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Polaris Industries

David Johnson, right, is pictured with Edgar Hetteen at the Polaris 30th Anniversary in Roseau, Minnesota.

During the winter of 1955 David Johnson constructed what was thought to be a rudimentary snow machine by business partner Edgar Hetteen. Little did they know that they would start the beginning of a multi billon dollar business.

This first snow machine built by Johnson and was dubbed with the name of "Number 1" was sold to a Pete Peterson who owned a lumber yard across the street. Peterson was known for his uncanny ability to break things and would provide a good test pilot for the new Motor Toboggan. As time progressed and more machine built the names of the machines would started as Sno-Cats, Pol-Cats and finally Sno Travelers. The later name would stick until the mid 1960's.

Five machines were built that first winter and then the thoughts of dealerships for the machines came into place.

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