Photos provided: Frong, Mallory Fronning, on the rifle, and Al Erlandson sight in the gun prior to class.

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Building fellowship outside of church [UPDATED]

Published 11:10am Thursday, November 1, 2012 Updated 11:17am Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Rev. Dan Cole believes important questions about life come up outside of church. Multiple generations met this past Saturday for fellowship, community building — and gun practice.

In what Cole jokingly called a “Right to Bear Arms” youth event, members of the Aastad and Rock Prairie Lutheran Church gathered at Dalton Outdoor Sports to get rifles sited for hunting season.

“It’s important to do something that kids enjoy outside of church,” said Cole. “We are able to talk about life, and build relationships.”

The day was also an opportunity to help kids become more comfortable handling guns prior to hunting season. A mix of 11 kids, fathers and grandfathers also got an opportunity to safely handle a semi-automatic weapon. Dalton Sports donated the facility and helped with gun siting.

Monthly youth events are being planned, including a coyote hunt.

“Most people hunt, it’s something the kids wanted to do, and it helps neighbors,” said Cole. “These are activities a lot of kids wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to participate in because of cost or their family schedule.”

Cole emphasized that youth do not have to be church members to participate. “There should not be a pre-requisite before kids can come out and do something fun,” said Cole.

Kids and their families interested in participating can contact Cole at 218-731-5168.

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