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Snowmobile safety course offered in Somerset

A snowmobile education course will be offered at Somerset High School on five evenings in January.

The course begins Jan. 3 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 17. The class will run from 7-9 p.m. those evenings. Dan Vanasse and Shawn Walczak will be the class instructors. The class is open to people from any community.

Any person who is born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, and who has reached the age of 12, must have completed and received a snowmobile safety certificate in order to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin. The certificate must be carried while operating the snowmobile and displayed to a law enforcement officer upon demand.

This does not apply to the operation of snowmobiles on lands owned or leased by the operator's parent or guardian. No person under the age of 12 years may operate a snowmobile unless the person is accompanied by either a parent or guardian or by a person over 18 years of age.

The objective of this course is to reduce the potential for snowmobile accidents, injuries and fatalities; to reduce the potential for conflict between snowmobilers, landowners and other resource users; and to promote safe, responsible and ethical use of the environment and our resources.

Anyone 11 years of age or older is eligible to take the class and receive a safety education certificate. However, the certificate does not become valid until the child reaches 12 years of age. The cost of the class is $10. More information on the class is available at local high school and middle school offices.