One of my favorite blog posts is one I wrote in November 2008 about the infamous blizzard of 1997 -- the one that hit the Dakotas in a violent fury, killing hundreds of thousands of cattle in its wake. At 10 years old, I learned a lot of tough lessons that winter. I learned the importance of hard work, sacrifice, responsibility and putting the needs of the animals before my own.
In focusing on preparing for winter this week on the blog, I have enjoyed looking at my previous writings on snow. Boy, have I written a lot about blizzards!
You can read some of my favorites here:
Today, you have a second opportunity to be entered to win a $100 VISA Beef Bucks gift card, courtesy of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Auxiliary. Simply answer this question: What is your best blizzard story?
Leave your stories in the comments section below to be entered to win. The lucky prizewinner will be revealed tomorrow. And, if you live in a place where you don't get snow, share your best hurricane, tornado, flood or other weather story that you have endured as a cattle rancher.
You can also enter to win by answering yesterday's question: What is the best part of winter on the ranch?
Good luck and thanks for participating.