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Atlas ruling sparks insurance policy reviews by more ranchers

Tom Griffith

Some ranchers are taking another look at their insurance policies after the court ordered DeSmet insurance to pay for some cattle lost in the 2013 Atlas storm. Staff photo

Nearly three years after Winter Storm Atlas blanketed western South Dakota and two months after the state Supreme Court ruled that a Quinn couple was entitled to compensation from their insurance company for nearly 100 yearling heifers that died in the blizzard, dozens of ranchers are reportedly revisiting their insurance policies to determine if they, too, are eligible for claims previously denied.

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“In some cases, these losses were tremendous. Until you see the pictures and the number of cattle lost, you can’t understand the devastation. They were the future of these ranches and, in some instances, it put people out of business.” Michael Hickey, Rapid City attorney

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