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Raymond ‘Shorty’ Thorson named honorary North Dakota Stockmen’s Association member

There’s something special about ranch country. It’s a place where folks sacrifice their own comforts to care for animals through the coldest of storms. They lend a hand to their neighbors during a flood or offer words of encouragement and prayers for others when life appears bleak or dreary. It’s a place where good, solid people do what needs to be done – not for headlines or glory – but because they see a need.

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) will recognize one such man during its 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Bismarck, ND, this month. Raymond “Shorty” Thorson of Towner, ND, is the 120th person to be named an Honorary Member of the NDSA.

“Shorty’s active participation in helping shape the beef industry and western way of life has spanned a great portion of his 85 years,” said friend and neighbor, Keith Medalen of Towner, ND.



Many of the endeavors that Thorson has worked on or participated in are still going strong today, including the 51-year-old Towner Ranchers Scale Association, on which Thorson served as a director for 26 years. Another is the Towner Rodeo Association (TRA), which has hosted an annual rodeo over the Independence Day holiday for 52 years. Thorson is a charter member and served on that board for 36 years. He was also a member of the North Dakota Rodeo Association board for several years and has served on the McHenry County Water Board and the Towner School Board.

A commercial cattle producer, Thorson helped coordinate and entered numerous feeder calf shows in North Dakota and a large share of the time found him in first place at those competitions. “Shorty created an outstanding cowherd that continues on today with his son, Hal,” added Medalen.



Although now retired, Thorson can usually be found at all the neighborhood brandings and other cattle events, lending a hand.

Shorty and his wife Yvonne have been married 61 years and are the parents of five children and the grandparents of 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They have been longtime members of the NDSA and Zion Lutheran Church of Towner.

Neighbors say the Thorsons are quick with a smile, even quicker with a complement, and truly exemplify all that is good about ranch country.

The NDSA will present the Honorary Member award to Thorson on Saturday, Sept. 24, during the 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show banquet at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck.

Find a complete NDSA Annual Convention & Trade Show schedule online at http://www.ndstockmen.org.

There’s something special about ranch country. It’s a place where folks sacrifice their own comforts to care for animals through the coldest of storms. They lend a hand to their neighbors during a flood or offer words of encouragement and prayers for others when life appears bleak or dreary. It’s a place where good, solid people do what needs to be done – not for headlines or glory – but because they see a need.

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) will recognize one such man during its 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Bismarck, ND, this month. Raymond “Shorty” Thorson of Towner, ND, is the 120th person to be named an Honorary Member of the NDSA.

“Shorty’s active participation in helping shape the beef industry and western way of life has spanned a great portion of his 85 years,” said friend and neighbor, Keith Medalen of Towner, ND.

Many of the endeavors that Thorson has worked on or participated in are still going strong today, including the 51-year-old Towner Ranchers Scale Association, on which Thorson served as a director for 26 years. Another is the Towner Rodeo Association (TRA), which has hosted an annual rodeo over the Independence Day holiday for 52 years. Thorson is a charter member and served on that board for 36 years. He was also a member of the North Dakota Rodeo Association board for several years and has served on the McHenry County Water Board and the Towner School Board.

A commercial cattle producer, Thorson helped coordinate and entered numerous feeder calf shows in North Dakota and a large share of the time found him in first place at those competitions. “Shorty created an outstanding cowherd that continues on today with his son, Hal,” added Medalen.

Although now retired, Thorson can usually be found at all the neighborhood brandings and other cattle events, lending a hand.

Shorty and his wife Yvonne have been married 61 years and are the parents of five children and the grandparents of 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They have been longtime members of the NDSA and Zion Lutheran Church of Towner.

Neighbors say the Thorsons are quick with a smile, even quicker with a complement, and truly exemplify all that is good about ranch country.

The NDSA will present the Honorary Member award to Thorson on Saturday, Sept. 24, during the 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show banquet at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck.

Find a complete NDSA Annual Convention & Trade Show schedule online at http://www.ndstockmen.org.


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