Area groups collecting deer hides again this fall

The Min-Dak Border Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association again will be collecting deer hides for its Hides for Habitat program. Collection boxes will be set outside Cabela’s, Orton’s on the Point and Sportsman Taxidermy in East Grand Forks. Because of a lack of volunteers, the chapter this year is partnering with the Thief River Falls MDHA chapter on the hides program. Volunteers still are needed to empty hide boxes regularly. The Min-Dak MDHA chapter has been involved with the program since 1989 and has used proceeds to fund a variety of youth outdoor education initiatives along with the Options deer hunt for disabled hunters at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. For more information on the program or the MDHA chapter, call (701) 741-1147.

In Grand Forks, the Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation will collect deer hides at the following locations:

Twin City Motors, 1120 S. Washington St.

True North Equipment on Gateway Drive.

Emerado Superpumper.

S&T Quickstop in Thompson, N.D.

Vintage snowmobiles on display outside Blue Moose

Dokken at the helm of Lowell Machart’s 1958 Ski-Doo “bathtub sled” prototype.

I stopped by to check on the setup for the Vintage Snowmobile Show this morning outside the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks. I’m doing a story for tomorrow’s paper and got a chance to drive Lowell Machart’s replica of Ski-Doo’s first prototype, the 1958 “bathtub sled” (aptly named, I might add).

Machart, a vintage snowmobile enthusiast from Grand Forks, made the wooden snowmobile this past year after obtaining specs from the Bombardier museum in Valcourt, Quebec. Machart, who completed the project in December, now has one of two bathtub sleds, the other being in the Bombardier museum. It doesn’t exactly turn on a dime, but the bathtub sled is definitely the coolest, most unusual snowmobile I’ve ever driven.

Dokken speeding down the river in Lowell Machart’s 1958 Ski-Doo “bathtub sled” prototype.

There already were more than 40 vintage sleds on display outside the Blue Moose by 9:30, and registration continues until noon. Stop by and check out these pieces of North Country history  if you’re in the neighborhood. The sleds are on display along the river outside the Blue Moose, and Rob Hudson of WDAZ and myself will be judging the sleds later this afternoon. The Vintage Snowmobile Show is a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Silent auction for Saturday’s Kevin Grinde benefit includes ice, open water fishing trips

If you’re looking to take a fishing trip, whether ice or open water, stop by the Knights of Columbus club in Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon.

There’ll be a spaghetti dinner/silent auction benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. for Kevin Grinde, former Herald outdoors writer and managing editor who underwent a liver transplant in early November.

There’s a free-will offering for the event, and the benefit is open to the public.

While the silent auction features a range of items, anglers in the crowd definitely will want to check out the variety of fishing trips available for auction. Here’s what a look at what area resorts and fishing guides have so generously donated to help the Grinde family offset the astronomical expenses associated with the liver transplant:

Ballards Resort on Lake of the Woods: One day winter ice fishing excursion for four people, retail value $460.

Walsh’s Bay Store Camp, Oak Island on Lake of the Woods: Three-night, two-day ice fishing package for four, retail value $1,196.

Brad Durick Outdoors: Two guided evening catfishing trips on the Red River in Grand Forks, retail value $250 each.

Steve Foss Guide Service, Ely, Minn.: Lake trout fishing trip for as many as two anglers on Burntside Lake near Ely, retail value $350.

I don’t yet have the details, but the auction also includes a guided eight-hour fishing trip on Leech Lake with all equipment provided. Trip must be taken by Oct. 15, and can’t be used on holiday weekends.

Besides the fishing trip, Foss, the Ely guide, offers guided photography excursions in the Ely area and is offering an excursion for as many as two photographers. That trip is worth $700.

For more information on the benefit, click here.