First Aid Kit – Courtesy of the National Armature Retriever Club

First Aid Kit

Good evening Central MN Retriever Club members

The Central MN Retriever Club Licensed AKC Retriever Hunt Test is on Friday, July 30th through Sunday, August 1st.  We’ve had successful Hunt Test here at CMRC for many years, and I am expecting the same results for this event.

CMRC is offering a O/H Qualifying on Friday, July 30.  On Saturday, July 31 we will start the Masters, and one of our Junior tests. If needed,  Sunday August 1 we will finish the Masters.  Also on Sunday, the Senior and the second Junior test will start.  For your information, the Master test will be the 1st test to Qualify for the 2022 Master National.

As test chair, I am responsible for securing and assigning workers for the event.  For our June Hunt Test we had a great turn out of club members to help, and I’m asking for your help again.

Our June Hunt Test netted the club a profit of approximately $5,000. This money helps our club do the projects on the grounds and gives us an outstanding place to train our dogs.

So with that said, I’m asking for your help again. Please reply to me via email or phone if you are able to help out. Even if you can only help for 1/2 a day… any little bit helps out.  Also if you have or know of any youth 16 years of age or older, and have firearms safety training, I may be able to put them to work as a paid worker for

If you would like to volunteer to work during the July Hunt Test please reply to me via email at or call or text me at 612-369-5208

Dan Tongen

CMRC Hunt Test Chair

The 15th Annual GMHTA GMHTA Minnesota Retriever Championship

The Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Association is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Minnesota Retriever Championships will return to the grounds where it all began 15 years ago!

This year Marten’s Meadows of the Central Minnesota Retriever Club will be the host grounds!

The event will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 beginning at 8 AM.

Any dog that is eligible to compete in AKC, NAHRA, and/or UKC retriever events and whose owner(s) reside within in the state of Minnesota, or is a current member in good standing of a member club of the Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Association is eligible to compete in this event.  This will be an Owner /Handler event.

This event may include aspects of AKC, NAHRA, and UKC Hunt tests.

The tests will be traditional hunt setups and may include elements of AKC, HRC and NAHRA venues with numerous hidden guns, decoys, and replicate realistic hunting scenarios.  Handlers will dress in customary hunting camouflage or dark clothing.  Handlers may be asked to carry a firearm on any series and may be asked to fire the weapon from the line.  No live ammo will be used on the line nor by any handler while handling a dog.  Firearm safety is of paramount importance.

Dogs will be tested adequately on land and water.  All tests are subject to the discretion of the judges.  Junior and Senior stakes will run at least two series and the Master test should run three series.  Judges will be generous with their callbacks, however dogs may be eliminated from further testing at the discretion of the judges.

Dogs at any level may run the Master Division

Dogs with a senior/intermediate/seasoned/hunter title or pass and no Master passes may run Senior or Master

Dogs with a junior/started title or pass and no passes at a higher level may run juniors or higher

Dogs will be placed 1st through 3rd in the Junior and Senior divisions and 1st through 4th in the Maste division.  Placement rosettes will be awarded as well as the Gordon Schlichting Memorial Travelling Trophy to the Master winner.  Master level finalists will also be awarded the Maroon and Gold Minnesota Master Ribbon.

All participants will be expected to abide by the rules that govern our sanctioned and licensed events in AKC, UKC, or NAHRA.  Unsportsmanlike conduct, mistreatment of your dog, cheating, or if your dog attacks another will result in the immediate disqualification from the event you will be excused from the test grounds.

Dogs will be evaluated in 4 categories: Marking, Style, Perseverance, and Trainability.

Member clubs of the Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Club Association are encouraged to furnish workers to be assigned a position as gunner, thrower, blind planter, marshal, or bird shagger.  Entrants may be asked to help in the field if the need arises

Entries will be open on  2021 Ret Champ Flyer

Greg Murtha

CMRC Secretary

Danny Farmer/ Mark Smith Seminar July 2-3 now open on Entry Express.

