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 Jill O'Brien and Dan O'Brien own Wild Idea Buffalo based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their ranch land covers about 22,000 acres of the Great Plains along the Cheyenne River and Badlands areas of the state. Their buffalo heard is 100-percent grass fed and are field harvested rather than feed lot finished and harvested at a processing facility. The O'Briens believe that the Great Plains ecosystem needs buffalo to thrive. Dan O'Brien explains that buffalo are less damaging to the land, healthier for people to consume, and are a superior product compared to beef. The couple carries great pride in their buffalo operation, keeping true to their sense of stewardship by not subjecting their heard to what Jill O'Brien describes as "cruel and unusual punishment" of feed lots. Dan O'Brien says that their grass-fed operation is also unique in that it does not encourage further production of corn-fed proteins and conversion of Great Plains farmland to "monocultures" of GMO farming. The couple lives and ranches about 30 miles east of Rapid City.
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 Julie lives in her grandmother's 1943 Sears and Roebuck kit house, assembled by the previous and first owner of the home.
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 A view along South Dakota Highway 71 outside Hot Springs. Rural water needs include not only tap water but agriculture and fire suppression. The Southern Black Hills Water System in southwestern South Dakota delivers water to area residents across Fall River and Custer counties. With about 120 miles of pipeline in the water system, the terrain of rolling prairie, with it's rugged rocky slopes, paired with the cascading cliffs and high outcroppings of the Black Hills has made development challenging and costly. Now in its thirteenth year, the water system serves nearly 400 taps.
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 In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Council Representative Wayne Frederick, left, his wife Alex Frederick, and Gary Dorr brand a calf on the Frederick's ranch outside Winner, S.D. "This is our only island - our land," Wayne Frederick explains about how important it is to keep the tribe's land healthy and thriving. Some tribal members and area residents believe that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be disastrous to the area's heavily-relied upon clean water supply.
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 In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Paul Seamans, the Dakota Rural Action Board Chairperson, is seen in his home near Draper, S.D. Seamans says that he is hopeful the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has been strengthened by Native and non-Native community members banding together to have their concerns heard. The allies in the fight against the pipeline both agree that water is a source of life and should be protected.
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 Jenn Zeller feeds mares in a pasture at her home in Armstrong County. The mares are favorites among fans of her photography.
 Flag bearer Phil Randall, of Custer, S.D., rides through a pasture at the 49th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in the southern Black Hills near Custer, S.D. After the roundup, some of the buffalo were vaccinated, branded, checked for pregnancies and others were sorted for an auction that will be held Nov. 15, 2014. (AP/Kristina Barker)
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 The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota is isolated from the surrounding non-reservation communities. Rapid City, the largest city where many area residents do the majority of essential shopping, is 100 miles from the village of Pine Ridge. Few grocery stores exist on the reservation, with one or no stores in some villages of the nearly 3,500 square mile reservation. Several days each month, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Food Distribution Commodity Warehouse will set up a remote food bank in villages like Kyle and Wanblee so residents don't have to travel as far as the village of Pine Ridge for food. (Kristina Barker)
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 Jill O'Brien and Dan O'Brien own Wild Idea Buffalo based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their ranch land covers about 22,000 acres of the Great Plains along the Cheyenne River and Badlands areas of the state. Their buffalo heard is 100-percent grass fed and are field harvested rather than feed lot finished and harvested at a processing facility. The O'Briens believe that the Great Plains ecosystem needs buffalo to thrive. Dan O'Brien explains that buffalo are less damaging to the land, healthier for people to consume, and are a superior product compared to beef. The couple carries great pride in their buffalo operation, keeping true to their sense of stewardship by not subjecting their heard to what Jill O'Brien describes as "cruel and unusual punishment" of feed lots. Dan O'Brien says that their grass-fed operation is also unique in that it does not encourage further production of corn-fed proteins and conversion of Great Plains farmland to "monocultures" of GMO farming. The couple lives and ranches about 30 miles east of Rapid City. 

