Area shooting sports awarded funds from Whitetails Unlimited, Friends of NRA

Area shooting sports teams received funds to offset the costs of the program.

In October 2017, the Friends of NRA (FNRA) had their first ever event in Caledonia. 

Friends of the NRA, a 100 percent grassroots effort fueled by a united front to secure and raise money for the future of shooting sports, has held more than 20,000 events, reached over 4.1 million attendees and raised more than $740 million for the NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 

All net proceeds go to qualified local, state and national programs. Thank you to all who support Houston County Friends of the NRA and all the efforts of the many volunteers.

In January, the Minnesota FNRA held their annual meeting to distribute the funds raised throughout the state in 2017. 

More than $210,000 was given to trap teams, gun clubs, 4-H, etc. Locally, Spring Grove and Caledonia received grants for their trap teams. 

Also, both Houston County and Winona County 4-H received grants to offset the costs of their shooting programs. Between the four programs, almost $20,000 was given in southeast Minnesota.

Please keep your eye out for the second annual Houston County FNRA event coming in October.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or to help volunteer with this effort. Contact Minnesota Field Representative Eric Linder, 763-688-3004 or; Spring Grove Trap Team Coach Kaare Sanness,; National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Whitetails Unlimited

Thanks to the generosity of those who attended the Whitetails Unlimited Hunters Night Out in February, two local shooting sports teams received funds.

The Spring Grove Trap Team and Houston County 4-H Shooting Sports program each received a check for $2,873.94.

The total raised at the Feb. 3 event was $5,747.88. Southern Minnesota Field Director Chris Petersen presented the check to the teams.

Sharp Shooters news

The team filed a charter this past year and have moved from a “project developmental committee” to full club status. 

Kids in 4-H can keep their existing club and be part of ours or just be in Sharp Shooters. The kids voted on the club name after the state shoot. 

The club motto is “Aim for Success.”

This year there are 17 active members, 11 of those members are planning on attending the state shoot. The membership is an increase from seven active members last year.

By receiving the Friends of the NRA grant and financial support from Houston County White Tails Unlimited, Cargill and Houston Sons of the Legion we are able to provide a shooting program at no cost.

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