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Winter Storm Atlas dropped up to three feet of snow across western South Dakota.
Winter Storm Atlas dropped up to three feet of snow across western South Dakota.
Sam Slocum
September 11, 2016

Cattle Ruling Reversal Could Lead to More Lawsuits

Following a South Dakota Supreme Court decision, a Quinn couple will now see reimbursement for cattle killed in Winter Storm Atlas. As reported by the Rapid City Journal, a lower court had ruled against Richard and Larayna Papousek's insurance claim of 93 heifers killed by drowning. By a unanimous verdict, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that fluid inside the animals was consistent with drowning, making the claim valid. Following the decision, other ranchers are reviewing their denied insurance claims.

An early report by National Geographic placed cattle deaths from the storm at 7500, with actual results almost twice that. Past stories on the storm and its effects are linked in the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online archive.

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