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Plankinton gym floor to be redone with help from advertisers

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Plankinton gym floor to be redone with help from advertisers
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Todd Karst has been working tirelessly over the last month in search of commitments for a necessary cause.

The Plankinton athletic director has been selling advertisements to pay for a new gym floor at the school.

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“Our gym floor is 11 years old and they say you are supposed to redo them every 12-to-14 years,” Karst said. “Since we are in a new co-op with Mount Vernon, we decided what better time than to get the gym converted over to our new colors than now.”

Karst got the green light to begin selling advertisements from the Plankinton School Board after a January board meeting. At that time, the board approved plans to redo the Plankinton gym floor.

Since then he has contacted area businesses and has received commitments from Coca-Cola of Mitchell, Krohmer Insurance Agency, which has offices in Wessington Springs and Plankinton, and Ron’s Market, located in Plankinton.

“I started by contacting some bigger corporations,” Karst said. “The community does a lot for our school and this is our way to give back.”

All three of the businesses have pledged $5,000 for their advertisements on the court, which Karst said cost around $20,000 in total. Each business had to pay $2,500 up front, but the next $2,500 could be paid over the next four years.

“They contacted us,” said Coca-Cola Sales Manager Bob Herman, who declined to comment on how many other schools Mitchell’s Coca-Cola sponsors.. “They had a need and we were able to help them fulfill their need.”

All three business will have advertisements placed on the edge of the new Plankinton court for at least 10 years. Karst said the floor will likely be finished in the summer, but no there is no set date for completion.

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