- Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The grand opening of Mitchell’s $15.3 million fine arts center has been delayed about three months, but the facility will be open for events and students on Feb. 1.

Work on the center began in June 2015, The Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/2iL3pkC) reported.

Some construction delays caused the Jan. 15 grand opening to be canceled. Superintendent Joe Graves said it will now be held on April 9 so all of the donors can attend.

Graves said a few minor touches are left to complete the facility and then all of the equipment can be moved in.

“It’s good to have it done,” Graves said.

The first event in the new facility will be the Palace City Jazz Festival on Feb. 7. Other major events include Mitchell High School’s all-school talent show Feb. 24 and the Show Choir Classic on March 18.

Mitchell High School band director Ryan Stahl is disappointed with the delay, but excited to get into the facility in February.

“I’m probably more content with the fact that they’re really making sure everything’s is right, and not sidestepping any processes and making sure it’s done the way it’s supposed to,” Stahle said.

Adding that the delay “is a small price to pay for eventually getting in there and use those facilities.”


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

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