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Forum staff reports, Published May 26 2012

Nine inductees added to Hall of Honorees

MEDORA, N.D. – The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Trustees have identified seven individuals, one rank horse and a ranch to be inducted into the Hall of Honorees.

Walter Piehl Sr. produced NDRA rodeos and supplied stock for other producers for PRCA, NDRA and open rodeos in N.D., S.D. and Minn. For 15 years.

Norman “Peg” O’Neil has been dubbed the “father” of the idea of the NDRA and he served as its first president. The NDRA established the “Peg O’Neil Rookie of the Year” buckle in 2001 in his honor.

Pete Pelissier created a Wild West Show that traveled along the route of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was called the “Buffalo Bill of the Missouri Slopes.”

Newton Burr Sr. had first places in three events by the time he was 17 years old. He didn’t hang up his spurs until he was 53 after winning five championship saddles. After his death on July 22, 2006, his memory was honored with a Memorial Bull and Bronc Bash at Four Bears Casino.

Bob Christophersen began wrestling steers at youth rodeos in 1959 and earned his RCA card in 1967. He operated Big Sky Hitches in Glendive, Mont., and coached the rodeo team at Dawson College.

Angus Bell ranched for over 30 years, and he won the Rough Rider Hotel in a card game and became its proprietor for years. He died in the winter of 1935 and is buried in the Medora Cemetery.

Melvin Leland has been recognized as Society for Range Managements’ Rangeman of the Year, Saddle and Sirloin Agriculturalist of the Year, McKenzie County Soil Conservation, NDSU Agriculturalist of the Year, Red Angus Breeder of the Year, Mont. Red Angus President’s Award and N.D. Stockmen’s Association Honorary Membership Award.

Price Ranch now consists of 18,000 acres with 5,000 being irrigated and 10,000 head feedlot. The Prices have done a lot to develop the export of U.S. beef.

Anchors Aweigh dominated the saddle-bronc riding scene in North Dakota for two decades. In 1982 he earned the “Most Outstanding Saddle Bronc Horse” title in the North American Rodeo Commission Finals.

Ceremonies for the inductees will be June 22-23 in Medora. There will be a special reception in the NDCHF Center of Western Heritage and Cultures June 22.

Tickets for the reception, meal and entertainment are limited to 250. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call the NDCHF Medora Center at (701) 623-2000.

There will be an indu-tion program starting at noon June 23 at the Tjaden Terrace.