By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Weathering The Storm

Area Ranchers Share Stories Of Enduring The Blizzard, Deep Freeze


December 29, 2022

Daria Anderson-Faden

In the top photo, along Highway 30 east of KImball, the snow wasn't doing the wheat fields or pastures much good Tuesday, as most of the snow was in the ditches or in 10 foot drifts by the trees. Below: Byron and Amber Wilke drew an arrow on the photo to show the location of the feed truck, hidden in whiteout conditions, on their feed lot northwest of Kimball.

While most Kimballites were hunkered down in their houses during the recent weather events, ranchers were out in the elements trying to feed, water and take care of their livestock. Each individual rancher has their story – some were fortunate to have moved their stock home to their corrals, while others were in the pasture or out on cornstalks.

"It was tough," local producer Doug Lukassen said in reference to the recent blizzard, then the extreme cold snap and raging winds of last week. Lukassen said they "lost a few," but his concern now had turned to the calves as pneumonia was begin...

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