Jun 022014

Well – we have news finally! The MN State High School League just announced that qualifications for the state meet next year has changed. Now the top TWO teams on the section meet will qualify along with the top six individuals. This is huge!!

We will need to put in some focused work this year but it sure will make for an exciting season!

May 152014

Wednesday, May 21st right after school. We’ll meet in Anderson’s room (234 at ERHS) right after school until around 2:40. We’ll cover summer plans, some on-your-own training, summer fundraising, and a few other odds and ends. After 2:40 we’ll head down to the ski room to check out roller skis.

If you want to rent roller skis for the summer, you must attend so we can get that taken care of. Summer rental for one pair of roller skis is $30, if you are renting two pair (classic and skate) it will be $50.  Roller skis are first come first serve.  If you are interested in purchasing a pair, we were able to get a group discount last summer if we ordered 5 or more. I believe the price was $225 last year but I don’t have an updated price for this year yet. If you are interested, contact Anderson and we’ll try to get an order together before summer gets started.

Apr 302014

The message below is from Dave Anderson.  Please consider attending the meeting on Monday to support and save what we have at Woodland Trails.

On Monday May 5th, the Elk River City Council will be taking public comment and likely approving a new Comprehensive Plan for Elk River.  This plan includes a transportation corridor (major road) through Woodland Trails.  It would enter the park near the top of the first big hill on Scouring Rush, pass near the biathlon penalty loop, cross the grade just south of the southern paved access coming from the parking lot, head west from there and  finally passing through the grooming shed before connecting to County Road 1.  Many of you were involved in this issue in 2004, when it was ultimately removed before approval.

It was my hope that a resolution from the park commission opposing this as well as a road through Camp Cozy and the rezoning of property near the youth athletic complex, would convince the planning commission to forward  a plan to the council without this corridor.  They chose to leave the road in the plan.  Hence the reason for those interested in Woodlands to attend this meeting.

Again, I am hopeful that the corridor will be eliminated from the plan before approval, but the risk is too great to not be present at this meeting.  I do not have to go into detail on the devastating effect this would have on Woodlands.

The meeting is at 6:30 pm at the Elk River City Hall.  I think it is important to have a significant presence at this meeting.  We will want several to speak on different aspects of what roads would do to Woodlands and Camp Cozy.  It is ok to be passionate at this meeting, and is equally important to be civil.

If you are not busy, please come and help us save the Woodlands that we now enjoy from possibly  being bisected by a future road.  Also, please reach out to other park users that you know that can attend as well.

If you would like to speak, please feel free to do so.  If you plan to speak, please let me know along with the aspect you would like to talk about.  They won’t want to hear 50 people say the same thing.

If you are interested in speaking, contact Dave Anderson (or one of the coaches and we’ll put you in contact with him).  We’d love to have some of the captains or parents share what Woodlands has been for them, their family, and/or the team.

Mar 162014

A couple things – Summer Training!!  Yes – even through there is snow on the ground, we are talking about summer training already.  Registration is open for several programs and we’ll be looking at putting something together for the team also.  With low turn out the last several years for our team training we’ll be looking at making it a bit of an event for the days that we have training practice. We’ll be setting some things up with Maple Grove for several practices this summer taking advantage of the long trails at Elm Creek for some distance days.  We’ll get you a calendar as we get closer to the summer (in May some time).

One of the better known and respected programs in the area was called Finn Sisu but has been renamed “Endurance United”.  They have flexible training programs for different days of the week and can work with you if you’ll be out of town for periods of time so you don’t lose training days with coaches.  They also have a 10% “team” discount if 5 or more people from one team register.  Currently there are 4 skiers from the team that are committed to registering for some portion of the summer programs so only one more is needed for the additional discount.  You can still register for any number of days when you register as a team, the forms will just be turned in together.  If you are interested, please contact Reece as she is organizing the group registration.  Group registration must be turned in by 4/1/14.  You can find general information on the Endurance United Website.  And you can find information on the summer training through Endurance United here.

Also – no baby news yet.  We’ll let you know!

Good luck with your spring sports as they get started!  We’ll be looking forward to seeing you competing you there in your other sports!  Listen for announcements later this spring for summer training details.  Also, if you are interested in purchasing roller skis, we may be looking at putting an order together prior to this summer.  We are looking into a few options and looking at price discounts available.  We’ll let you know when we finalize anything but keep your ears open and let Anderson know if you are interested.  The team will still have roller skis available for rental over the summer.  They are $30 for a pair for the summer and helps to cover the cost of replacement wheels as they wear down.

Congrats again on a great season – it was wonderful to see you all at the banquet and celebrate such an awesome season with you all!!  Ski a few more times if you get a chance – and if you happen to see a jump drive out on the trails as the snow is clearing – it is probably Anderson’s – she is looking everywhere for it!!  She checked the trails a couple last times this past week but didn’t see it.  She won’t be getting out to ski again this season most likely so if you see it out there – pick it up and send her a message!  It is maroon with silver-metal edging/clip around the outer side.  Thanks for keeping your eyes open!

Mar 072014
  1. The banquet is this Sunday!!  Don’t forget to bring your food that you were assigned and also – it is daylight savings time again – we lose an hour on Saturday night.  Set those clocks forward!!  We’ll see you at 4:30 in the Elk River High School commons!
  2. Make sure your uniforms and skis were turned in.  Some of you still have them out.  If you are still planning to race – that is great, then use it for another week or two.  If you are still planning to ski, wonderful, keep skiing, but then get things turned it.  You will need to get storage wax on your skis and make sure your uniform is clean when you return it.  Contact the coaches and they will set up a time for you to take care of it.
  3. WCCO’s Matt Brinkman’s “Best of MN” series is looking for the best cross-country ski trails in MN this week.  It would be really great to have Woodland Trails be voted the best!
    Email your vote to mbrickman@wcco.com or tweet him at @Matt_Brickman.
    Please forward this note to your friends and relatives who you think will vote for Woodlands as well.
    It would be really fun to see Woodland Trails on channel 4 next Thursday during the 10 pm news.  Spread the word!

  4. Thanks for a great season!  We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!  Good luck with your spring sports!  (Although it is still looking very much like winter out there!)