Please read this blog post and the accompanying links to local news articles. South Dakota has just been hit by a terrible October blizzard that may have caused the greatest hit to its agricultural economy in the state’s history. Many ranchers have lost just about everything. And of course their problems are worsened by the federal governmental shutdown, which not only means no current governmental assistance but also that the national news media is too tied up with news about the shutdown to be bothered with reporting about this terrible natural disaster. I ask you to spread this news far and wide, via Facebook, Twitter, and so on. If the national media won’t do their job, then we must. And we should also offer our support to people who desperately need it.
The worst blizzard in recorded history of South Dakota just swept through the state. Tens of thousands of cattle are predicted dead and the much of the state is still without power. The Rapid City Journal reports, “Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota on Monday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costly in the history of the state’s agriculture industry.”
The only reason I know this is because my parent’s ranch, the setting for Meadowlark, lies in the storm’s epicenter. Mom texted me after the storm. “No electricity. Saving power on phone. It’s really, really bad….” She turned on her phone to call me later that day. “There are no words to describe the devastation and loss. Everywhere we look there are dead cattle. I’ve never seen so many dead cattle. Nobody can remember anything like this.” Author of several books and…
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