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 Julie Trask's cousin Mick Trask helps her get control of stud horses in preparation for castrating. The horses are given a medication to help calm them before they are given a medication to sedate them for the quick field surgery.
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 The moon sets over south central South Dakota at sunrise along U.S. Highway 183 north of Winner, South Dakota on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The drop in oil prices can greatly affect the area's ranchers and farmers who rely heavily on large equipment to get daily work done like feeding and moving livestock or harvesting and planting grains. The drop in oil prices is also beneficial to the companies providing service to these agricultural workers as businesses are spread out across the state with many miles between locations or services offered.
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 Mary Moolloy has lived in Buffalo Gap for the past 19 years. Moolloy works for the town mowing green areas. On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Moolloy mowed a stretch of grass along the highway at the beginning of the small southern hills town.
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 The sun sets over Susan Henderson's ranch south of Edgemont. Henderson is opposed to the proposed Dewey Burdock uranium project, saying the mine's use of local water would hurt her ranch's water supply.
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 An electronic voting machine is set up at the polling center at the Caputa Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Caputa, S.D.
An electronic voting machine is set up at the polling center at the Caputa Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Caputa, S.D.
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070811.Presidents1.jpgDaryl No Heart, left, and Stacy Archambault paint a sculpture of President George W. Bush at Rockin' R saloon and steakhouse along Highway 79 on Friday, July 8, 2011. Rockin' R owner Matt Ramsey said the hope is to eventually have all 44 presidential sculptures on display at a park on site. Ramsey said the Presidents Park near Lead is in the process of building a partnership with Rockin' R to open the park. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
 Jill O'Brien and Dan O'Brien own Wild Idea Buffalo based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their ranch land covers about 22,000 acres of the Great Plains along the Cheyenne River and Badlands areas of the state. Their buffalo heard is 100-percent grass fed and are field harvested rather than feed lot finished and harvested at a processing facility. The O'Briens believe that the Great Plains ecosystem needs buffalo to thrive. Dan O'Brien explains that buffalo are less damaging to the land, healthier for people to consume, and are a superior product compared to beef. The couple carries great pride in their buffalo operation, keeping true to their sense of stewardship by not subjecting their heard to what Jill O'Brien describes as "cruel and unusual punishment" of feed lots. Dan O'Brien says that their grass-fed operation is also unique in that it does not encourage further production of corn-fed proteins and conversion of Great Plains farmland to "monocultures" of GMO farming. The couple lives and ranches about 30 miles east of Rapid City.
Jill O'Brien and Dan O'Brien own Wild Idea Buffalo based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their ranch land covers about 22,000 acres of the Great Plains along the Cheyenne River and Badlands areas of the state. Their buffalo heard is 100-percent grass fed and are field harvested rather than feed lot finished and harvested at a processing facility. The O'Briens believe that the Great Plains ecosystem needs buffalo to thrive. Dan O'Brien explains that buffalo are less damaging to the land, healthier for people to consume, and are a superior product compared to beef. The couple carries great pride in their buffalo operation, keeping true to their sense of stewardship by not subjecting their heard to what Jill O'Brien describes as "cruel and unusual punishment" of feed lots. Dan O'Brien says that their grass-fed operation is also unique in that it does not encourage further production of corn-fed proteins and conversion of Great Plains farmland to "monocultures" of GMO farming. The couple lives and ranches about 30 miles east of Rapid City.
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 Julie lives in her grandmother's 1943 Sears and Roebuck kit house, assembled by the previous and first owner of the home.
Julie lives in her grandmother's 1943 Sears and Roebuck kit house, assembled by the previous and first owner of the home.
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090709.Newell001.jpg(from left to right) Cheyenne McTaggart, 10, with her dog Teah, Nikita Berry, Austin Berry, and Kelly Fox watch the Newell Labor Day parade move up the street on Monday morning Sept. 7, 2009. (Photo by Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
 A view along South Dakota Highway 71 outside Hot Springs. Rural water needs include not only tap water but agriculture and fire suppression. The Southern Black Hills Water System in southwestern South Dakota delivers water to area residents across Fall River and Custer counties. With about 120 miles of pipeline in the water system, the terrain of rolling prairie, with it's rugged rocky slopes, paired with the cascading cliffs and high outcroppings of the Black Hills has made development challenging and costly. Now in its thirteenth year, the water system serves nearly 400 taps.
