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Published October 13, 2010, 04:53 PM

Griggs County Courthouse Workers Moved After Mold Found

Mold has been found in the Griggs County Courthouse at Cooperstown, ND and is forcing some of the people who work there out and into mobile units.

Mold has been found in the Griggs County Courthouse at Cooperstown, ND and is forcing some of the people who work there out and into mobile units.

And for quite some time.

The Griggs County Sheriff's Department and Social Services have moved their offices into mobile units on the courthouse grounds.

County Officials are trying to determine what to do next.

This isn't the first that the departments have heard about the mold though, it's actually been a problem for quite some time.

The departments were notified in May that they would most likely be moving for at least two years.

"It's a convenience for my office. We gained about 1000 square feet of space that we did not have before," Griggs County Sheriff Robert Hook.

Built in the early 1880's for $30,000, the courthouse is the oldest still in use in North Dakota.

Preliminary estimates from architects indicate it will cost $3 million to renovate the building and more than $5 million for a new courthouse.

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