- Associated Press - Saturday, May 13, 2017

MANNING, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota county is planning to spend $14.6 million to bring its offices under one roof.

Dunn County is planning to expand its courthouse in Manning with a two-story addition.

The county is aiming to make their courthouse more efficient for citizens and employees, county auditor Tracey Dolezal told The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2pssMem).

Residents and employees go back and forth 10 miles between Manning and Killdeer.

“It makes sense to be in one location,” Dolezal said.

Anita Mjolhus, a Killdeer city commissioner, said she’s concerned about the effect the move will have on Killdeer’s businesses, the lack of access and the number of employees who will be moving.

Dolezal said while the relocation will disrupt a longstanding pattern, the building in Killdeer is reaching the point of being functionally obsolete.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer and would be expected to be completed by spring 2019. Plans for the courthouse include a sally port, garage and small hearing room on the law enforcement side of the building, which was expanded in 2011.

Funding for the project could come from the county’s annual share of federal land oil and gas royalties, a separate income from state oil taxes.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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