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Mandan Rodeo donates $14,000 to charity aiding injured military veterans

The Mandan Rodeo Committee raised $14,000 through its 2013 “Patriot Night” and other fundraising activities for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that supports military veterans and their families. The committee conducted a raffle for a pair of single-action revolvers, diamond earrings and tickets to the National Finals Rodeo as well as a live auction featuring guitars signed by performing artists and the original oil painting featured on the 2013 rodeo poster.

Lee Feist, of Bismarck, was the winner of the revolvers valued at $1,600, donated by GunHutt. Darrell Miller, of Bismarck, won the diamond earrings, hoops with five diamonds each, equaling a half carat, donated by Westley’s Jewelry. The earrings have a retail value of $1,000.

The premier auction item was a “Saddle Up” retro-style guitar signed by country music artists and donated by Nightlife Music and Limousine. The buyer was Dale Pahlke of Dakota Community Bank and Trust. An electric guitar, donated by Nightlife and the Bismarck Mandan Musicians Association, was sold to Pius Bitz, Bitz Auctioneers, Bismarck. The original oil painting by artist Deb Knuth, Baldwin, of bullfighter Josh Rivinius, was sold to Jeremy Bruhn, Blaisdell. Other auction items included the Justin boots sold first to Dave Dockter, Mandan, and a print featuring National Finals Rodeo qualifiers sold to Rod Wilhlem, Bismarck.

Wounded Warriors provides programs to meet the needs of injured service members. Programs are structured to nurture the mind and body as well as to encourage economic empowerment and engagement. More information is available at