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SH bull rider working on return to rodeo after injury

After suffering a severe injury five years ago, Leif Erickson of Sweet Home is getting in shape to pursue his passion: riding bulls in rodeos, again.

He had hoped to get back at it this year, but as rodeos were gearing up for the 2020 season, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation or postponement of large gatherings, including many area rodeos.

After about five years on the sidelines, riding bulls again is almost like starting over.

Erickson, 29, started riding in Northwest Pro Rodeo Association rodeos at age 12, including appearances in the Sweet Home Rodeo.

He got his start in...