Sanborn County "Raise the Roof" 4-H Building Addition

Sanborn County accepted a bid for the 4-H Building Addition project in May from Summit Contracting.
Construction began on September 13!!

Thank you to all who have so generously supported this project! 
We are at $361,000 of our updated $430,000 goal.

 Thank you to our amazing DONORS - scroll down to see the list!!
Thank you to all who donated and purchased Auction Items!

Huge thanks for all the Non Auction Donations!
Thank you to all who have supported this project in any way!


Printable summary of this information:  Building_Addition_Information.pdf

Plans are underway to
expand the 4-H building so that we can better accommodate our activities including the 4-H shooting sports program that meets on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights from January-April, our annual Achievement Days, and many other 4-H and community activities.  Sanborn County has a very active 4-H program and we have outgrown the current 4-H Building.

4-H Members in 2004 = 30 ** Today = 160+

4-H Shooting Sports in 2008 = 15 ** Today = 90

The Sanborn County 4-H Building in Forestburg has served the area well for many years, supporting 4-H as well as many community events.  We are in exciting times as both growth in 4-H and needs from the school and community are demanding more space for activities.

The Sanborn County 4-H program has grown from about 30 members in 2004 to 160 members today.  Of that total, we have 90 4-H members in the Shooting Sports program, an increase from 15 in 2008.  Shooting Sports offers practice every week on Sunday and Tuesday from January to April, and this activity pushes the building capacity to its seams.  As we have explored ways to support and expand our annual Achievement Days and other 4-H activities, we also find the need for more space. 

The building is used for community and school activities throughout the year including meetings and workshops, graduation receptions, showers, family reunions and get-togethers, funerals and the Forestburg alumni reunion.  As we have visited with Sanborn Central and Woonsocket Schools, we find that there is a need for additional building space for school plays, FFA activities, marching band practice, cheerleading practice, and much more that could take pressure off the school gym and support various activities.  We see potential for the building to be used for larger social events with increased space.

 Groundbreaking is planned for August 4, 2023.

The drawing is a rough draft but is intended to show that the current building is 60' x 100'.  The addition will also be 60' x 100' and will provide mostly open space along with a family/handicap-accessible restroom and off - kitchen storage.  The addition will be constructed on the north end of the current building.


Current 4-H Building during Shooting Sports season showing BB gun line with 11 lanes.

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A major step in this process is of course fundraising! Total goal is $430,000 (updated from original goal). The Sanborn County Commissioners have committed $100,000 to this project and with this, to date we have raised/have commitments for $361,000+ of this amount. We intend to raise the remainder through donations, fundraising and grants. This brochure will provide a rough draft of the planned addition, donor level opportunities and information on the need for the addition.

You may contact any of the Building Committee members for more information:
Scott Senska 605.
350.1657, Art & Audrey Kneen 605.495.4321, Andy Ettswold 605.770.0794, Riley Zoss 605.630.8895, Rod Weber 605.350.5374, Myron Sonne 605.933.0393 and Paula Linke 605.350.2813.  We invite you to join us as we grow into the future by being a donor for the Sanborn County 4-H Building Addition project. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

Naming Rights:

The naming rights donor levels include both areas inside the 4-Building as well as areas on the 4-H grounds. 
We decided to offer various options on the 4-H grounds to include past improvement projects.

BB Gun Shooting Range - $10,000 - committed - "Bus's BB Gun Range" (Ettswold Family)

Air Guns Shooting Range - $10,000 - committed - 
Eudale & Helen Nielsen and Mike & Shanley Dorris-Extreme Pheasant Outfitters

Kitchen/Concession Stand - $10,000 - committed - "Sutton's Snack Shack" (Senska Family)

Horse Arena - $10,000 - committed - CorTrust Bank

4-H Barn Show Ring - $15,000 - committed - Farm Credit Services of America


General Donor levels with Plaque Recognition on Wall

Platinum - $5,000+
Agtegra of Woonsocket - $5,000
Central Electric Cooperative/Basin Electric Power Cooperative/CoBank - $7,000
CHS, Inc - $10,000
FNBO - $5,000
Pheasants Forever of Mitchell - $10,000
Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation - $5,000
Betty and the late Wayne Steichen, Terry Steichen and Janelle Steichen Zerr Families - $5,000
Sam F Weller Family Foundation - $5,000
Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities 2023 Donation through Adolf Zoss - $5,000
Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities 2023 Donation through Robert Hetland - $5,000
Family of Omer & Lucile Fouberg - $5,000

Gold - $2,500 - $4,999

Agronomy Plus
Artesian Seed Service
Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities 2019 Donation through Henry Linke

Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities 2021 Donation through Henry Linke
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
Farmers Elevator of Forestburg
First Dakota National Bank
Home Instead of Mitchell
Darrell & Judy Olson
Santel Communications
Jean Tlustos Memorial
Union Farmhands 4-H Club

Silver - $1,000 - $2,499

Chuck & Jane Amick Family
Baysinger Honey Farm - Verald, John & Chris Baysinger
Lois Clarambeau Family
Verla Ruml Hoing Memorial
Jim & Susan Johannsen

Zelma Kneen Memorial
Henry & Paula Linke Family
Gus & Joanne Nelson
Janice Northrup Family
John & Sarah Olinger
Myron & Nancy Sonne
Woonsocket American Legion Post #29


Bronze - $500 - $999

Dennis Baade
Richard & Deanna Bechen
Justin & Lori Dean
DeWayne & Margo Edwards
Harvey & Karen Fouberg
Florence Frerick
Hansen Wheel & Wagon
Gov, Sherry, Ashlee, & Dean Hanson Family
Hegg Insurance
Horizon Health Care

Howard Cold Storage
Brian & Terry Moore
Keith & Barb Senska
Ken & Lila Stach
Wesley & Sherri Stekl
Kent & Gay Swenson
Town N Kountry Kids Blue Group 4-H Club
Town N Kountry Kids Red Group 4-H Club
Merlin Van Wallaghen
Dennis Zoss Memorials


2x4 Signage in Building Addition

$500 annually or $1000 for 3 years ** 1st year must also pay for cost of sign

Home Instead of Mitchell
Meier Custom Farming
In Memory of Ryley Peer



Send your donation to:

Sanborn County 4-H

c/o Velma Kneen, Treasurer

22274 406th Ave

Forestburg SD 57314

Name: __________________________________________________


City: ____________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________

Amount: ____________________

Sponsorship Level:


Name or Business as you wish to be recognized:





Audra Scheel, 4-H/Youth Advisor
Sherryl Rankin, Secretary

 Phone: (605) 796-4380

PO Box 397
Woonsocket SD  57385-0397


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