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1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, happy 15th anniversary


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, racing news for 76


1976 Arctic Cat, fun in the snow


1976 Arctic Cat Snodeo


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, production of the 1977 models underway


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, snowmobile and boat trailers


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter,annual foreman snowmobile outing


1976 Jerry Bassett from Snowgoer checking a Pantera on the dyno


1976 Charlie Lofton driving a Pantera on the dyno


1976 Arctic founder Edgar Hetteen


1976 the all new Pantera


1976 Arctic racer, Charlie Lofton


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, quality control department


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, workmens comp info


1976 Larry Coltom winning the Hetteen Cup in Alexandria, MN


1976 Edgar Hetteen, Larry Coltom and the Hetteen Cup in Alexandria, MN


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, emergency care course


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, Attorney General Warren Spannus and his Cats


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, did you know?


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, company sports teams


1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, engineering and fiberglass department


Marine products from Arctic Enterprises

In 1976 Arctic Enterprises quit using Kawasaki engines in their snowmobiles and went over to Suzuki, they called the new engine the "Spirit". That same year they developed a Spirit outboard boat motor.



1976 Arctic Circle newsletter, new Nantucket 26' V from Silverline


1976 Arctic Z Racing News, Team Arctic spirits are high


1976 ArctiCard owners card


1976 Arctic Enterprises news, building the $1,000 snowmobile


1976 Arctic Enterprises employes don't show up due to strike


1976 Snowmobile industry board of directors meeting


1976 Arctic Enterprises introduces new Spirit 50/1 oil


1976 Arctic Enterprises producing Kawasaki Sno-Jet snowmobiles


1976 Arctic Enterprises building 3,000 Rupp snowmobiles for 1977


1976 Boundary Waters snowmobile ban


1976 Arctic Enterprises and the Canada-Cross expedition


****1976 Edgar Hetteen and the dream****



   The line of bicycles proved to be unsuccessful and General Leisure proved to be a costly mistake, leading to its divestiture in 1973. But these ancillary businesses were the least of Arctic Enterprises' problems. The demand for snowmobiles tapered off during the early years of the 1970s, beginning their downward path in 1971 and resulting in Arctic Enterprises' most disastrous year in 1974. If it was any consolation for the employees and management in Thief River Falls, who in the space of a few months had watched their prolific rise screech to a halt, Arctic Enterprises was not alone in its downward free-fall. Across the country, snowmobile manufacturers were reeling from the debilitative effects of depressed demand, with many going out of business. In 1970, when the snowmobile industry was thriving, there were more than 100 brands of snowmobiles on the market; by 1976, when the worst of the harsh economic times was over, the number of brands on the market had plunged precipitously to a mere 13.


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