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Palace dome, turrets to be saved

One of the Corn Palace's old, small domes will be saved from the scrap heap, and could be reused at Mitchell's Visitor Information Center, according to Mayor Ken Tracy.

Earlier this month, all three of the Corn Palace's domes were removed as part of a nearly $7.2 million renovation of the city-owned arena and tourist attraction, and at the time city officials believed none of the domes could be saved.

But, Tracy said Friday one of the two smaller domes and two turrets were salvaged, and the city is discussing a plan with the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce to move them to the Visitor Information Center, which is located off Burr Street, near Interstate 90.

Tracy said it's likely some preliminary work will need to be done to build a base for the dome and turrets near the Visitor's Information Center.

Both of the turrets have already been hauled from the construction area near the Corn Palace and put in storage, and the dome will soon be put in storage, too, Tracy said.

There's no specific timeline yet for when the dome and turrets could be moved near the Visitor Information Center, Tracy said.