A view along South Dakota Highway 71 outside Hot Springs. Rural water needs include not only tap water but agriculture and fire suppression. The Southern Black Hills Water System in southwestern South Dakota delivers water to area residents across Fall River and Custer counties. With about 120 miles of pipeline in the water system, the terrain of rolling prairie, with it's rugged rocky slopes, paired with the cascading cliffs and high outcroppings of the Black Hills has made development challenging and costly. Now in its thirteenth year, the water system serves nearly 400 taps.
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Decor in Julie's mudroom
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041511.Calving009.JPGFrom left, Alaina Stangle, David Stangle, and Char Price sit down at the family's dinner table for supper after a day of working the ranch on Friday, April 8, 2011. "We're still trying to keep it up," Price said of the family's business. "It's getting harder all the time." (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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00028710-UPY0--015Kem Ellis, Piedmont, S.D. shows off his neck tie at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.
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012211.OpenBoxRafter005.jpgJim Hunt gets out of his tractor and calls to his son while the two feed cattle at their Open Box Rafter Ranch south of Faith on Saturday morning, Jan. 22, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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061111.Ranch006.jpgZoe Mackey, 7, rides down the driveway on a kids' pedal tractor at the Stearns' ranch on Saturday, June 11, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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031312.OldRanchers004.jpgBob Johnson walks back to his pickup after opening a gate while moving cattle on Friday, March 9, 2012. Johnson, 87, got his first cow, a heifer calf the Days of '76 Rodeo in Deadwood, when he was about 15 years old. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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092211.Horse004.jpgToy horses were on display in the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds during the American Quarter Horse Association Region 2 Championship Horse Show on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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 In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Council Representative Wayne Frederick, left, his wife Alex Frederick, and Gary Dorr brand a calf on the Frederick's ranch outside Winner, S.D. "This is our only island - our land," Wayne Frederick explains about how important it is to keep the tribe's land healthy and thriving. Some tribal members and area residents believe that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be disastrous to the area's heavily-relied upon clean water supply.
In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Council Representative Wayne Frederick, left, his wife Alex Frederick, and Gary Dorr brand a calf on the Frederick's ranch outside Winner, S.D. "This is our only island - our land," Wayne Frederick explains about how important it is to keep the tribe's land healthy and thriving. Some tribal members and area residents believe that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be disastrous to the area's heavily-relied upon clean water supply.
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 Bryan Silvernail, an infrastructure tech operating the elevator lift, makes a stop in the Yates Shaft at the 3,800-level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, giving elevator riders a glimpse into what the gold mine once looked like.
Bryan Silvernail, an infrastructure tech operating the elevator lift, makes a stop in the Yates Shaft at the 3,800-level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, giving elevator riders a glimpse into what the gold mine once looked like.
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 In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Paul Seamans, the Dakota Rural Action Board Chairperson, is seen in his home near Draper, S.D. Seamans says that he is hopeful the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has been strengthened by Native and non-Native community members banding together to have their concerns heard. The allies in the fight against the pipeline both agree that water is a source of life and should be protected.
In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Paul Seamans, the Dakota Rural Action Board Chairperson, is seen in his home near Draper, S.D. Seamans says that he is hopeful the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has been strengthened by Native and non-Native community members banding together to have their concerns heard. The allies in the fight against the pipeline both agree that water is a source of life and should be protected.
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 Jenn Zeller feeds mares in a pasture at her home in Armstrong County. The mares are favorites among fans of her photography.
Jenn Zeller feeds mares in a pasture at her home in Armstrong County. The mares are favorites among fans of her photography.
