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Published October 11, 2010, 08:27 AM

Griggs County departments moved from ND courthouse

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Griggs County has moved its sheriff and social services departments out of its aging courthouse over concerns about mold and other health threats.

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Griggs County has moved its sheriff and social services departments out of its aging courthouse over concerns about mold and other health threats.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that mobile offices were set up on courthouse property last week for displaced staff to work out of.

Meanwhile, county officials are trying to determine what to do about the courthouse, which is the oldest still in use in North Dakota. The courthouse in Cooperstown was built in 1883-1884 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preliminary estimates from architects indicate it will cost $3 million to renovate the building and almost $5.4 million for a new courthouse. A project of that magnitude would need voters' approval.

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