Construction crews busy in De Smet

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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Construction is going full force this season with the many changes going on in De Smet.

 

It’s hard not to notice the recent changes at the football field, with major tree removal and dirt work underway by Bowes Construction for the new athletic complex and community center.

 

De Smet’s homecoming football game against Colman-Egan was the last one played on the old field. The De Smet-Iroquois Bulldogs play in the Iroquois Homecoming game this Friday at Iroquois. An Oct. 18 game originally scheduled as a home game against Deubrook will also be played at Iroquois.

 

 During construction, the Bulldogs are practicing on empty lots in the Wilder Pass housing development. The middle school team practices on the west end of Washington Park.

 

Another big change in town was seen last week when the vacant building owned by Mark Purintun next door to his abstract office was torn down. Brothers Lance and Derek Lee were in charge of the demolition.

The building was previously owned by Betty Poppen and is best remembered as The Ritz Café. Purintun said he has no immediate plans for the lot.

 

The new Horizon Health Care medical and dental clinic in Wilder Pass opened its doors in mid-August. Castlerock Construction completed work on the driveway last week.

 

Renovations are finished to the interior of the former Horizon Clinic, now an Avera Clinic, attached to Avera De Smet Hospital, The clinic has new paint and carpet, and the dental operatories were converted back to examination rooms.  Avera providers will move into the new location this week and begin seeing patients Sept. 30.

 

The old Avera medical offices will not be empty for long.

 

Chelsea Wipf is starting an after-school tutoring program, “Chelsea’s Study Buddy” in the former medical building on Second Street.

 

De Smet Development Director Rita Anderson said she has been in contact with a business that would like to locate in Dr. John Berg’s office on Calumet Ave. following his move to the new clinic.

 

Members of the De Smet Development Corporation and the city council have expressed concern about the lack of affordable housing in town and are discussing tentative plans to have a new apartment complex built.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet New

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