 Flag bearer Phil Randall, of Custer, S.D., rides through a pasture at the 49th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in the southern Black Hills near Custer, S.D. After the roundup, some of the buffalo were vaccinated, branded, checked for pregnancies and others were sorted for an auction that will be held Nov. 15, 2014. (AP/Kristina Barker)
Flag bearer Phil Randall, of Custer, S.D., rides through a pasture at the 49th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in the southern Black Hills near Custer, S.D. After the roundup, some of the buffalo were vaccinated, branded, checked for pregnancies and others were sorted for an auction that will be held Nov. 15, 2014. (AP/Kristina Barker)
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 The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota is isolated from the surrounding non-reservation communities. Rapid City, the largest city where many area residents do the majority of essential shopping, is 100 miles from the village of Pine Ridge. Few grocery stores exist on the reservation, with one or no stores in some villages of the nearly 3,500 square mile reservation. Several days each month, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Food Distribution Commodity Warehouse will set up a remote food bank in villages like Kyle and Wanblee so residents don't have to travel as far as the village of Pine Ridge for food. (Kristina Barker)
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota is isolated from the surrounding non-reservation communities. Rapid City, the largest city where many area residents do the majority of essential shopping, is 100 miles from the village of Pine Ridge. Few grocery stores exist on the reservation, with one or no stores in some villages of the nearly 3,500 square mile reservation. Several days each month, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Food Distribution Commodity Warehouse will set up a remote food bank in villages like Kyle and Wanblee so residents don't have to travel as far as the village of Pine Ridge for food. (Kristina Barker)
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 Jill O'Brien and Dan O'Brien own Wild Idea Buffalo based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their ranch land covers about 22,000 acres of the Great Plains along the Cheyenne River and Badlands areas of the state. Their buffalo heard is 100-percent grass fed and are field harvested rather than feed lot finished and harvested at a processing facility. The O'Briens believe that the Great Plains ecosystem needs buffalo to thrive. Dan O'Brien explains that buffalo are less damaging to the land, healthier for people to consume, and are a superior product compared to beef. The couple carries great pride in their buffalo operation, keeping true to their sense of stewardship by not subjecting their heard to what Jill O'Brien describes as "cruel and unusual punishment" of feed lots. Dan O'Brien says that their grass-fed operation is also unique in that it does not encourage further production of corn-fed proteins and conversion of Great Plains farmland to "monocultures" of GMO farming. The couple lives and ranches about 30 miles east of Rapid City. 

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Jill O'Brien and Dan O'Brien own Wild Idea Buffalo based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their ranch land covers about 22,000 acres of the Great Plains along the Cheyenne River and Badlands areas of the state. Their buffalo heard is 100-percent grass fed and are field harvested rather than feed lot finished and harvested at a processing facility. The O'Briens believe that the Great Plains ecosystem needs buffalo to thrive. Dan O'Brien explains that buffalo are less damaging to the land, healthier for people to consume, and are a superior product compared to beef. The couple carries great pride in their buffalo operation, keeping true to their sense of stewardship by not subjecting their heard to what Jill O'Brien describes as "cruel and unusual punishment" of feed lots. Dan O'Brien says that their grass-fed operation is also unique in that it does not encourage further production of corn-fed proteins and conversion of Great Plains farmland to "monocultures" of GMO farming. The couple lives and ranches about 30 miles east of Rapid City. Kristina Barker for The New York Times
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 Julie Trask's cousin Mick Trask helps her get control of stud horses in preparation for castrating. The horses are given a medication to help calm them before they are given a medication to sedate them for the quick field surgery.
Julie Trask's cousin Mick Trask helps her get control of stud horses in preparation for castrating. The horses are given a medication to help calm them before they are given a medication to sedate them for the quick field surgery.
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081608.FairFeature1.jpgKristina Barker/ Journal staff Corey Hockenbary, 10, participated in lead, line, and walk trot during the horse show on Saturday afternoon at the Central States Fair.
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080212-nws-rainbow.JPGA storm passes through Custer State Park and a rainbow appears in the sky over the Black Elk Peak Fire Tower as seen from the Needles Highway on July 31, 2012.
