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Amber and her children Kalee, 13, left, Kolbe, 5, second from right, and Kahne, 10, say a prayer before dinner. Amber has leaned on her Christian faith since her husband’s death.

PLATTE, South Dakota — Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.

It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof — pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.

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