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The History of the Pine Island White Pines Sportsman's Club


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The History of the Pine Island

White Pines Sportsman's Club


The History of the White Pines Sportsman's Club

By Wendy Ferguson



September 18 Wrote Letter September 20 Sent Letter September 25 Called Business September 27 Called again-refused

October 27 Called George Dickinson (sp. Club) October 29 Research-advertising

November 7 Research-P.I. Library, newspaper articles.

November 12 Research-advertising November 19 Research-advertising

November 23 Personal Interview-George Dickinson November 24 Research-advertising

December 1 Research-P.I. Library, clippings

December 3 Collected more information frpm George Dickinson

December 7 Writing Report

December 8 Called DNR to receive information December 9 Research-DNR

December 10 Research-DNR December 14 Research-DNR

December 21 Received DNR information December 22 Finished Report



1. When did the club begin?

2. Who were the beginning members?

3. What were the fundraisers?

4. What were some of the turning points?

5. How did the membership change within the years?

6. What are the laws and regulations?

7. What are the activities involved?


8. Interview with G.D.

9. Interview with G.D.

10.Interview with T.F./Sp. Club pamphlet 11.Interview with G.D.

12.Interview with G.D. and T.F.

13.Internet: Firearms Laws and Regulations 14.Sp. Club pamphlet


Table of Contents

I. History 1-4

A. Introduction 1

B. Foundation 1

C. Fundraising 2

D. Turning Points 2-3

E. Advancements 3

F. Merger 3-4

G. Activities 4

II. Ethics/Laws 5

A. Ethics 5

B. Other Clubs 5

C. Firearms Laws and Regulations 5,7

D. Cleanup 6

III. Gun Training Article 8

IV. Membership Graph 9

IV. Bibliography 10-11


The History of the Pine Island White Pines Sportsman's Club


The Pine Island White Pines Sportsman's Club has been a beneficial and superior organization for many years. There have been many people who were willing to give their time and support for the improvement of the club. There are also many activities and

fund raisers that are held within the years for the benefit of the organization and the members.


The organization known as the Pine Island Sportsman's Club began in 1943. The club was based at the White School (District 10) just west of Pine Island in Olmsted County. The club was run by the beginning members including: Orval Hart, Ray Harper, Ed Krause, Clance Lading, Earl Mott, Dr. Olson, Fritz Glamm, and Ervin Glamm.

In 1948, the building that is based along Highway 52 located just before Pine Island, was built. They received the land from Pete Brown of Pine Island. The club had much help and donated materials from the public for the process of the building. Baum Gardner Cement was a specific business of Pine Island that contributed and gave their support.



The Sportsman's Club has many fundraisers within the years. They started years ago with venison feeds and smelt feeds. Today the

fundraisers include: the Bay City fishing tournament, selling steak sandwiches at

the Pine Island Cheese Festival, snowmobile grass drags in Douglas, a raffle at the Oronoco Gold Rush, and a winter fundraiser raffling prints and guns.

The proceeds from the fundraising have been donated to many different places. Some of these places include: Pine Island High School Scholarship, Pine Island Golf Course, pheasants forever, the RIM

program, and food for wildlife. Some of the main proceeds went to the upkeep, taxes, and the new land purchase. The land purchase is a five- year contract hoping to be developed into wildlife habitat.

Turning Points:

There have been a few turning points in the years that the Sportsman's Club has been an organization. The two-lane highway next to the organizational building was processed into what is known today as Highway 52. This movement took place from 1953, to 1956. The construction was the main cause for the loss of many members of the Sportsman's club. The construction that was taking place on the highway caused there to be no access to the Sportsman's Club. The Sportsman's Club was shut down for the three years because of construction and was disturbing to the organization.


One of the main functions of the Sportsman's Club has been to teach firearms safety. The two members who began this training in 1956, were Bob Smith and George Dickinson. To this day, training is


still being held twice a year by George Dickinson, Gayle Cowden, Irve Ditrich, Mark Shroeder, and Kent Kerkhoff. This training is taught to the age range of twelve years and above. The training consists of classroom hours, learning videos, a field day, and target shooting. After passing the firearms training test, the members are registered with the State of Minnesota.

In the 60's, the members of the club decided to put in a new underground trap to throw clay pigeons. This trap was very important because the members have found this to be a main activity at the Pine Island Sportsman's Club. The trap was built with the help of the members and donated material. The Pine Island Sportsman's Club was actually designed for trap shooting. It was in the following years that everything else was added.


In 1980, the White Pines Sportsman's Club which was based in Oronoco, MN, merged with the Pine Island Sportsman's Club. The organization then became the Pine Island White Pines Sportsman's Club.

