" for volunteering because that is what makes communities great". Calvin joined the GRTA in January 2017 after showing up to our plea for help to groom our snowmobile trails. Little did I realize we were gaining a tremendous and accomplishing force of Yooper-man cloaked in flannel, KBC and Stormy Kromer. Every single time I had a stranger answer our call for help to groom trails I passed them to Calvin and he would make himself available to train them - mostly 7pm-2am. He would breathe dignity, compassion and logic into every situation we encountered coaching me all the way subliminally to make the right call. He always did 120% of what was asked and did it with the biggest Upper Peninsula smile you ever saw. The man drenched every room in positivity and warmth the likes I have never experienced. He passed on doing what he loved the most - creating public access to the beauty that is the Upper Peninsula. He bridged gaps between motorized and non-motorized groups over the basic principle that we are all here to appreciate mother earth's beauty. What he taught me most was to live your life the way you want, have FUN(!!), and SEW THE THIRST FOR MORE ONTO OTHERS. He left us far too soon doing exactly what he loved - volunteering on trails. Stay tuned for information on how you can pay homage to Calvin Kangas's legacy. This isn't about anything other than giving a damn about your community - which is what we feel Calvin's legacy is all about. Our heart is broken for now, but your spirit and legacy will love on through us. Thank you - Steve #onelife #calvinkangas #forevergrateful #volunteer #volunteerism #upperpeninsula #ewenmi #ironwoodmi ... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

He had to be one of the best men I ever met. and he brought so much joy to everyone he knew. I'll never forget the math classes we shared--his humor kept us going. Sorry to hear of his passing. Til we meet again. A Classmate at E-TC.

How blessed I was to have Calvin for an uncle. He inspired me by his positivity and love of nature and people. What a beautiful tribute this is. 🌲Scott Vaughan

Our sympathies to Susan, Judy and family. Soar with the angels Calvin, you have earned your wings.

I did not know Cal for very long at all, having recently moved here. Met him through the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter: North Country Trail, and his enthusiasm and volunteer spirit was very evident in everything about him. He was a good and kind person, and he always asked me about mutual friends and made me feel welcome in a group where I was mostly a stranger. This past weekend the group held a hike and prior to departing, he spoke eloquently to the folks gathered about the North Country Trail, it’s purpose, our goals, and the need for fresh volunteers to take the reins and help make those goals a reality. I’ll remember that forever. If all of us capture and exemplify the same vigor and spirit as Calvin Kangas, those goals will become reality. Let’s do it.

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of a great guy, husband, volunteer, and fellow dog lover. Susan, please call if you need anything.

Tim and I are very shocked and saddened by your loss of Calvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, his family and all that had the opportunity to meet and know Calvin. God Bless. Tim and Sarah Long

Heroes don't always wear a uniform. Thank you Calvin for everything you've done. We were blessed to have you in our community.

Here, here, I will miss you just like all the others, may I try to fill your shoes, Gods speed my friend. 🙄

May God give Susan the strength to bear her loss.

gone to soon but not forgotten...

How blessed our community was to have such an amazing person give so selflessly for the greater good. Thank you for capturing so eloquently Calvin’s spirit of volunteerism, Steve. Peace and prayers to his family and friends 🙏🏻

Susan,Judy and the rest of the family,you all have our deepest sympathy!!! We are heartbroken😥😥 You have lost a loving and caring person!!! Rest In Peace,Calvin!! We love you and will miss you!!❤️😥

Wonderful guy, will be missed greatly.

Deepest sympathies to Calvin’s family and friends.

RIP sir. Thank you for your servants heart. Prayers to his whole family, club, friends.

Wonderful tribute and well spoken thoughts. A great legacy. So sorry Susan for your loss.

A beautiful tribute. Our sympathies to Susan and family💔

Shocking news. He was one of the nicest people I know

So sad. Such a great person,great volunteer. Prayers to his family.

Heart broken, RIP Calvin you will be missed by all who knew you. Prayers to family and friends!

So sad. Sorry for your loss, Susan. He was a wonderful guy. He will truly be missed.

You all have my deepest condolences . 😔

RIP Calvin. You gave so much to many organizations. The GTRA tribute on FB sets a public service goal for us all. Thank you Calvin, and Susan too.

