SIOUX FALLS — Officials say construction of a $35 million milking dairy southeast of Sioux Falls and the grand opening of a $140 million cheese plant in Brookings are two big indicators of investment in the region's dairy industry. But there's more to come, says Roger Scheibe, executive director of South Dakota Dairy Producers and industry relations manager for the nine-state Midwest Dairy Association.
CAPUTA -- It's been five months since the historic blizzard of Oct. 4, 2013. Shawn and Kristy Freeland, of Caputa, are among some 600 livestock producers getting by with a little help from their friends. They live with their daughters, Riley, 11, and Ryan, 9, on the ranch about 15 miles east of Rapid City. The Freelands lost 51 cattle out of a herd of 230 -- a $100,000 kick in the head.