The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame has named five to be inducted September 13-15 in Eagle River, Wis.The inductees will take part in the 24th annual induction ceremony and “Reunion” at the Derby Track in Eagle River.BEING INDUCTED ARE:Russ LemkeRuss Lemke, from Mosinee, Wis., worked most recently for BRP as a member of the performance snowmobile development team. Previous to BRP, Lemke founded RLE, Inc. National records were set with his engines.
Jim Duke, from Munising, Mich., volunteers as the chair of the “Friends of Forest” program and governor on the Michigan Snowmobile Trails and Advisory Council. Since 1984 Jim has chaired or worked in membership, legislation, by-laws and public relation activities. On the national level, Jim was elected Vice President of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations in 2002 and President in 2004. Jim established the “Zero Tolerance” program adopted by many states and provinces. For over 20 years he has written for state snowmobile publications.
Bob and Marie LinnBob and Marie Linn, from Waterville, Minn., have taught snowmobile safety training for 34 years. Bob has served three terms as Minn. United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) President and 12 years on the Board of Directors. Bob was awarded the 2011 Snowmobiler of the Year by MnUSA and the 2012 Snowmobiler of the Year by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations. Marie has been a Safety Instructor for 18 years, 25+ years as local club secretary, head of the ISC Charity and Awards Committee for MnUSA for 17 years and has served on numerous MnUSA committees during this time.
Lowell Swenson, from Minn., was a member of the group to buy Arctic Enterprises in 1965 in Thief River Falls, Minn. In 1978 Lowell sold his interest in Arctic to a private investor who liquidated the company three years later . A year later, Arctco, Inc. was started and Swenson returned to take an active role in rebuilding the company. He served as a director and was instrumental in raising much needed capitol to get the new company started. He served in this capacity until 1999.
Jerry Wanty, from Jackson, Wis., is the co-founder of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA). He spent 24 years producing the county’s snowmobile trail map, ran the Badger State Games Torch Run for MS, was instrumental in organizing the 1992 ISC Convention in Wis., inducted into the Iron Dog Brigade in 1992 and has spent 20+ years filming and video taping the AWSC conventions and workshops. Honors received during these years include Snowmobiler of the Year in 2002 for the AWSC, Jake Woecker Distinguished Service Award from the ASCOA in 1999 and the President’s Cup from the AWSC in 2013.
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