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Friends of the NRA holds annual banquet April 5

Jon Staebler presents "Stars and Stripes" to Richard Shouse, who served in the US Army. Courtesy photo.

With a record crowd in attendance, the annual West Central Minnesota Friends of the banquet was held at Thumper Pond in Ottertail on April 5. Paying tribute to our veterans, the banquet was opened with the Presentation of Colors by the New York Mills VFW post 3289-Charles D. Center and the national anthem was sung by Jonathan Staebler.

One of the many patriotic items featured in the live auction is the Tribute to the Veterans item, with the winning bidder agreeing to present a veteran in attendance the auction item.

Thank you to Jon and Betty Staebler who have each year been the highest bidder on the Veterans Appreciation item, this year presenting "Stars and Stripes" to Richard Shouse, who served in the US Army.

Friends of the NRA, a 100 percent grassroots effort fueled by a united front to secure and raise money for the future of shooting sports, has held more than 20,000 events, reached over 4.1 million attendees and raised more than $740 million for the NRA FOUNDATION, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go to qualified local, state and national programs.