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A few young Sanborn County residents competed in rodeo events over the weekend, and they all performed well, with some qualifying for state with their performances. 

Cort Stevens competed in Huron on Sunday and finished third in the bareback steer riding and fourth in flag race. Cort is now qualified for state in all four events he competes in. They are flag race, breakaway, goat tying and bareback steer riding. 

Teya and Trey Moody competed in Huron on Sunday, as well. Teya placed second and qualified for state on Sunday in the breakaway event. Trey is still working on his times. Both will have the chance to qualify in events in a few more rodeos scheduled this summer.

Mason Moody continues to ride well in the bull riding event. He competed both Thursday and Friday nights at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo in Mitchell. Thursday night he didn’t make the whistle, but Friday night, he rode the full eight seconds and earned a score of 86 points, which put him in second place by the end of the four-day event. 

Aubrey Moody has had an awesome summer of rodeo and has qualified for the state rodeo finals in all five events she competes in. They are flag race, pole bending, barrels, goat tying and breakaway. Her results so far are as follows: in Aberdeen on July 3-4, Aubrey finished first in the flag race and third in both barrels and poles in Saturday’s competition and was reserve all around, and on Sunday, she earned first in barrels, goat tying, breakaway and flag race and finished as the all-around champion; on July 10, Aubrey competed in Chamberlain and earned first place in flag race and second in breakaway; on July 11, she competed in Kennebec and earned first in goat tying and poles and second place in barrels and breakaway, which earned her enough points to be all-around champion again; and on Saturday, July 17, Aubrey competed in Huron and earned first in both flag race and barrels. Aubrey is sitting at second in the state overall in goat tying, which got her a spot on the National Jr. High team for goat tying to compete at the National Finals in DesMoines, Iowa.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

PIERRE – The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) begins year two of the Junior Beef Ambassador program, a program giving area youth, ages five to 18, the opportunity to share their beef story.

The program has increased to 33 Junior Beef Ambassadors from across South Dakota. They will be assisting with various SDBIC promotion events and sharing photos and videos highlighting their ranch and what they do as South Dakota beef farmers and ranchers for consumer promotions on social media. They will also be sharing delicious beef recipes for everyone to try!

“Our youth are the future of this industry, and we want to prepare them and encourage them to be proud and eager to share their beef story and be willing to promote the beef product,” states Jr Beef Ambassador coordinator, Caitlin Wonnenberg. “We are so excited to have several of our 2020 Jr Beef Ambassadors back, as well as some new ones joining this year!”

The 2021/2022 Junior Beef Ambassadors are: Charles Barber, Jayne Blume, Barrett Butzer, Maggie DeMers, Hudson Fouberg, Ramsey Fouberg, Matea Gordon, Bailey Gjernes, Kaylin Gjernes, Josephine Hamiel, Kamden Hamiel, Bentlee Holt, Cambree Holt, Kolt J., Elliot J., Cashley King, Koyle King, Rylee Klein, Brooklyn Marshall, Natalie Marshall, Baylor Pazour, Jennings Pazour, Ladd Pazour, Ned Pazour, Scarlett Radke, Thorne Radke, Fidelia Rasmussen, Megan Sanders, Kaycee Scheel, Ella Stiefvater, Kingston Wulf, Madilyn Wulf and Treston Zens. These beef ambassadors come to the SDBIC program from across the state of South Dakota.

Junior Beef Ambassadors received beef educational training and collaborated with SDBIC staff on July 12 to create ideas to help tell their beef story and give them the opportunity to interact with consumers and help promote beef in their local communities and throughout the state of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council works on behalf of South Dakota beef producers through the $1 Beef Checkoff program.

For more information on Beef Checkoff and statewide efforts visit and or contact Suzy Geppert at

….See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Pictured are U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson with the Vietnam Veterans he honored with a commemorative pin and a handshake of gratitude for their service during the Vietnam War.

On Tuesday, July 13, South Dakota’s U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson came to Woonsocket to present Vietnam Commemoration Pins to some of the Vietnam veterans from Sanborn County and the surrounding area. According to a representative from Johnson’s office, “Dusty has honored more than 100 South Dakota Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam Commemoration Pin since last year. The Vietnam Commemoration Program is a partnership with the Department of Defense and Congress.” 

Twelve veterans were honored at the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Sanborn County Courthouse last Tuesday.

Read about all those honored in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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