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Sunday, February 5, 2023

County weighs window project vs. register

The plan to replace windows at the Cottonwood County Courthouse will come at a steep price.

But just which price is something Cottonwood County Commissioners will closely weigh in coming months.

At a special meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed a pending grant application to the Minnesota Historical Society to help fund a major chunk of the project.

Former Commissioner Jim Schmidt and his son, Dr. Jared Schmidt, have worked to prepare the grant application.

In order to replace the windows and maintain the building’s historical status, the cost could rise to upwards of $1 million.

In order to get the windows replaced more quickly and inexpensively, the courthouse would likely need to be removed from the National Register of Historic Places.

The board noted removal from the register would be seen as a last resort, adding that it planned to let the grant application process play out.

For more from Tuesday’s special meeting, see the Jan. 11 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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