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Jorgenson Family Establishes DSU Rodeo Scholarship
North Dakota Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

The family of Dale and Barbara Jorgenson has chosen to honor the couple by establishing a new scholarship benefiting Dickinson State University (DSU) rodeo program students titled the Dale & Barbara Jorgenson Family Rodeo Endowment Scholarship. The scholarship was developed to support students from McKenzie County and North Dakota who are planning to attend DSU and participate in rodeo.

Dale and Barbara Jorgenson, lifelong McKenzie County residents and ranchers married in 1958, chose McKenzie County to make their home and raise their family. They purchased a ranch east of Watford City in 1963 and raised three children, Tim, Tom and Joan. The Jorgenson's have seven grandchildren and currently have one great-grandson. Both Dale and Barbara attended DSU.

Dale's lifelong commitment to rodeo competition started at a young age with a 1956 North Dakota High School Bareback Riding championship. At the intercollegiate level, he was a member of the inaugural Dickinson State University Rodeo Team, which won the team title for their region in the first year of existence.

Dale was third in the nation in bull riding that year. A perennial champion in the NDRA, Dale won championships at both ends of the arena including bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and all-around titles.

In his later years, Dale was an avid team roper. His passion for horses and competition led him to compete in many roping events held across the region. The Jorgenson arena was always a welcome place for young cowboys to get some helpful instruction and to have a place to practice.

Dale's resume of championships earned him an induction to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2002, which was a source of great pride to him. His lifelong passion for the sport of Rodeo and the Western Way of Life lives on in his family today. The Jorgenson family continues with each ensuing generation to be competitive in the sport of rodeo.

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