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This picture of the early gymnasium and athletic grounds at Dakota University, as Dakota Wesleyan University was originally named, was published in the university’s catalog for 1899. (Photo courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan University Archives)

BACK IN TIME: DWU gymnasiums

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While the building date is unknown for Dakota Wesleyan University's early gymnasium, catalogs before 1899 noted that, with the combined aid of students, faculty, and the citizens of Mitchell, funds had been gathered to fence an athletic field, grade a half-mile track and build and equip a commodious gym adequate to all the needs of the best athletic training.

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