Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions during on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 south of Mobridge, South Dakota. With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
 A view of Hensler, North Dakota as seen on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Energy and agriculture are issues on the minds of many voters in the state. In a state dominated by Republican politics and a lack of Indigenous representation in politics, community leaders are hoping for a record-number of Indigenous voters to bring change to issues surrounding education, healthcare, missing and murdered Indigenous women and children, human trafficking, energy, environment, and representation of all of North Dakota's communities and citizens at a state level. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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 Livestock grazing and agricultural practices can be seen up and down the Powder River area outside of Miles City, Mont., as seen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Much of the region is dependent on clean ground water for agriculture and healthy livestock. Clean water as a resource can become scarce during drought years, making area residents concerned about safe drilling and mining practices. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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 A view of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation from the east bank of the Missouri River.
 With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. Snow falls in downtown Mobridge, South Dakota on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
 Jenn Zeller drives back from dinner to her home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
 Cars are parked at dusk at Motel Rapid on Sturgis Road, or a portion of the Interstate 90 business loop, in Rapid city
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 Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions during on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 south of Mobridge, South Dakota. With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
 A view of the Wyodak power plant in Gillette, Wyoming, as seen at dusk on Monday evening, Jan. 23, 2017. Many residents in Gillette, Wyoming, express a sense of hope following the November election. The region's big job providers, dependent largely on coal, oil and natural gas extraction, have faced recent layoffs, bankruptcy and economic decline. For conservative voters in the state, President Donald Trump has given them hope that their pleas for help may finally be heard. Should President Trump's administration lessen environmental regulations and push for more domestic jobs to be created, the industries that have been struggling in Wyoming could once again thive. 

CREDIT: Kristina Barker for The Wall Street Journal

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 Jenn Zeller crosses the Missouri River back to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
 A very literal view of the name "Flyover Country." A plane streaks across the skies above Meade County Highway 6A.
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 The ends of last year's harvested corn stalks can be seen along 173rd Avenue beyond the windshield of Julie Trask's pickup truck.
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 Protesters rode on horseback from the Seven Councils Camp along rural county roads as a form of protest again the Dakota Access Pipeline. Saturday marked the 60th day of protest encampments surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Law enforcement has reached out to federal agencies for both monetary and personnel assistance. Tensions have flared in recent weeks between law enforcement and protestors, as well as between private security and protestors. 

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 A view of Parmalee, South Dakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation at dusk.
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 Snow covers the sign at Motel Rapid on Sturgis Road Friday morning.
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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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 A view of irrigated fields along the Tongue River south of Birney, Montana. Residents in Montana's coal country debate the benefits natural resource extraction brings to the region with the damaging effects of water contamination. While the high-paying jobs brings much-needed prosperity to some of the area's communities, the presence of coal mining some argue threatens the livelihood of those who depend on clean water for agriculture. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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 Recluse Road gives views of the expansive rolling prairie surrounding Gillette, Wyoming, as seen on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Many residents in Gillette, Wyoming, express a sense of hope following the November election. The region's big job providers, dependent largely on coal, oil and natural gas extraction, have faced recent layoffs, bankruptcy and economic decline. For conservative voters in the state, President Donald Trump has given them hope that their pleas for help may finally be heard. Should President Trump's administration lessen environmental regulations and push for more domestic jobs to be created, the industries that have been struggling in Wyoming could once again thive. 

