The Outdoor Industry’s Education of a Lifetime — Align Your Talent and Greatest

Passion to Make a Successful Living in the Fishing Industry.

Brainerd, MN — Registration is now open for the  FALL 2019 FISHING CAREERS WORKSHOP, hosted by Al Lindner and Troy Lindner and boosted by a line-up of successful professionals whose diverse work spans the multifaceted sport fishing industry.  Topics include: PRODUCT BRANDING • TOURISM • MARINE • PROMOTIONS • SOCIAL MEDIA • OUTDOOR WRITING • MEDIA  • SALES REP • TACKLE/ROD DESIGN • PRO STAFF • FISHING GUIDE • TOURNAMENT ANGLING • RETAIL • OUTDOORS TV

Held at CARLSON MOTO EVENT CENTER – ERX Motor Park, 21591 US HWY 169 NW, Elk River, MN 55330 on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, join us for this one day intensive workshop to grow your career in the sport

fishing industry. Open to everyone from high school and college students that have a spark and passion for the outdoors to business owners & professionals already working in the business.  Start your journey with us and begin to align your talent and passion for the outdoors.

“If you are in the tackle, marine or tourism industry —you need to attend or send a representative,” said Al Lindner. “We have a  fantastic line-up of mover and shakers—each sharing their personal journey and step-by-step details, wisdom and practical guidance on how to create and navigate a successful career or business in today’s sport fishing industry. Our goal is inspire and encourage your life path and to pursue your dreams.”

REGISTER ONLINE: fishingcareersworkshop (.com) or contact us at 800-378-5095.

Facebook: @FishingCareersWorkshop/CampFish.   Cost is $250 per person.  Lunch and refreshments are included.

A fantastic line-up of guest speakers include industry notables: Al Lindner, Lindner’s Angling/Fishing Edge; Troy Lindner, The Ontario Experience and Angling Buzz TV; Ron Schara – Founder & Executive Producer at Ron Schara Outdoors, Sarah Strommen – Commissioner at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Tony Roach – Roach’s Guide Service, Steve Sarley – WeFishASA Podcast, Radio Host, Newspaper Columnist, Dan Quinn – Field Promotions Manager at Rapala, Matt Johnson – Ice Team Manager/Pro-Staff Director at Clam and Blackfish, Kyle & Tyler Bahr – Owners at Juice Bait Co., Scott Glorvigen – CEO at Wired2Fish / Gemini Sport Marketing, Tom Neustrom – Professional Guide/Promotions, Minnesota Fishing Connections.


Record Crowd Attends ERX Off-Road National; Fans Experience Hometown Hero Win

ERX Sets New Attendance Record After Two Incredible Days of Professional Off-Road Truck Racing Capped with Elk River’s Own, Andrew Carlson, Winning the Biggest Race of the Weekend 

Elk River, Minn. July 15, 2019 – The 4th Annual ERX Off-Road National sent fans home smiling as Elk River’s own Andrew Carlson capped the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League event with a huge victory in the sport’s premier class. The win put the record crowd on its feet and further established professional off-road racing at ERX Motor Park in Elk River as a must-attend event for motorsports enthusiasts throughout the region.

When track owners Chris Carlson and Todd Plaisted decided to bring the unique form of off-road racing to Minnesota, they knew it would take time for fans to discover the same passion they had developed. However, if this past weekend is any indication, (where a record number of fans, campers, vendors and racers descended upon the 400-acre facility) the event will undoubtedly continue to grow.

“We want to create a full weekend experience,” said Chris Carlson. “Crandon (Wisconsin) is where this sport was born, and they attract a lot of fans. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re growing and this past weekend was amazing.”

Carlson was also quick to point out that ERX is different from many other motorsports facilities. “We’re all family,” Carlson said as he looked out at a hillside of fans. “Everyone here, from our staff, our volunteers, our racers and especially the fans…we want everyone to feel like ERX is home to them. We want to be the place where families come first…it’s something we’re very proud of.”

The racing, which takes place on a one-mile track that follows the natural rolling terrain of the area, was action-packed, but no race was more exciting or more fulfilling for local fans and track owners than Saturday’s main event. The PRO 4 class is the premier class in short course off-road racing. Featuring all-wheel drive, 900-horsepower trucks, it’s a class that has been convincingly dominated by the Wisconsin father/son duo of Johnny and CJ Greaves. It’s also the class where Elk River native Andrew Carlson, son of Chris Carlson, is racing full-time for the first time.

After a pair of mechanicals on Friday cut expectations short, Saturday’s PRO 4 finale was Andrew’s run for redemption. It was a nail-biter from start to finish, but Andrew moved into the lead with some gutsy passing, and then held off a hard-charging CJ Greaves in the closing laps for his first career PRO 4 win.

“To win here, in front of my friends and family…knowing how much hard work so many people put into making this event happen... I couldn’t be happier or more proud. I had tears in my eyes when I crossed the finish line.” said Andrew.

