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OUR VIEW: Overcoming the wallop of construction

Construction everywhere. In the coming weeks, a significant number of projects will be underway in our city, which means this summer is not exactly setting up to be tourist-friendly. The Burr Street renovation will be a huge undertaking. Veterans...

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Construction everywhere.

In the coming weeks, a significant number of projects will be underway in our city, which means this summer is not exactly setting up to be tourist-friendly.

The Burr Street renovation will be a huge undertaking.

Veterans Park work will continue moving forward.

The Sixth Avenue plaza is set to begin this summer.

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Our new indoor aquatic center has already had a groundbreaking and is well under construction adjacent to the Mitchell Recreation Center.

Yes, Mitchell is about to look torn apart during our busiest time of the year. Starting soon, thousands of tourists will be marching through Mitchell on a daily basis.

And although our city will be speckled with orange roadblocks and cones, there are several positives to consider.

Construction means improvement and additions.

For people visiting Mitchell, we're adding some great features to our Main Street with the veterans park project, a Sixth Avenue plaza to spruce up the outdoor experience of the Corn Palace, and we're bringing a great quality of life to the city for families to utilize an indoor pool.

The problem is construction will be simultaneous, and, in addition to the Burr Street work, the experience of visiting Mitchell this year won't be favorable to some.

That's why we're calling on city workers and leaders to help Mitchell rally past the headaches.

Let's all keep a close eye on these projects and ensure to communicate with project leaders if there's a way to tidy up an area.

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Let's encourage plenty of easy-to-read signs and make justifiable detours for tourists coming off the interstate who want to visit the Corn Palace.

We're excited to see all this progress in our city, and we're willing to live with the construction in the coming months while improvements are made.

But let's make sure to spend some time keeping tabs on the cosmetics of Mitchell during the process.

And while our city may not look its best in the short-term, let's take it upon ourselves as Mitchell residents to but a friendly face on what might be an uninviting appearance this summer.

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