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Dana Beyenhof, a clerk at Mitchell gas station West Cubby’s on Havens Avenue, stands behind the cash register covered with $1 donation tickets collected at the convenience store last week. The store has been asking its customers to donate to the Rancher Relief Fund. It had received $472 by Monday afternoon. Store manager Dan Roy said the eight Cubby's stores in the state will continue asking for donations until mid-December. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Rancher Relief Fund has raised $400K, hoping to hit $1M by 2014

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As the state veterinarian, Dustin Oedekoven holds a close relationship with South Dakota’s livestock community.

So it was especially hard for him when an early autumn blizzard dumped up to 4 feet of snow in some parts of western South Dakota and killed thousands of cattle.


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