Carlson wasn’t the only racer who brought fans to their feet. PRO Light drivers Christopher Polvoorde and Ryan Beat made the trek from California to compete at ERX, and they put on a clinic, besting the field and finishing first and second respectively both days. In PRO 2 Truck, Kyle Kleiman notched not only his first victory in the class, knocking off favorites Keegan Kincaid, Cory Winner, and Andrew Carlson; he did so back-to-back, sweeping PRO 2 for the weekend. The double top-of-the-box finish moved Kyle within 3-points of current championship leader, Keegan Kincaid.

Not to be outdone, the PRO Side-x-Side classes were packed with racers, totaling more than 50 entries. In PRO Stock it was CJ Greaves besting the field both days; while in PRO Modified it was Kyle Chaney with the weekend sweep – increasing his championship lead over Rodney VanEperen to 51-points.

While many fans come for the main event PRO Truck and Side-by-Side racing, many others are there to cheer on the Sportsman classes. Featuring regional drivers and their families, perhaps no other attribute of short-course off-road racing better exemplifies the passion and connectedness of the fans and its competitors.

Already, ERX Motor Park staff are making plans for next year’s race, and if comments from fans and racers alike on their eagerness to return is any indication, it will undoubtedly be even bigger.

ERX Off-Road National Results

Day 1 PRO Results:
PRO Stock SXS: 1-CJ Greaves; 2-Kyle Greaves; 3-Ryan Mulder
PRO Modified SXS: 1-Kyle Chaney; 2-Rodney VanEperen; 3-Thomas Reihner
PRO Light Truck: 1-Christopher Polvoorde; 2-Ryan Beat; 3-Chad Rayford
PRO 2 Truck: 1-Kyle Kleiman; 2-Keegan Kincaid; 3-Cory Winner
PRO 4 Truck: 1-CJ Greaves; 2-Jimmy Hendersen; 3-Andrew Carlson

 Day 2 PRO Results:
PRO Light Truck: 1-Christopher Polvoorde; 2-Ryan Beat; 3-Cody Kleiman
PRO Stock SXS: 1-CJ Greaves; 2-Zachary Zakoski; 3-Kyle Greaves
PRO Modified SXS: 1-Kyle Chaney; 2-Jimmy Henderson; 3-Rodney VanEperen
PRO 2 Truck: 1-Kyle Kleiman; 2-Cory Winner; 3-Andrew Carlson
PRO 4 Truck: 1-Andrew Carlson; 2-CJ Greaves; 3-Johnny Greaves

For complete results including, Sportsmans:


It’s said good things come to those who wait, and it did in spades for both ERX Motor Park and Elk River’s own Andrew Carlson when the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League wrapped up a record-breaking day of racing. For Carlson, who had to endure some tough luck the day prior, victory was sweet and fans were sent home smiling as he topped the field for his first career PRO 4 win. To get atop the podium he had to beat the father-son duo of Johnny and CJ Greaves, arguably the fastest short course off-road racers in North America.

For ERX, day two of the Fourth Annual ERX Off-Road National welcomed a record-setting crowd and some highly competitive racing from start to finish. The huge turnout of fans was equaled by campers, vendors and racers, sending a clear message to the entire off-road racing community — the ERX Off-Road National is a must-attend event.

Carlson wasn’t alone when it came to giving fans their money’s worth. Kyle Kleiman and Cory Winner banged doors, fenders and virtually every other body panel in PRO 2; CJ Greaves made an incredible thread the needle pass in PRO Stock SXS for the win; Kyle Chaney and Jimmy Henderson went one-two in PRO Modified SXS; and a pair of west coast kids named Christopher Polvoorde and Ryan Beat laid down the law in what was one of the fiercest PRO Lite battles in years.

Still, no one was more excited than the ERX staff. The event exceeded expectations. Everyone at ERX would like to thank the racers, vendors, sponsors, race officials, volunteers and especially the fans for an incredible two days. Spread the word and we hope to see you back again next year!

ERX Off-Road National Day 2 Official Results

PRO Lite Truck: 1-Christopher Polvoorde; 2-Ryan Beat; 3-Cody Kleiman
PRO Stock SXS: 1-CJ Greaves; 2-Zachary Zakoski; 3-Kyle Greaves
PRO Modified SXS: 1-Kyle Chaney; 2-Jimmy Henderson; 3-Rodney VanEperen
PRO 2 Truck: 1-Kyle Kleiman; 2-Cory Winner; 3-Andrew Carlson
PRO 4 Truck: 1-Andrew Carlson; 2-CJ Greaves; 3-Johnny Greaves


Chilly Weather and Persistent Rain Added to the Appeal of the Second Annual ERX Extreme 5K as Competitors Relished at the Chance to Overcome 18-Obstacles and Mother Nature

Elk River, Minn. May 21, 2019Oversized tires, sunken logs, vertical walls and muddy trenches; turns out those obstacles were just the tip of the iceberg for the 600-plus participants in this year’s ERX Extreme 5K. Mother Nature added to the challenge with frigid temps, a steady drizzle and gusty winds, making the second annual event truly extreme.