Learn more about handling as a team, troubleshooting, training to compete and more.  Dogs MH, Q, and All-Age

Central Minnesota Retriever Club – Danny Farmer / Mark Smith Seminar

Friday, July 02, 2021 – Saturday, July 03, 2021
Held in Sauk Rapids , MN

Entries Close: Monday, June 28, 2021 11:59:59 PM CT
Event Type: Seminars
Event Number: 20210702






Club Members-

Marsh and Meadows is holding their licensed event on the CMRC Grounds June 25 – 27, 2021

Please do not use the grounds for training starting this Thursday afternoon June 24th. The grounds will not be available for dog training.


Greg Murtha

CMRC Secratary

Open Judges: Spencer Buerkle and John Buesgens 11 Dogs Entered
1st – Jack CLM Jeff Dealstra
2nd – Spanky GRM Jean Ihnen
3rd – Reilly BLM Greg Murtha
4th – Jaggers CLM Jeff Dealstra
Annie BLF Chuck Beckmann
Qualifying Judges: Jeff VanGeest and Tom Torvik 24 Dogs Entered
1st – Shelby BLF Micah Jassman
2nd – Watson YLM Erin Butler
3rd – Cash BLM Paul Agranof
4th – Ty BLM Steve Goetze
Annie BLF Chuck Beckmann
Tessa CLF Tom Kubal
Bass BLM Jerry DeRose
Derby Judges: Steve Butler and Erin Butler 10 Dogs Entered
1st – MO BLM Debbie Reid
2nd – Dixie BLF Roger Peterson
3rd – Gage GRM Susan Klaussner
4th – Gunner CBRM Mike Walz
Beau YLM Justin Croteau
Taz YLM Steve Croteau
Puppy Judges: Steve Butler and Erin Butler 7 Dogs Entered
1st – Yogi YLM Rick Konkler
2nd –Willie CBRM Tim Bonnema
3rd – Finn BM Savannah Stang
Hunters Judges: Todd Fuchs and Greg Dodge 16 Dogs Entered
1st – Charlie BLM Belle Suchta –
2nd – Ricki GRF Judy Super
3rd – Toby BLM Bruce Zieglmeier
4th – Scally GRF Jerry DeRose
Bandit BLM Rich Lemmer
Sam BLM Darin Schadt
Chase YLM Harry Decker
Junior Hunter Judges: Joe Blackbird and Jeff LaTour 22 Dogs Entered
1st – Teal BLF Dean Javen
2nd – Scally GRM Jerry DeRose
3rd – Gage GRM Susan Kluesmer
4th – Finny GRM Patty Raymond
Chase YLM Harry Decker
Mo BLM Debra Reid

Open Judges: Tim Melham and Todd Korbel 19 Dogs Entered
1st – Brody YLM Jim Stang
2nd –Jagger CLM Jeff Dealstra
3rd – Joe BLM Bob Mattlin
4th – Cash BLM Paul Agranoff
Ribeye – YLM – Perry Punchochar
Rebel – GRM – Lynn and Tom Lane
Dutch – BLM – Steve Goetze
Reilly – BLM – Greg Murtha
Jack – CLM  – Jeff Dealstra
Qualifying Judges: Dick Ofstedal and Paul Agranoff 19 Dogs Entered
1st – Ty – BLM – Steve Goetze
2nd – Chevy – BLM – Wally Bialczak
3rd – Shelby – BLF – Micah Jassman
4th – No Award
Ruby – YLF – Craig Macholtz
Stella – YLF – Dan Tongen
Derby Judges: Spencer Buerkle and Doug Braun 7 Dogs Entered
1st – Tess – GRF – Sharon Sweep
2nd – Gilly – GRF – Jean Ihnen
3rd – Stitch – CBR – Josh Tritabaugh
4th – Scally – GR – Jerry DeRose
Dixie – BLF – Roger Peterson
Puppy Judges: Spencer Buerkle and Doug Braun 4 Dogs Entered
1st – Finn – BLM – Samantha Stang
Hunters Judges: Roger Peterson and Jean Ihnen 16 Dogs Entered
1st – Shelby – BLF Michah Jassman
2nd – Ruby – YLF – Craig Machholz
3rd – Greta – YLF – Dan Tongen
4th – Spur – BLF – Judd Latham
Stitch – GRF – Tom Lane
Louie – GRM – Judd Latham
Bandit – BLM – Rich Lemmer
Junior Hunter Judges: Debbie Russell and Darin Schadt 12 Dogs Entered
1st – Preacher – GRM – Adam Lane Handler – Tom Lane
2nd – Nellie – BLF – Waly Bialczak
3rd – Scally – GR – Jerry DeRose
4th – Chevy – GRM – Lynn Lane Handler – Tom Lane
Hero – GWP -Tim Holmgren
Gunner – CBR – Mike Walz
Finn – BLM – Savannah Stang
Annie – CBR – Josh Tritibaugh
Mo – BLM – Debra Reid
Clyde – CBR – Mike Fischer
Bear – BLF – Bill Bernig

