South Dakota county pursues property for $4.5M courthouse

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OLIVET, S.D. (AP) - A county commission is moving forward with plans for a new $4.5 million courthouse in southeast South Dakota amid opponents trying to put the project to a vote.

Hutchinson County's current courthouse was built in 1881 and is the oldest in use in the state.

Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that county commissioners decided Tuesday to pursue property for the new courthouse in Olivet, just west of the current courthouse. The facility is projected to cost $4.5 million.

Auditor Diane Murtha says they'd like to start construction this spring, though no final decisions have been made.

Olivet resident Josh Hora says opponents are circulating a petition to put the proposed courthouse on the ballot.

Commissioners will hold a public meeting about the project sometime this month.

Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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