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Outdoors blog: Cromwell couple earns hunting award

Nancy and Jerry Graham of Cromwell were named adult winners of Minnesota's 17th annual Ethical Deer Hunter Award, according to a Department of Natural Resources news release. The Grahams spent several hours creating and building a deer stand that included a mechanical winch that enabled their good friend, Dick Huhta, to hunt deer for the first time in four years.

Health issues had prevented Huhta from hunting. The Grahams' work paid off when Huhta shot a doe on opening day of the firearms season.

This year's youth winner is Marissa Mattson, 14, of Prior Lake. She participated in her first firearms season, following all safety procedures, according to her father, Tyler Mattson.

The awards are presented by the DNR, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Turn In Poachers.