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Park High School graduate Nate Jones, 23, is taking up archery training full time in the hope of reaching his lifelong dream of being an archer on the U.S. Olympic team. (Forum News Service photo by Emily Buss)

Training like an Olympian: Cottage Grove's Jones shoots his way to top regional archer

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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Roughly 22 meters separates Nate Jones’ lightweight carbon arrow and the small, black bullseye on the target down range at High Five Archery in Stillwater. He loads his Win & Win Carbon Recurve Riser, a popular bow among sportsmen, steadies his grip, takes aim and lets it fly.

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“That was a good one,” said Jones, 23, following the hollow thud as the arrow slammed straight into the target’s X.

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