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Mitchell Activities Center will get Daktronics sign next season

There will be a new Daktronics sign outside the Mitchell Activities Center Hockey and Skating Ice Arena next season. The sign, which will be similar to that which sits outside the Mitchell Middle School, will have upcoming games and schedules at ...

There will be a new Daktronics sign outside the Mitchell Activities Center Hockey and Skating Ice Arena next season.

The sign, which will be similar to that which sits outside the Mitchell Middle School, will have upcoming games and schedules at the MAC scroll across its screen, Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association President Brian Nash said Tuesday.

The sign was approved to be built at a City Council meeting last week. The sign will be built with funds from a donation made by Fuzz Smith, of Mitchell.

"It was an idea that he had," Nash said of Smith's donation. "He wanted to know if he put up the money if we'd use it. Of course, we were happy to."

Smith's donation was $14,200 and the sign is expected to be up and running by the end of the summer, Nash said.

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Smith has donated to a number of causes in the Mitchell community in the past. He has his name on a billboard at Drake Field at Cadwell Park for past donations.

"From what I know of Fuzz, it seems like he's a guy that just likes to donate things and help out the youth in all sports, not just hockey," said Cadwell Sports Complex Supervisor Chuck Jones. "I know he's also donated to Mitchell baseball in the past and he's a pretty good supporter of Dakota Wesleyan sports, too."

Smith also has donated to the DWU TeamMakers Booster Club in the past.

Smith was contacted by The Daily Republic and did not wish to comment on his donation.

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