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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not to be outwitted they bought some toilets from the High Grove schoolhouse that had cement bottoms. The toilets cost $5 each.

Originally started under the Izaak Walton League the gun club was eventually incorporated on July 15, 1949, and a clubhouse built on six acres just past the state fish hatchery. Membership drives and fundraising have always been a part of the club. Back in the 1970s they had oyster stew dinners, which were quite popular, until somebody ate 14 bowls. They had a snowmobile race one year and horse races at the Preston Fairgrounds. Norrin recalls Bill Broadwater had an old plug in one race and he rode one of Charlie Betts’ horses. He wasn’t the best at riding, so “I just hung on,” he says with his eyebrows raised in remembering. They had coon trials, where even people from Arkansas would bring their dogs and they would bet on how the dogs did. In the wintertime for a fundraiser they put an old rusted car on the bass pond in town and sold tickets on when it would fall through the ice. The Federal Arms company would come out and have trick shooters show off their guns. Dave recalls that they would “splatter cabbages” and this would bring people out.

The gun club was quiet for a while and then a league was formed in the 1970s with about 20 teams. Lanesboro has four teams and holds the #1 team recore title for 10 years in a row; a record that has yet to be beaten. Local member Dewey Hungerholt holds the unofficial individual record of missing 15 in a row. One of the local rivals would come with the best guns, gear and goggles, determined to beat the Lanesboro “farm folk.” Dave hesitates and laughs, “They’d come and we’d whip’em with our beat-up guns!”

Norrin recalls they would have “sneak shoots” where the shooter would have his gun down by his side and start walking, not knowing where the clay pigeon would come from and this was a great way to practice for when out in the field. The gun club is all about gun safety and learning how to handle a gun. The club holds Firearms Certification classes and local sheriffs practice at the club. A lot of the club members are involved in the community, like the fire department and ambula .....
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Local bear hunter tags possible record holder

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When you think bear hunting, you may get the image of a burly, north woodsman holding a large rifle while stalking a massive beast. You may be surprised then to meet Jennifer Nolte, of Chatfield. The small-framed mother of three young children is ha ..... 
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Free wagon rides along the Lanesboro-Whalen State Trail

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, beginning at the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro then travel to Whalen and back to ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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Restoration of Minneopa State Park waterfall bridge will limit park access

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

An extensive reconstruction of the 90-year-old waterfall bridge at Minneopa State Park will limit access to certain areas of the park over the next three months, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The waterfall brid ..... 
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1899 Independence Day celebration at Historic Forestville

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Join us for an Independence Day celebration with a flavor of the 19th century! The Grand Ceremony with the reading of the Decleration of Independence begins at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a food concession provided by the Friends of Forestville which includes K ..... 
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FREE! Fly casting, fly tying and fishing instruction with the federation of fly fishers

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the National Trout Center in Preston, MN for a full day of free fly fishing activities. Learn from the best. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is a highly respected national organization, well known for produ ..... 
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