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Local man is top Firearms Safety instructor in the state

Mike Neault was honored Thursday as Minnesota's 2010 Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association banquet in Carlton. But Neault would like a name added to this year's plaque: Linda Neault, his wife.

"They are truly a team," said Captain Mike Hammer, education and safety coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Unfortunately, we don't have a team award."

But Mike Neault didn't let the red-tape stop him from recognizing his wife and teaching partner. He purchased a gun -- matching the one he received along with his award -- as a surprise and presented it to Linda Thursday night.

Read more of this story in next week's Pine Journal.