Grand Forks organizers explore school clay target team

Interest in establishing trapshooting as a high school sport in Grand Forks continues to grow. According to Don Dietrich, a Grand Forks shooting enthusiast and certified instructor, about 35 people, including parents, gun club representatives and others, attended an informational and organizational meeting Tuesday night to explore the idea of a high school program. A group of supporters will meet in early April, Dietrich said, and tentatively will appear before the Grand Forks School Board in late April to discuss plans for a high school trapshooting team beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

Dietrich said supporters also plan to contact officials at Central and Red River high schools to keep them in the loop.

“We don’t want to leave anybody out,” he said.

North Dakota has five teams in its new High School Clay Target League, including Devils Lake and Larimore, Dietrich said, and 8,000 students are expected to participate in Minnesota’s burgeoning league this year. Nearly every northwest Minnesota school from East Grand Forks to Baudette has teams in the Minnesota league.

Funding for the Grand Forks program would come from various sources, Dietrich said, including the Midway USA Foundation, which supports youth shooting sports across the country.

“The neat thing about it is it’s not going to cost the schools a dime,” he said. “I think it could be a huge program.”

— Brad Dokken