Back up to the hospital in Ironwood this morning to see what they are going to do about my ankle. Broke a few bones in there Sunday night when I slipped on ice. I been worried about Mom doing that every winter and here I go and do it. I’ll probably be out of commission for a while and not working. Sure sucks when you like your job and can’t go to work.



Great News from MI-Trale

Below is a Press Release from Mi-Trale, the ORV club in our area. This is great news to hear the old bridge is going to be replaced not only to benefit ORVs but also snowmobiles as well. Thank You Mi-Trale.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

MI-TRALE Receives $363,630 in ORV Funded Grants

Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment (MI-TRALE), would like to announce that we have been granted maintenance and Special Grant funds of $363,630 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These funds are to be spent prior to September of 2020.  All of these funds come directly from the ORV license/permit fees received in Michigan. Without this source of revenue these projects would not be possible. It should be noted that between 2015 to 2018 MI-TRALE put over $632,000 back into our trail system using local contractors whenever possible to ensure that our trails remain safe to ride.

Project Summary for 2019:

  1. Spring and fall maintenance of all 300+ miles of DNR Designated Routes/trails
  2. Grading of 90 miles of trails. These will be selected based on spring trail conditions.
  3. The replacement of the bridge located on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River, just east of Bergland.

The bridge replacement is a major project, which will replace an old iron beam bridge that collapsed in 2013. MI-TRALE made sure the new bridge was designed for shared use (ATV/Snowmobile). This project will be managed by Coleman Engineering Company in Ironwood, Michigan, and MI-TRALE.

The new bridge will connect the Pioneer Trail to the SB Route eliminating a couple miles of road and highway travel for ATV’s, which is always MI-TRALE’s safety goal.

Here are some photos for you historians. The bridge failed in spring of 2013.

Bergland Bridge Before Failure

Bergland Bridge After Failure

Maintenance grant money is to insure MI-TRALE can keep the DNR trails maintained properly. Throughout the year we keep the trails signed, holes filled, bridge boards replaced, and culverts clear of debris.  We also need to brush the trails to a specific width, keep the signs in place, and keep intersections and bridges clear as well.

There are always projects being added throughout the season, so if you have TIME to DONATE

PLEASE CALL, 906-827-3208

Thank you!

Winter Wonderland my ass. 6 inches fell here yesterday but 50’s soon. Bye bye snow.

Mother Nature at her best. We usually do get a big snow in April and this year is no different. Look at the web cams later today and overnight, makes me miss all of you. Especially you Princess.

Don’t put them sleds away just yet. 8-12 inches coming our way later this week. So much for spring.

The mother-in-law arrives home from
> shopping to find her son-in-law, Paddy in a steaming rage
> and hurriedly packing his suitcase.  “What happened
> Paddy?” she asks
> anxiously.“What
> happened?  I’ll tell you what happened!  I
> sent an email to my wife telling her I was coming home today
> from my fishing trip.  I get home…  and guess
> what I found?  Your daughter, my wife, Jean, naked with
> Joe Murphy in our marital bed!  This is
> unforgivable!  The end of our marriage.  I’m
> done.  I’m leaving forever!”
> “Ah now,
> calm down, calm down Paddy!” says his mother-in-law.
> “There is something very odd going on here.  Jean
> would never do such a thing!  There must be a simple
> explanation.  I’ll go speak to her immediately and
> find out what happened.” Moments
> later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.
> “Paddy, there, I told you it must be a simple explanation.
> She never
> got your email!”

Time to take tax the income tax info to the accountant. I bet you spent your return money already and I am just getting ready to get mine.

If you looked at the web cams yesterday you would have seen some crazy snow coming down. It looked like sleet only it was mini snowballs. Never seen that up here before. Anyways boring as hell up here right now. I hate this time of year. A few fishermen are still out on the lake but that is about all the action we see. Time to do get drunk I guess so I have something to write about.

Here is what we ended up with


A Briton, a Scot, and an Irish lad are drinking together one night.

After a while, the English bloke says: “I was cleaning my daughter’s room the other day and found a packet of fags. I was really shocked, as I hadn’t the faintest she’d been smoking.”

“Ach,” the Scotsman says. “That’s nothing. I was cleaning me own daughter’s room the other day when I can across a half-empty bottle o’ whiskey. I was really shocked as I had no idea she was drinking, and at her age!”

With that, the Irishman says “Both you lads haven’t a thing to worry about, next to me. Why, I was cleaning my daughter’s room the other day when I found a packet of condoms. And ye want to talk about being shocked! How was I to know she had a cock?”

Thunder and lightning today, tis the time of year.

Putting your affairs in order!
The doctor, after an examination, sighed and said, ‘I’ve got some bad news.  You have terminal cancer, and you’d best put your affairs in order.’

The woman was shocked, but managed to compose herself and walk into the waiting room where her daughter had been waiting.

‘Well, daughter, we women celebrate when things are good, and we celebrate when things don’t go so well. In this case, things aren’t well. I have terminal cancer. So, let’s head to the club and have a champagne.’

After 3 or 4 champagnes, the two were feeling a little less sombre.
There were some laughs and more champagnes.
They were eventually approached by some of the woman’s old friends, who were curious as to what the two were celebrating The woman told her friends they were drinking to her impending end, ‘I’ve been diagnosed with AIDS.’

The friends were aghast, gave the woman their condolences and beat a hasty retreat.

After the friends left, the woman’s daughter leaned over and whispered, ‘Mum, I thought you said you were dying of cancer, and you just told your friends you were dying of AIDS! Why did you do that?’

‘Because I don’t want any of those bitches sleeping with your father after I’m gone.’

And THAT, my friends, is what is called, ‘Putting Your Affairs In Order.’

I think it is safe to say it is over. Some of the clubs to the south and west kept groomin until late last week and riders said conditions were still pretty good for late season. But I think it is safe to say the trails are toast now. Thanks again for coming to see us. See you next year, where? Who the hell knows where I’ll end up.

He said She said:

1) She said… “What do you mean by coming home half drunk?”
He said… “It’s not my fault…I ran out of money.”

2) He said… “Since I first laid eyes on you, I’ve wanted to make love to
you in the worst way.”
She said… “Well, you succeeded.”

3) On wall in ladies room: “My husband follows
me everywhere.” Written just below it: “I do not.”

4) He said… “Shall we try a different position tonight?”
She said…”That’s a good idea…. you stand by the ironing board while I
sit on the sofa.”

5) Priest said… ‘I don’t think you will ever find another man like your
late husband.’
She said…’Who’s gonna bother looking?’

6) He said… “What have you been doing with all the grocery money I gave
She said…”Turn sideways and look in the mirror.”

7) He said… “Let’s go out and have some fun tonight”.
She said… “Okay, but if you get home before I do, leave the hallway
light on.