February 11, 2021
Please plan to attend the Club meeting Saturday, February 13, 2021.  All are welcome and we value your input and any discussion.
Normally, after the meeting we have dog training available, however, with temps forecasted to be -10 degrees mid morning we are cancelling any organized training this Saturday.
Hope to see you Saturday!
Greg Murtha
CMRC Secretary


The December Informal Trial is Cancelled due to Governor’s COVID Restrictions.


The December Member Meeting is Cancelled due to Governor’s COVID Restrictions. The meeting will be rescheduled with date TBD.


Club Members-

Four Points Retriever Club is holding their NAHRA Hunt test next weekend August 29th and 30th on the Clubs grounds.  The grounds will be closed for training for those 2 days.  For those that train on Friday please limit your time to the morning as Four Points will be setting up their event and tests Friday afternoon.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Greg Murtha

CMRC Secretary


Master National 2020 – CANCELLED

I was informed this morning by Gordy Schlichting that the national masters hunt test, set for late Sept-early oct. here, has been cancelled. The raffle will go on as planned.


CMRC Hunt Test & O/H “Q”

July 24 – 26, 2020

Club leadership voted to hold a Hunt Test July 24 thru July 26. Considering the State of MN has loosened the requirements for outside events, it was determined the Club could put on an Event with all the precautions in place to make it safe and operational.
The Hunt Test will consist of a single Junior test, single Senior test, and a single Master test. In addition to the Hunt tests, an Owner Handler Qualifier Stake will be held as well. We expect this to be a well-attended event and need your help make it a success. Please contact Gordie Schlichting at 320-248-8533 to volunteer for this event.


Master National 2020 – CANCELLED

As many of you know, the Master National is scheduled to run at CMRC and the surrounding areas from September 26 through October 4. This event is the world’s largest competitive retriever event with expectations of 800-900 dogs competing over 8 days in 6-7 flights with 6 series.
The Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Association is the host entity. The GMHTA is asking its member clubs to support the event by providing workers to work in the field in the “dead bird” stations loading wingers and planting blinds. If working in the field is not an option, they also need workers to assemble lunches daily for the judges and workers of the event. The Master
National Retriever Club pays these volunteers by making a “donation” to the home club of each worker at the rate of $120 a day for a full day’s work. This is an outstanding opportunity for CMRC to earn considerable revenue for our club!

If you are interested and willing to volunteer for a day or multiple days of the event, please contact Gordie Schlichting. Volunteer workers will be assigned to specific flights and locations with advance communications prior to the event. Our plan is to have all assignments filled and
scheduled well in advance of the start of the event.
To reach Gordie you can call at 320-248-8533 or email at



The June 12-14 Hunt Tests have been CANCELLED due to COVID-19


Over the past several months an impressive number of projects were undertaken by dedicated Club Members on the grounds. The clearing of brush on islands, the building of a bridge, the digging of a meandering ditch, the digging of a new pond, and the creation of a number of new mounds and berms around the property. All of these new additions to the grounds were accomplished due to the work of a great number of club members working together. Too many have been involved to be named, but a heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to each of them.
We believe these new additions to our grounds creates a new, challenging and exciting training and testing opportunities for our members and event participants.
For the most part, the work is completed. The mounds and berms have been shaped and groomed, the ditch has been widened a bit to address some safety concerns, and the sizable amount of dirt from the excavation has been repurposed and spread out. There will be some continued maintenance and finishing details to be completed, especially on the island.
As of Saturday, May 9 all of the “raw earth” has been seeded. We ask members using the grounds to avoid using and driving in and on these areas until the grass is established and we have at least one mowing in these areas. Not to say dogs can’t run over these areas, but please avoid any kind of vehicular traffic in these areas and do not use these new mounds as the point of origin for your training setups.
We look forward to seeing our grounds make its customary spring transformation into the well manicured training property we have all grown accustomed to.
Enjoy your canine companions during this COVID-19 pandemic. The grounds remain open for training, but please be mindful of social distancing practices.


