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The Mammoth Site recently received a $170,000 grant from the David B. Jones Foundation. The grant includes naming rights to a theater at the facility.

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The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs announced its second grant in two weeks.

The Robert and Rita Elmen Foundation awarded the research and tourism facility $10,000 last week to assist in updating the exhibits at The Mammoth Site.

Last week, the facility announced it had received a $170,000 grant from the David B. Jones Foundation. That grant, which carried the naming rights to Theater 1, will be used to pay down debt and continue research operations, said Presston Gabel, the site’s business manager.

“Through the continued support of the Robert and Rita Elmen Foundation and other like-minded Foundations, The Mammoth Site has been able to continue to grow and stay at the forefront of Science Education and Research as it relates to The Mammoth Site and the Black Hills as a whole during the last Ice Age,” Gabel said in a press release announcing the most recent grant.

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The Elmen Foundaiton was created by Robert and Rita Elmen. The couple owned Sioux Falls-based Elmen Enterprises, which they sold in 1999 to United Rentals. At the time of the sale, the company was one of the nation’s largest rental equipment companies.

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