- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Mitchell’s new Visitor Center has opened its doors for a “soft opening,” and the fully completed center is expected to be ready for tourist season next summer.

Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau director Katie Knutson said the Visitor Center’s finishing touches will be finished by the time tourist season ramps up in April, according to The Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/2f0pZmW).

The larger 824-square-foot center opened Oct. 1, replacing the center’s former location in a 144-square-foot log cabin. The center has seen 150 visitors pass through in its first few weeks in service. Knutson said the close proximity to a nearby coffee shop has boosted foot traffic. Mitchell Area Development Corp. Executive Director Byan Hisel estimated the project would in total cost about $115,000, with $75,000 of it funded by a grant from the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The CVB also opened a smartphone app to go with the new modern center, and was designed as a “one-stop resource” for visitors seeking information on Mitchell area features.

“It’s uncommon for a community of this population to have all of the amenities and options that we have in Mitchell,” an app press release said. “This app is a way to unite all of the unique and surprising elements of our community, in an easy-to-use app that residents and visitors can both enjoy.”

The opening of the new Visitor Center was delayed due to disagreements between the landowners, the bureau and the Mitchell Area Development Corp.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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