CREDIT: Kristina Barker for The Wall Street Journal

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 Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions during on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 south of Mobridge, South Dakota. With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions during on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 south of Mobridge, South Dakota. With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
 A view of Hensler, North Dakota as seen on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Energy and agriculture are issues on the minds of many voters in the state. In a state dominated by Republican politics and a lack of Indigenous representation in politics, community leaders are hoping for a record-number of Indigenous voters to bring change to issues surrounding education, healthcare, missing and murdered Indigenous women and children, human trafficking, energy, environment, and representation of all of North Dakota's communities and citizens at a state level. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
A view of Hensler, North Dakota as seen on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Energy and agriculture are issues on the minds of many voters in the state. In a state dominated by Republican politics and a lack of Indigenous representation in politics, community leaders are hoping for a record-number of Indigenous voters to bring change to issues surrounding education, healthcare, missing and murdered Indigenous women and children, human trafficking, energy, environment, and representation of all of North Dakota's communities and citizens at a state level. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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USA-STURGIS/BIKERALLYTouring bikers participate in the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Custer State Park, South Dakota on August 3, 2015. Custer State Park is a popular destination for bikers during the rally and is the most heavily trafficked time at the park in the southern Black Hills. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers.
 Livestock grazing and agricultural practices can be seen up and down the Powder River area outside of Miles City, Mont., as seen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Much of the region is dependent on clean ground water for agriculture and healthy livestock. Clean water as a resource can become scarce during drought years, making area residents concerned about safe drilling and mining practices. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
Livestock grazing and agricultural practices can be seen up and down the Powder River area outside of Miles City, Mont., as seen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Much of the region is dependent on clean ground water for agriculture and healthy livestock. Clean water as a resource can become scarce during drought years, making area residents concerned about safe drilling and mining practices. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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USA-STURGIS/BIKERALLYThe sun sets on Devils Tower National Monument outside of Sundance, Wyoming, August 5, 2015. Devils Tower is a popular destination for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally participants who spend time touring the surrounding area. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers.
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 A view of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation from the east bank of the Missouri River.
A view of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation from the east bank of the Missouri River.
 With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. Snow falls in downtown Mobridge, South Dakota on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. Snow falls in downtown Mobridge, South Dakota on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
 Jenn Zeller drives back from dinner to her home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
Jenn Zeller drives back from dinner to her home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
 Cars are parked at dusk at Motel Rapid on Sturgis Road, or a portion of the Interstate 90 business loop, in Rapid city
Cars are parked at dusk at Motel Rapid on Sturgis Road, or a portion of the Interstate 90 business loop, in Rapid city
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 Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions during on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 south of Mobridge, South Dakota. With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions during on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 south of Mobridge, South Dakota. With the recent closure of the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, many area residents are now having to travel as far as 4 hours to see loved ones in nursing homes throughout the region. Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions in the rural town along the Missouri River, making travel impossible for some residents needing to visit loved ones outside Mobridge. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
 A view of the Wyodak power plant in Gillette, Wyoming, as seen at dusk on Monday evening, Jan. 23, 2017. Many residents in Gillette, Wyoming, express a sense of hope following the November election. The region's big job providers, dependent largely on coal, oil and natural gas extraction, have faced recent layoffs, bankruptcy and economic decline. For conservative voters in the state, President Donald Trump has given them hope that their pleas for help may finally be heard. Should President Trump's administration lessen environmental regulations and push for more domestic jobs to be created, the industries that have been struggling in Wyoming could once again thive. 

CREDIT: Kristina Barker for The Wall Street Journal

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A view of the Wyodak power plant in Gillette, Wyoming, as seen at dusk on Monday evening, Jan. 23, 2017. Many residents in Gillette, Wyoming, express a sense of hope following the November election. The region's big job providers, dependent largely on coal, oil and natural gas extraction, have faced recent layoffs, bankruptcy and economic decline. For conservative voters in the state, President Donald Trump has given them hope that their pleas for help may finally be heard. Should President Trump's administration lessen environmental regulations and push for more domestic jobs to be created, the industries that have been struggling in Wyoming could once again thive. CREDIT: Kristina Barker for The Wall Street Journal GILLETTE
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050208.SnowStorm4.jpgKristina Barker/ Journal staff The newstand at Bosselman's, formerly known as the Windmill Truck Stop, covered in snow and ice on Friday morning May 2. snow storm Windmill Truck Stop
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 Jenn Zeller crosses the Missouri River back to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Jenn Zeller crosses the Missouri River back to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
 A very literal view of the name "Flyover Country." A plane streaks across the skies above Meade County Highway 6A.
A very literal view of the name "Flyover Country." A plane streaks across the skies above Meade County Highway 6A.
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 The ends of last year's harvested corn stalks can be seen along 173rd Avenue beyond the windshield of Julie Trask's pickup truck.
The ends of last year's harvested corn stalks can be seen along 173rd Avenue beyond the windshield of Julie Trask's pickup truck.
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USA-STURGIS/BIKERALLYM.J. Gunderson, follows his 4-year-old daughter Fynn Petri-Gunderson, both of New Town, North Dakota, as she rides a toy motorcycle during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, August 4, 2015. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers. REUTERS/Kristina Barker
 Protesters rode on horseback from the Seven Councils Camp along rural county roads as a form of protest again the Dakota Access Pipeline. Saturday marked the 60th day of protest encampments surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Law enforcement has reached out to federal agencies for both monetary and personnel assistance. Tensions have flared in recent weeks between law enforcement and protestors, as well as between private security and protestors. 

