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TOURISM

Tourism is among the state’s largest industries, and many South Dakota towns and residents rely on visitor spending to maintain a thriving economy.
“It’s been a dream of mine to make the store bigger, and Main Street is where I feel we will flourish,” Christie Gunkel said of the 615 N. Main St. building where she will be moving 2nd and Lawler Co to in June.
After two years of events being canceled or dramatically scaled back due to the pandemic, Minnesota tourism officials are declaring business as usual for the summer of 2022, as several of the state’s big gatherings celebrating anniversaries of note.
I know spring around Chamberlain seems to start when the ice goes off and the boat traffic picks up. I guess you could call it “ice-out" spring.

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South Dakota saw 13.8 million visitors this year, while Mitchell saw traffic count jump by 32%.
Though upgrades to the complex may change a lot, Buche said the traditional focus on customer service will remain
"Our room occupancy was very, very good this year. Staffing was impossible," Ramada manager Dan Sabers said.
City officials originally brought forth the ordinance as a potential mitigation measure to Chamberlain’s housing shortage
The proposed ordinance would “expressly prohibit transient commercial use of residential property for remuneration.”
“It’s no secret that our governor said 'South Dakota was open for business,' and it was a place where people could go and enjoy life and eat at a restaurant or go to a live concert without so many restrictions,” said Corn Palace Director Doug Greenway.

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A new visitor center is planned for the Badlands, funded mainly by a $3.3 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
“They have a lot of restrictions on what you can use it for. They’ve also said you can use it for watershed pilot programs, nonpoint source pollution control and making necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure,” said City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau toured Theodore Roosevelt National Park with park Superintendent Wendy Ross on Tuesday and discussed opportunities to update and improve the Painted Canyon Visitors Center as well as reviewing the progress of repairs for the Scenic Loop Drive in the TRNP South Unit.

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