Duane (Marv) Hill of Virginia has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2016. Hill has been the lead instructor for a snowmobile safety class taught at the
Mesabi Sno Voyageurs snowmobile club for 47 years. It is estimated that Hill has instructed and assisted teaching more than 2,000 students over the years as well as recruiting numerous other volunteer instructors.
Outside of the classroom, Hill was instrumental in developing the Laurentian Snowmobile Trail and spearheading other trail improvements. He also organized the area’s first charity ride to benefit the March of Dimes.
From snowshoeing through remote, wooded areas to flag early snowmobile trails, fundraising and working with youth to instill safe habits on the trails, Hill’s lifetime love of the sport is reflected in his many years of volunteer service, DNR officials said.
“Marv genuinely cares about teaching students the ways to legally, responsibly and safely operate snowmobiles,” said DNR Conservation Officer Matt Frericks, who nominated Hill for the award. “Only a dedicated instructor who cares about getting young people involved and teaching them the sport of snowmobiling would make such an effort for so many years.”