Crookston High School senior and trap shooter donates her latest winning work

    Jordan Lessard, an incoming senior at Crookston High School, loves the outdoors, hunting and guns. Her affection for all three continues to be apparent, as this summer, as part of a Polk County 4-H, she crafted a sign for the Crookston Gun Club that she donated to the club, located a mile north of Crookston on Highway 75.

    Lessard’s 2017 project comes on the heels of a similar creation of hers last year, a Ducks Unlimited emblem, which she donated and is on display at Cabela’s in East Grand Forks.

    That project, as well as the 2017 Crookston Gun Club sign, come naturally for Lessard, 17, the top female shooter this past spring on the Crookston Pirates Trapshooting squad. Unlike some of her other projects that are based on existing emblems or logos, Lessard came up with an original design for the Gun Club sign. Similar to her previous works, her latest creation incorporates things like clay targets and spent shotgun shells.

    Lessard entered the Crookston Gun Club sign at the Polk County Fair in Fertile earlier this month and was awarded a Blue Ribbon and a Grand Champion Ribbon. She could have taken the sign to the upcoming Minnesota State Fair, but instead donated it to the Gun Club. Lessard’s other winning project at the county fair this summer, a Bass Pro Shops emblem that she will also be donating to Cabela’s, will go with her to the state fair in the coming weeks.

    Lessard is the daughter of Dave and Melanie Lessard of Crookston.

    “We are once again very proud of Jordan on her dedication to her 4-H projects,” Melanie said. “They just seem to be getting better and better every year.”

    Darin Selzler, a lieutenant with the Crookston Police Department who is also president of the Crookston Gun Club, said the club is very appreciative of Lessard’s talents, as well as her generosity.

    “As president of the Crookston Gun Club and on behalf of the Crookston Gun Club officers, directors and members, we very much appreciate this generous and wonderful gift,” Selzler told the Times. “Jordan Lessard is very talented, and we are proud to have her plaque represent the Crookston Gun Club.”

    Jordan Lessard isn’t the only talented kid in the family. Her younger sister, Brylee, 15, received widespread accolades for her creations in 2016, and has followed up this year with an original piece for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Crookston. Melanie Lessard said Brylee will be donating the piece to the organization later this week.