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Published November 30, 2011, 10:40 AM

National Finals Rodeo has first ND barrel racer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck's Britany Fleck is making history at the National Finals Rodeo, which gets under way Thursday in Las Vegas.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck's Britany Fleck is making history at the National Finals Rodeo, which gets under way Thursday in Las Vegas.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/tl56aj) that Fleck is the first North Dakota woman to qualify for the event in barrel racing.

The 28-year-old Fleck is 12th in the world standings. She clinched a spot in the National Finals Rodeo during the final weekend of the season at a rodeo in Omaha, Neb. She began that weekend ranked 16th, and only the top 15 qualify.

Fleck is the only North Dakotan competing in this year's 10-day finals.

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