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Associated Press, Published April 19 2013

Historic North Dakota courthouse being demolished

WASHBURN — Demolition work has begun on the historic McLean County Courthouse in Washburn.

The century-old building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but officials say it is bat-infested and has health concerns. Voters in 2010 approved construction of a new courthouse that is now in use.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that crews with a wrecking ball began demolishing the old courthouse this week — a few weeks later than planned because of unfavorable weather.

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