The June 26, 2013 issue of the De Smet News reported that the long saga of the fight over what happens now in Manchester seems to have ended for now. After the tornado destroyed most of Manchester, eventually the remains were torn down and a group put up a monument to the town. Later one of the local land owners decided they wanted to put up a storage building, it was to be a dual use personal storage and renting out storage. However, after the town was destroyed the land was rezoned agricultural and the business wasn’t allowed. It was challenged by the group behind the monument since they were reusing the slab of a previous building which blocked the monument from the highway. There were fights all the way through the legal process and it’s been a very long time. Finally they’ve reached the compromise. A select number of the lots have been rezoned to allow a business and a couple of others are rezoned to allow access to the business only. This relocation will not block the monument and as a condition of the deal, they’ll have to remove the remains of the original building attempt. Hopefully this will end this divisive struggle and that the publicity from it will help encourage everyone to add a visit to Manchester to their De Smet trip.
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