There’s news on Mitchell’s Main Street.
The Daily Republic’s office is moving to 514 N. Main St. in Mitchell beginning in June. The change follows the sale of the newspaper’s current building at 120 S. Lawler St. to Brian Price, of Mitchell, owner of On Sight 24/7 Security Systems.
Through work with the Mitchell Area Development Corporation, The Daily Republic has signed a lease to utilize the Main Street office, which for decades housed NorthWestern Energy before it moved to South Burr Street. The Main Street facility is owned by the city of Mitchell and will receive improvements to fit the newspaper’s needs before staff members move in.
“We are so excited about our Main Street location, which will give us even more opportunity to be in the center of things,” said Daily Republic Publisher Joni Harms. “This has positioned our team to better serve our community, right in the heart of the city.”
In November 2017, the city of Mitchell purchased the former NorthWestern building for $300,000 from the Rozum Trust. It has sat empty since, but this month, the Mitchell City Council approved a lease agreement that allows the Mitchell Area Development Corporation to sub-lease the building for eight years.
“We’re excited about The Daily Republic coming downtown,” said Mark Vaux, executive director of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great opportunity to bring a good core, key business in the Mitchell region to the heart of downtown. We’re really excited about that opportunity. We’re glad that we’ve been able to work through and reach an agreement in leasing the building and look forward to a long and exciting partnership.”
The Daily Republic has been located at 120 S. Lawler St. since 1964. Before that, the newspaper’s office was located at 113. W. Third Ave. in Mitchell.
Price has significant plans for the South Lawler building and has already started renovations to what he now calls On Sight Storage. It will be a multi-use building as the first floor will be leasable retail space and also self-storage, and the second floor will be self-storage. The targeted opening date is July.
The basement, Price said, is planned to be used for baseball and softball cages, where people can pay tokens to use for hitting.
“We’re trying to repurpose this building,” Price said Tuesday. “It’s been the home of the paper since 1964, and we want to find its purpose for the next 50 years.”
The vision for the third floor of the building, Price said, is an events center, an idea sparked by his wife, Lynda, “but we want to see if the community wants it,” Price said.
Price’s business On Sight 24/7 provides video surveillance and its headquarters is in Mitchell on South Mentzer Street.