Future uncertain for Mitchell County courthouse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The future of one of Iowa’s oldest county courthouses remains uncertain as local leaders try to secure the costs of building a new one.

The Mitchell County Courthouse has been nestled in the northern Iowa city of Osage since 1858. The county’s Board of Supervisors has expressed interest in demolishing it because officials argue it would be too expensive to renovate.

The building is in such poor structural condition that courthouse employees were moved out of it last year to temporary offices.

Courthouse supporters say its renovation doesn’t need to carry such a large price tag, but Supervisor Stan Walk says the situation isn’t sustainable and it’s time to act.

Voters will decide in November whether certain bonds should be sold to demolish the courthouse and build a new one.

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