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*   Update on the Corn Maze-O
Pete Curtis
October 7, 2013

Last year's Corn Maze-O was a great time, a must-do on the annual MNOC event list, and this year it will be even better! The course will include a long option, will be more adventurous, and will begin after dark! Bring your headlamp, and a friend or two.

We highly encourage you to pre-register for this event. The Corn Maze-O will begin at approximately 7:30 PM, with pre-assigned start times. Please arrive around 7 PM so that you will be ready to go at your assigned start time.

Cost is $15, and that price INCLUDES all day admission to Severs! There are so many things to do at Severs Corn Maze & Fall Festival — check out their web site for more information.

*   New Map Weekend
Pete Curtis
September 9, 2013

Saturday’s Regular Meet will be held at the 1800-acre Straight Lake State Park. The park is made up of an 850 acre block of mature forest (with some trees approaching 100 years old), marsh, bog and grassland. Day-of event registration and start/finish will be found near the park entrance at the junction of 270th Avenue and 120th Street near Luck, Wisconsin, (about 24 miles NE of St Croix Falls/Taylors Falls).Follow the o-meet signs to the start. No park sticker will be required. No potable water is available at the park. Portable toilet facilities will be provided by MNOC.

From the setter:

Straight Lake State Park features the best orienteering terrain I have ever run in. Peerless open woods and rolling glacial moraine will gobsmack. Check out this lame video intro, and try not to get dizzy when you watch this shot of the spectacular open woods. -Todd Peterson

Due to the complex nature of this terrain and the dearth of trails, the advanced courses will be more challenging than the usual MNOC offerings. Please arrive early and start right away to allow yourself enough time to enjoy the courses at your own pace.

Course options:

  • White & Yellow - beginner; 2k-4k on or near the trail
  • Orange - intermediate; 4k-5k on or near the trail
  • Brown, Green & Red - intermediate/advanced; 4k-8k mostly off trail
  • Blue - advanced; 7k-12k mostly off trail

Schedule:

  • 11:30 am - Day of event registration
  • 12:00 pm - Courses open
  • 3:30 pm – Courses close

Setter/vetter:

Todd Peterson/Jim Mullin

SUNDAY SEPT 22 INTERSTATE PARK (WI)

Sunday’s 60-Minute Score-O will be held at the 293-acre Interstate State Park located on the beautiful St. Croix, with scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix.

Score-O is a fast-paced orienteering event where participants try to find as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the start within the 60 minute allotted time. Penalty of 1 control per minute late. Look for the MNOC banners once inside the park for day-of event registration and start/finish location.

Schedule

  • 11:00 am - Day of event registration
  • 11:50 am – Race meeting & map distribution
  • 12:00 pm – Mass Start
  • 1:00 pm – Course closes

Setter/vetter:

Tom Puzak/Todd Peterson

Pre-registration for both events saves $2 per entry, a $4 savings for the weekend, that just about covers your camping fee!!

Fees are $8 for non-members/$5 for members/$4 for junior members when you pre-register, $10/7/6 day-of event. Registration closes for both events on Thursday Sept 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm CST.

Camping is available Saturday night at East Pines group camp (WI side of Interstate Park) for $5/person, and can be paid on site or as part of your pre-registration.

Directions: Interstate State Parks is just 90 minutes NE of the metro area. From the Twin Cities, take I-35 north to Forest Lake. Exit right (east) on US-8. Follow US-8 for 23 miles, through several towns, until it crosses the St. Croix River into Wisconsin. 3/4 mi. after crossing the river, exit right (south) on SH-35 and go another 3/4 miles to the park entrance on the right. Follow the park road to the main parking area at Lake of the Dalles. There is a WI state park entrance fee for Interstate park.

MNOC Member Volunteers are Appreciated! Opportunities for the weekend include registration, beginner instruction, start/finish and control retrieval. Please indicate your availability at time of pre-registration.

*   The 2012 Midwest Regional Corn-Maze Championships is coming to Sever's Corn Maze in Shakopee!
Pete Curtis
September 12, 2012

October 20th - 8AM - 10AM

Come orienteer in the best corn maze in the metro area!

MNOC has exclusive use of Sever's Corn Maze during our 8-9:30 start time window. Come race on a closed course with electronic timing. Start times will be assigned on the evening of October 13th via e-mail and announcement on the web site. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time to get your e-punch stick. Expect finish times between 15 and 30 minutes. Please be advised that cutting the course is against the rules and spirit of our sport, and will result in a lifetime ban from the corn maze. Our relationship with Sever's is one that we would like to grow, so we can have future races in their huge and detailed corn mazes.

Sever's is open for regular business at 10 AM, and we encourage family and friends to come either before then to watch, or at 10 AM to have fun with the family. In addition to the corn maze, Sever's has a petting zoo, a corn pool, shows, two jumping pillows, a giant slide, and live music. The club gets discounted entry for MNOC members that day. Fees are $14 for corn maze racers, $10 for all other MNOC members. Regular admission to Severs is $13.

Please pre-register here. Pregistration of both participants and spectators is REQUIRED , and there will be no day-of registration.

*   Announcing discounted preregistration for regular MNOC events
Ian Harding
January 20, 2008

MNOC is pleased to announce that for all regular meets after April 1, 2008, participants can preregister on-line and receive a $1 discount off the regular fees.

We hope you will take advantage of this new service so that MNOC can better plan events and speed up registration on the day of the event. You and MNOC will not have to handle cash on the day of the meet, plus you can make sure that your name is typed in correctly in the results (rather than us having to attempt to decipher your handwriting on the punch card).

This preregistration is accessed on the web site either from the Register for an Event link on the menu, or from the main event schedule (click on each event). Sign up now for one event - or many. Remember that you can add multiple registrations to your shopping cart and pay for them all at once.

*   New start windows and course closing times in 2006
Pete Curtis
November 28, 2005

The MNOC Board of Directors voted to standardize the start windows and course closing times for the 2006 season. The decision was based on our real world experience over the past few years, and took into account the actual number of participants in our events, the volunteer workload, and safety concerns relating to early sunset in the fall and winter months.

The new schedule is as follows:

SeasonStart timesCourse closing
Winter (1/1-4/1)12 pm - 1 pm3 pm
Spring/Summer/Fall (during Daylight Savings Time)12 pm - 1:30 pm3:30 pm
Fall (after Daylight Savings Time)11 am - 12:30 pm2:30 pm

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