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Voyageur Club helps out a great cause

Snowmobilers participating in the Black Woods Blizzard Tour get ready to hit the trails again after a short break Feb. 3. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Martinson)

The Voyageur Snowmobile Club participated in the 2017 Black Woods Blizzard Tour, which was a great success this year, raising more than $1 million for the ALS Association.

The three-day snowmobile ride began Feb. 2 in Proctor and continued up to Vermillion Lake and back down to Two Harbors before finishing Feb. 4 back in Proctor. This year the ride raised $1,133,900 and had 225 riders participating. The Voyageur Snowmobile Club volunteered to meet the riders at its memorial shelter on the Cloquet River off the Yukon Snowmobile Trail.

"We have a fire going for them to warm up at and we offer them hot chocolate and snacks," said Steph Aho, a member of the Voyageur Snowmobile Club.

The Voyageur Snowmobile Club has about 120 members and has participated in the last six years of this 18 year event.

"We think what all the riders do for raising money and awareness for ALS is great," Aho said. "So we wanted to be able to give back a small part by showing our appreciation to all the riders."

The club also helped out by spending extra hours grooming the trails for the riders.

"It was a great event and we had a lot of great reviews on the snowmobile trail," Aho said.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the beat writer for the Two Harbors City Council.

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