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An Honorary Society Dedicated To The Fun Of Snowmobiling


Our honored award winner for 2023 has dedicated over 50 years of service to snowmobiling. His passion for snowmobiling started in 1967 in Minnesota.


In 1982, he and his family moved to Cresco where they quickly became involved with the Drift Runners Snowmobile Club. Yes, we are honoring Dale Vagts tonight. In 1983, Dale was instrumental in re-introducing the popular Sno-Fest to the Cresco winter scene. It once again quickly became the largest and most popular winter event in Iowa with several thousand snowmobilers converging on Cresco for the weekend.


Dale decided to become involved with the Iowa State Snowmobile Association (ISSA) in 1983 and was elected Director for Region 5. He later went on to serve as ISSA's Vice President from 1988-1990 and President from 1990-1992.


He was instrumental in bringing the ISSA annual Charity ride to Cresco in 1985. The Charity ride and brunch was held in conjunction with the Sno-Fest until 2001.


In 1985, Dale and Dan Martin exclusively designed and presented to EMC Insurance Companies a unique snowmobile trail liability insurance program. V&V Insurance, Dale’s company, wrote policies for Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota in the first years, spreading to as many as 24 states in the coming years. Over twenty years later, V&V Insurance is still insuring more than 700 clubs in 20 states. This program drastically changed and improved trail liability insurance for snowmobile clubs nationwide.


Dale has been an Iron Dog Brigade member since 1983 & has, for many years, given the invocation at our Annual Banquet at the International Snowmobile Congress’ as well as at the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame held in Eagle River, Wisconsin in September of each. Dale continues to work tirelessly every day for snowmobiling, locally and nationally.


Dale has been actively involved in the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame since his well-deserved induction in 2007. In 2017 Dale took over the job of Treasurer of the ISHOF. Dale continues to remain active in his church and community in roles too numerous to mention.


Thankfully, we can say he has survived some serious medical issues and a snowmobile accident this the winter of 2022 which has put a great smile on his face.


We feel Dale has been passed over too long for this important award from the Iron Dog Brigade. He definitely deserves the recognition that goes with this award.

2023 Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to

Dale Vagts!


Welcome Class of 2023!


(L - R) Terry Callum, Mike Holden, Lori Heideman, Sue Smedegard, Mary Ann Grabow, Terry Durby, Ed Klim, Bob Kirchner


Looking to sponsor a pup?

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Use one application per person. If a couple is being sponsored each person needs their own application and if selected will be inducted separately.

Candidates must have a minimum of 20 years involvement in snowmobiling to qualify to become an Iron Dog.

Completed application must be returned by

March 1st to the Iron Dog Secretary.


Register Today for ISC 2024!
Don't miss the excitement of next year's


International Snowmobile Congress (ISC).
June 13—15, 2024
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

2040 Airport Driver, Green Bay, WI


Registration information is available at

MidWest Ride - details coming 

Membership Dues are due  JANUARY 1 of each year. DUES ARE DELINQUENT MARCH 31.

Iron Dog Dues Notice

Iron Dog Associate Notice 

Western Ride - details coming 

 Iron Dog Memorabilia 

We have been finding Iron Dog memorabilia for sale on the internet. Iron Dog memorabilia is for DOGS only. Please inform your family to dispose of your Iron Dog pins, bolo ties, clothing and  etc, appropriately upon your demise. Or if you decide to no longer be an Iron Dog, please properly dispose of your Iron

Dog stuff.

Ways to dispose of Memorabilia:

   Give items to another Iron Dog member.

    Contact an Iron Dog Board Member or the World Snowmobile Headquarters.

Iron Dog Attire

The official Iron Dog Brigade dress:

  • Navy Blue Blazer

  • Gray Slacks

  • White Shirt

  • Red Bolo Tie or Red Tie

It would be nice if all the male Dogs wore this uniform to the Banquet for the pictures.

The female Dogs are welcome to wear their Iron Dog outfit or another outfit of their choice.

When collecting tickets, please wear your IDB Dress Suit or IDB Polo Shirts and name tag. We want to be easily identified as Iron Dog Brigade Members. See Dog Bling for more info shirts & etc.

During the rest of the Congress events, if you are not wearing the “uniform” please be sure you have your Iron Dog name tag and pin on.






Duane Sutton

38459 129th St.

Aberdeen, SD 57401

605-216-0804 (cell)

Gail Hanson

1367 NH Route 26

Colebrook, NH 03576


Judy King

24855 Hackberry Road

Council Bluffs, IA 51503-8662


Bob King

24855 Hackberry Road

Council Bluffs, IA 51503-8662



Bruno Andreini

2306 230th St.

Dallas Center, IA 50063

(cell) 515-240-3858



Ross Antworth

4294 Route 102

Lower Kingsclear,

New Brunswick E3E 1L3 CANADA

(cell) 506-447-1112

Marie Hixson

133 Winona Road

New Hampton, NH 03256


(cell) 603-481-2906

Marlys Knutson

2641 Orchard Lane

Excelsior, MN 55331-7807


Florence Mohler

2130 Lower Peoh Pt. Road

Cle Elum, WA 98922-8474


(cell) 206-406-1929

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