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Published September 07, 2011, 11:02 AM

Griggs County voters reject courthouse project

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Voters in eastern North Dakota's Griggs County have overwhelmingly rejected a $4.7 million bond issue to renovate and expand the County Courthouse in Cooperstown.

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Voters in eastern North Dakota's Griggs County have overwhelmingly rejected a $4.7 million bond issue to renovate and expand the County Courthouse in Cooperstown.

The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/p7TpIS) that the measure got only 35 percent support when 60 percent was needed for it to pass.

Many of the votes were cast by mail, and many arrived before the county learned last month that it will receive a federal grant of nearly $1 million toward the project. County Auditor Cindy Anton says it's possible that another public vote on the project could be scheduled next June.

The Griggs County Courthouse was built in 1883 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is North Dakota's oldest courthouse still functioning in its original use.

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