Sad to hear. He graduated with my brother and i remember him being such a kind and gentle soul! R.I.P.

So sorry to hear this !! He was a great guy !!! Always smiling & fun - was so proud of me & my growth - I’ll sure miss him 😭🙏. RIP Cal 💔

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The second ORV Safety Education Course held by GRTA this year was this past Saturday at the Gogebic Community College. 11 participants were awarded their ORV safety certificates! We owe a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Hanson from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jessie Yesney from Gogebic County Sheriff's Office (he also owns Antonio's Bergland, MI!) for their help in leading major sections of the course. The course was led by Deborah Fergus and supported by club trustee's Joe Rundell and Bill Lafond, THANK YOU!! To date GRTA has certified 78 people with their MDNR safety certificates and a fall class is being planned. Get involved, ride safe, ride sober and set a good example!!! #dogoodfeelgood ... See MoreSee Less

The second ORV Safety Education Course held by GRTA this year was this past Saturday at the Gogebic Community College.  11 participants were awarded their ORV safety certificates!  We owe a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Hanson from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jessie Yesney from Gogebic County Sheriffs Office (he also owns Antonios Bergland, MI!) for their help in leading major sections of the course.  The course was led by Deborah Fergus and supported by club trustees Joe Rundell and Bill Lafond, THANK YOU!! To date GRTA has certified 78 people with their MDNR safety certificates and a fall class is being planned.  Get involved, ride safe, ride sober and set a good example!!! #dogoodfeelgood

Saturday July 13th, 2019 - 1:17 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

We owe a huge thanks to T4 Land-Timber for quickly responding to our beaver dam/bridge issues on the rail trail to Marenisco from Wakefield. We nearly lost a bridge due to water running around it! Thank you Matt Tingstad and crew!!! They had to punch through the brush/mud packed 10' thick under our bridges! ... See MoreSee Less

We owe a huge thanks to T4 Land-Timber for quickly responding to our beaver dam/bridge issues on the rail trail to Marenisco from Wakefield.  We nearly lost a bridge due to water running around it!  Thank you Matt Tingstad and crew!!! They had to punch through the brush/mud packed 10 thick under our bridges!Image attachment

 

Comment on Facebook

Always a good day on the trail whether it’s riding or working!!! Tanner Schaaf

Great job.. Awesome group of guys 👍🏼👍🏼

They do great work!

Yay Matt Tinger Tingstad!!

Great job! We saw that on the 5th of July.

Amazing folks in the U.P, always helping one another!

Nice job

Woo hooo

thanks

Nice work fella's!!

+ View previous comments

Thursday July 11th, 2019 - 5:33 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Welcome home boys!!! The Moonshine Riders are back! These guys donated to the GRTA barn expansion last fall. Without them it wouldn't have happened. They trailer from Knoxville, TN to Lake Gogebic every February staying at their beloved Gogebic Lodge! Welcome back to the land of clean air and big snow!!!! So awesome to see what snowmobiling as a family looks like generation after generation! #thankful #sledderfamily #moonshineriders

Moonshine Riders
Welcome to Ironwood!!!
... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

Eddie Janda

Those guys are so fun to hang with!

Had a few with them boys....good times!

Thank you Moonshine Riders!

Thank you Moonshine Riders!

+ View previous comments

Thursday July 11th, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Thank you Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the SAW Equipment Committee for approving GRTA to refurbish our 15 year old Arrowhead Groomers AH-10! They also approved us to purchase two new tracks for our Tucker as the rears are adjusted out 100%. THIS IS YOUR TRAIL PERMIT DOLLARS AT WORK!! Thank you GRTA club members for getting it ready and being available! This club rocks!! - Steve (Club Prez) ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the SAW Equipment Committee for approving GRTA to refurbish our 15 year old Arrowhead Groomers AH-10!  They also approved us to purchase two new tracks for our Tucker as the rears are adjusted out 100%.  THIS IS YOUR TRAIL PERMIT DOLLARS AT WORK!!  Thank you GRTA club members for getting it ready and being available!  This club rocks!! - Steve (Club Prez)

 

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March 22, 2019 | Uncategorized
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