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FALLON County c a 0 firstname.lastname@example.org 406-778-3344 VOLUME 99 ISSUE 49 BAKER, MONTANA 59313 $1.00 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4,2015 The Wild Game Feed was a potpourri of emotions. Among the excitement and laughter were moments of tears, warm hugs, and close fellowship. Annual Wild Game Feed a huge success Stan Wagner Memorial Scholarship Fund established By Sherry Vogel The ninth annual Wild Game Feed, which has become a sea- sonal tradition in Baker, was held Nov. 14 at the Fallon County Fairgrounds exhibit hall. This popular charitable event famous for a be-\wild'-ering selection of wild game cuisine and a renowned Hat Auction was enjoyed by 350-400 people. Al- though the crowd was slightly smaller from the 500 head count last year, likely due to the Class B semi-final playoff game which was out of town this year, the proceeds were $87,000. A significant amount higher than it was last year at $57,000. The gourmet wild life buffet was scrumptious as ever with such dishes as antelope stroganoff and moose spaghetti, to two types of chili - Big Horn Chili and Black Bear Chili The sharp shooting hunters who donated game meat this year are: Holly Custer, Dustin Gorder, Wendy. Jake and the late Stan Wagner, Dustin Corder, Jeff Elmore, Dean Wang, and Michelle Shumaker. This humble event started in 2006 with the raffling of one gun as the main prize. This year's event raffled off 44 guns. Sponsors donating $250 or more towards a gun for the event had their names put in a hat for a gun drawing and Matt Moberg was the lucky winner. The Sons of the American Legion received funds to help with their annual Kids' Fishing Day. The non-profit organizations benefiting this year from the evening's proceeds are Ismay Fire Department, Ekalaka Fire Department and Medicine Rocks Church. Much to the surprise of Jake and Wendy Wagner, original founders of the Wild Game Feed, close friends and fellow wildlife game hunters put together a memorial scholarship fund for Baker High School graduating seniors in honor of the Wag- ners' 16 year old son, Stan, who was killed in a pickup roll- over in Carter County in early August of this year. This touching tribute, which is all about a \girly gun\ has a won- derful Stan story behind it. Long time friend, John Greenlee, Aziplained it this way. When Stan was about eight years old he,, - his dad and hunting buddies Larry and John Greenlee, Ernie Scheetz and son Darin were out on a hunting expedition. Stan, the observant young boy that he was, spotted Ernie's 243 rifle. Stan announced, \That's a girly gun\ further declaring, \that's what my sister shoots.\ That moment lives on in the memories of the Wagners' inner circle of hunting buddies. So this year, unbeknown to Jake and Wendy, brothers Larry and John Green- lee purchased the ultimate \girly gun\ - the Muddy Girl 243 pink cam rifle, custom decorated with Baker Spartan decals on the magazine. This rifle was auctioned off to establish the memorial scholarship fund. This rifle was auctioned off for $3500 and was gifted back to Jake and Wendy as a keepsake. 96S 11910-£. The evening was a potpourri of emotions among the excitement and laughter were moments of tears. warm hugs, and close fel- lowship. The total amount earned toward Stan's scholarship fund is $12,000 which was raised by the bidding on three rifles and a raffled quilt. The quilt was made and donated by Kathy Newstrom. The most valuable gun auctioned off this year was the 50 BMG worth $4,400. Kirstie Nelson was the proud winner. Sons of the American Legion served the buffet which was or- chestrated by May -Lynn Hall,\kitchen chief\. Members of the Medicine Rocks Church helped with serving and clean-up. New and classic games offered a chance for men, women and youth to win valuable hunting and fishing prizes while raising funds for a worthy cause. Lucky winners of the competitive hat auction were: Kratzer Construction, Carolyn Hadley. Jim Christenson, Justin King, Mark Wright, Adamson & Sons Con- struction, Bill Sullivan, Dustin Gorder, Nolan Verke, Justin Koenigsfeld, and Gary Gorder. Winners on the \Really Big Hat Table\ were Dustin Gorder, Trevor Nelson, and Adamson & Sons Constnictions. Youth games were broken down into two age categories: O- il years played Pick a Color. Many children chose prizes from an assortment of candy, toys or BB guns. The 12-18 age group SEE WILD GAME FEED, PAGE 8 Year-round recreational destination Shane Bettenhausen of Baker is the new shooting range manager. Photo by Sherry Vogel By Sherry Vogel Wind, snow and low temperatures need not be a factor when you want to try out that new Christmas rifle, handgun or bow and arrow and happily you don't