- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Webster County officials will likely hire a company from Minneapolis to restore the courthouse’s 114-year-old clock tower, County Supervisor Merrill Leffler says.

The tower’s four-faced clock no longer keeps time. Leffler told The Messenger newspaper (https://bit.ly/2501kDC ) that the restoration will cost the county about $20,000.

“It’s a total redo of the clock tower, the clock and the mechanisms, so I don’t think we’re going to find anyone besides this company,” Leffler said.

He said the county wants to fix the clock because it’s attached to a beautiful, prominent building.

The green, copper-domed clock was built with the rest of the courthouse in 1902. The copper exterior was restored in 1985.

The clock’s current mechanisms were installed in 1994 and had some work done in 2001. The mechanism that rings the bell every hour still works, but Leffler says the whole system needs to be replaced.

The courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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