ATV safety class offered by Minnesota DNR and Prospectors Loop Alliance in Tower this August

There will be a field day for the Minnesota ATV Safety Course on August 27 at 9 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. at the Tower DNR Building.
A knowledge test and information session will be set up in the morning and a skills test on operating will be set up immediately after.
• Youth ages 11 and older can attend an ATV safety certification course and receive their certificate. The ATV Safety Certificate becomes valid at age 12.
• DNR ATV Certification is required of anyone born after July 7, 1987 to operate a ATV on public land in Minnesota.
The students will be asked to complete the online ATV safety course before the start of the class on Aug. 27.
Follow the links from the Minnesota DNR website at the top of the page click on (Education/Safety), from the drop down pick (Recreational Vehicle Safety Classes), next chose ATV Safety, from here you can read the options available.
There are two options for the course, option 1 ( at a cost of $29.95 or $10 if a student has taken the, or within a year, and option 2 ( at a cost of 29.50.
Either class will work, once enrolled into the course it will take approximately two weeks to complete depending on the amount of time spent.
This will get you the certificate needed in order to enroll in an ATV Field Day, students over 16 do not have to do a field day. Students need to complete either course on their own at home.
At the field day on Aug. 27 this certificate is mandatory to begin the ATV field day and enrollment application. After the ATV field day is complete and students have passed, another certificate will be given to them and their ATV Safety Certificate can be purchased for another $9 from the DNR. This certificate will become valid when the applicant turns 12.
The one day class will be given by area volunteers that will start with an information session followed by a written test to see if the students are knowledgeable on the subject.
Then there will be a hands on riding course where the students will be able to prove their skills. Parents are asked to help their children by teaching them the basic fundamentals of handling an ATV.
Students are asked to sign up by Aug. 27 by calling the Tower DNR office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 218-753-2580 ext 250 and signing up with Joan Broten, the area parks and trails Manager.
Students will be asked to leave their full name, telephone number, address, and birthdates. A total of 25 students will be accepted for the class, on a first call basis.
A minimum of five volunteers will be needed for the amount of students anticipated. This will be most of the day on Saturday and some setup before. Volunteers who wish to help out on the ATV Field Day would be greatly appreciated and may call Dan Broten at 218-780-3004.