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20th anniversary celebration planned at Smith Wellness Center/Library Complex

June 30, 2017

An anniversary celebration is scheduled for Friday, July 7 to observe the 20th anniversary of the operation of the Smith Wellness Center/Library Complex at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg.

The open house/chamber coffee starts at 9:30 a.m. in the rotunda with refreshments and self-guided tours. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. 

The Smith Wellness Center will offer free admission on Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9. 

Exterior of Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center.Exterior of the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center.

The Smith Wellness Center/Library Complex was a cooperative effort of Iowa Lakes Community College, the city of Emmetsburg and area citizens.

When it opened its doors in July 1997, it was distinctive because of the partnership of a college and the city, not only providing a year-round swimming pool, but related exercise areas and a gym.

In addition, the collaboration of the city library and college library was considered unique.

An official opening ceremony was held in 1997 when Willard Scott came to Emmetsburg for a formal dedication and meal in a packed gymnasium. And, for those individuals who desire exactness, the official day of opening was July 19, 1997.

Interior, Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness CenterInterior, Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center

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