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New 4-H Center for Bon Homme County in the works

TYNDALL-- A brand new, modern 4-H Center for Bon Homme County is expected to be completed by July 2019. Last week, crews started pouring the footings for the roughly 9,100-square-foot building that will sit on the west side of the current 4-H par...

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TYNDALL-- A brand new, modern 4-H Center for Bon Homme County is expected to be completed by July 2019.

Last week, crews started pouring the footings for the roughly 9,100-square-foot building that will sit on the west side of the current 4-H parking lot in Tyndall. The crews plan to work through the winter on the $450,000 project, according to county officials.

"The county and the entire community is excited about this project, and we support the efforts of the 4-H team of bringing the community together for its events and other community celebrations," Bon Homme County Auditor Tamara Brunken said.

The county was approached by 4-H board members Jennifer Torsney, Holly Neth and Tina Talsma in January. The board members brought to attention the deteriorating condition of the existing 1940s structure and proposing a new center that could also be used for the county's commission and zoning meetings.

"We first went to the county commissioners since they own the land and put together a good cost estimate and plan. The county was extremely supportive," Torsney said. "People in the community and local businesses were more generous than expected, and that was a huge win in our direction."

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Bon Homme County designated $150,000 toward the project, and the William R. Hoch Foundation matched the amount, bringing the total funding raised to date to $300,000, according to Torsney.

The late William R. Hoch founded the first pharmacy and drug store in Tyndall in 1914. Before he died in 2005, he stipulated in his will that part of his assets be given to charities that support education and give back to the community.

Bon Homme County 4-H has been tasked with raising the remaining $150,000 and hopes to attract additional business partners by offering naming rights for the facility, among other incentives.

Ron Wagner, a retired school teacher and car dealer of Tyndall, brought the project in front of Hoch's daughter, Jeanne Hoch, who now oversees the philanthropic foundation.

"I hoped it would appeal to Jeanne, and when I suggested the new 4-H Center, she took it on and matched the funds," Wagner said. "We are very lucky to have the Hochs."

Under the proposal the existing structures, built in the 1940s, will be demolished to make room for an expansion of the parking lot. The new center will include an assembly area and large and small meeting rooms used for shooting sports, 4-H events and exhibits. The county plans to also offer use of the facility for the school district's Achievement Days and other community events.

The building will have a modern heating and ventilation system, accessible bathrooms with showers and a large kitchen.

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