LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The speed limit for snowmobiles should be lowered

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Bemidji Pioneer by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bemidji Pioneer. To submit a letter, email or mail it to Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.

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The DNR does not want to relocate the Paul Bunyan Trail for approximately one mile for snowmobiles (from the DoubleTree hotel to just east of South Shore Villas), so I asked about the speed that snowmobiles are allowed in that area.

To my amazement, I found that the speed limit was 50 mph for snowmobiles. For cars to drive in a populated area the speed limit is 30 to 35 mph. The trail is also used for families to walk in the winter. I would not want to face a snowmobile coming at me at speeds of more than 50 mph.

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It seems that the trail masters at the Department of Natural Resources have very little concern for the families of Bemidji that enjoy the outdoors in ways other than snowmobiling.

I would propose that the DNR immediately change the speed limit for snowmobiles in the populated area (DoubleTree hotel to just east of South Shore Villas) to a maximum of 30 mph.


It seems safety for families should prevail over speed. If you are interested in a change, let your representative and the DNR hear from you.

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