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Cattlemen To Host Benefit

Group to raise money to help small cattle feeder defend himself against pollution charge.

There’s going to be a benefit barbeque to raise money to help a South Dakota cattleman and a landowner defend themselves against a Sioux Falls doctor who says they have been polluting his land, which he uses for hunting, fishing and other recreation.

The McCook-Miner-Lake Cattlemen will host the benefit barbeque on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Miner County 4-H Grounds in Howard, S.D., for Jim Hagemann and Floyd Demaray.

Proceeds will go toward legal expenses incurred from an ongoing court case with Dr. Frank Alvine of Sioux Falls who is suing Hagemann and Demaray for alleged damages to his pond from runoff from Hagemann's cow/calf operation on Demaray's land.

Dr. Alvine is pursuing the action even though Hageman has permanently removed his cattle from the lots and will only be grazing the pasture.

Free will donations will be accepted at the barbeque. Donations can also be sent to Hageman/Demaray Fund at First Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 327, Madison, SD 57042.

Cory Eich, of the McCook-Miner Lake Cattlemen, says the case affects all South Dakota farmers and ranchers because Hagemann is a small family-farm sized producer and was in compliance with all state and local feedlot regulations.

Ag United of South Dakota provided information for this article

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