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Teen Helps South Dakotan Ranchers

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The Nile Junior Fed livestock sale brings cattle, goats and hogs to MetraPark. The sale gives one teenager a chance to help fellow South Dakotan ranchers hit hard by the snowstorm last week.

Karly Schaunaman sold a calf Thursday and is donating part of her proceeds to the South Dakota Ranchers Relief Fund. Last week, much of the livestock in the western part of South Dakota suffered a devastating blow. A heavy snowstorm wiped out herds of livestock there. Karly's family wasn't affected, but as she and her father drove to Billings from Aberdeen, South Dakota, Karly came up with an idea to help those who weren't so lucky.

"She said you know let's just give part of the proceeds back to the ranchers relief fund and I think it's just a great opportunity," Kirk Schaunaman, Karly's father said. "I hope that other businesses, other youth, and other individuals will step up as well."

The Schaunamans are ranchers themselves and know how devastating the loss is.

"A lot of the ranchers, it's a sentimental deal because they invested years and years and years of their sweat and blood and their families and generations before them and it hurts," Kirk said.

Giving up the steer was the hardest part.

"I'm going to be kind of sad that he's gone, but the percent that I got is going to a really good cause," Karly said. "They can kind of start their stock again and get something out of it and able to recover from what happened."

Karly won grand champion junior showmanship for the junior fed steer show. The Nile events continue until Saturday with the rodeos beginning nightly at 7:30.

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