Originally scheduled for last Wednesday, the announced weather make-up date comes in handy for the 19th annual Williston Youth Shoot.

Harry Wallner, who has served as chairman for all of the events tells us, “we got a bunch of rain and that flooded a key area of the trial grounds. It would have been a muddy mess.”

That being said, the shoot will now take place on Wednesday (July 17), one week later, at the Badlands Bird Dog Club and Doug Ness Training Grounds located near Carrolville.

Registration will begin around 5:30 p.m., with the shoot set for a 6 p.m. start.

The actual location is two miles east of the Love’s Truck Stop.

Youth shooters are grouped in ages from 9-11 and 12-16.

The event is co-sponsored by the MonDak Chapter 619 Pheasants Forever and the Badlands Bird Dog Club.

You should know that all participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to take part.

Looking back

In looking back, we can tell you the first shoot was hosted by the Badlands Bird Dog Club, along with help from a grant from North Star Caviar, and they were assisted with help from the local hunter’s education instructors.

“We did this for several years, then took a break for a couple of years,” said Wallner.

He went on to say, “MonDak Chapter 619 resumed the project for many years at the NorthWest Gun Club and the trap shooting was supervised by Wayne Kittleson.”


“We decided to return to Badlands Bird Dog Club in 2018 where it was co-sponsored by that club and the Pheasants Forever Chapter,” said Wallner.

“By doing that, the shotgun age kids have a chance to shoot live pen-raised birds over pointers from the experienced handlers and dogs of the Badlands Bird Dog Club at their grounds leased from the Corp of Engineers near Carrolville.”

The event breaks down with 9-11-year-olds shooting pellet guns and those ages 12-16 years old, with a Hunters Safety certificate, will shoot clay pigeons.

The clay pigeons are sponsored by Painted Woods Shooting Sports and follow this by going in the field for chukar partridge, according to Wallner.

Door prizes

All participants will receive a hat, T-shirt, burgers or brats, pop and water and the chance for several door prizes.

An event of this nature will take approximately 20 adult volunteers giving of their time.

“This is one of MonDak Chapter 619’s bigger projects of the year,” said Wallner.

At the same time thanks goes out to several local merchants who make “very nice donations.”

Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and long pants for walking in tall grass.

Pre-registration is preferred and if you haven’t done so you can call Wallner at (701) 572-4042 after 6 p.m. for details.

We seize this opportunity to send out a Scope Salute to Wallner, along with all of the volunteers and sponsors that make an event such as this happen.

Garden tour

Meanwhile, we can tell you about another great event that has been around for along time.

The 26th annual Garden Tour sponsored by the local Hospital Auxiliary will be held on Saturday throughout Williston.

The tour is slated to begin with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. served at First Lutheran Church (910 Main St., Williston).

Once you have that first cup of coffee it will be time for Elite Designz owners, Mary Berg and April Thiel, to present a program on artificial Succulent Gardens.

That portion of the day is set for 9:15 a.m.

Lots of fun

There will be a drawing for door prizes donated by Lori Kirby, Elite Designz and Clyde Sailer.

The raffle drawing will be at 10 a.m., with a number of grand items listed.

Items on the raffle include and are sponsored by:

Menard’s $100 Gift Certificate: Anonymous donor

Planter: Country Floral

Planter: Handy Andy’s

Garden Décor: Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home

Welcome Sign: Hospital Gift Shop

Get tickets

Tour tickets are $15 each and raffle tickets are $2 each.

Tickets are available at the Hospital Gift Shop, Hospital Auxiliary members and at the event on Saturday.

Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a zoom cart for the hospital.

Once all necessary business is conducted, the tour featuring five local gardens will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Should you have any questions in advance you can contact Marilyn McGinley at (701) 774-7445.

A Scope Salute is certainly in order for the work of the auxiliary members working hard to provided additional funds for the hospital.

Visual artists

Loyce Rauser tells us there is an additional item to know about for the Garden Tour.

“Jim & I will once again be sharing our gardens with the community and are excited to have the Williston Area Visual Artists (formerly Prairie Painters) sharing their works here at the same time.”

She added, “we have some extremely talented artists bringing their works and are supportive of the local hospital and the work the Auxiliary does.”

Now that sounds like an additional reason to make plans to join in on the tour.

Twins on top

As the Minnesota Twins begin play this evening in Cleveland they hold a five and one-half game lead in the American League Central Division standings.

At one time the Twins held double that margin, only to have the Indians claw their way back into contention.

Minnesota now finds itself in Cleveland to begin second-half play, the place the All-Star game was contested on Tuesday.

Well rested

Hopefully the Twins will be well rested and ready to bring along the big bats that have been fun to watch.

Not about to make any predictions, the only thing we can say is the Twins need a major trade in order to shore up things for the stretch run.

Hey, it’s been a long time since 1987 and 1991 when the Twins won it all.

Now, nearly 30 years later, it sure would be nice to hang another championship banner.

Only time will tell.

Go Twins!

Thomas A. Kvamme is a former resident and long time sports editor and columnist for the Herald. He can be reached at scopend@yahoo.com.


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