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Published February 20, 2012, 10:52 AM

ND Cowboy Hall of Fame holding annual event

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is holding its 17th annual membership and trustee meetings, banquet and fundraising auction this weekend.

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is holding its 17th annual membership and trustee meetings, banquet and fundraising auction this weekend.

The events are Saturday at the Seven Seas In Mandan. Radio personality and professional rodeo announcer Jim Thompson is the keynote speaker. A Friday evening reception will feature past Miss Rodeo America Ashley Andrews-Alderson. A town hall meeting on Saturday will discuss the impact of the oil boom on western North Dakota heritage.

The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora has had some recent financial difficulties that officials attributed to the poor national economy, flooding around the state last year and a drop in tourism. But the hall recently paid last year's overdue construction bond payment, making the extended deadline of Jan. 31.

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