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 The moon sets over south central South Dakota at sunrise along U.S. Highway 183 north of Winner, South Dakota on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The drop in oil prices can greatly affect the area's ranchers and farmers who rely heavily on large equipment to get daily work done like feeding and moving livestock or harvesting and planting grains. The drop in oil prices is also beneficial to the companies providing service to these agricultural workers as businesses are spread out across the state with many miles between locations or services offered.
The moon sets over south central South Dakota at sunrise along U.S. Highway 183 north of Winner, South Dakota on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The drop in oil prices can greatly affect the area's ranchers and farmers who rely heavily on large equipment to get daily work done like feeding and moving livestock or harvesting and planting grains. The drop in oil prices is also beneficial to the companies providing service to these agricultural workers as businesses are spread out across the state with many miles between locations or services offered.
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012010.AgIndustry1.JPGKristina Barker/Journal staff Service technician Troy Hoeke drains diesel fuel from a tractor while at work on Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, 2010 at Jenner Equipment in Rapid City. Low cattle prices are hurting the agriculture industry, including independent businesses.
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012211.OpenBoxRafter007.jpgThirteen-year-old Jeb Hunt drives the family's pickup truck around the ranch with dog Coco riding shotgun while doing chores on Saturday morning, Jan. 22, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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041511.Calving003.jpgFluctuating temperatures created a mix of mud and snow around the barn and horse corral at David Stangle and Char Price's ranch north of Philip. Changing weather can be a challenge for ranchers during calving season, but Stangle and Price rely on the cattle being familiar with the land and knowing where to seek shelter. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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041511.Calving006.JPGManilla Vanilla takes a leap over the creek while moving cattle on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Char Price got off Manilla Vanilla and decided to cross on foot because of how steep and muddy the bank of the creek was. The creek can be a blessing because it provides a water source, but during calving season it can sometimes be a burden. "We calve on a creek some year and some years we don't and that's kind of a challenge," David Stangle explained. "Cows get too close to the creek when they're calving and drop their calves in the creek." (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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012211.OpenBoxRafter008.jpgCattle walk through the wind and snow to get to where Jim Hunt and his son Jeb have put out hay and cake feed on Saturday morning, Jan. 22, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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052308.CusterFish5.jpgKristina Barker/ Journal staff (right) Ron Tietsort, conservation officer for Custer State Park, and (left) Jeff Johnson, volunteer, lead horses along a trail near French Creek after releasing brown trout on Friday morning May 23. Custer State Park Chad Kremer fish stock French Creek
 Mary Moolloy has lived in Buffalo Gap for the past 19 years. Moolloy works for the town mowing green areas. On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Moolloy mowed a stretch of grass along the highway at the beginning of the small southern hills town.
Mary Moolloy has lived in Buffalo Gap for the past 19 years. Moolloy works for the town mowing green areas. On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Moolloy mowed a stretch of grass along the highway at the beginning of the small southern hills town.
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012711.WagonTrain001.JPGOle Keehner of Rapid City rides in the back of a wagon as it leaves the Central States Fairgrounds and heads to the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Keehner was participating in the Great American Wagon Train. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff) **stock show**
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021408.Marriage1.jpgBob and Thelma Knutson pose for a portrait at their kitchen table in their Rapid City on Dec. 30, 2008. The Knutsons met in Scenic and have been married for almost 62 years.
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041511.Calving007.JPGDavid Stangle rests in the family's home after spending the day working the ranch on Friday, April 8, 2011. "It's passion," he said of ranching. "If it's a passion, it's not work." (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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050310.Shooting1.jpgRichard Jacobson's trailer home sits near where a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a suspect on Sunday evening outside of the Sunnyside Mobile Home Community. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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062709.VictorianDays011.jpgKristina Barker/Journal staff Parade-goers get ready for the start of The First Annual Victorian Days and Homefest parade on Saturday June 27, 2009 in downtown Lead. THE FIRST ANNUAL VICTORIAN DAYS AND HOMEFEST PARADE LEAD
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052811.MudBog002.jpgA view from the cab of Kevin Vogl's truck after driver Noel Larson took a spin around the track between heats at Saturday's mud bog races in Hermosa on May 28, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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082511.PigWrestle001.jpgChris Cammack, center, and Calvin Cammack cheer after their turn at pig wrestling on Thursday evening, Aug. 25, 2011 at the Central States Fair in Rapid City, S.D.
