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A helping hand to our friends and neighbors
In South Dakota, we prideourselves on our hard work, per-sistence and self-reliance. Ourancestors tamed the prairie andlived through difficult times, andthese South Dakota values havebeen passed down through thegenerations.We also learn in SouthDakota to care for our neighbors.Whether it’s a natural disasteror a personal tragedy, SouthDakotans always come togetherto lend a helping hand to thosein need. We learn that early inour lives. It becomes so in-grained in us that when we areneeded, we simply show up.That’s just part of being a neigh-bor, and in tough times, SouthDakota is one big neighborhood.This is a very tough time inwestern South Dakota. Ourfriends and neighbors there con-tinue to respond to the recentdisaster, during which much of West River was hit with one of the largest blizzards in our his-tory. Homeowners lost trees, ex-perienced property damage andwent without power for days.Businesses suffered from col-lapsed roofs or other damagethat will require repairs beforethey can reopen.Many ranchers suffered dev-astating losses. The early winterweather created a “perfectstorm” that killed thousands – probably tens of thousands – of cattle and other livestock. Theseanimals mean something morethan just net worth, and losingthem has put our ranchers in anunthinkable position.We need to do what we can tohelp our friends and neighborsduring their time of need. If youare able to help those affected bythe blizzard, please call 211 or877-708-4357 to offer your assis-tance.In addition, a Rancher Relief Fund has been set up to help ourlivestock producers. The fund isa cooperative effort of the SouthDakota Cattlemen’s Association,the Stockgrowers Association,the Sheep Growers Associationand the Black Hills Area Com-munity Foundation. Linda and Imade a donation earlier thisweek, and I hope you will con-sider a gift as well. To donate tothe Rancher Relief Fund,visit www.giveblackhills.org andsearch "Rancher Relief Fund."Donors can also mail checks toRancher Relief Fund, PO Box231, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.South Dakota Cattlemen's As-sociation, South Dakota Stock-growers Association and SouthDakota Sheep Growers Associa-tion established the SouthDakota Rancher Relief FundOct. 8, 2013 with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation toprovide support and relief assis-tance to those in the agricultureindustry impacted by the bliz-zard of Oct. 4-7, 2013.The fund will be administeredby the South Dakota Stockgrow-ers Association, the SouthDakota Cattlemen's Associationand the South Dakota SheepGrowers Association for the di-rect benefit of the livestock pro-ducers impacted by thisdevastating blizzard.
To donate to the Rancher Re-lief Fund visit, www.giveblack-hills.org and search "RancherRelief Fund" or click on this link:https://www.giveblackhills.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Organiza-tions.Overview&Organization_ID=27677. Donors can also mailchecks to Black Hills Commu-nity Area Foundation/SDRancher Relief Fund made out tothe "Rancher Relief Fund." Ad-dress: PO Box 231, Rapid City,57709.
More about the sponsoringorganizations
The mission of the SouthDakota Cattlemen's Associationis to Advance and protect the in-terests of all cattlemen by en-hancing profitability throughrepresentation, promotion andinformation sharing. Our visionis to be a producer-oriented or-ganization that consumers andproducers rely on for factual in-formation to enhance a prof-itable business climate andpromote environmental steward-ship. To learn more visit,http://www.sdcattlemen.org/ orcontact Jodie Anderson at605.945.2333.The South Dakota Stockgrow-ers is a grassroots, non-profit or-ganization of independentlivestock producers dedicated tothe continued success and viabil-ity of the domestic livestock in-dustry. Since 1893 our missionhas remained unchanged, "topromote and protect the SouthDakota Livestock industry." Tolearn more visit, www.south-dakotastockgrowers.org or con-tact Silvia Christen at605.342.0429.The South Dakota SheepGrowers is the trade associationfor sheep producers of SouthDakota, representing both farmflocks and range operations. Weare a state member of the Amer-ican Sheep Industry, the sheepindustry voice involved in: meatsafety, marketing, regulationsthrough national education,communication and lobbyingand legislation. We focus onlamb and fiber promotion on astate-wide basis and keepingmembers updated on issues af-fecting the sheep industry. Tolearn more visit,www.sdsheep.org or contact,Max Matthews at 605.490.0726.
Donate to Rancher Relief Fund &help South Dakota producersdevastated by October blizzard
The recent snow storm inwestern South Dakota has cre-ated a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for many inour area. You and your neigh-bors probably are still trying tomake sense of what happenedand questioning how you willdeal with the losses you are ex-periencing.Common reactions to stressfulevents like this include:Disbelief and shockFear and anxiety about the fu-tureDifficulty making decisions orconcentratingIrritability and angerFeeling powerlessLoss of appetite or overeatingHeadaches, back pain andstomach problemsNot sleeping or sleeping toomuchIncreased use of alcohol ordrugsSadnessFeeling hopeless and helplessDepressionThese are all normal reactionsto life’s struggles, setbacks, anddisappointments. It is ‘normal’ tohave difficulty managing yourfeelings after a traumatic event.However if you don’t deal withthe stress, it can be harmful toyour mental and physical health.Following are some tips for cop-ingduring stressful times:
Talk to someone about it.
By talking with others, you canrelieve stress and realize thatothers share your feelings.
Spend time with friendsand family.
Encourage them toshare their concerns and feelingswith you.
Take care of yourself.
Getplenty of rest and exercise, andeat properly.
Limit exposure to imagesof the disaster.
Continuing towatch or read news about it willonly increase your stress.
Make time for activitiesyou enjoy.
This can help getyour mind off the disaster andkeep the stress in check.
Do one thing at a time.
Fo-cusing on one task at a time andcompleting it gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Do something positive.
Helping other people gives you asense of purpose in a situationthat feels “out of control”.
Avoid excessive drinkingor drugs.
It may temporarilyseem to remove stress, but itgenerally creates additionalproblems that can compound thestress you were feeling.
Ask for help when youneed it.
If feelings of stress andanxiety do not go away or are sointense that they interfere withyour ability to function in dailylife, talk with a relative, friend,doctor or minister about gettinghelp.
is different fromnormal sadness in that it engulfsyour day-to-day life. Whenyou’re feeling extremely de-pressed, problems don’t seemtemporary –they seem over-whelming and permanent. Butwith time, you will feel better,especially if you reach out forhelp. Don’t try to cope alone.
Depression is a major riskfactor for suicide.
The deep de-spair and hopelessness that goesalong with depression can makesuicide feel like the only way toescape the pain.Suicide warning signs in-clude:•Talking about killing orharming one’s self •Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped•An unusual preoccupationwith death or dying•Acting recklessly, as if theyhave a death wish (e.g. speeding,not stopping at intersections)•Calling or visiting people tosay goodbye
Coping with disaster related stress -depression - suicide
•Getting affairs in order (giv-ing away prized possessions,tying up loose ends)•Saying things like “Everyonewould be better off without me”or “I want out”•A sudden switch from beingextremely depressed to actingcalm and happyTake any suicidal talk or be-havior seriously. If you think aneighbor, friend or family mem-ber is considering suicide, ex-press your concern and let themknow that there are many peoplewho want to support them dur-ing this difficult time. PLEASEreach out and encourage them toseek professional help immedi-ately. Talking openly about sui-cidal thoughts and feelings cansave lives!For more information oremergency/crisis interventionservices contact:Three Rivers Mental Healthand Chemical Dependency Cen-ter, 11 East 4th Street - PO Box447, Lemmon, SD 57638, 605-374-3862or1-800-658-3900
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