STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN New book tells the story of Polaris racing team heydays
A new book about the glory days of snowmobile racing is scheduled to make its debut Aug. 3 with a book signing and vintage snowmobile show in Roseau, Minn., birthplace of Polaris.
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A chance in 2000 set the stage for “Starfire Kids Midnight Blue Express,” Larry Preston’s new book about the racers — most of them farmers, inventors and mechanics from Roseau, Minn. — who formed the core of the Polaris-sponsored professional racing team in the 1960s and 1970s.
Snowmobile and ATV maker Polaris Industries Inc. on Tuesday said that its fourth-quarter profit climbed 38 percent, as increased sales of its off-road vehicles, motorcycles and gear and accessories more than offset a decline in snowmobile sales.
GEM builds electric-powered vehicles. The business started in 1997 and was sold to Chrysler in 2000. Polaris bought GEM from Chrysler in April. Polaris plans to move the GEM manufacturing operation to its plant in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Off-road and leisure vehicle maker Polaris Industries Inc. said Wednesday its earnings more than doubled in the first quarter and raised its guidance for the year, sending its shares up more than 16 percent in morning trading.
More than $13.6 million will be shared among about 2,250 hourly and nonsalaried Polaris employees in a cash payment. On average, each of these employees will receive nearly 19 percent of their annual base pay, the company said.
Edgar Hetteen, the Roseau, Minn., native known as the grandfather of the snowmobile industry for co-founding the two main manufacturers still making them in northwest Minnesota, died Saturday in a Grand Rapids, Minn., nursing home. He was 90.
Arctic Cat and Polaris Thursday both credited new products, growth in international markets and, in Arctic's case, improvement in that non-recreational side of the business, with significant increases in sales and earnings. They also said a greater willingness to spend by U.S. consumers -- some spurred by this winter's heavy snows -- contributed to the robust results.
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