Buildings in Dupree receive facelifts and repairs this summer
Photos and story by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
As prime construction season draws to a close on the high plains, several buildings saw improvements in Dupree over summer.
Thanks to some hard work and elbow grease from area people and Youth Works volunteers, St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church celebrated their first service in over 8 years during Dupree’s Pioneer Days on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
Closed due to storm and flood damage, the church had been meeting in Harry’s Hall since Rev. Margaret Watson’s arrival to the Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission earlier this year.
“St. Phillip’s has had a presence in the Dupree area dating back to the 1890s, if not earlier,” said Watson. “The current building is the third church structure there. We hope to restore weekly worship there in the not too distant future.”
Watson hopes that once more lay readers are trained in the area, weekly services can begin again. Currently, services will be held there the third Sunday of every month at 10 a.m.
Dupree School’s gymnasium also saw improvements over the summer with construction slated to be finished by September.
Adding a roof overlay to the gym was due to storm damage and the age of the roof in general. With the gym roof needing work, the school decided to also replace the siding and add insulation to improve energy efficiency.
Work is being done by First Dakota Enterprises of Ft. Pierre.