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Future of Slope County Courthouse uncertain

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AMIDON (AP) -- The last remaining wood-frame courthouse in North Dakota might soon be history.

The Slope County Commission is faced with either spending at least $1 million to renovate the 1917 structure or replacing it. A courthouse committee has hired an architect to determine how big a new courthouse would need to be, and to estimate costs.

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Commission Chairman Mike Teske said that the existing courthouse needs everything from sewer work and electrical upgrades to new carpeting and paint. The two-story building also has no elevator.

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