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DNR holds meetings on OHV grant-in-aid program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails has scheduled a series of statewide meetings that will provide important information about the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant-in-aid (GIA) program.

Among the meetings is one at Lake Bemidji State Park 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 29. Meetings are also scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Itasca County Lands office in Grand Rapids and at the DNR building in Thief River Falls 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8.

These meetings pertain only to groups with an active interest in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-road vehicles (ORVs) such as sport utility vehicles and modified trucks, and off-highway motorcycles (OHMs), not snowmobiles.

Attending one of these meetings is required for groups currently receiving GIA funds. The meetings also will be helpful to local units of government that sponsor GIA contracts and clubs that want to expand public OHV trails in Minnesota. DNR staff will distribute the revised GIA manual and forms, walk through the GIA application process, provide updates on program funding, and answer questions. The next round of grant applications will be due Dec. 15.

Anyone with questions or suggestions for topics to address at the upcoming meetings should contact Mary Straka, DNR OHV program coordinator, 218-833-8713 or 651-259-5644 or mail to