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Mitchell Livestock auctioneer Lanning Edwards, shown pointing, sells one of nine donated cows Wednesday that will benefit a new cow-calf research and education facility at South Dakota State University. (Ross Dolan/Republic)

Producers donate cattle to SDSU project

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When auctioneer Lanning Edwards' gavel came down shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell Livestock Auction, South Dakota State University had officially sold the first cows in its Send a Cow to College fundraising campaign.

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The nine cows raised a total of about $8,200. Program backers hope that generosity will be duplicated at sale barns statewide.

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