Places

Most of the area’s topography is rolling hills, with residents involved in farming, ranching and town services. People live connected to the land, as it provides their livelihood. They are also quite tied to each other; everyone is affected by the weather, market pricing and of course, the wind.

Farmers grow soybeans, corn, sunflowers and a fair amount of wheat. Some crops are used locally for feed on ranches; most is shipped out of the area. Some of the corn is processed into ethanol at the POET Ethanol plant. POET not only creates a clean, alternative fuel; its byproducts are high protein animal feed, plastics and lubricants. It is a company that reflects the forward-thinking, sustainable efforts valued in the area.

There are many dairy operations producing milk products. The Valley Queen Cheese factory is an award-winning, successful regional producer of cheese, located in Milbank, SD. Milbank also provides top-notch medical services. County agencies are staffed by first-rate people from the community. Tucked in between all the above mentioned activity is the business of raising organic crops, cattle and native wild grasses. There is also quite a bit for sportsmen to hunt: pheasants, ducks, turkeys, deer and elk.

Some folks are busy providing for the needs of the community: banks, eateries, truck stops, schools, churches, road maintenance, equipment repair, and the like. All in all, the land defines the area now; in the future, the wind farms will compliment it by redefining the landscape, adding to the economy and contributing to cleaner world.

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