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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Sheriff's Office hosts Youth ATV Safety Training Field Class

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is offering a one-day, hands-on ATV safety training class, with certified instructors, for kids ages 10 to 15.  The training will be held at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on April 19, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This training is taught by Sheriff’s Office’s Recreational Safety Deputies and includes:  basic ATV operation; protecting the environment; common ATV parts and controls; MN rules and laws; responsible ATV riding skills for trail riding, and practicing/demonstrating skills on an ATV course.


Minnesota state law requires all ATV operators born after July 1, 1987 and OHM riders under the age of 16 to complete an approved safety course before riding on public lands. This half-day class fulfills the second part of the state requirements for ATV certification.  Prior to attending the Hands-on ATV Safety Training, participants must complete the Minnesota ATV Safety Education Course online at www.ATVcourse.com.  


“The most important part of an enjoyable ATV riding experience begins with being safe and knowing the laws – especially when it comes to our young, new riders," said Sheriff Luke Hennen.


Participants can REGISTER ONLINE for the training on the Sheriff’s Office’s website (found under "Community Programs").  ATVs will be provided and attendees may also bring their own ATVs (must be size appropriate for participant).  Participants will be responsible for bringing the appropriate clothing depending on weather, including an approved helmet.  Space is limited to 25 participants and a parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form.


For more information about ATV safety training requirements and for safety training classes at other locations, please visit the Minnesota DNR website


Please contact Recreational Safety Deputy Edwinson at jedwinson@co.scott.mn.us or (952) 496-8316 with any questions.

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