This merger was very beneficial to both of the organizations. This, therefore, brought many active members together as one sportsman's club. As a result of this merger, the two organizations brought many of their activities together.


The Sportsman's Club has many activities to offer to its members.

Trap shooting has been one of the main functions of the club. Some of the members run the trap league from spring until fall. This, in itself, raises money for the Sportsman's Club. The newest addition to the Sportsman's Club is the 3D archery range. The members started their own archery league also. Some of the other existing projects of the


Sportsman's Club include: the pistol range, road cleanup, tree planting, advanced hunter education, and archery training.


The Sportsman's Club tries to teach certain ethics to children and members throughout their training. The members work to let new members know about the privileges and ethics involved in hunting and other activities within the club. The club also teaches a sense of hunter behavior, and expectations of his/herself and those he/she hunts with.

These are all products of certain experiences in the field.

Other Clubs:

There are many other clubs around the United States that participate in the same events and activities as the Pine Island Sportsman's Club. The Brule River Sportsman's Club, Inc. is a larger organization in Brule, Wisconsin. This organization has a membership of 500 nation wide. Their basic motive is the preservation of the Brule River in Wisconsin. Another organization that contains similarities in the Pine Island Sportsman's Club is the Courtenay Fish and Game Club.

Since 1937, the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association has dedicated itself to wildlife conservation and management.

Firearms Laws and Regulations:

The Pine Island Sportsman's Club abides by the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), the National Firearms Act (NFA), and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) as on the proceeding page.



The Pine Island Sportsman's Club has contributed in many ways to the cleanup of the city of Pine Island as "The Stream Team" of White Bear Lake has to their surrounding areas. The Sportsman's Club has cleaned the North branch of the Zumbro River to help the cleanup of the surrounding waters. Their motive is to clean the waters of the area and to keep them clean.



Federal laws regulating firearms traffic into, from and within the United States are the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, the National Firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53, and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C.

2778. Authority to administer and enforce these laws rests with the Secretary of the Treasury. The Secretary has delegated responsibility to enforce the GCA, the NFA, and the importation provisions of the AECA to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The authority to enforce the exportation provisions of the AECA is delegated to the United States Customs Service (USCS).

The GCA was enacted for the purpose of keeping firearms out of the hands of those not legally entitled to possess them because of age, criminal background, or incompetence. The GCA was also designed to make State firearms laws more effective by channeling interstate commerce in firearms through

federally licensed businesses and generally confining firearms transactions by nonlicensees to their States of residence.

The NFA regulates certain classes of firearms, such as machineguns, short-barrel rifles, short-barrel shotguns, silencers, and destructive devices. The NFA requires that these weapons be registered by their makers, manufacturers, and importers and imposes taxes on transactions in such weapons.

The Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. 2778, gives the President the authority to control imports and exports of "defense articles," including firearms and ammunition, in furtherance of world peace and the security and foreign policy of the United States. The AECA requires permits and licenses to import and export such articles. Imports to and exports from certain "proscribed countries" are prohibited. The Department of the Treasury administers the import controls of the AECA and has delegated this authority to ATF. The State Department and the Customs Service administer and enforce the export controls of the AECA.


Membership of the White Pines Sportsman's Club

1943 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 1998

0 20 40 60 80 100 120










Bollman, Mary. “Sportsman's Club Holds Gun Safety Course.” News Record 1 October 1996.

Dickinson, George. Personal Interview. 23 November 1998.

Devone, Brian. "The Stream Team." The Minnesota Volunteer November 1998: 11-19.

Ferguson, Terry. Personal Interview. 7 December 1998.

Internet: http://bluegoose.arw.r9.fws.gov/NWRSFiles/WildlifeMgmt/WildlifeMgmtIndex.html

Internet: http://diane.island.net/~outdoors/

Internet: http://www.atftreas.gov/core/firearms/information/laws/laws.htm

Internet: http://www.ganet.org/dnr/wildlhuntingregslwmahuntreg.html

Internet: http://www.ganet.org/dnr/wildlnongame.html

Internet: http://www.ganet.org/dnr/wild/press/press.cgi?prfile=PR.19981124.01

Internet: http://www.kirshner.org/

Internet: http://www.lake-superior-exolorer.com/brsc/

Internet: http://www.wildlifemanagement.com/jecker/wildlife.nsf/wmcabout?OpenForm

Pine Island White Pines Sportsman's Club. [Pine Island, MN]: n.p., n.d.


Sharpe, Maitland. Ethics of Hunting and Life. St. Paul, Minnesota:

Department of Natural Resources, 1998.

Welcome to the Community. [Pine Island, MN] : n.p., n.d.


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