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They look good now, but these heifers are the survivors of the great Oct. 4 blizzard in western South Dakota and southwest North Dakota. Mikkel Pates, Forum News Service

Ranch family recovers from October blizzard

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CAPUTA, S.D. — It’s been five months since the historic blizzard of Oct. 4, 2013.

Shawn and Kristy Freeland of Caputa, S.D., are among some 600 livestock producers getting by with a little help from their friends. They live with their daughters, Riley, 11, and Ryan, 9, on the ranch about 15 miles east of Rapid City, S.D.

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