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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.

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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.