By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Nicollet County commissioners approved an amendment to existing conditional use permits that would include trap, long-range rifle, short-range pistol, sporting clays, a pistol target range, and an outdoor archery range at the former River Ridge Gun Club near Courtland. The measure includes additional conditions of not allowing shooters to drink alcohol prior to or during shooting, setting a .39 caliber gun limit and directing county staff to address black powder guns. The gun club was recently acquired by Joe and Christine Michaletz of Michaletz Properties, LLC. Last week, the Mankato-based developers were unanimously granted an after-the-fact conditional use permit after they began earth work at the gun range last summer.

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