Record-breaking South Dakota hog ride raises nearly $40,000

South Dakota Line Patrol

251 people pose for a photo along the route of the 2012 South Dakota Line Patrol.

The South Dakota Line Patrol has broken all previous records. The event raises money for a fund designated to help South Dakota electric cooperative employees in crisis. To date, $71,000 has been donated to cooperative employees. Read about some of the families who’ve received funds in our Nov/Dec 2009 Basin Today story on the ride: Hitting the hog to bring home the bacon

During this year’s ride, taken Sept. 7-8, more money was raised than during any previous year. 251 people raised $19,750 at the live auction, and another $18,000 with the sale of t-shirts, sponsored by Basin Electric, East River Electric Power Cooperative and Rushmore Electric, and raffle tickets. Cooperatives also did some individual fundraising.

West River Electric Association, headquartered in Wall, SD, hosted this year’s event. Lacreek Electric Association of Martin, SD, and West Central Electric Cooperative of Murdo, SD, helped host, too.

Karla Steele of the South Dakota Rural Electric Association organizes each year’s event. “It was an amazing ride with great weather. It was a record-breaker all the way around. The cooperative family truly has a heart of gold and their dedication to this event is what makes it the success that it is,” she says.

See posts from previous years, including photos and video:
Sept. 13, 2011: Riding the line for charity
Sept. 13, 2010: Hitting the hog to bring home the bacon with South Dakota co-ops


  1. It really is an awsome event, i was glad to be part of it!!!

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