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Burned prairie is all that surrounds this flagpole after a U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn went wrong, scorching more than 14,000 acres since Wednesday. The rubble was once Castle Butte Country School House. It burnt down in the blaze.

Ranchers: Forest Service had 'zero support' for burn; Meeting today in Hettinger to address questions, claims process

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On day two of the Pautre Fire that destroyed more than 14,000 acres of grasslands in northwest South Dakota, the biggest question ranchers were asking was, "Why?"

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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