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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By Jessica Giard

For The Daily Republic

1957: KPLO tower built on Medicine Butte, on land owned by KPLO, before the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966.

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1970: SDPB tower built on Medicine Butte. (The Daily Republic was not able to ascertain exactly when the third tower, now owned by AT&T, was erected on the butte.)

January 2010: KPLO tower falls after an ice storm.

February 2010: Chairman Michael Jandreau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe writes the FCC requesting consultation to find a new site for the KPLO tower.

March 2010: FCC grants KPLO a license to erect a temporary tower on the footprint of the previous tower on the butte.

December 2010: LBST and the tribal elder advisory committee host the FCC and KELO in a five-hour meeting at Lower Brule to talk about Medicine Butte and relocating the tower.

January 2013: FCC grants OK to build KPLO tower in new location about eight miles southwest of Medicine Butte.

November 2013: New KPLO tower complete and broadcasting.

December 2013: Proposed removal of the former tower on Medicine Butte.

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