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Orlin "Bill" and Lola Hanson


The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation will award six $500 scholarships this month at the NDSA’s 83rd Annual Convention & Trade Show, thanks to the generous support of numerous Foundation supporters, like the Antler Outlaws. 


To date in 2012, the Outlaws have generated $1,500 for the Foundation and its leadership, scholarship, building, research and promotion efforts. In addition to the Ranch Rodeo held in July, the Outlaws, along with the Sherwood American Legion and the Sherwood Mason’s Lodge, coordinated a fi sh fry earlier in the year in honor of long-time NDSA member Orlin “Bill” and Lola Hanson of Sherwood. NDSA member Mike “Ottis” Matteson of Westhope donated and cooked the fi sh along

with Gary “Frenchy” Ledoux of Antler.


After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Orlin returned to Renville County’s Prosperity Township to begin his ranching career. In 1955, a sweet, young teacher arrived in Sherwood from Rolette and the two started dating. Orlin and Lola (Lynnes) Hanson were married in 1958 and in 1965, moved to the ranch homesteaded by Orlin’s family in 1914. Together, the couple raised three children, a daughter, Dorea and two sons, Stan and Shawn.


Orlin and Lola continued to ranch until 2000, when they sold the farm and moved to Sherwood, their current residence.

Over the years, Orlin and Lola have been very active in the American Legion & American Legion Auxiliary, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, The Masonic Lodge, and all school activities in Sherwood. Orlin was also active in politics, serving as a state representative and senator from Renville County and served 10 years as a chairman of the Sixth District Republicans.