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R-P sets up Clay Target team


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner

Want to know the fastest growing sport in Minnesota? With March Madness in the air you may think basketball, but surprisingly, it’s trapshooting.

Since its inception as league sport for Minnesota students in 2001, the popularity of the sport has skyrocketed from a mere 3 teams, 3 schools, and 30 athletes to an astounding 57 teams, 100 schools, and 1,715 athletes in 2012. The sport has literally doubled in participation each year since 2008 and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

The co-educational sport is open to students in grades 6-12, although R-P plans to only offer it for its high school students, at least for now. The program consists of two seasons, spring and fall. Spring competition is 9 weeks, plus a state tournament while the fall season is just 5 weeks long. Competition is indirect, meaning that the team won’t be traveling to competitions at other districts. Rather, the team will select its day for shooting, at a local range, and compile the data to compare and rank against other schools. Scores are collective and an individual’s performance contributes to the team’s overall performance.

There are very specific guidelines for the sport, notes Activities Director Luke Lutterman. “The number of teams is not limited, so long as there is one adult supervisor per 10 students.” Teams for the sport are 5 members and an adult supervisor. A range safety officer must be present at all times. For this inaugural year, agribusiness teacher and co-FFA advisor Colby Lind will lead the district’s team.

The requirements for participants are high as well. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League is an independent provider of shooting sports as extra-curricular coed activity. They are quick to point out that “Safe and responsible handling and storage of firearms and ammunition is the first priority” and “Participation is a privilege and not a right.” Participants are expected to maintain sportsmanship, ethical behavior, dignity, respect, be chemically free, and their academics priorities must come before participation.

Lutterman also notes that gun clubs are critical to the success of the league. The local sportsmans’ club will be giving the district reduced rates to offset costs. For safety reasons, ammunition and equipment will be stored at the range and not on school grounds.

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Rushford grows Nanotechnology

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

In 2002, Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology put the city on the map with the growing technology. Now, Rushford NanoElectroChemistry, an independent company, has garnered further attention and hopefully given rural technology development a boost. ..... 
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A green wedding for a lively couple

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Ask a bride how she hopes the big day will be and you’ll frequently get “beautiful,” “classy,” “fun,” and sometimes even “perfect.” While it’s obvious that Shannon Hyter and Evan Meier’s wedding will be these things, the first ..... 
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R-P referendum forum hits at questions before big vote

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

There was a packed house with more than 100 local residents at the second R-P referendum open forum last Monday evening. Administration staff, school board members Angela Colbenson, Daniel Munson, John Nitecki, and Greg Smith, and representatives fr ..... 
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Marine Credit Union has made its move

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Marine Credit Union has relocated its Peterson Branch to Rushford, Minn. The new location was opened on Monday, November 12, 2012. Marine Credit Union is now located at 218 South Mill Street in Rushford. The new location offers more privacy for st ..... 
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Rushford Days 2012 featuring sanctioned Pedal Pull

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Days Festivities Committee is thrilled to announce that this year the Pedal Tractor Pull will be a qualifying sanctioned event by the Minnesota State Pedal Pulls Association. Kids ages 4 through 11 compete against kids from their own ag ..... 
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RINTek to host nanotechnology conference, youth camp, and trek

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) dubs nanotechnology as “the most all-encompassing enabling technology of our time” and rightfully, so. According to data, the nanotechnology field is currently a $200 billion industry. That number i ..... 
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Rushford pecking at proposed chicken ordinance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

The city council has taken a proposed chicken ordinance draft, put forth by the Planning Commission, under review. The draft is exceptionally thorough and should be straightforward to maintain, as well as making it easy for the city to pull the lice ..... 
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“The Rushford Question” gets its answer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Prominent members of the Rushford’s council, the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority, and the Rushford Area Branding Council were among the 30 gathered this past Monday to hear the results of “The Rushford Quest ..... 
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