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"Pull for The Salvation Army" in Courtland, Minn. at RiverRidge Gun Club

‘Pull for The Salvation Army’ is Saturday in Courtland

Added on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Media contact: Jeffrey DeMars, 651-247-4746, Divisional Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division

Mankato, Minn. – The annual “Pull for The Salvation Army” fundraising event which benefits The Salvation Army Men’s Shelter is this Saturday, May 20 at River Ridge Gun Club in Courtland, Minn.

“It isn’t too late to register,” said Leslie Johnson, Mankato Salvation Army office administrator. “We have a few open spots for the clay pigeon shooting tournament. Registration is $60 per person. There will be awards for best shooters and registration includes lunch, but does not include shotgun shells.”

In years past, the event has raised more than $10,000 for the seasonal men’s shelter. The shelter is open from Nov. 1 to March 31 seven days a week from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. This past season nearly 50 of the 78 men who stayed at the shelter moved out and found secure, permanent housing.

“That’s a 60 percent success rate,” said Major Linda Fjellman, Mankato Salvation Army administrator. “We are especially proud to say that many of these guys found housing with the help of our social workers.”

There were a few changes at the shelter that may have helped. For the first time guests were asked to stay sober during their stay. The men did not pay a $5 fee and instead were asked to build a savings to help move into their own place. To offset the loss of the $5, men were asked to help with chores during their stay. Guests were also given access to computers and were given help with writing résumés and apply for jobs. They also received vouchers for clothing and haircuts to help with looking their best during job interviews.

“I am proud of these guys,” Fjellman said. “They are trying and they are succeeding.

The tournament will take place rain or shine, participants need to bring their own gun as well as shotgun shells. More information can be found at

The Salvation Army Northern Division

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