The Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers (RVSC) snowmobile club in early March obtained an updated trail groomer and drag unit. The groomer is a 1998 Tucker with a 116-horsepower engine and has around 1,000 hours of running time. The drag is 18 feet long and around eight feet wide.

RVSC club president and main trail groomer Mike Patten of Redfield took the Tucker out for a test grooming run upon receipt of the unit. He reported it to be in good working condition and said it should do a fine job on the club’s snowmobile trails, which total nearly 200 miles in the RVSC trail system.

Patten, former club president Eric Chrystal, club race director Dennis Perrigo, Richard Patten and Eric Richard traveled to northern Iowa, just west of Clear Lake, to pick up the trail groomer from a Hancock County snowmobile club.

"I want to thank the Iowa State Snowmobile Association, Terry Durby, Region 3 director Ben Diekhuis and the Hancock County snowmobile club for helping our club secure this groomer, which is a big upgrade from our previous groomer," said Mike Patten.

In other RVSC club news, awards were given out at the final monthly club meeting on March 13. The Patten family (Mike, Richard and Jackie) were awarded "snowmobile family of the year." Mike Patten received the "groomer of the year" award. Rod Scheuermann of Jefferson received the "snowmobiler of the year" award.