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Frozen cattle are seen on Monday along Highway 34 east of Sturgis, casualties of the early October blizzard. South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Director Silvia Christen says more than 5 percent of the cattle in western South Dakota might have been killed from the wind and snow of a record-breaking weekend storm. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Kristina Barker)

Snow storm kills thousands of cattle in South Dakota

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By Chet Brokaw

PIERRE (AP) — A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during the unseasonably early blizzard.

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