- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A grant of more than $190,000 will pay for a makeover of a northern Iowa grandstand that dates to the 1930s.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/Qrz0ZC ) Thursday that the Worth County Development Authority approved a $193,830 grant for the renovation of the Worth County Fairgrounds grandstand.

The grant to the Worth County Beautification organization was among $855,372 given out by the authority, which is the charitable arm of the Diamond Jo Worth Casino. The casino is on Interstate 35, just south of the Minnesota border.

Worth County Conservation Director Dean Mueller, who heads the beautification group, said the money will pay for a stairway that is accessible to disabled people, the replacement of crumbling concrete, new aluminum seating, a new announcer’s booth and cable safety railings.

The grandstand, which was built about 1930, has been showing its age.

“A lot of the interior part was deteriorating,” fairgrounds manager Jerry Hopperstad said. “It’s one of the original buildings out there and has sentimental value.”

The work, which is expected to begin in July, should extend the grandstand’s life an additional 50 to 75 years, Mueller said.

The second-largest grant awarded by the authority was $100,000 to the city of Joice to help pay for a new water filtration system at the city’s water treatment plant.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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