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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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Operation Round Up grants $3,000 to local causes

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on March 1 and elected to donate $3,000 to the following worthy organizations: •$1,000, Local Food Shelves, to help purchase food for residents in need. The am ..... 
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Rushford reverses decision due to grievance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The on-going debate over staffing needs within Rushford’s Public Works department is on again. Public Works had long lobbied for staff member Curt Courrier’s 36-hour per week position to be transitioned to full-time, based on increasing workload ..... 
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POWER OUTAGES

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (8:15 a.m. March 11, 2013)— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) is experiencing power outages due to the heavy snow that started last night and continues this morning. Currently 900 members are without power. The majority of the pow ..... 
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RCF approves four grants totaling $5,180 for projects

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Four grants totaling up to $5,180 were approved for a variety of community projects at the Rushford Community Foundation (RCF) Board of Directors meeting on February 8. A $1,480 grant will go to the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Li ..... 
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Letter about Greg Davids survey

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, One of the questions that Greg Davids brought up in his questionnaire was to put a 3.5 percent tax on our insurance premiums. I don’t know about anyone else, but my insurance premiums are a huge chunk out of our check already. He ..... 
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In the Service - Pvt. Shawn Hovermale

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Army National Guard Pvt. Shawn Hovermale has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and re ..... 
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R-P continues with analysis

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P School Board has approved a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis. Provided by architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting, the analysis will provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs. “In my opi ..... 
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Rushford puts halt to contract mowing for 2013

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After a lengthy process to determine potential cost savings of contracted versus public works mowing of the city’s 135 acres of land, the city will sit on the idea of contract mowing for this season. The idea, led by Councilor Roger Colbenson, cou ..... 
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