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  • Fort Meade and Hot Springs VA hospitals on chopping block

    Mark Watson, Black Hills Pioneer|Mar 17, 2022

    STURGIS — The Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Hot Springs is on the chopping block again, and so is the one at Fort Meade. In a confidential call Friday to employees, Rob McDivitt, VISN 23 director, outlined a plan to close the hospitals at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, turning them into clinics. “These are their plans: they will turn the full-service VA hospitals in Fort Meade and Hot Springs into clinics; the Sioux Falls VA hospital will lose its emergency services; and the clinic in Wagner will completely close,” reported Gov. Kristi Noem...

  • Ryan Ranch welcomes triplet calves

    Mark Watson, Black Hills Pioneer|Mar 25, 2021

    ALADDIN, Wyo. — Ranchers through the Northern Great Plains are in the midst of calving season right now, and that is true at the Ryan Ranch, located north of Aladdin, Wyo. But unlike nearly every other rancher this year, the Ryan Ranch welcomed a set of triplet black angus calves on March 9. “You just don’t hardly hear of anybody having them,” said rancher Scott Ryan. It was his wife Tami who first spotted the tiny black calves laying in the field, their mom nearby. “I came over the hill, and I...

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