Forestville Festival; Volunteer Opportunities and the return of the WTLGR

July Grooming Report Number 2 (and the return of the “way too long” grooming report). Forestville Festival 2018 is coming!  You still have a chance to sign up for some very light duty in exchange for free admission do one of the unique music and art festivals anywhere on the planet.  For just a few hours of being a parking director, bus coordinator, tenting checker inner you get free admission for the weekend.  Please do sign up before it is too late.  Remember, it is for a very good cause.  See the list and sign up here: .  

Not a Grooming Report July 2018

July Grooming Report (see explanation as to why this is called a “Grooming Report” below. Forestville Festival 2018 is coming!  Don’t miss your chance to volunteer.  See important Grooming Report conditions below! It is hard (for us really old people) to imagine it has been almost 50 years since Max Yasgur uttered those now famous lines that began, “I’m a Farmer.”  Of course, Mr. Yasgur was far more than a farmer.  He was really a great man and not just a foot note to one of the iconic events of the 20th century.  Max envisioned what we have created almost

A Luddite Grooming Report

A Luddite’s Grooming Report No special reason for the picture, just a nice summer day. I wear some monikers with honor, or, at least tolerance.  However, the term Luddite is problematic.  As either of my technology challenged readers must know, Ned Ludd was the fictional character that railed against the rise of technology in 18th century London.   They feared the rise of technology would doom their livelihood and that of all workers. The skilled weavers blamed Edmund Cartwright for inventing the power loom in 1785.  Of course the real invention was the flying shuttle in 1733 but John Kay escaped

Not a grooming report

Definitely NOT a Grooming Report Being in the middle of the three months without any U.P. skiing, the 4th of July ice cream scooping event should not get in the way of anyone’s OD training skis.  Granted, there is a plethora of activities one can enjoy in July but none as thrilling and rewarding as scooping ice cream at the food fest. For the uninitiated, the Noquemanon Trails Network is the ice cream scooping charity group for each year’s 4th of July festival at Marquette’s Mattson Harbor Park.  Revelers can sample Jilbert’s delicious ice cream from noon to close at

Not a grooming report May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018;   Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture shows that it is not too late for you to enter the “last ski of the season” contest. This is not a Grooming Report:  I understand one of the hotly debated topics among both grooming report readers is; where do grooming report writers “summer”?  Well, first of all, I am not one of those people that use winter or summer as a verb (although I was thinking of autumn-ing in the south of France this year).  More importantly, as my father always said, “why go anywhere; we’re already here”.  I

The Upper Peninsula Health System Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic will be celebrating its 16th year on Saturday, August 8th!

  The Upper Peninsula Health System Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic will be celebrating its 16th year on Saturday, August 8th! What started as a mere 480 racers has grown to well over 2,500–breaking records we never thought possible! This year, we are expecting an even more impressive turnout. The O2S is a point-to-point race, with riders gearing up at the start line in historic Negaunee, where in 1844 iron ore was first discovered in the Superior region. This epic 48 Mile course travels through Ishpeming, past towering head frames from underground mining, then moves north into the beautiful

IMBA Bike Summit in Marquette, MI, June 12-14 and keynote speaker Gary Fisher

  Dear NTN Members and Marquette Community, You are invited to join IMBA Upper Midwest, IMBA Great Lakes and keynote speaker Gary Fisher for an epic mountain bike summit in Marquette, MI, June 12-14. If you are seeking to broaden your connections within the mountain bike community, grow your knowledge base to advance local mountain bike efforts and simply enjoy exploring the variety of excellent trails that make up an IMBA Ride Center, this is the event for you! Bring the whole family, as there are many activities in the greater Upper Peninsula for all ages. Consider including a trip to another IMBA

NTN Professional Opportunities

NTN Events Equipment Manager The NTN Events Committee is actively seeking someone that could assist in managing its equipment inventory. The main events are the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic, Marquette Marathon, Marquette Trails Fest and the Marquette Ultra 50. The job requires checking equipment in and out, and making sure it is in good working order. Expectation of time is 1-2 hours per event plus another 4-5 hours throughout the year when equipment is rented out. Modest compensation will be considered. 2015 Summer Internship Opportunity The Noquemanon Trail Network is looking for a summer intern


  The Noquemanon Trail Network will host their Annual Meeting at Lakeview Arena Citizen’s Forum Room on Wednesdat, May 20, 2015, at 6:30pm. The (NTN) Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 non-profit  organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of non motorized trails. The primary users of the trails include: cross country skiers, mountain bikers, runners, hikers, equestrians and paddlers.  The member supported network receives no governmental support and relies on memberships and charitable donations to do it work. A brief overview of the state of the organization will be followed by a regular board meeting. Refreshments


Easement on Plum Creek land ensures permanent recreation access for thousands of residents and visitors The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) today announced that it has purchased nearly 10 miles of silent sports trail easements plus a 40-acre parcel of land in Marquette County from Plum Creek Timber Company, thanks to funding awarded by the Eagle Mine Community Fund. The 40-acre fee purchase, which surrounds the County Road 510 Trailhead, connects the trail easements including the Ore to Shore route and a bypass trail near the 23K mark to the 18K mark on the Noquemanon.  An additional easement was purchased from the