About a year ago, Mitchell residents passed a $10 million bond issue
to pay for a Missouri River pipeline hookup to supply water to a southern
addition to the town. The city spent another $3.5 million on area roads
and sewer lines.
Soon Cabela, a major outdoor sports and clothing retailer,
opened a store in the southern addition. Then Wal-Mart put in its
first South Dakota "superstore" near Cabela's. Two hotels
and a restaurant located nearby. Next summer, Menards is planning
to build a 200,000-square-foot store just west of Wal-Mart. And the
Mitchell Technical School is putting up two buildings near the growing
retail area, with plans to move the entire campus there in coming
Local officials say the retail center is the beginning
of an "economic renaissance" for Mitchell. But not all are
happy. The long-standing retail area in Mitchell's north end has seen
business suffer with the southern expansion.