New visitor center planned at Mingo

PUXICO, Mo. (AP) - Groundbreaking will be Thursday for a new visitor center and office at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge near Puxico.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that the new center will be more environmentally friendly and allow for more visitors. The cost will be between $3.5 million and $4 million. Construction should begin by May 1 with the project to be completed by summer 2011.

Refuge manager Ben Mense says the old facility had no capability for school groups. He expects many schools to take advantage of the new center, and he expects a big increase in visitors.

About 120,000 people visit Mingo each year - hunters, bird watchers, people fishing and nature lovers.

Information from: Standard Democrat,

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