Cowboy Up Friends.....WE NEED YOUR HELP!! As you all know this weekend we held our 11th Annual Cowboy Up Ride Against Cancer. Last night the McLeod Schoolhouse & Bethany Lutheran Church in McLeod were vandalized. The annual fundraising breakfast & Church services had to be cancelled. Vandals broke in and found paint in the church basement. They splattered paint on the piano & this beautiful picture on the alter. They stole the sound system & wireless mics. They also broke into the schoolhouse causing damage to the exterior & interior of the building. They made pancakes leaving a note saying "thanks for the pancakes Ha Ha" & wrote "2009".

There is a $1500 reward being offered for the arrest & conviction of the individuals involved.


Please contact the Ransom County Sheriff's Office at 701-683-5255, Art Hagen 701-439-2601 or myself 701-361-3522 with any information

Addresses were in the comments but just making it easier for people to find them.
Donations for the Museum & Chuch can be sent to
McLeod Museum
Art Hagen
15010 County Road 8

McLeod ND 58057

Bethany Lutheran Church
6959 149th Ave SE
McLeod, Nd 5805

Photos by KVLY 

Bruce Van Den Einde had a dream to do a ride for cancer.  One idea was to get sponsors and he would ride across ND with his horse, Buster and donate all the proceeds to a cancer organization.  He thought it would be more fun to include other riders.  After discussing with his wife for three plus years they decided to find time in their life to devote to the planning of the cancer ride….and so … the planning began.  Bruce made the first call to American Cancer Society and “Cowboy Up” ride against cancer was born. Bruce and Carol realized early on, that planning this ride would be a bigger job than they could do by themselves. Bruce, asked his brother, Wes Van Den Einde and sister-in-law Cherryl and 6 of their closest life long friends to join in organizing this great event. Bruce and Carol are avid horse riders and asked their many trail riding friends to help provide the experience needed to plan the trail ride.

Cowboy Up Committee receives the "2010 North Dakota Volunteers of the Year" award from "AFP ND Northern Plains Chapter".

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We sadly say farewell to one of the founding members of the "Cowboy Up Ride Against Cancer"
Curt Holmlund lost his battle with cancer on July 26th 2013.