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Sioux Falls puts finishing touches on river revamp

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - After decades of meandering through industrial factories, warehouses and the state's tallest feed tower, the downtown Sioux Falls stretch of the Big Sioux River is undergoing a big makeover.

Crews are finishing the second phase of the $8 million Big Sioux River Greenway project, which has upgraded the river's east bank through three city blocks with an amphitheater, stepped river edges, a widened bicycle path and pedestrian bridges.

Park development specialist Tory Miedema says businesses decades ago turned their backs on the Big Sioux River and didn't view it as an amenity.

City and economic development leaders in 2004 saw the area as important and developed a plan to change it.

Money is budgeted in 2017 for a third phase, but an exact location hasn't been chosen.

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