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Rich Grim, left, and Bill Sutton, Billie's father, carry Billie Sutton to his horse, Purple, to rope calves for recent branding work on the family's farm outside of Burke. (AP photo)

Paralyzed state senator still lives the ranch life in Burke

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BURKE (AP) -- It was a warm June day, on the heights near the Missouri River in south central South Dakota, when Billie Sutton mounted his favorite horse, Purple, and went out to rope some calves.


For a ranch family such as that of the Suttons, it was routine.

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