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Domes, turrets removed from Mitchell Corn Palace

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) -- The iconic domes and turrets have been removed from the Corn Palace in Mitchell as a $7.2 million makeover project gains steam.

The skyline above Main Street is now noticeably empty. Project manager Dave Epp says the building ''looks pretty naked now.''

The Corn Palace upgrade will include new domes and lighting, larger corn murals and a walk-out balcony above the marquee. Changes to the building's exterior are being done during the $4 million first phase, which got underway last month.

The existing City Hall attached to the north side of the Corn Palace will be vacated and renovated to include exhibits and a theater in the second phase.

The Corn Palace bills itself as the world's only palace dedicated to the grain. About 200,000 tourists visit each year.

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