The May 13th Annual Shot Clinic and Spring Field Trial have been CANCELED due to COVID-19.


CMRC Members-

The April Informal has been officially cancelled due to the corona virus and the status of Gov. Walz executive order.  Stay tuned for word on future CMRC events.

Stay safe!

Greg Murtha



The CMRC Store is now open!

You can purchase quality apparel emblazoned with any one of our CMRC logos you wish.  There are t-shirts, short and long sleeved button-down shirts, sweatshirts, polar fleece jackets and vest, hats and Avery Handlers’ Jackets!

The store is open now and will remain open until April 15.  Get your orders in by then.  The items will be delivered to Gordie Schlichting and he will have them available to be picked up at the CMRC Spring Field Trial.

You have two options to place your order.  You can use the hard copy paper order form attached to this message and send your order in along with payment the old fashioned way.


Or you can place your order electronically by the following the directions below:

Go to and enter your form code: CMRC


Click on the link below.  The link below can also be given to your webmaster to add to your website. Copying and pasting the link after you’ve entered the code will not work. Use the link below exactly as shown if linking directly to the form.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Gordie at


Work has begun on a new pond on the West Field!

With the warm weather please be cautious of soft ground. Fill your divots!

New Mounds and Berms are being added around the grounds.


We are saddened by the recent passing of two CMRC Life Members and offer our sincere condolence to family members and friends of:

Joe Evans and Dan Hills


Sunday’s Informal is postponed and rescheduled to Sunday January 26th.

Predicted snow fall and cold sub-zero temperatures will make the Club grounds unusable.

Look forward to cooperating weather and a well-attended event Sunday the 26th!



Informal Events
Unfortunately, the December Informal was cancelled due to COLD below zero weather. The good news is, there’s another Informal on January 19th! Sign up begins at 8:30 and stakes start at 9:30 am. Entry fees are $15 for the Open, Qualifying, Hunters, Jr Hunters and Derby.

The Puppy stake is only $10. Please plan to attend…run your dog, see old friends, make new ones and volunteer!

The club needs judges, bird throwers and help in the kitchen. Please contact
any Board Members and them and let them know you are available to help.

Club Banquet Reservations

As previously announced via email blast to club members, our CMRC Club Banquet will be held Saturday February 1st at the Eastside VFW Post 4847, located at 104 Franklin Ave NE, St. Cloud.The price of the event is only $12 per plate and reservations are needed to plan for the quantity of dinners.

Social hour starts at 5pm and the dinner begins at 6pm.

Please call Sharon Sweep to reserve your place at 763-286-9452. You can also email Sharon at to confirm your attendance.

Club Banquet – Message from Club Member, Marlene Dingmann;

Good Day CMRC Members!
Our annual banquet and awards is fast approaching on Saturday, February 1st. I hope to see all of you there.
One of the highlights of the banquet has always been the raffle and silent auction. As much as the raffle and silent auction is a fundraiser for our club, it is also a time when the hard working members of our club can perhaps take home some swag after the many hours we have all put in
hosting field trials, hunt tests, winter informal trials and other club work.
If you would like to offer any items for either the raffle or silent auction, please let me know and bring them with you to the banquet.

If you would like to reach out to local businesses and donors who you have a relationship with and ask for their support of the club, I encourage you to do that as well. The assembly of prizes on the raffle and the items on the silent auction has always been the combined effort of many members of the club. I look forward to your continued support.

If you have any questions or want to reach out to me, I can be reached via email at or by call or text at 320-248-0544.
Thank you for your consideration and support of CMRC!

