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Richard Papousek, 60, of Quinn, S.D., stands next to a ravine where his dead cattle still sat on Oct. 15 outside of Wall, S.D. Papousek said 110 cows and 88 calves died after drifting away from the "wall of the Badlands" where they became disoriented and plummeted to their deaths. It took until Oct. 10 to discover all of the losses.

Losses sink in: Victims of early October blizzard that blasted ND, SD still trying to comprehend devastation

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QUINN, S.D. -- Richard Papousek said the impact of the early Oct. 4 blizzard on his cattle ranch in western South Dakota still hasn't been completely sunk in.

"I didn't think that storm was that bad when it was going on," Papousek said, remembering the blizzard that ran Oct. 3 to 5 and blasted western South Dakota, and southwest North Dakota. "You could see quite a ways during the storm, but that snow was so wet -- just heavy, heavy wet snow."

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