Avera breaks ground despite chilly weather
A sharp, cold wind cut through the tent and threatened to blow it away as Avera officials broke ground Monday for the hospital expansion and renovation in De Smet.
The $3.2 million project is expected to take up to two years to complete. A local capital campaign raised more than $1.7 million, more than twice the original goal of $750,000.
Jerry Soholt, president of the Avera Foundation, said delays in getting the project going have created another $75,000 in interest, an amount equal to another large donation.
Soholt praised capital campaign co-chairs Bill Poppen, Ken Roeder and Glen Davis.