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Paint ball "bullets" whizzed around the front lawn of Montana State University-Northern's Student Union Building Tuesday as area youth and young adults ate up a two-day opportunity to participate in a paint ball competition sponsored by the Montana Army National Guard's Mobile Events Unit. The Guard promotion activity followed its activities at the Great Northern Fair. Sgt. First Class Tim Feisthamel said the group had a sign-up sheet for the event at the National Guard military police unit's fair booth. A group of about 25 teens and young adults broke into several teams and gathered around the course Monday, when the event opened, to watch the Guardsmen battle it out with anyone willing to take them on. Just after the last round, Feisthamel talked with the Havre Daily. "We started setting up around 9 a. m.," he said. "We had our first match around 11 a.m. It was for anyone that wanted to come have a little free fun. This is a recruiting effort," he said. The Guard unit received the paint ball course a week ago, and it will be used throughout the state. Havre’s event was the first time it had been used. The Mobile Events Unit tours around Montana offering challenging experiences such as rock climbing, paint ball and more, all meant to break the ice with potential recruits. While participating, members of the unit speak to young adults about opportunities in the Montana Army National Guard.