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 and the Building Addition was completed in February 2024!!

Thank you to all who have so generously supported this project! 
We are at $395,000 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!


Plans were kicked off in the fall of 2021 to double the size of the 4-H Building to 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 had 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 80 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 was pushing the building capacity to its seams.  As we explored ways to support and expand our annual Achievement Days and other 4-H activities, we also found 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 visited with Sanborn Central and Woonsocket Schools, we found 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 was August 4, 2023.

The drawing is a rough draft but is intended to show that the current building is 60' x 100'.  The addition is 60' x 104' and provides mostly open space along with two family/handicap-accessible restrooms, off - kitchen storage and storage for tables, chairs and other items.  The addition was 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 has of course been fundraising! Total goal is $430,000 (updated from original goal). The Sanborn County Commissioners committed $100,000 to this project and with this, to date we have raised/have commitments for $395,000+ of this amount. We are working to raise the remainder through donations, fundraising and grants. This brochure will provide a picture of the addition as of today, 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-Littau 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 - "Bus's BB Gun Range" (Ettswold Family)

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

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

Horse Arena - $10,000 -  CorTrust Bank

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


General Donor levels with Plaque Recognition on Wall

Platinum - $5,000+
Agtegra of Woonsocket - $5,000
Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities Donation through Adolf Zoss - $5,000
Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities Donation through Robert Hetland - $5,000
Bayer America's Farmers Grow Communities Donation through Henry Linke - $5,000
Central Electric Cooperative/Basin Electric Power Cooperative/CoBank - $7,000
CHS, Inc - $10,000
FNBO - $5,000
Family of Omer & Lucile Fouberg - $5,000
In Memory of Patrick & Marlene Howard - $5,000
Darrell & Judy Olson - $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

Gold - $2,500 - $4,999

Agronomy Plus
Artesian Seed Service
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
Farmers Elevator of Forestburg
First Dakota National Bank
Home Instead of Mitchell
Clara Fairfield Lee and Tom & Dean Lee Memorial
Troy & Amy Olson
Santel Communications
Barb Selland and the late Arlan Selland
Jean Tlustos Memorial
Union Farmhands 4-H Club
Woonsocket American Legion Post #29

Silver - $1,000 - $2,499

Chuck & Jane Amick Family
Baysinger Honey Farm - Verald, John & Chris Baysinger
Lois Clarambeau Family
Dewayne Edwards Memorials
Verla Ruml Hoing Memorial
Hubbard Feeds Crystalyx Cares Promotion Program
Jim & Susan Johannsen

Zelma Kneen Memorial
Henry & Paula Linke Family
Gus & Joanne Nelson
Janice Northrup Family
John & Sarah Olinger
In Memory of Ryley Peer
Myron & Nancy Sonne Family


Bronze - $500 - $999

Dennis Baade
Richard & Deanna Bechen
CorTrust Bank Employees
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
Gus Nelson Memorials
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
John White Family
Dennis Zoss Memorials



Send your donation to:

Friends of 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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