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Forum Communications Co., Published February 08 2010

Corn Palace, Mitchell featured on Oprah site

MITCHELL, S.D. – Mitchell and its famous Corn Palace have been included in a feature on a Web site run by and focused on television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, prompting the director of the local visitors bureau to say that she’s “thrilled” and especially pleased by the article’s timing.

Hannah Walters, director of the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, learned last month that Mitchell would be featured on www.oprah.com.

The article’s author, Bradford Dworak, contacted the CVB on Jan. 20 and asked a series of questions about the Palace, especially inquiring about the impact the building has on the community and the basic lifestyle that Mitchell enjoys.

“ ‘No way’ was my first response when I got the message that a writer from ‘Oprah’ called,” Walters said.

“I honestly was surprised, yet very excited.”

The article, titled “Explore small-town USA,” is included in the Web site’s “America the Beautiful” section.

It begins by noting that “Mitchell, South Dakota, is still the type of Midwest community where residents leave their front doors open for the neighbors, share their keys and watch each other’s pets.”