News release: DNR seeks input on Hibbing to Alborn All-Terrain Vehicle trail proposal

February 16, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by the city of Chisholm and the Northern Traxx All-Terrain Vehicle Club to obtain grant-in-aid funding for an all-terrain vehicle trail connection between the city of Hibbing and the Alborn-Pengilly Railroad Trail in Lavell Township.

Minnesota's Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Assistance Program — popularly known as grant-in-aid — is a cost-share program that facilitates development and maintenance of OHV trails, including ATV trails, at the initiative of enthusiast groups or clubs, with the support and participation of local government sponsors.

The proposed new trail, known as the Hibbing to Alborn ATV Trail, would provide an 18-mile connection between Hibbing and the Alborn-Pengilly Railroad Trail, a grant-in-aid ATV trail currently open for public use. The proposed trail would follow 12.2 miles of public roads currently open for ATV use and 5.8 miles of abandoned railroad grade. The trail would be maintained by the Northern Traxx ATV Club.

The DNR will accept written comments on the proposal until 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 20. Comments may be submitted:

  • Via email to [email protected]
  • Via mail to Brad Dekkers, Assistant area supervisor, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 650 Highway 169, Tower, MN 55790.

A map of the proposed trail segments can be found at the project page on the DNR website.

For more information, call Brad Dekkers at 218-300-7843.

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