Kristina Barker for The New York Times
Protesters rode on horseback from the Seven Councils Camp along rural county roads as a form of protest again the Dakota Access Pipeline. Saturday marked the 60th day of protest encampments surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Law enforcement has reached out to federal agencies for both monetary and personnel assistance. Tensions have flared in recent weeks between law enforcement and protestors, as well as between private security and protestors. Kristina Barker for The New York Times
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USA-STURGIS/BIKERALLYTouring bikers participate in the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 3, 2015. Custer State Park is a popular destination for bikers during the rally and is the most heavily trafficked time at the park in the southern Black Hills. The massive event takes over the region's small towns and crowds spill far beyond the borders of the town of Sturgis. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers. REUTERS/Kristina Barker
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 A view of Parmalee, South Dakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation at dusk.
A view of Parmalee, South Dakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation at dusk.
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WYG - SDA four-bedroom home in Keystone, South Dakota is on the market for $795,000. The home was built within a portion of a 1920s wood mill. The nearly 17-acre property also includes several outbuildings. The home features a master bedroom, two guest rooms and one full bathroom which is only accessible from outside the home. Several outbuildings are still standing on the historic property. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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 Snow covers the sign at Motel Rapid on Sturgis Road Friday morning.
Snow covers the sign at Motel Rapid on Sturgis Road Friday morning.
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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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 A view of irrigated fields along the Tongue River south of Birney, Montana. Residents in Montana's coal country debate the benefits natural resource extraction brings to the region with the damaging effects of water contamination. While the high-paying jobs brings much-needed prosperity to some of the area's communities, the presence of coal mining some argue threatens the livelihood of those who depend on clean water for agriculture. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
A view of irrigated fields along the Tongue River south of Birney, Montana. Residents in Montana's coal country debate the benefits natural resource extraction brings to the region with the damaging effects of water contamination. While the high-paying jobs brings much-needed prosperity to some of the area's communities, the presence of coal mining some argue threatens the livelihood of those who depend on clean water for agriculture. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
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USA-STURGIS/BIKERALLYMitch McLain, dressed as General George Custer, greets bikers entering downtown Custer during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, August 3, 2015. The massive event takes over the region's small towns and crowds spill far beyond the borders of the town of Sturgis. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers. REUTERS/Kristina Barker
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USA-STURGIS/BIKERALLYBikes are parked throughout the residential neighborhoods of Sturgis, a town that is at the heart of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, August 4, 2015. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers. REUTERS/Kristina Barker
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 Recluse Road gives views of the expansive rolling prairie surrounding Gillette, Wyoming, as seen on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Many residents in Gillette, Wyoming, express a sense of hope following the November election. The region's big job providers, dependent largely on coal, oil and natural gas extraction, have faced recent layoffs, bankruptcy and economic decline. For conservative voters in the state, President Donald Trump has given them hope that their pleas for help may finally be heard. Should President Trump's administration lessen environmental regulations and push for more domestic jobs to be created, the industries that have been struggling in Wyoming could once again thive. 

CREDIT: Kristina Barker for The Wall Street Journal

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Recluse Road gives views of the expansive rolling prairie surrounding Gillette, Wyoming, as seen on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Many residents in Gillette, Wyoming, express a sense of hope following the November election. The region's big job providers, dependent largely on coal, oil and natural gas extraction, have faced recent layoffs, bankruptcy and economic decline. For conservative voters in the state, President Donald Trump has given them hope that their pleas for help may finally be heard. Should President Trump's administration lessen environmental regulations and push for more domestic jobs to be created, the industries that have been struggling in Wyoming could once again thive. CREDIT: Kristina Barker for The Wall Street Journal GILLETTE
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