- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PICKSTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Officials in a city in the southeastern part of South Dakota are deciding whether to replace or renovate two of the town’s three original buildings.

Pickstown officials are holding a public hearing Wednesday to discuss whether the town should construct new buildings or restore the existing structures. The buildings to be discussed are the former shopping center as well as its police and fire station, the Press and Dakotan (https://bit.ly/2uZhQdQ ) reported.

“It would be sad to see the last two commercial buildings of a multi-million-dollar, company-style town destroyed,” said Ken Stewart, a South Dakota historian. “Those buildings are a memorial to all the people who worked to build the (Missouri River’s) Ft. Randall Dam.”

Board of Trustees President Bob Altenburg said that talk of demolishing the original buildings is premature.

“The plan for a new building would be to house the financial office, community room, museum and new fire truck bays, but that is only if the town wants it,” Altenburg said. “There has not been any talk about demolishing the older buildings or what will be done with them if a new building is established.”

Pickstown resident Bill Lampman said he’s currently working with the South Dakota Historical Society to try to have the two buildings placed on the National Historical Register. The move wouldn’t protect the buildings from the will of the Board of Trustees, but it could provide a way for the town to access grant money for updating and preserving the locations.

“We are trying to preserve our history,” Lampman said. “There are only three original buildings left in town.”

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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