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022008.TurbakBerry002.jpgKristina Barker/ Journal staff Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown, jokes around with collleauges during lunch in the cafeteria at the Capitol building in Pierre on Tuesday Feb. 20. Standing from left, Myron Rau, executive director of the South Dakota Trucking Association and Sen. Gene Abdallah, R-Sioux Falls; seated from left, Rep. Manny Steele, R-Sioux Falls Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown, and Rep. Bob Faehn, R-Watertown.
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060310.Kindergarten1.jpgEmma Folsom, center, jumps rope with Miles Johnson, right, during PE class at Pinedale Elementary School on Thursday, June 3, 2010. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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060311.GoldenKnights003.JPGOverhead views of Ellsworth Air Force Base and the surrounding area were visible from the C-31A plane flying the U.S. Army Parachuting Team Golden Knights. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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080808.Wagon5.jpgKristina Barker/ Journal staff Dick Hermann, Fort Pierre, surveys the activity above the bank while helping riders and wagons cross the Cheyenne River during a 100th anniversary ride along the Ft. Pierre Deadwood Trail on Friday morning August 8. FT. PIERRE DEADWOOD TRAIL WAGON CHEYENNE RIVER
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081111.Procession008.jpgGenesis Franke, 4, falls asleep on the sidewalk while waiting for the funeral procession for fallen Officer Nick Armstrong along Mount Rushmore Road on Thursday, August 11, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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081608.DerbyFeature1.jpgKristina Barker/ Journal staff Shelby Moore waits in his car for the start of the second heat during Saturday night's demolition derby at the Central States Fair.
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082910.CenturyFarm010.JPGJared, 8, Jana, 5, and Kaelyn Stearns, 9, walk up the hill from their home to where the barns and original homestead stand. The youngest Stearns are learning the ropes of a working ranch, following in the footsteps of their great-great-grandfather Frank Stearns who homesteaded south of Edgemont in 1910. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff) SUNDAY SPECIAL
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092410.Homecoming1.jpgFrom left, Rapid City Central seniors Haylee Hansen, Sarah Meyer, and Alexa McCoy sit in the back of Hansen's car while waiting to line up for the caravan to O'Harra Stadium for Friday night's homecoming game against Sioux Falls Washington on September 24, 2010. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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092809.Roundup5.jpgKristina Barker/Journal staff A horse stands tied to a trailer after the roundup at Custer State Park on Monday.
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100711.Douglas001.jpgKaleigh Dominguez, second from right, waits in line with the parade floats and cars during the Douglas High School homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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101410.Dejon8.JPGDejon Stutz stands in the field waiting for instructions during practice with his football team on Thursday evening, September 30, 2010. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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110911.SpringCreek1.jpgThird-grader Annika Kruger, left, and her brother Ben Kruger, a seventh-grader, take down the flag at the end of the school day at Spring Creek Elementary on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2011. On Monday, Nov. 14, the Custer School Board of Education will decide whether or not to close the school. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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111911.Weather5.jpgA horse is tied up to a fence as heavy snow falls during the annual buffalo auction at Custer State Park on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
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010711.Ranchers5.JPGWade Fox holds the gate for his father Kenny Fox, president of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, after checking cattle on the family's ranch south of Belvidere on Friday morning, Jan. 7, 2011. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff) SUNDAY SPECIAL
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The sun sets over Susan Henderson's ranch south of Edgemont. Henderson is opposed to the proposed Dewey Burdock uranium project, saying the mine's use of local water would hurt her ranch's water supply.
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122110.Feature.JPGJosh Adams, Sturgis, slides into a turn while riding his motocross bike across a frozen Bear Butte Lake on Tuesday afternoon, December 21, 2010. Adams and a friend were inspired to try the winter style of riding after seeing other dirt bikers taking advantage of the ice. "It's a blast," Adams said. (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)
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