Author Topic: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center  (Read 9013 times)

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This past Friday, Bear and I took a side trip 60 miles north from Thief River Falls to Roseau to hopefully catch a tour of the Polaris plant. We got our tour and also got to take in the Polaris Experince Center next door to the plant. This was a really nice museum full of excellent Polaris sleds earmarking some very significant company history. I will post pictures of some of these sleds in future threads.   

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 09:52:53 PM »
We were very fortunate, our tour guide for the day was the daughter-in-law to the late Allen Hetteen (co-founder and past president of Polaris Industries)  :angel: She was super nice and had lots of interesting insights. She gave Bear some extra special attention being that he was wearing his Arctic Cat shirt.  :cheer: 

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 06:33:07 AM »
First snowmobiles built by Hetten Hoist & Derrick Inc.

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 06:43:55 AM »
This is one of the Sno-Travelers that was used by Edgar Hetteen and crew in the famous 1960 Alaskan Expedition. Edgar made this trip as a marketing strategy to prove the reliability and general usefulness of these machines.

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 06:32:19 PM »
Mark Williams is the owner of this 69 TX 800

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2009, 06:41:09 PM »
This one is my favorite,.... Polaris that is!  :-[

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009, 06:46:22 PM »
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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009, 06:56:31 PM »
The Thrill Team was another marketing idea that paid off for the winters 69 and 70.
However had to be discontinued due to the sport becoming significant enough that there was a need to promote safety. 

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 07:07:18 PM »
Now this is good stuff.  :dancinbanana: Read about these speed records!

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009, 07:17:56 PM »
Our tour guide told us remains of these destroyed Star Cars were buried in a hole in the ground here in Roseau where part of the plant now stands.  :'(

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2009, 07:31:08 PM »
Here is a Polaris model not many people ever heard of. But was the prototype to a  model everybody has heard of ..... The POLARIS COLT.

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2009, 07:42:08 PM »
These last photos are for you Premix.  :thumb: These sleds are simply amazing!

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2009, 07:49:29 PM »
Perhaps the best is last........RXL.......Roseau's biggest celebrity!  :beer: :beer: :beer:

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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2009, 08:20:45 PM »
Nice pics I want to go there some day. :clapping:
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Re: Side trip to Roseau MN/ Polaris Factory tour & Experience Center
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2009, 10:25:31 PM »
Nice pics!

I guess by the looks of it, they didn't allow any picture taking while in the factory.  Too bad.

Back in the summer of '89, we went up to Roseau (on bikes) for Polaris' 35th anniversary party.  I had my big honkin' Magnavox VHS video camera going through the whole tour, both Arctic and Polaris.  Cat didn't care, Polaris said no, but I shot from the hip anyway.

The experience center looks very interesting.

Nothing better than taking a bike ride to look at sleds.