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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 23, 2016

County reopens courtroom after falling marble forced closure

Oct 03, 2016

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Months after a falling chunk of marble prompted the closure of a Woodbury County courtroom, officials say the space will reopen and ease scheduling problems in the 98-year-old courthouse.

The Sioux City Journal reports  Courtroom 203 will reopen today, about five months after county supervisors ordered its closure.

They took the action after a 6-foot marble section detached and fell from a window assembly. Windows in the courtroom also bowed out.

Closure of the courtroom has been a headache for court officials, who have tried to shift hearings to other courtrooms.

Repairs to the courtroom will cost about $175,000.

Supervisors have set aside $450,000 for additional work on other courtrooms.

The Woodbury County Courthouse opened in 1918 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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