- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Demolition work is underway on a Spearfish call center that collapsed under the weight of snow during an early October blizzard.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports (http://bit.ly/1qoQp2Q) that the work began last week. Local contractor Johner and Sons received the nearly $50,000 bid to salvage any items of value and then raze the 50,000-square-foot building. The work is to wrap up in mid-May.

The 225 Spearfish workers with Iowa-based TMone have been operating out of the city’s recreation center since the collapse of the building during the Oct. 4-5 storm, which dumped as much as 4 feet of snow on western South Dakota’s Black Hills. No one was in the building when it collapsed, and computer servers were spared.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com