Charles Michael Ray http://mtpr.org en Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup http://mtpr.org/post/shutdown-hinders-sd-ranchers-post-blizzard-cleanup A freak October blizzard earlier this month killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota.<p>The number of animals is hard to confirm. In part, because the federal agency tasked with tallying livestock losses after a disaster is closed during the partial government shutdown.<p>October is often a great weather month to be in South Dakota, which is one reason why the early October blizzard caught so many off guard.<p>Todd Collins lost a fifth of his herd in this storm. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 9641 at http://mtpr.org Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors http://mtpr.org/post/dry-reservation-clashes-its-liquor-store-neighbors At the Pine Ridge Reservation just outside the town of Whiteclay, Neb., an upside-down American flag flies on a wooden pole next to a teepee. About 60 people gathered here Monday to protest as beer truck drivers unloaded cases into a Whiteclay liquor store a few hundred yards away.<p>Whiteclay has one paved street and four liquor stores. Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge, but alcoholism is rampant here and the unemployment rate hovers around 80 percent. The town sells the equivalent of about 5 million cans of beer annually — mostly to impoverished tribal residents. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:16:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 4193 at http://mtpr.org A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors