MASA Summer Regional

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Celebrate the MASA Summer Regional
June 27 & 28, 2009
Nowthen, Minnesota (Just northwest of Minneapolis)

The Minnesota Amateur Spacemodeler Association ( MASA), NAR Section # 576 is pleased to invite all NAR members to our first regional contest. The contest will be held at our Nowthen, MN launch site on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2009.

· A Streamer Duration
· ½A Parachute Duration Multi-Round
· D Dual Egg Loft Duration
· B Boost Glide
· Random Duration
· Open Spot Landing

Contest fee is $5.00 per entrant.
The contest will be held in conjunction with the monthly MASA sport launch on Saturday. Our waiver allows flights to 4,500 feet AGL. Based on field size and distances from occupied buildings, the maximum practical flight altitude is 4,000 ft agl. Field size supports up to a J motor. The contest range will be located and run separately from the sport range.
This contest will be conducted in accordance with the current U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code and the NAR Safety Code. You may find the "Pink Book" online at

Contest Director:
Mike Erpelding [email protected]
NAR # 79922 HPR L2 (320) 764-2319 [home]

PO Box 452
340 Central Ave. N.
Watkins, MN 55389

The contest will be held on a private sod farm near Nowthen, MN. This location is just to the east of Elk River, MN and to the northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. click here for a map
For the GPS crowd, the field is at N45* 21.201', W93* 29.961'
The sod fields are typically surrounded on all sides by crop fields - typically corn or soybeans. By the end of June, the corn can be knee to waist-high.
Check the Contest Page on the MASA web site (link below) for directions on how to get here

Nearby Hotels:
Here are the names of several hotels within 5 miles of the contest field. There is evidently a local baseball tournament on this same weekend, so many rooms may book early.
· Country Inn, 18894 Dodge St NW, Elk River, MN, (763) 241-6990 [2.31 mi]
· Landmark Motel, 1153 Main St NW, Elk River, MN, (763) 441-2592 [3.39 mi]
· Kemethese Motel, 17291 Highway 10, Elk River, MN, (763) 441-2424 [4.10 mi]
· Americ Inn, 17432 Highway 10, Elk River, MN, (763) 441-8554 [3.96 mi]
· Elk Motel, 13291 Highway 10, Elk River, MN, (763) 441-2552 [4.20 mi]
· Holiday Inn Minneapolis NW-Elk River, 9200 Quaday Ave NE, Elk River, MN, (888) 897-0084 or (763) 241-1780 [4.36 mi] (has big indoor waterpark)
Additional hotels are located at the junction of I-94 and Highway 101 (about 10 miles from the contest field).
Overnight camping is NOT allowed at the launch site. The nearest campground is:
Wapiti Park Camp Grounds, 18746 Troy St NW, Elk River, MN, (763) 441-1396 [4.85 mi]

There are a number of restaurants and grocery stores in Elk River along Highway 169, about 4-5 miles from the contest field. There is also a restaurant in the small town of Nowthen, about 2 miles from the contest field.
See you there!

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