AGRICULTURE

N.D. women plan event for blizzard-stricken S.D. women

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Farm Forum

UNION CENTER (AP) — A group of women in western North Dakota is organizing an event for ranch women in western South Dakota dealing with the devastation wreaked by an early October blizzard.

The Bowman-based group called Rural Women in America will hold the event Feb. 15, at the community center in Union Center. It will include speakers, musical entertainment, cooking and home-decorating sessions, shopping, dinner and wine tasting. Day care services are being provided free of charge.

“Understanding the many responsibilities rural women take on each day, we wanted to show our support and admiration by hosting a fun and inspiring event just for them,” spokeswoman Camie Janikowski said. “Rural Women in America is about women helping women and this is a great opportunity for us to pay it forward to our friends in South Dakota.”

The Oct. 4-5 blizzard that killing more than 40,000 cattle, sheep and horses. More than 600 ranchers have applied for help from a relief fund set up by the S.D. Stockgrowers Assoc., the S.D. Cattlemen’s Association and the S.D. Sheep Growers Assoc. The fund has received more than $4 million in donations.