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Lanesboro boy with big heart honored


The memory of a generous young man lives on long after he passed away.  The name Hunter Bergo might not ring a bell with a lot of people, but apparently Hunter was a very important kid.  So important in fact, that his family is still honoring every way he wanted to give to others two years after his death.  Hunter was a 10-year-old boy from Lanesboro, who was killed in an ATV accident in 2016.  Each year since then, his family has been putting on a memorial archery shoot in his honor.  

"So, we decided to start this up and have kind of, we wanted to donate money because Hunter was big into giving people something so there was a couple families in the area in need that we decided that we needed to help out," explains Hunter's uncle Luke Bergo, "Kinda got together with all the community members and so many people have chipped in, it's been an amazing experience." 

Near Hunter's hometown, a silent auction and shooting course with 30 targets were available for participants at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on Sunday afternoon.  Family members say this is how Hunter would have wanted it, since he was an enthusiastic outdoorsman.  

"Hunting, fishing, whatever he could possibly do outside, he was outside doing it," describes Justin Slavin, another uncle of Hunter, "Riding his dirt bike, just being outside.  He loved going out with his dad, first and foremost.  Lotta pictures in here of Hunter out with his dad hunting."  

Indeed, there were plenty of memories of Hunter on display during the event.  

"Right here we got a picture of him and his dad shooting a bear," says Luke Bergo, pointing to one of the pictures on display at the event, "And I believe that would have been their last bear hunt together, so it was a pretty cool experience." 

Money raised from the silent auction and archery shoot went to help two local families having trouble with medical bills.  

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