Final arrangements are being completed for the Montevideo area to host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for the second time.

Final arrangements are being completed for the Montevideo area to host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for the second time.

The festivities will begin on Friday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m., with the dedication of the new Mills Creek Gun Range.

The half-hour dedication ceremony will include comments from Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Depart­ment of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Land­wehr and others.

The range was the vision of the Tri-County Sports­men’s Club to involve more people in shooting sports, said Jan Payne, a volunteer co-manager of the facility. But it took the broader community to help make the project a reality.

“When local resident Mike Andresen stepped forward with land that could be used for the site, we realized this range was a very real possibility,” Payne said.

Over the past year it has been a community project, made possible through countless donations by local citizens and businesses.

“We believed this could come true for the community,” Payne said. “And with cash and in-kind contributions from numerous businesses, individuals and organizations, it has become a reality.”

The range has been home to the Montevideo High School trapshooting team the past two years. The range features two combined trap and skeet fields, a pistol range and 200-yard rifle range, and state-of-the-art equipment.

“We have some features that are unique in this area, including a pay-as-you-go system for trap, professional lighting, new clubhouse and commercial grade throwers,” Payne said.


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