There is a lot to talk about this month. So I'll get right into it. The March meeting, as you can tell, is not going to happen. Per the polls on the site there was an opinion that there should be a meeting but that there were no issues that needed discussion in a "formal" setting. SO, the informal meeting is planned for Saturday the 21st of April. This is a DATE CHANGE from the last scheduled date as I somehow managed to have to work on the 14th. Location is at the Ahles Residence as is the normal end of season meeting. Details will follow in a different e-mail but it's pretty much the same drill on a different night. As for the racing side of things there is a lot going on this year. If you have NOT voted in the polls please go vote. I am making choices base on the results of thes polls.
Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 02:14 PM EST
Contributed by: RLRescue
Hello all. I hope the winter finds you snuggled and keeping warm. Exceptions granted to those brave soles that think sitting on a frozen lake watching cars go fast is fun. (myself included) I have a couple of items to cover this month. First and formost is the two polls that are on the site. I really need the group to "weigh in" on these. As of today there is not enough opinion to decide what way to go with these items. I'd like to see the choices made before the end of this month.
As for next season, the schedule is posted in the calendar section. I have confirmed that Track Addix, Nord Stern and Slowpokes will want us back. I have the dates for NS and Slowpokes posted. I also have the dates for the SSAC/NASA event posted for Memorial weekend. I see on the BIR calendar that they think there will be drag racing that weekend and I'm not sure that the 2 mile course will be ready by then, so that might get interesting. Headwaters for you rally folks has it's first event in May and Ojib and LSPR are also on the calendar. The annual meeting is in the polls as a skip option so I really need a group consensus on that before I schedule that for March. LOL is also holding a worker school in Wisconsin Dells in April Check the Tonneau for details.
For those interested in Skywarn the 2007 schedule of classes is out. Apparently there are changes to the procedures for the net. Skywarn is encouraging all to attend to get the next procedures down before the season gets into high gear. The website is: www.metroskywarn.org for details. My thanks to Lisa for the "heads up" on this.
Sunday, January 14 2007 @ 06:09 PM EST
Contributed by: RLRescue
First things first: For those of you in the 1099 area you should have seen an e-mail with your reported earnings for the year. You should have the paperwork before the end of the month.
Second: there are 2 NEW polls out there. We sold a First Aid kit this month so sales (that have been mostly flat) since the initial rush might be picking up again. Do we want to keep retailing these? We will need to buy supplies to make that happen.
Third poll is about the annual meeting. Is there a need? I'm not aware of any real issues out there that need a discussion. I'll take any feed back you have on that.
Lastly: The annual "End of Season" RLR party was held on Saturday the 6th. The folks that attended had a great time. With a number of "firsts" to report on, there are a number of pictures in the gallery under odds and ends on the event.
Sunday, December 03 2006 @ 08:24 PM EST
Contributed by: RLRescue
The mud was frozen solid and the ground was hard enough to puncture a tire on Rocinante (center of tread) but the teams of Taylor/Rosholt along with Vandermark/Vandermark, Grueschow, Schnabel and Ahles went off to the Nemadji State Forest to do some Rallynteering.
Definition: Rallynteering - A combination of rally roading, orienteering, and exploring new roads for rally. (taking suggestions on other words for this activity - Spelunking was suggested but it's used already.)
Saturday, November 25 2006 @ 03:16 PM EST
Contributed by: RLRescue
Couple of things as the year comes to a close.
First, be sure to mark your calendar for 1/06/07. The Annual Red Light Bash will be that weekend at the Red Light HQ building in Hopkins. The votes cast in the poll say that the past location in Hopkins is preffered. Details to follow in a few weeks.
Second, keep in mind that a number of you will be getting 1099's for this season. I'll have that data for you is first part of January by e-mail. It's ready now if you want it sooner. The 1099's get sent about the 3rd week of Jan.
Friday, November 10 2006 @ 10:17 PM EST
Contributed by: crimsonmoon
Hi all its us, Larry and Laurie Eckman, thought we would write and say hello and let you all know we are fine and now living in Fort Hood, TX. Yes, I am back in active army again. Laurie had back surgery Sept 20th and she is recovering just fine, but does have her bad days. She is here on base with me. If any one would like to get a hold of us please me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you all.
Wow, does not even come close to explaining the weekend. The trip up thru Wisconsin was most entertaining with new definitions to the meaning of "ding" and "dong". I think there was even a "moo" in there for Paul. It didn't take long to figure out the "ding/dong" thing, and further testing yielded the correct hypothesis. The "moo" took a little long to figure out but after clocking the cow at Ojib it soon became apparent the rest of the rescue staff felt that in addition to dumpsters, cows in farm fields were also not safe with Paul driving. (Paul would argue that they are not safe if they are in the road. Off roading from the highway to pasture to get to them would be ill advised. [although some might argue about him being "out to pasture" already]).
Arrival at Don and GG's gained us the team of Jeremiah and Robert. Chris and Ryan caught us there also. The rest of the trip had the usual banter with the required ID's thru Spooner having been done. That gets us to the press stage.....
The BMW Club hosted a quiet weekend at BIR. For two days of racing the total of rescue activities amounted to one flat tow and a clean-up. There was one addidtional clean-up but that was handled by the corner station. A rather nice way to end the season for them.
The weekend also included a Wedding. Andraya (ne: Rick) Backlund now has a husband (Andrew). I understand that the couple lives in the Minneapolis area. Red Light was represented by Paul and a card and gift of money was given on behalf of the members and staff of Red Light Rescue. Andraya worked a number of events for us in the past and because of other commitments over the last few years has not been able to participate as much as she had in the past.
The Nord Sten region went out this season with more than it's fair share of crashes and incidents. The morning Friday was the usual uneventful drivers training drills with intermittent rain and misting most of the morning. Despite the rain the front straight was used for the braking exercise (past the nasty part) and the lunch break was when things started to clear for a bit. This was enough for the track to dry up. As the afternoon wore on, it was clear that R1 was going to have to move to the base of the tower. as the front straight was getting wet...
The Donnybrooke Racing School and the Track Time folks delayed 2 weeks for thier event because of rain and found that the rescheduled date was ideal for racing. Rescue did only one flat tow at the event for a stall at 4. Other than that the event was well attended and all who attended had a great time.