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Moving On Together

April 29, 2014, 10:00 PM by Jared Ransom

Moving On Together
MILLER, SD -

Federal investigators will likely begin the task of removing the wreckage of a small plane crash near Highmore, tomorrow.

Pilot D.J. Fischer and fellow cattlemen Brent Beitelspacher, Logan Rau and Nick Reimann died Sunday, when the Piper they were in crashed.

A NTSB investigator says the plane will be taken to Colorado, where they will try to determine if the plane hit a blade on a wind turbine or if a blade came down on the aircraft.

News of the crash has spread quickly in surrounding communities.

Whether they knew the four men in the plane or not, the reaction to the crash just south of Highmore is the same.

"Horrible. Horrible. Devastating," Nancy Ames said.

"Just mourning. Everybody's shocked, it's just so unexpected and just a tragedy," Donna Williams said.

The plane, carrying four South Dakota ranchers from a cattle auction in Texas, went down in a wind farm near Highmore Sunday night. On Monday morning, Donna Williams got a phone call from one of her co-workers telling her about the crash.

"I was just shocked. You feel sorry for the family and it's just such a tragedy. So much loss of lives, and young lives," Williams said.

It's even harder news to swallow because Williams knows the mother of one of the victims, Nick Reimann.

"I don't know. I'll just probably give her a hug, tell her I'm sorry," Williams said.

For Nancy Ames, who runs The Ranch Café in Miller, the crash is the biggest topic of conversation.

"Everyone's affected, and everyone knows them. They're young men that are well known in the community. Ranchers, work with cattle. Just awesome young men," Ames said.

Young men who will never be forgotten.

"People in the community are trying to digest the news of this crash, and it is safe to say that this will be a difficult tragedy to move on from."

"You know, a small community like this and you lose young people like that, it's hard," Ames said.

"Not real fast, no. It's so sad," Ames said.

While it may take some time to move on from the tragedy, Ames says the community will move on together.

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