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Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten, right, and Court Administrator Cheryl Eckhart, second right, show Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski the tight quarters in the juror’s room, where it’s impossible to fit all 12 jurors around the table. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Turnout is small as YM Co. mulls big question


GRANITE FALLS — The public turnout at a series of open house meetings was small, although the question they addressed is big.

Should Yellow Medicine County construct a proposed $8.1 million structure to replace its courthouse in Granite Falls, originally built in 1889 and expanded sometime in the 1950s?

The county hosted the meetings to explain the proposal.  It saw turnouts ranging from four in Canby to 10 in Clarkfield on Monday and 17 in Granite Falls on Tuesday.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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