UPDATED FEB. 2021
Carver County 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program
4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife (SS&WL) program is designed for youth to build skills in the safe use of firearms and archery, and learn the importance of protecting Minnesota’s natural resources.
Participants in the program must complete 15 hours of instruction in a specific discipline to qualify for the state competition their first year of participation and then eight hours every year after that. The project area covers the following disciplines: wildlife, archery, air rifle, air pistol, BB, tomahawk, black powder, and trap. Age requirements are listed on the website for each discipline.
The youth are taught by certified instructors who are 4-H volunteers in the Carver County 4-H program and will meet again, following safety protocols, when there are spaces available to safely meet in-person, or via an online platform.
For further information about the 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program, contact the Carver County 4-H Extension Office at 952-466-5300, or visit https://local.extension.umn.edu/local/carver/4-h.
In 4-H, young people build the skills they need for a lifetime – they learn and lead with the support of caring adults. 4-H’ers can design their own activities, or take part in a structured one. Youth learn by doing. This learning model teaches them life skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making, coping, communicating, and teamwork.
Area 4-H clubs include: Mayer Riverside 4-H Club, New Horizons 4-H Club,Youngwood 4-H Club, Pleasant Valley 4-H Club, and Waconia Whiz Kids 4-H Club. Each club decides on in-person or online monthly meetings. There are also a variety of state and county-wide learning opportunities available. Enrollment will begin on October 1st.
Anyone interested in more information about these clubs or Carver County 4-H in general should call the Carver County Extension Office at 952-466-5300, or email the extension office at email@example.com. The office is closed to walk-ins.
More information is also available at https://extension.umn.edu/4-h/about-4-h or https://extension.umn.edu/4-h/join-or-re-enroll.
New Germany American Legion
The New Germany American Legion was formed in 1946. It provides color guard assembly for funerals and parades, commemorates Memorial Day, and hosts turkey bingo at Thanksgiving. Milan Taylor is the post commander.
The Legion Club regularly meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Germany City Hall, the first Monday of the month, beginning in September, through May. The club also hosts a banquet in June for its members.
The post has available for purchase 3-foot-by-5-foot and 4-foot-by-6-foot American flags, and also has wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers to loan.
For more information about the Legion, contact Milan Taylor at 612-240-8603.
New Germany Commercial Club
The New Germany Commercial Club was first organized by local businessmen in 1934, and later opened up to community members in the ‘70s. It is a volunteer organization created to advance community interest and civic participation in providing area residents and visitors with recreational facilities and family-oriented activities.
The club is active in maintaining a men’s softball league during the summer months. If interested in joining a softball team, call Eric at 952-53-2285. The softball field is also available for rent, if your team/league needs a home field. If the schedule works for the concession stand, that would be open for refreshments. To reserve, call Eric at 952-353-2285.
The New Germany Commercial Club also co-hosts a men’s state softball tournament with the Hollywood Sports Complex.
It also hosts an annual Halloween party at city hall the Saturday prior to Oct. 31, with games and treats for all the children in the community. A pancake breakfast with Santa typically takes place at city hall the first Saturday in December, and an Easter event, which includes an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny, takes place in spring.
Commercial Club meetings are scheduled as needed. New members and new ideas are always welcome. For more information, call Shirley Jaeger at 952-353-2208.
Mayer and New Germany Sportsmen Club
The Mayer Sportsmen Club started more than 50 years ago, and has since evolved to become the Mayer and New Germany Sportsmen Club.
The big club event takes place in April, when firearms instruction classes are taught to people 11 years old and older. The classes are taught by the club’s state-certified firearms instructors.
President Stan Heldt, secretary Gail Heldt, and treasurer Sandy Heldt help to lead the club’s 20 members.
Meetings take place quarterly at the Mayer Community Center. If interested in attending, call Stan Heldt at 952-657-2169 for more information.
Experienced firearms instructors include Doug Ernst, Chris Capaul; Stan, Sandy, and Charlie Heldt; Mitch Gordon, and Beth Schrupp.