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Economy leads YM County to postpone addition plans

GRANITE FALLS -- Concerns about the recession and the state's budget deficit have led the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners to put off a planned expansion to the courthouse in Granite Falls.

The commissioners decided at their meeting Tuesday that they would hold off on the project, although they have been building a reserve of funds to pay most of its costs.

The project called for an approximately 6,200-square-foot addition to the courthouse and was estimated to cost $1.25 million. It would have provided office space for the county attorney, information technology and restorative justice staff as well as additional space for other county departments.

The county has already obtained architect drawings and plans to bid the project, but now will "wait and see" before putting it on the market for bids, according to Ryan Krosch, county administrator.