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Two Groomer Recertification
Courses R
emaining in January
      Two ISSA/IDNR Groomer Operator Certification/Recertification courses remain this month. This
training is required for new operators or those who have not been recertified within the last three years.
  • Jan. 18 at Zip’s Towing in New Hampton in Region 4. The course begins at 7 p.m., and the
    address is 316 Milwaukee Street.
  • Jan. 23 at The Garage Tavern, 103 Main Street, Coulter, in Region 3. This session also begins at
    7 p.m.
      For more information on either class, please contact ISSA President Chris Willey, groomer training
coordinator, at (563) 920-9010 or
A trio of snowstorms moved through northern Iowa during December, providing decent riding conditions
along the top tier of the state. Warm temps and some rain has hurt cover since but riders can still get
some fun in. Above, the Hancock County Snowmobile Association groomer moves through Garner along
Highway 18.
Accidental Death, Dismemberment Policy
Dropped from Membership Benefits
     American Income Life notified the ISSA in writing two months ago that it will be severing its
complimentary accidental death and dismemberment policy effective last month.
     This $3,500 benefit was provided at no cost to ISSA members and their qualifying dependents. In
2016, two benefit awards were paid by American Income Life to ISSA members. Claims submitted after
Dec. 14 will not be honored.
     According to the letter, the decision to terminate its contract with the ISSA was due to the lack of
additional policies purchased by ISSA members from the insurance company’s voluntary offerings.
     “There has not been enough participation from the individual members for us to continue to provide
no-cost benefits,” the communication reads. “We regret this has not turned out favorably.”
“The bottom line is they have terminated our contract, and we are no longer able to offer that beneift to
our membership,” explained Past ISSA President Jim Willey, the letter’s recipient.
January 2017
Jack Race
Snow Fest
Club Challenge
Iowa Snocross
The ISSA hosted its 11th Annual Kids Day with the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa at Huxley Jan. 15.
The threat of freezing rain hurt attendance and trail conditions did not permit a snowmobile ride but an
estimated 50 members and families still attended the event at the city-owned facility. Above, ISSA
President Chris Willey prepares to give Wayne Spaulding of Webster City and Mackenzie Krapfl of
Ankeny a UTV ride through the streets of Huxley.
Jack Race at Clear Lake Postponed
due to Above-Average Forecast This Week

       The North Iowa Snow Seekers of Region 3 has announced the eighth annual Jack Helgren Memorial
Iowa LeMans Championship Race slated for Jan. 20-21 at Clear Lake has been postponed to the
back-up date of Feb. 10-11.
       The decision was based on a forecast later this week calling for rain and temperatures reaching into
the 40s. At 22 inches, race officials were not concerned about the thickness of the ice on the lake but
rather the amount of water which will pool on the track surface due to the melting snow.
       "This is not a decision we wanted to make but had to make," explained race coordinator Gary
McVicker. "We thought with the cold temps and snowfall in December that there would be no chance of
postponing the race this year, but with the warm weather moving in this week, we had no choice."
       For more information, McVicker can be reached at (641) 425-1375.

Snowmobile Iowa Events Planned through February
       Now through the end of February, seven ISSA-member snowmobile clubs have signed up to host
rides in different areas of the state through the ISSA's Snowmobile Iowa promotion.
       The program is a spin-off of the Snowmobile Iowa displays at convention each year and provides an
opportunity for Iowans to explore different areas of the state by sled. Past ISSA President Bruno Andreini
is spearheading the event.
       "The idea is to educate Iowa riders about existing Iowa trails for those who are not acquainted with
what we have to offer here in our state," Andreini said. "By doing this, we have an opportunity to keep
more of our tourism dollars in Iowa, thus benefiting many of our smaller communities."
       Each ride is scheduled for Saturday and begins at 10 a.m. Visit the
Snowmobile Iowa Facebook
page for dates, host clubs, locations and trail conditions. The first ride slated for Jan. 14 had to be
cancelled due to the absence of snow for the Saylorville Dam Snowmobile Club of Region 7.