In honor of his 50 years of teaching firearm safety in Pequot Lakes, Calvin Wallin was presented with a watch from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

In his time as an instructor, Wallin said the greatest changes he has noticed are how his students have gone from mostly boys to a fairly even split of boys and girls, as well as how many parents and grandparents now take the course alongside their children.

The watch - with the department logo adorned on its face - was presented to Wallin by local conservation officer Eric Sullivan who expressed his appreciation for Wallin’s efforts, along with the efforts of all of the area’s volunteers.