- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

SHELLSBURG,Iowa (AP) - A man has bid $6,100 to buy Shellsburg’s rusting, old one-cell jail.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (https://bit.ly/1EW4MkA ) that the bid by Mike Cooper, of Solon, topped the bid of $1,510 from local residents. They rounded up money for the silent auction in an effort to keep the cell in the eastern Iowa town of around 980 people.

Officials decided to get rid of the cell because it took up too much space in the Municipal Building, where it had been sitting for years.

What Cooper intends to do with the jail cell is unclear.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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