Lawmaker in hospital after being bucked off horse
RAPID CITY (AP) — A South Dakota state representative was recovering from surgery Saturday after he was bucked off a horse while roping calves with a team of other ranchers.
Rep. Dean Wink, a Howes Republican, is a rancher by trade and was working with about 30 other cowboys to help out on his neighbor's ranch Thursday when the incident happened. Rep. Gary Cammack, a fellow District 29 legislator, told the Associated Press on Saturday that it seemed Wink's surgery went well.
Cammack said Wink broke his collarbone in five places, so the surgery took longer than expected Friday. The Rapid City Journal reported that Wink also suffered some broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.
The 69-year-old Wink was to appear Thursday at a candidate forum sponsored by the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce. He is one of five Republican state representative candidates facing off in a June 3 primary for the two seats in District 29, which covers Butte, Meade and Pennington counties.
Cammack said it will be awhile before Wink is back to full strength, but that his neighbors have already been talking about ways to help him with the spring chores on his ranch.
After becoming hurt, Wink was taken to Sturgis Regional Hospital. He later was transferred to Rapid City Regional Hospital.