Grounds Improvement Project West End Field

Phase 1 of the Project is complete! The west to east swale and various mounds completed by the excavation contractor came in substantially under the approved budget for the project.
This unexpected savings propelled the plans for Phase 2 Improvement to start in the spring of 2020 earlier than expected.
Phase 2 Improvement includes the digging and creation of a pond on the North side of the field. Phase 2 will start when the ground is frozen as this is the best time for excavation of this type.
Maybe some of noticed the contractors’ excavation equipment on the grounds… storing the equipment on the grounds removes the road restriction issues affecting transportation of heavy equipment during the spring and potentially delaying the start of the Project.


Central Minnesota Retriever Club 35th Annual Club Party

February 1, 2020

Location:   East Side VFW Post 4847

104 Franklin Ave NE

St. Cloud, MN  56304


(Located right off of HWY 10 and St. Germain by Mikes Repair and Hwy 10 Off Sale Liquor)

Cost of the meal is $12 per person

Cocktail Hour is at 5:00 pm The Meal will be served at 6:00 pm

Come and join us in the raffles and silent auctions.

Click Link Below for Reservation Form:


The Sunday December 15, 2019 Informal is cancelled!

Below zero temperatures are forecast.


No meeting in August


Hello everyone

This is a reminder that CMRC is holding the June meeting this Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the club house.  We hope to see you there.

This weekend is the 2019 annual Hunt Test for CMRC.  Gordie Schlichting is in charge of the event. All help and support is greatly appreciated.

Linda Twiss


Hello everyone

CMRC has several things on the calendar for the next couple of weeks.

April 27th and 28th is a double Informal weekend.  Mark your calendars and run both days.  Winter is finally over and it is time for the dogs to have fun as well as the handlers.

May 4th is the Spring Clean Up Day.  We have an extra dumpster designated for the clean up and we need help filling it up.  The club house needs to be cleaned up for the upcoming trials and hunt tests.  The truck body is going away along with old culverts, metal and trash.

The refrigerator in the club house has died a death due to water running through the club house. Bummer.  Does anyone have a WORKING refrigerator that they are willing to donate to the club?  It will be greatly appreciated!

May 8th is the annual shot clinic that Doc Dennis Nelson does for the club.  This starts at 3 pm and is followed by the club meeting at 7 pm.  Doc Nelson is very generous to the club and donates the proceeds over and above his expenses back to the club.  Your dogs will be able to receive all their vaccinations, rabies shots & certificate as well as the heart worm meds for the year.  All canines are welcome to attend the clinic and the vaccinations are at a discount as compared to the usual expense of your regular veterinarian.

The May meeting will follow the shot clinic at 7 pm.



The Informal Trial scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019 has been cancelled due to the heavy snow cover and limited access/parking space.

A Double Header Informal Trial has been scheduled for the last weekend of April, 4/27 & 28, 2019. Hope to see you then! (Assuming the grounds are not under water. …


CONGRATULATIONS to Bob Zylla and Steve Yozamp on the induction of NFC-AFC Seaside’s Pelican Pete into the Retriever Hall of Fame on February 9, 2019!


The annual club banquet is February 2, 2019 at the St Cloud VFW.    Have you made your reservations with Sharon Sweep?  The VFW needs a head count on Monday, January 28th so please contact Sharon to include you and a guest on the reservation list.


I know it is cold, but do not let that stop you from enjoying an evening with your fellow club members.


Call Sharon   763-286-9452.


January 20 Informal Trial has been cancelled due to extreme cold.


CMRC Annual Banquet

The CMRC annual banquet is scheduled for February 2, 2019 at the VFW in Sauk Rapids, MN.  The social hour begins at 5:00 pm and the dinner is at 6:00 pm.  More details will be coming.  This banquet is a major fund raising event for the club and the success depends upon the donations for the club general raffle, specialized raffles and the silent auctions.


