8/13/2014 10:07:00 PM New CF trap team raising funds
The newly established Cannon Falls trap shooting team has been busy this summer raising money to help cover team expenses.
Youth Education in Shooting Sports for Minnesota (YESS4MN) is a new organization that held its inaugural event in May.
The CF trap shooting team received $10,000 for participating at that event to help set up a Midway USA endowment fund. Cal Munkvold, who helped start YESS4MN, says its aim is to help all students succeed in the shooting sports.
Midway USA is a massive supplier of outdoor sporting goods. President and CEO Larry Potterfield and his family help support 4,000 shooting teams across the USA. The Midway USA Foundation controls all team endowment accounts.
The Cannon Falls team also held a Gun/Knife raffle that brought in $6,000 recently, $2,400 of that money went back to Midway USA Foundation to be doubled when added to our team endowment fund. Kristin Sigmeth Hoffman won the Browning Silver Sporting 12 gauge automatic.
For taking a youth team to a summer shooting event in South St. Paul, the team received $2,500 for its endowment fund.
Trap teams are allowed to withdraw up to 5% of their endowment money once a year to use for any trap team related needs.
"Hastings Pheasants Forever President Pete Soukup helps with our team raffles, and most items are donated to the team," said Gregg Twedt, who is the Cannon Falls team coach. Pheasants Forever also receives large contributions from Midway USA for their support in helping youth teams.
Recently, Cannon Falls trap team members Anna Bentson, Tucker Jacobson, Alex Sheryak, Michael Stephens, Mason Stevens, John Twedt and Sara Twedt worked the MN Mounted Shooters event at Simon Arena.
"This team ran out in the arena and replaced targets for the horse riding sharpshooters for about 15 total hours on Saturday and Sunday," said Twedt. "We raised $455 that will be used to provide trap team scholarships for two students over the next two seasons." The school will decide who qualifies for a scholarship.
Twedt says they hope to have a one-day clinic at the Wanamingo Gun Club Sunday, September 28. This will be for existing and interested Trap Team members to come out and see what this sport is all about.
"26 students enjoyed the first season in Cannon; I have a feeling we will see that number grow for the 2015 spring season," said Twedt.