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4 win awards at MMS&B banquet

Once at home downtown, always at home downtown.

That was the message expressed by Mitchell Main Street & Beyond's board, staff and award recipients at Monday night's banquet at Cornerstone Coffee House in Mitchell.

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"It's just someplace you want to keep going back to," said MMS&B Executive Director Molly Goldsmith.

The three awards introduced last year, the Brenda Olesen Legacy Award, George McGovern Service Award and the Heritage Award, were presented to four people during the night.

Outgoing board members Dave Brooks and Michelle White each received the Brenda Olesen Legacy Award.

A press release from MMS&B said Brooks and White were two of the original board members of the organization, which started in 2007. "Brooks and White have been instrumental in many of the policies and events of MMS&B in the past seven years," the release states."

The George McGovern Service Award was presented to Bobbie Clark for her extensive service and ambassadorship for the MMS&B organization, which was created to the "maximize economic potential and to preserve the heritage and sense of place in Mitchell's historic commercial district."

"It's vibrant, it's alive and it goes right to your heart," Clark said about downtown.

The Heritage Award was presented to Steve Clarke for the completion of his loft rehabilitation project at 214 N. Main St.

The evening also included a State of Main Street address by MMS&B Board President Carrie English, who noted that 2013 included the downtown Mitchell Streetscape Project.

"It was, quite honestly, one of the proudest moments of my life," English said, of being able to fund the project.

The night also included discussion of future goals, presentation of board members and the election of three new board members: Keara Hohn, of Tickled P!nk; Steve Culhane, of The Scoreboard Pub & Grille; and Rick Swank, of Shafer Memorials.