Every member is encouraged to approach vendors for donations and/or bring donations themselves.  Sharon Sweep is spearheading  the event so members are asked to make contact with Sharon to coordinate donations.  Sharon: 763-286-9452  or


NOTICE: The CMRC grounds will be closed for training 10/4/2018 – 10/6/2018 to accommodate the LRC Event

The Labrador Retriever Club 2018 Minnesota Fall Field Trial (New Location)
Friday, October 05, 2018 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Held in Sauk Rapids , MN
Entries Close: Monday, September 24, 2018 11:59:59 PM CT
Event Type: AKC Retriever Field Trial
Event Number: 2018077320

Stake Fee Entries Judges Start
Open All-Age $95.00 55 Louie Churack / Bob Swenson 10/5/2018 8:00 am
Amateur All-Age $95.00 43 Brad Bellmore / Rick Anderson 10/6/2018 8:00 am
Derby $85.00 15 Bob Zylla / Steve Bray 10/6/2018 8:00 am


A friendly reminder that your club needs some volunteers for the Field Trial this weekend of August 3rd thru the 5th.  Are you able to help out all 3 days or a half day?  Many of you have already called to offer their time – Thank you.

Please call Duane Smith 612-366-6346 or Linda Twiss  612-964-7543


Hello everyone.

 There will not be a meeting for CMRC on Monday August 6, 2018 due to the Fall Field trial being run on August 3 – 5, 2018.

 The club is looking for volunteers to help run the event.  We need stakes chairs, marshals, bird throwers, live gunners, some one to help clean the club house prior to the event and people to take birds from line.

 If you are able to help a half day or up to all full 3 days, please call Duane Smith at 612-366-6346 or Linda Twiss 612-964-7543.

 Thank you for your help.

 Linda Twiss

May 2018 Obituaries

We are saddened by the news, this week, of two CMRC families notifying us of  losses. We offer our sincere condolence to family members and friends.

May 13, 2018

Brian Mills – Husband of Julie Doubek-Mills Information may be found via:

May 14, 2018

Steve Miller – Information may be found via:


Preparations are underway for the Spring Field Trial May 25 – 27.

Please contact Duane Smith and volunteer to assist with the event!


The Annual CMRC shot clinic will be held in the parking lot of CMRC on May 9, 2018 starting at 3 pm.  The shot clinic will be followed by the monthly club meeting at 7 pm.


The April Informal has been cancelled.

Between the snow and water running over the fields and dike road,

the grounds have taken a big hit. 

Rather than risk rutting up the grounds, we have decided to cancel the April event. 

The next Informal will be held on December 16, 2018.


Thank you all for making the banquet a GREAT success! !!!

Central Minnesota Retriever Club

33rd Annual Club Party

February 3, 2018

Location:   East Side VFW Post 4847

104 Franklin Ave NE

St. Cloud, MN  56304


(Located off  HWY 10 at St. Germain, behind Hwy 10 Off Sale Liquor)


Cost of meal is $12 per person

Cocktail Hour: 5:00 pm

Dinner served at 6:00 pm

Join us for Fellowship, Raffles Silent auctions and 2017 Informal Trial High Point Dog Awards!

Send your reservations to Sharon Sweep, 1032 Bromo Ave, St. Cloud, MN 55303
Cellular: 763-286-9452
Name: ___________________________________________
Number Attending _________________________________
It is possible to pay at the door, but the exact number of meals must be reserved.
Contact Sharon with the number of people attending.
**** Downloadable pdf Reservation Form here ****
CMRC_2018 Annual Banquet Reservation Form

Sunday, January 21, 2018 is the Informal for CMRC.  Sign up begins at 8:15 and the event starts at 9:00 am.  The judges have been lined up and now we need handlers to step forward and throw birds for each other.  Talk to Dan Stavrum as you sign up for direction as to where help is needed.
Sharon Sweep is Chairing the club banquet at the VFW on February 3rd, 2018.  A sign up sheet is available to indicate which vendors you are willing to approach for donations for the raffles.
Big changes are happening.  Monthly club meetings for January, February and March 2018 will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am followed by dog training.  Mark your calendars and reference the calendar on this web site for event information.
Members & Guests offer a HUGE THANK YOU to “Dogs-Up Ramps” (Duane Smith II), “CMRC” and the “Burt Fosse Culinary Team” for a fantastic Hog Roast following Fall Field Trial activity Saturday, 8-5-2017.