- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

ANDREW, Iowa (AP) - Residents of the small eastern Iowa city of Andrew are scrambling to save a historic but deteriorating former county jail.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2hzt8wD ) residents gathered Tuesday night to discuss ideas for preserving the stone structure built in 1871. It was Jackson County’s jail until 1896, then was used as city jail until 1943.

Mayor Mike Roeder says the city’s insurer won’t let people enter the building until repairs are made that would cost roughly $100,000.

Residents suggested turning the jail into a bed-and-breakfast, restaurant or microbrewery.

County Supervisor Jack Willey says the city should consider turning the building over to the county, which might more easily seek grants for its restoration.

The city will form a committee to consider options for the building.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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