have to drive all the way to Glendive to get some indoor target practice. New to Fallon County is the 'indoor' archery and shooting range which is scheduled to open early De- cember. Range Officer Shane Bettenhausen is the newly hired shooting range manager. He is putting the finishing touches on op- erations and will be hosting a grand opening after the holidays. Bettenhausen, who was previously employed at the Baker Body Shop, is a National Rifle Association (NRA) certified Safety Offi- ssell's °thirty Baker, Montana 406-778-2 4 27 r,i4 j 'd I j cer, an NRA Certified handgun Instructor and has attended the United States Practical Shooting Institution and the National Range Officer Institution and is a certified Range Officer. He shared, \I ant looking forward to operating the range and we are planning to run NRA Basic Handgun classes. We are also hoping to start some pistol competitions, steel shoots, and action pistol, and create a lot of interest in the handguns shooting.\ The Basic Hand- gun Class teaches a shooter safe shooting practices, how to load and unload, how to clear a jam, and how to disassemble and clean your firearm. The student will also get a shooting classification. This eight hour class awards an NRA certificate. The Fallon County Sheriff's Office contends that the NRA Basic Handgun class would be taken into consideration when issuing a concealed weapons permit. The new indoor range was ten years in the making and the brain- child of Mike and the late Deb Kirschten, Dave and Penney Kono, with help from Mike and Cindy Stark. A project survey was circu- lated among area residents in 2005 to assess public interest in the construction of an indoor shooting range in Fallon County. Wind, rain and frigid low temperatures were factors that kept shooting enthusiasts from using the existing outdoor shooting facil- ities. Another factor weighing on the Konos' minds was the lack of a facility for the 4-11 Shooting Sports. They were holding project shooting classes in the fairgrounds exhibit building but were often competing with other events for the building. The survey concluded that the proposed indoor gun range and facility would give the shoot- ing community, instructors, children, handicapped shooters, and law enforcement a safe, comfortable and convenient year round facility for education, practical application, practice, training, recreational shooting, tournaments, and other competitions. The county already owned the existing shooting range which is comprised of 38 acres of public land owned in fee title to Fallon County. It consisted of outdoor trap, archery, pistol and rifle ranges. The total proposed budget for the indoor project was $ I ,064,800. Two separate grants, one from Montana's National Rifle Association (NRA) and one from the North Dakota NRA were awarded toward the project as well as a grant for $25,150 awarded from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. SEE BETTENHAUSEN, PAGE 3 - Great Gifts for Christmas Giving — Denali, Little Giraffe, & Pendleton Blankets Montana Silversmiths, Holly Yashi, & Landstrom's Black Hills Gold Jewelry Tribal, Pendleton, Columbia, & Smartwool • The North Face, Under Armour Vehicle vs. power pole By Sherry Vogel November 28 at 1:32 p.m., Fallon County Sher- iff's Deputy Victor Wells was called out to a crash site at mile marker 78 on Highway 12, four miles west of Baker to investigate a vehicle versus power pole crash. A 2003 Alero Oldsmobile driven by a 24 year old male was a single occu- pant in the vehicle. The City of Baker was affected with a power glitch lasting 90 minutes as a result of the vehicle traveling .4 miles across the ditch, striking the guy -wires which support the pole, causing them to wrap around the power lines causing the out- age. The cause of the crash is still under investiga- tion. Christmas stories Many people have fond memories of special C'hristmas seasons. Once again, the Times staff is asking residents to share their stories and/or pho- tos with the community for everyone's enjoyment. 'These stories/photos will be published in the Dec. 18 Christmas issue. Poems, etc. are also welcome. Please share stories to make the Christmas issue a real reflection of the community. Submit them by Friday, Dec. 11, to: email@example.com or Fallon County Times, PO Box 679, Baker, MT 59313. Times closed The Fallon County Times will be closed Friday. December 25, for Christmas. Deadline for the De- cember 25 issue is Tuesday, December 22, at 2 p.m. The Times Office will close at noon Thursday, December 24. Pic tvres with Santa ) 1 Sat., Dec. 5 • 10 a.m. - 2 pm. Purchase a package of photos with Santa and receive a coupon for 20% off regular priced apparel Good Vet isit Our Website at www.FallonCountyExtra.com