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Grand Rapids firearms safety instructor honored

Bill Peltier of Grand Rapids has been named Minnesota's Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year. Bill Peltier of Grand Rapids has been named Minnesota's 2007 Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Re...

Bill Peltier of Grand Rapids has been named Minnesota's Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year.

Bill Peltier of Grand Rapids has been named Minnesota's 2007 Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release. He received the award during the recent Northwest Sports Show in Minneapolis.

"In my estimation, there were about 200 youth in the Grand Rapids area requiring Firearms Safety certification prior to the past firearms deer season," 2nd Lt. Shelly Patten, DNR regional training officer, said in a prepared statement. "Bill Peltier was instrumental in organizing and teaching classes, and recruiting new and existing instructors."

Peltier volunteered hundreds of hours between August and November last year to ensure the large number of youths were certified before the deer hunting season, she said.

"I feared that we could potentially lose one of our most valued instructors because of the pressure of certifying so many kids in the area," Patten said. "But Bill anticipated the need and continued to teach the classes with no complaint, no prodding and no deviation from his usual outstanding program."

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Peltier, a retired Itasca County Sheriff's Department dispatcher and jailer, has been a firearms safety instructor for more than 36 years. He created the Youth Firearms Safety Corporation to help defray some of the costs associated with putting on firearms safety classes. He also helped develop a hunter-walking trail behind the Minnesota Shooting Sports Center in Grand Rapids.

ALS tourney registration open

Registrations are now being accepted for the 13th annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament, set for May 31 on Island Lake north of Duluth. Former professional athletes Kent Hrbek, Darby Hendrickson and Jim Johnson will return as hosts.

Two hundred, two-person teams will compete for several prizes, including the grand prize, a Toyota Tundra pickup.

The tournament has raised about $1 million in 12 years to support research and patient care for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

For registration forms, go to Kolar Toyota, 4781 Miller Trunk Highway; Skyline Lanes, 4894 Miller Trunk Highway; Gander Mountain, 4275 Haines Road; Fisherman's Corner, 5675 Miller Trunk Highway; or online at www.alsmn.org .

Lutsen's Harrison recognized

Scott Harrison, owner of Lutsen Resort, will be honored along with several other individuals by the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council on Thursday. Harrison will receive the organization's Business Award for making natural-resource based stewardship an integral part of Lutsen Resort's mission as a North Shore business, says a news release from the council. Harrison has helped promote economic development and tourism opportunities on Minnesota's North Shore since 1988 through his involvement in development of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, Lake Superior Water Trail and as a board member of the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association.

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