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School of Mines starts work on new rec center

RAPID CITY (AP) — Students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will have a new place to work out.

The Rapid City university breaks ground Monday on the Stephen D. Newlin Family Student Wellness & Recreation Center.

The school says alumnus Stephen Newlin donated $2 million toward the nearly $9 million project also funded with fee increases.

Newlin is chairman, president and chief executive officer of PolyOne Corp. He graduated from the School of Mines in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.