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Shawna Gackle, 30, laughs while posing for a photograph at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition Saturday at the Grand Forks County Fair. Gackle suffers from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, and was told by her doctors that she would only live to the age of eight. The competitors in the mounted shooting competition all wore purple ribbons in support of Shawna and to also raise awareness to this terrible disease. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

Shooting competitors rally around one of their own at Grand Forks County Fairgrounds

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Heavy rains left most of the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds brown with mud Saturday, but the color purple managed to break through the mucky gloom in the horse arena.


There, participants of the cowboy mounted shooting competition wore purple to honor fellow rider, 30-year-old Shawna Gackle, and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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