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ND women plan event for blizzard-stricken SD women

UNION CENTER (AP) -- A group of women in western North Dakota is organizing an event for ranch women in western South Dakota dealing with the devastation wreaked by an early October blizzard.

UNION CENTER (AP) - A group of women in western North Dakota is organizing an event for ranch women in western South Dakota dealing with the devastation wreaked by an early October blizzard.

The Bowman-based group called Rural Women in America will hold the event Saturday, Feb. 15, at the community center in Union Center. It will include speakers, musical entertainment, cooking and home-decorating sessions, shopping, dinner and wine tasting. Day care services are being provided free of charge.

"Understanding the many responsibilities rural women take on each day, we wanted to show our support and admiration by hosting a fun and inspiring event just for them," spokeswoman Camie Janikowski said. "Rural Women in America is about women helping women and this is a great opportunity for us to pay it forward to our friends in South Dakota."

The Oct. 4-5 blizzard that hit with surprising intensity brought rain and then up to 4 feet of snow to western South Dakota, killing more than 40,000 cattle, sheep and horses. More than 600 ranchers have applied for help from a relief fund set up by the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association. The fund has received more than $4 million in donations from around the country.

 

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