Big Stone County is located in West Central Minnesota. Highway 12 runs through it, and if you've ever taken Highway 12 out to Aberdeen, South Dakota stretches of 12 are often long and desolate.

The Big Stone County Sheriff's Office recently took to social media to 'explain' why road crews weren't making progress on area roads. The picture that they shared blew my mind. Look at that pile of snow compared to the plow!

See Minnesota Snow Plow Buried Under Record Snow

The post goes on to detail that the local crews in Big Stone County are doing their best and using the equipment they have on hand to clear the roads.

At times we know people wonder why our highway crews are “taking so long” to get roads opened. This picture taken today of the Big Stone County plow shows the challenges that they are facing. This is only one location of many across the county.
The Sheriff's Office wants to thank all our plow drivers and the mechanics that keep the equipment going. This year has been nothing short of a UFC match vs Mother Nature and it’s looking like we have at least another few weeks of it.
Please be patient as our local crews are using every resource possible including dozers, blowers, V-plows, graders, loaders, and plow trucks to get our roads open.

While Minnesota has had an above-average year in terms of snow, it's nothing like what California has seen, where some areas are using extension ladders to find the ground!


What Did South Dakota's License Plate Look Like the Year You Were Born?

The first number on a South Dakota license plate is the county that the car is registered. For example, Pennington county where Rapid City is has a '2' starting its plates. In Sioux Falls you have either a '1' or a '44' depending on your relationship to 57th street.

When established in 1956 (and revised in 1987) the first nine counties were ordered by population. Starting with 10 they are in alphabetical order through Ziebach, with Oglala Lakota County (65) and Todd (67) rounding out the list.

Today the top 10 plate numbers and populations don't correlate anymore. 1 and 2 are still 1 and 2, but Lincoln (44) is now 3rd in population. Beadle is 4 but it's now 11th in population. See the list by population here.

On January 1, 2023, South Dakota started issuing a new license plate design for license plates.

So, let's take a look back at what South Dakota license plates looked like over the last 100 years.

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