FROM THE ECHO PRESS:
The Viking Sportsmen, Geneva Capital, the Alexandria chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and the Carlos Rod and Gun Club all helped to fund 12 new .22 single-shot rifles to be used in local gun safety programs. Representatives from the groups are (left to right) Chris Kleine, Mark Nohre, Ray Larson, Roy Wilken, Todd Whiting, Dwayne Waldorf, Gene Sullivan, Tim Olson and Dean Krebs (kneeling). Also pictured is area conservation officer Mitch Lawler (right). (Eric Morken / Echo Press)Eric Morken / Echo Press
Getting kids into hunting is a big focus right now as hunters and department of natural resource organizations around the country try to stem the decline that has been seen in hunting license sales over the years.