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Ice oval racer P.J. Wanderscheid made history at the 2011 World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, Wis. with his fourth victory. Two-time champion Gary Moyle, however, made sure it didn’t come easily.

Wanderscheid and Moyle battled it out for the lead throughout the 30-lap race, which some are calling one of the greatest duels ever. Check out complete coverage from the race on our sister site, Off-Road.com.

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We all know that snowmobiling has its dangers. Everything from mechanical failure to a negligent rider can ruin your day. However, when you’re happily cruising along the trails you probably aren’t expecting to collide with an owl. A Minnesota snowmobiler did just that on Saturday, Jan. 15.

According to a story in the Duluth News Tribune, 35-year-old Chris Hatfield was the last rider in a group of five friends when he says he saw something…after that everything went black. What he saw was a barred owl, which flew into the front of Hatfield’s helmet and knocked him right off his sled and out of consciousness.

“I woke up flat on my back on the trail staring at the stars,” Hatfield told the Duluth News Tribune. “The sled was about three feet away. There was a shape on the seat, and that was the owl.”

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A team of 10 snowmobilers got together to rescue a stranded calf in the mountains just outside of Donnely, Idaho.

According to a report from KBOI2.com, the calf was separated from its mother and was fighting for survival on its own in a few feet of snow. It’s estimated the calf was on its own for about a month and was down to about 400 pounds – approximately 100 pounds lighter than it should have been.

The snowmobilers eventually covered the calf with a horse blanket and tied it down to a sled and pulled it down the mountain.

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A British Columbia man was snowmobiling in the Kootenay Pass area of the province when his sled rolled over an unmarked opening to a mine shaft that was concealed by snow.

According to CBC.ca, fifty-eight year old Ken Gadicke fell back into the mineshaft and his sled fell in after him. Gadicke fell more than 80n feet, but was fortunately wearing a helmet and other protective gear. He suffered a broken arm and an injured ankle.

Gadicke’s son and another riding companion were able to get to the injured rider and bring him back up within about 30 feet of the surface and rescuers were able to retrieve him from there.

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Students in Dolgeville, NY are the envy of young snowmobilers everywhere as the local school board has adopted a set of guidelines to allow students to ride snowmobiles to school in the winter.

“We live in the North Country and we have a number of students who ride snowmobiles, so it makes sense to allow students to ride their snowmobiles to school if they follow a pre-determined set of rules,” local principal Timothy Jenny told the Little Falls Times. “Part of the trail system runs right by our school and we have a number of students who already ride their snowmobiles to school, so the prudent thing to do is adopt guidelines for the students to follow.

“If a student provides insurance and registration information and agrees to ride their snowmobile in a safe and respectable manner, then it is no different than driving a car to school,” continued Jenny.

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