- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

SELBY, S.D. (AP) - The presiding judge in South Dakota’s 5th Judicial District and the lead prosecutor for Walworth County say the County Commission needs to address mold in the courthouse.

The mold is causing respiratory problems in workers, according to Judge Scott Myren and State’s Attorney James Hare.

Commissioners had the building inspected after complaints surfaced last year. The inspection turned up no active mold, but a follow-up study suggested by the inspection company was never done.

Commissioner David Siemon also said there was no inspection for mold behind walls where water damage from broken pipes was most severe, according to the American News (https://bit.ly/1Rw5sSu ).

“If there was no mold in the judge’s chambers, why couldn’t I stand to be there for more than 20 minutes before I had to get out and breathe?” he said.

Myren said he and others continue to deal with chest congestion, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

“I’d love to find out what it is and have it addressed,” the judge said. “I’m more than happy to continue working with (commissioners) and get it done.”


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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