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There are so many things going on in the cattle industry right now, and every single one of them is a concern – whether it be markets, weather, regulations or politics, the list goes on and on.

Leaders are the life-blood of small towns and rural communities. The success or failure of community development efforts often rests with the …

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With an extra year to plan because of COVID-19, Cattlemen's Ball hosts Scott and Pat Mueller and their committees have added new attractions ranging from a tractor-pulling contest to a simulated shooting gun range.

For years, De Smet native, Sharon J. Peterson had heard community members say it would be nice to commemorate local veterans with statues on the courthouse lawn. Not one to wait for others when something needs to be done in her community, Peterson took action. “I put an ad in the newspaper and asked for donations, and they came pouring in.”

If you need to reach Joyce Heath, you’d better call her cell phone because the Winner volunteer and small business owner is always on the go. She's being honored for her work with a Rural Dakota Pride Award.

If you ask Holly Bauer about the volunteer work she does as a member of the Whitewood Volunteer Fire Department Auxillary, she says simply, “It’s a family thing.” She's being honored this year with a Rural Dakota Pride Award.

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