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  Thanks to legislation supported by the ISSA, the Iowa Department of
Natural Resources has been able to relax some of its requirements for
youths riding snowmobiles on public trails this winter.
  The language parallels the regulations for the state's ATV program and
allows youth under the age of 16 to operate their own snowmobile on state
snowmobile trails and public property when under the supervision of an
adult. This includes 120 riders.
  The law remains unchanged for youths aged 12 to 17 years who need to
have completed the IDNR’s youth safety course to operate their sled on
state trails and public property.

  • Persons under the age of 16 may operate their own snowmobile
    under the direct supervision of a responsible person of at least 18
    years of age experienced in snowmobile operation who possesses
    a valid driver's license or an education certificate issued or
    recognized by the DNR.
  • Persons 12 through 17 must have a valid snowmobile education
    certificate in their possession when operating.
  • Persons 16 to 17 may operate unsupervised, but must have a valid
    education certificate. Restrictions on operating a motor vehicle also
    apply to persons in this age group.
  • Persons 18 and older may operate without an education certificate if
    their privilege to operate a motor vehicle has not been barred or
Worth County Fence Stretchers Youth Snowmobile Safety Course Nov. 19
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northwood.

Iowa River Riders Youth Snowmobile Education Class Saturday, Dec. 3, from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the The Garage Tavern, Coulter. For more information,
contact (641) 425-3247.

O'Brien County Snowtrackers Youth Snowmobile Education Class Saturday,
Dec. 10, Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC), Sheldon. Call (800)
352-4907 and talk to Evan Bensley in Continuing Education to pre-register.
$10 fee for your permit. Bring a sack lunch.