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Letter to the Editor:

Traveling from your home to the closest trail by snowmobile seems to be a big issue with the city.

I recently received a ticket from Eagle River Police Department for $200.50 for operating a snowmobile on any highway. I was not on a highway, I was on Silver Lake Road. My snowmobile  was parked off the side of the road out of fuel, not running, with no one on it. I walked my sled home (very dangerous not being able to use the brake or have both hands controlling the snowmobile).

The ordinance violated was 86-121. The ordinance I received from the City of Eagle River during a follow up was Sec. 86-123 — operation within city limits restricted.

I was told by the officer and the police department that I could only travel to the closest snowmobile trail by either walking beside my sled or by trailer. These two options are not written in any city ordinances or municipal codes. They are just floating opinions by the city and the police department.

So is this in the best interest of the residents and visitors coming to “The Snowmobile Capital Of The World?”

Stephen E. Butler

Eagle River

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 5:56 PM

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