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Junior Marksmanship Program to be offered

Registration for the Bismarck/Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association’s Junior Marksmanship Program will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec.  6 at the Johnson Family Marksmanship Center, 4667 Sky Way, in south Bismarck.

The program aims to teach firearms safety and marksmanship. Juniors, ages 12 to 20, are also introduced to sport shooting. 

The program, in its 26th year, will run through March 21 with the Junior Club championship slated for March 23.

Equipment is provided, including rifles, spotting scopes, shooting jackets, gloves, slings, shooting mats, eye and ear protection. However, it is recommended that juniors provide eye and ear protection.

Instruction is provided by NRA certified instructors and coaches. Cost of the program is $40.

Call 226-4868 or send email to tnt@bis.midco.net for more information.

Registration open for winter survival camp

The Outdoor Learning Center at Lake Metigoshe State Park is hosting a day camp on Dec. 31 for youth ages 10 to 12 focusing on winter survival. Such a camp will start indoors with various discussions and hands-on activities pertaining to starting fires, making shelters, tying knots, finding food and water and orienteering skills. Afterward, participants will head outdoors to test newly developed skills in a survival scenario. The camp will conclude with a few trips down the park’s sledding hill.

The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration fee is $35 per participant and includes lunch as well as an afternoon snack and hot chocolate. Several goals for this camp include getting youth outdoors, teaching participants valuable life skills, educating participants about various natural resources and promoting outdoor safety.

Amy Schimetz, Lake Metigoshe State Park’s OLC coordinator, has taught winter survival programs for more than a decade. She enjoys doing hands-on activities that demonstrate how common things, such as lip balm, batteries and gum wrappers, could be used in a survival situation. 

“This day camp will not only provide participants something fun to do during winter break, but provide an opportunity to learn some valuable life skills. One hates to think about tragedy, but skills learned in this camp could potentially save a life,” Schimetz said.

For more information send email to aschimetz@nd.gov or call 701-263-4514. Participation is limited. Participants are not officially registered until completed forms and payment have been received. 

Lake Metigoshe State Park is located 14 miles northeast of Bottineau, along the Lake Loop Road, just off of Highway 43.

Winter Classic bike race returns to Fargo

The Border Battle Bike Race on the Red River Winter Classic is a one-of-a-kind bike race, embracing the winter season and celebrating biking activity.

The ninth annual B-B-BRRR Winter Classic is at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27. The 10K course begins in Wildflower Grove Park, just south of Oak Grove Park, and takes riders of all abilities through a variety of terrain: pedaling across bike paths, prairie tundra and the frozen Red River. The route for this race is dependent on weather conditions, but regardless of the weather, the race will go on.

Online registration will open shortly at www.greatridesfargo.org. All racers receive a meal, beverage and T-shirt for participating. Awards are given to the top riders and all participants are eligible to win prizes.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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