Ground breaking held at new U.S. Fish and Wildlife building

PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel, along with members of the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau’s Ambassadors Committee participated in Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony. From left: Charles Frohme, Fred Oslund, Sandy Uecker, Cindy Loban, Karen King, Melanie Wipf, Lynne Smith, Stephanie Winger, Brenda Houge, Shawn Harvey, Drew Weinreis, Aaron Eddy, Noel Matson, Jessica Hotchkiss, Phelan Stahl

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Thursday morning for the new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Headquarters and Visitor Center building, at the future site of the facility, west of Huron at the Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area. Construction will take approximately 16-18 months, and the building will host staff offices and a visitor/education center once completed.

Maga Ta-Hohpi (Maha-ta-hopie), is a Yankton Sioux term meaning “Duck Nest.” The Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area consists of approximately 2,200 acres and is located nine miles west of Huron on Highway 14. The building will be located one-quarter mile west of 392nd Avenue, on the south side of the road.

The new headquarters building will host employees of the Huron Wetlands Acquisition Office and Huron Wetland Management District. The Wetland Management District manages 59 waterfowl production areas, totaling 17,683 acres, in Beadle, Sanborn, Jerauld, Hand, Hyde, Hughes, Sully and Buffalo counties.

Fred Oslund, with the Huron Wetland Management District was a speaker at the event.