The South Dakota National Guard says nearly 50 of its soldiers and airmen were called to active duty in the past week to help the western part of the state recover from the blizzard that dumped more than four feet of snow in some areas.
The soldiers and airmen cleared roads, removed snow and helped electrical cooperatives get to areas where power lines needed to be repaired.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency and activated National Guard forces to assist in storm recovery.
Officials say the National Guard expects to continue helping electric cooperatives for the next week or so. Maj. Gen. Time Reisch, adjutant general of the National Guard, says such service on state active duty is a foundation of what the guard is all about.