A month after a devastating blizzard West River, ranchers are still recovering. For those who have only seen the devastation, they're doing what they can to help.
The feeling of pain and empathy lingers for those still trying to recover.
"You go and you're two or three weeks away from cashing in your crop that you worked all year for and now you lose it within a couple of days," Sioux Falls Regional Livestock co-owner Brad Klostergaard said.
A livestock auction at Sioux Falls Regional Livestock is just one way that a Midwestern band of brothers is able to help one another.
"In our country back here, the producers are like, they'll give their hearts out to anybody in the livestock industry and that's why you've seen it today," Klostergaard said.
Donations big and small are accepted and put to where they're needed the most. For Howard Mogler, the videos and photos from West River remind him of a similar blizzard he faced in 1941.
"I have the ability to help somebody else out and I know what some of these young people have got to be facing when they've lost their herd," auction participant Howard Mogler said.
Everyone at the auction wants to be sure these ranchers have the ability to move forward as quickly as possible.
"They'd do the same thing if it were to happen to us in this part of the state; the ranchers out there would've done the same thing," Klostergaard said.
"It proves that when people have bad luck that there are other people around that are willing to help," Mogler said.
In the end, around $35,000 is going to the Rancher Relief Fund. Along with that goes a strong message of support.
"God bless and carry on, you know, to those guys out there, but those guys, we're hopeful we can come out of this thing," Klostergaard said.
In a separate donation to the Rancher Relief fund last week, Wells Fargo also contributed $30,000 toward the recovery West River.