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COMPASS POINTS: A weekend snowmobile adventure last weekend in Minnesota

It's almost difficult to comprehend, given the lack of snow in the Grand Forks area that has brought snowmobiling and other winter recreation to a screeching halt, but some very good snow conditions remain just a couple of hours to the northeast.

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A bridge constructed across a swampy stream on a groomed snowmobile trail north of Roseau, Minn., eased crossing, alleviating any risk of encountering unsafe ice. (Brad Dokken)

It’s almost difficult to comprehend, given the lack of snow in the Grand Forks area that has brought snowmobiling and other winter recreation to a screeching halt, but some very good snow conditions remain just a couple of hours to the northeast.

A friend and I found that out for ourselves over the weekend when we logged upwards of 80 miles on grant-in-aid snowmobile trails in the Roseau, Minn., area. Despite temperatures that soared into the high 30s Saturday, we found an abundance of snow throughout our ride.

A fairly isolated snowstorm had dumped 5 to 6 inches of snow on the region early last week, and the snow in the woods was knee deep in many places.

Here are some photos from our ride:

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Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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