With nearly triple the number of participants from last year (619), it was apparent the challenging course woven throughout the 400-acre ERX Motor Park facility easily trumped the less than ideal weather. Participants ranged in age from 10 to 69, and a total of 48 teams participated along with individuals.

“No one seemed to mind the cold and rain,” said Extreme 5K Race Director, Morgan Mogler. “Everyone was cheering and having a great time…the weather was just another challenge to overcome.”

The participant who overcame those challenges with the best time was Micah Dorfner of Mankato, Minnesota who completed the course in just over 28-minutes, with an official time of 28:03. Leading the women across the line was Elk River’s own Hilary Gracik with a time of 30:59. The top placing team was the Muddy Buddies with an average team time of 37:50.

First Place finisher Micah Dorfner crossing the finish line to victory


2019 ERX Extreme 5K Results by Class:

5K Overall

Male: Micah Dorfner – 28:03

Female: Hilary Gracik – 30:59


18 and Under

Male: Cade Bondhus – 29:36

Female: Baijla Graeber – 41:44



Male: Aaron Zappa – 29.30

Female: Hilary Gracik – 30:59



Male: Michah Dorfner – 28:03

Female: Cynthia Stevenson – 38:37



Male: Kevin Reemts – 30:37

Female: Kami Teters – 38:36


50 and Over

Male: Chuck Thompson – 38:26

Female: Jenelle Ewald – 46:34



1st – Muddy Buddies – 37:50

2nd – Variety Pack – 38:53

3rd – Nerstrand Warriors – 41:51


For Complete Results:

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Now with the pounding of athletic shoes complete – hooves will be making noise at ERX as Bull and Barrels showcases some of the best professional bull riding, bull fighting and barrel racing in the Midwest in less than two weeks – Saturday, June 1, 2019. Discount tickets are on sale now with adults just $12 and kids ages 6-12 just $8. Day of event prices will be $15 and $10, respectively. Children 5 and under are free. To learn more, purchase tickets and to sign-up for future updates visit:

About ERX Motor Park:

ERX Motor Park is the Midwest’s premier year-round motorsports and event facility, featuring off-road and snowmobile racing, our very own Beater-X® series, concerts, charitable events and so much more. For a full list of events, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Partnership with Jeff Hill Legacy Fund Brings Bigger Purpose to Second Year Event

Elk River, Minn. January 28, 2019 – Challenge yourself this spring when the ERX Extreme 5K run returns with bigger obstacles and a bigger purpose. Last year’s event was an immediate success with more than 235 participants completing the run and its 16 obstacles. This year’s event is scheduled for May 18 and will further test runners with new challenges along with returning faves.

“Nothing but muddy smiles,” said ERX marketing manager Taylor Carlson referring to the mood after last year’s run. “For a first year event we couldn’t have been more pleased. We had positive feedback from everyone we talked to and they all couldn’t wait for the next one. This year we’re looking to make the course even more extreme and the post-race activities even better.”

A major addition to this year’s Extreme 5K is a newly formed partnership with the Jeff Hill Legacy Fund of Elk River. The foundation serves to honor the memory of Captain Jeff Hill who was killed in a C-17 plane crash in 2010. Led by his wife Rachael Hill, the organization provides financial assistance for educational expenses to young cadets in the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. With a matching donation available from ERX, participants will have a chance to make a donation to the foundation when the register online and during the event.

 “We always want to involve the local community in any way we can,” said ERX co-owner Todd Plaisted. “Supporting the young men and women who dedicate themselves to serve this country is something that is really close to our hearts. We’re also hoping to do something special for local cadets during the event.”

Registration for the 2019 ERX Extreme 5K is open now and includes an event t-shirt, a cold beverage after the race and access to post event photos. Early registration is encouraged to receive significant savings up to $30 compared to day-of-event registration. “We’re expecting a strong turn-out this year,” said Carlson. “And we’re encouraging early registrants to donate their savings to the Jeff Hill Legacy Fund.”

ERX Extreme 5K Registration Fees:

  • Now till February 28: $40
  • March 1 – April 30:     $50
  • May 1 – May 15:          $60
  • Day of Race:                $70

To register visit; and to learn more about the Jeff Hill foundation visit

About ERX Motor Park:

ERX Motor Park is the Midwest’s premier year-round motorsports and event facility, featuring off-road and snowmobile racing, our very own Beater-X® series, concerts, charitable events and so much more. For a full list of events, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



When it comes to extreme terrain, we wrote the book on it. From professional off-road truck racing, to snocross, monster trucks, and so much more, extreme is not only in our name, it’s who we are. With more than 400 acres of rolling terrain and thick woods at our disposal, our course building experts have developed an obstacle circuit that’s monstrous in scope, extreme in design and infused with a family fun atmosphere that our events are known for.

The ERX Extreme 5K will challenge and reward participants of all ages and skill levels. Featuring 16 obstacles, professional timing, a dedicated youth course, and an after-party.

Stay tuned for registration and more info! |