4-H cheating lawsuit dismissed
WHITE LAKE -- A lawsuit against two 4-H officials has been dismissed, and a girl accused of cheating has been reinstated to competition.
Greg Kroupa, of White Lake, filed the lawsuit on behalf of his daughter, Bayley Kroupa, in 2012 after she was banned from 4-H.
She was accused of showing a different swine at the 2011 state fair than at her county fair. The state 4-H organization alleged she represented the two animals as one, which would be a violation of the 4-H code of ethics.
The Kroupas sued Peter A. Nielsen, assistant director of 4-H Youth Development, and Rod Geppert, a former Brule County Extension 4-H representative.
Each side filed a joint stipulation for dismissal Monday, meaning the lawsuit is over.
Court documents say each party must pay its own attorney's fees and costs regarding the case.
In a letter dated Jan. 22, Nielsen states Bayley Kroupa can compete and participate in 4-H events "for the duration of her eligibility so long as such competition and participation is in conformance with all pertinent South Dakota 4-H policies, rules and regulations." Bayley Kroupa is already 18, but is eligible to compete and participate in 4-H through September.