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Bailey Feistner competed and was named the 2020 Jr. Miss Black Hills Roundup Rodeo. Feistner competed on Monday, June 29, in the following categories: fashion forward, impromptu questions, inpromptu speech, modeling, interview and horsemanship.  She won the categories of speech, personal appearance and the All Around Jr. Miss Title. Bailey represented her title at events throughout the Fourth of July holiday by carrying flags at the rodeos, attending sponsor and radio interviews, making a parade appearance and attending many other events.  

The Black Hills Roundup Rodeo is a PRCA rodeo which is held in Belle Fourche.  It is a long standing rodeo with history going back to World War I where the event originally started as a fundraiser for the Red Cross. Belle Fourche was alive with events as 2020 marked the 101st year of the rodeo. 

Bailey is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Feistner, of Woonsocket.

PIERRE – More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

“South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases when compared to other states. Local mosquito control efforts play a vital role in protecting our communities,” said Bill Chalcraft, administrator of public health preparedness and response for the Department of Health.

All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $500 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2019.

Since its first human WNV case in 2001, the state has reported 2,612 human cases and 46 deaths. Every county has reported cases.

Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $8.5 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.

Letcher was awarded $2,157, and Woonsocket was awarded $2,482.

Visit for more West Nile prevention information.

On a very hot Fourth of July afternoon, the Woonsocket American Legion Post 29 conducted what has become an annual event for the Water Festival, its Bean Bag Tournament. They had 48 teams spread out on the lawn on the east side of the high school for the first tournament, and 20 teams stayed around for a second tournament. 

In the first tournament the winning teams were: first place – Team Trump 2020, Gary Earl and Mike Dorris; second place – Team AJ and Lori, AJ Williams and Lori Scholten; third place – team Miles and Jacob, Miles Dise and Jacob Rosemore. 

In the second tournament, the winners were: first place – Team Miles and Jacob; second place – Team Super Troopers, John VandenHoek and Troy VanGenderen; third place – Team Jen and Casey, Jennifer Goergen and Casey Beigh. 

It was a great event to help support the local American Legion and wonderful for some of the winners to donate their winnings back to the Water Festival Committee to help pay for the fireworks.

…See photos of the winners in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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