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Air quality a concern at museum

Water in air ducts and air quality concerns prompted Dickinson Museum Center/Joachim Regional Museum officials to close the museum temporarily while repairs are made.

The museum closed a week ago.

"Our air ducts are in the ground and we discovered water in them," said Danielle Stuckle, museum director. "In the process of trying to figure out what was going on we realized that we have one of our air conditioning units that needs to be replaced and we might have to actually replace our air ducts."

Stuckle said air quality concerns prompted the decision to close the museum until the problem is fixed.

"We weren't sure of how long the water was there. At first we thought it was storm damage from the tornado (July 8), but then we pumped it out and realized there was a bigger problem than we first thought," Stuckle said. Museum programs were canceled, she added.

"We had three more of the Art in the Park programs that we've just canceled and then we've canceled our Living History Program for the time being," Stuckle said. "Our parents and kids that have been involved have really enjoyed the program. They understood; we called them all and explained that we had a problem.

Terri Thiel, executive director of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau said she wants to stress that other attractions such as the Dakota Dinosaur Museum, the Prairie Machinery building and Prairie Outpost Park are still open.

"It's unfortunate that one part of the museum has had the mechanical difficulties that they are working to correct," Thiel said.

It is Stuckle's hope the museum will open in a few weeks, she said, adding the cost for the repairs are unknown.

"We're still trying to figure out what equipment we need to replace and whatnot," Stuckle said.