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Start with the courthouse


Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

Start with the courthouse. That's my advice to the soon-to-be appointed Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee that was created by the county board last Tuesday. The evaluation of the shops and other facilities can wait.

Study what to do with the courthouse and make a recommendation. Then let's see if the commissioners have the political where-with-all to come up with a plan and implement it.

Should we remodel the courthouse?


The county board has known since November '99 what needs to be done to update the courthouse. That's when architect David Kane of Kane & Johnson Architects of Rochester briefed the board on the costs for courthouse remodeling.

1. The mechanical plant (heating and air) is on its last leg and could go down any day. Cost $534,200 to $746,600.

2. The electrical system needs to be replaced in its entirety. Cost $303,500 to $331,500.

3. The courthouse needs an elevator so as to comply with the American with Disabilities Act. Cost $150,000.

4. In order to do any construction asbestos needs to be recovered. Cost $129,100.

5. Offices need to be reconfigured. Cost ($20sf at 20,200sf) $404,000.

6. Windows need replacing. Cost $152,000.

Add another $75,000 for structural modifications and the total cost to remodel the courthouse ranges from $1,747,800 to $1,988,200, but that doesn't include the courtroom. Each year that something isn't done the price to do the job goes up another 4% for inflation ($80,000).

One downside to remodelling is the disruption that would be caused by construction, which was one of the reasons given for building the new county office building in north Preston.

As of now, the county board has agreed in principle to go ahead with building the elevator and taking out the asbestos. They have the cash to do this. But in order to carry out any kind of significant remodeling the county would have to bond for the money. This would require a referendum by the voters.

The courthouse is 53 years old. But Kane says that the building, with its "double-loaded corridor", is still an efficient use of space. And acccording to the architect, at $50 per square foot to remodel, the price is cost-effective.

"If all of the modifications are made, the use-ful life of the building starts over," Kane told the board back in November. "The basic building is sound."

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Upside Down Dinner Casserole

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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1/2 pound bacon
11/2 pound hamburger
2 medium onions, sliced
1 pound carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons flour
5 to 6 potatoes, sliced
salt & pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
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Monday, July 3, 2000

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To the Editor,
On behalf of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, I wish to thank you for your wonderful hospitality in helping us launch the University of Minnesota sesquicentennial in Lanesboro. The outpouring of support for the ice cre ..... 
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Clifford C. Merkel

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Clifford Merkel, 78, of rural Spring Valley, a longtime area farmer, died Sunday, June 11, 2000 at his home.

Born April 2, 1922, in Rock Township, Mitchell County, IA, he attended New Hampton, IA-area rural schools through the eighth grade. D ..... 
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Frances Eleanor Kidman

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Frances Kidman, 78, of Carson City, NV, formerly of Chat-field, died Monday, June 12, 2000 in Carson-Tahoe Hospital.

Frances Bernard was born July 7, 1921, in Chatfield. She married Marvin C. Kidman in 1948. She moved to Carson City from Lak ..... 
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