New owners work to reopen Sheridan Inn - KOTA Territory News

New owners work to reopen Sheridan Inn

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The lights are back on at the Sheridan Inn. Bob and Dana Townsend closed the deal Friday and now own the historic building.

"It's one of the first buildings in this town and basically the town was built around this area. Our name may be on the deed, but this really belongs to the community," said Bob Townsend.

"We love the area. We love the people and I was just thrilled to even have the opportunity to look at it," said Dana Townsend.

The couple runs a heating and plumbing business back home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but they come back to Bob's hometown many times during the year.

"My mom worked here at the inn from 1959 until 1963 and myself and my brothers used to play out here on this porch," said Townsend.

"I think you'd be hard-pressed to find many people from this area that don't have some type of tie," said Renee Obermueller, the treasurer for the Sheridan Heritage Center.

The Sheridan Heritage Center previously managed the inn. Obermueller is excited to see someone step up and save the inn.

"We're blessed to have somebody like the Townsends come in that have not only the business background, but the passion that it's going to take," said Obermueller.

There is still work to do before anyone spends the night in a hotel room.

"The sheet rock and drywall and all of the trim and paint," said Townsend.

But the main floor will see some activity soon.

"Four couples that are looking to have weddings and receptions here and we have two other venues that are looking to have their parties here, one for a Christmas party," said Townsend.

Seven out of 22 rooms should open by the spring, and anyone wanting to meet the new owners can do so Saturday from 6:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m. at an open house for the inn.

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