Greg Latza: Butler, SD
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A lone gasoline pump in Butler offers evidence of a local economy that once supported hardware stores, grocery stores, pool halls, banks and a handful of grain elevators. "But there's no businesses here now, only the Lutheran church," says longtime resident Allyce Espeland, 82. "We used to run a store here, and I closed it in '71. Then I ran a coffee shop at the store until I had surgery in '98. I told the boys, 'If you want coffee now, you'll have to come down to my house.' And they still come every morning." Allyce's records show that her late husband Magnus once bought 15 gallons of gas in Butler for a total of $1.92, nearly the same price as one gallon today.

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