granite and depicting a classic image of the "Grandfather of
Snowmobiling" from his 1960 trip across Alaska, this plaque
is a tribute to Edgar Hetteen from Gary Koska and others.
Here's the story in Gary's words:
I'm from Cold Spring, Minn., and a member of the Antique
Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA).
I first met Edgar in 1975 at the Dayco Spectacular oval race
in Alexandria, Minn. I had bought a new Arctic Cat 440 Z and
decided I was going to be a racer.
When Iíd arrived in Alexandria with my new Z, it only had
2.8 miles on it. And when it was my turn to take to the
track, I shot off the first turn and did a few flips.
As I sheepishly made my way back to the pits, I was met by
this stately older gentleman who said to me, "Looks like you
didn't come to prepared!" This older gent was Edgar, of
We talked for a long time, and I ended up with an invitation
to Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, for a job interview in
the computer area. Well, that opportunity didnít work out
and, six months later, I was a truck driver in Alaska
But, from that date on, Edgar always knew my name whenever
our paths crossed, and I always enjoyed his company. He was
one of the Guys.
Thatís my Edgar Story, and what made me want to do something
special for him after his passing last February.
So several months ago, I started the ball rolling on getting
a tribute for Edgar Hetteen, founder of Arctic Cat and
Polaris. It's a 15 x 18-in. block of Labrador Green granite
from Brazil, then processed by a local granite counter shop.
A friend of mine, Ron Dietman, who owns Free Bird Monuments
in Kimball, Minn., did the fantastic etching on the stone.
Tom Anderson from the World Snowmobile Museum in Eagle
River, Wis., has reserved space for the Edgar Tribute, as
well as a similar stone in the making for Bud Wieman, one of
the founders of the ASCOA.
We ALL miss Edgar, and I particularly miss my monthly trips
to Grand Rapids, Minn., to give him his "secret stash" of
Schmeling (Arctic Cat Dir. of North American Sales), P.J.
Wanderscheid, Dave Wanderscheid, Mark Wanderscheid, Scott
Eilertson (Arctic Cat Sales), and Don Finck, Arctic Cat
Country Cat of Sauk Centre, Minn., is was named Arctic
Catís 2012 U.S. Snowmobile Dealer of the Year for the 3rd