How many people would visit the proposed cultural center being championed by Ripon native Aaron Olson?

   How much revenue does it expect to take in?

   When would construction occur?

   Would Olson take a salary from this project?

   These are among the many questions previously unanswered that Olson addressed this week in an interview with the Commonwealth.

   With the Ripon Common Council deciding possibly as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 10 which group to give nearly a half-million dollars from the Lloyd Mitchell estate, Olson offered more specifics than ever before about plans for what is being called the “SD Mitchell Cultural Center and Plaza.”

   No matter how someone looks at it, Olson is talking big money for the cultural center.

   “Our yearly revenue in the initial stage is projected at $1.6 million,” he said.

   It’s unclear whether Olson would be taking a salaried position with center he’s proposing the city fund with the Mitchell dollars.

   “Not necessarily. I’m doing the championing for the community for the purpose of finding my perfect replacement. I may [take a salaried position]; I may not,” he said. “There are a lot of unknowns.”

Read the full story, including many new details about what the building would be like, what would be in the building and how the center would be funded, in the Sept. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.