- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for 2017.

Seven people and one event will be inducted this month, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2q7Vkh0 ) reported. The inductees were announced during the 2017 Premiere at The Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora.

Categories for the inductees include Great Westerner, Long Rider and Modern-era Ranching.

Among those to be inducted is Clarence Parker. The Minot native is a widely recognized pioneer in rancher, experienced horseman, cowboy, former professional jockey and a prominent Minot businessman.

Modern-era Ranching inductee James Connolly is a long time rancher, who helped formed the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

White Earth Valley Saddle Club, which has held rodeos since July 1957, will be receiving a special achievement award.

The induction ceremony will be held June 24 at Tjaden Terrace. An induction dinner is also expected to take place June 23. The dinner is for inductees, their friends and family. It is also open to the public.

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