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The Rescue of the Mishawaka

The Mishawaka is tucked between a mountain face and a river in a canyon west of Fort Collins, where it has stood as a music hall for 96 years and an outdoor amphitheater for close to thirty. Despite its storied history, the venue often referred to as the Mish has experienced more than its share of trouble: Logistical nightmares, attempted buyouts, criminal mismanagement and natural disasters have all threatened to close the place. But owner Dani Grant, who took over in 2010, has orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, bringing stability, a diverse lineup and possibly even profit to one of Colorado's most beautiful and unlikely music venues.

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Mary Willson started contributing to Westword as an intern in the summer of 2014, focusing on the electronic music scene in Colorado.
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