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Published October 05, 2012, 05:15 PM

Cass County Courthouse addition offers the latest features

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Following the ribbon cutting, people were invited to get a sneak peak at the new building. The courthouse staff offered tours of its three story addition, showing off some of its latest advanced features.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Following the ribbon cutting, people were invited to get a sneak peak at the new building. The courthouse staff offered tours of its three story addition, showing off some of its latest advanced features.

After 11 years of work, the Cass County Courthouse addition is nearly complete and is giving people a glimpse into the building's historic past, now blended with an updated look into the future.

Gerald VandeWalle/ND Supreme Court Justice: "Congratulations Cass County. This is a wonderful day."

The first ever courthouse for the county was constructed in 1874.

Since then, three buildings have gone up, and now three additions.

Scott Wagner/Cass Co. Commission: "This day really culminates over a decade and a half of planning and perseverance by Cass County and its dedicated partners."

The project adds three large courtrooms, all with updated technology and improved security, so the public never has to cross paths with criminals.

Wagner: "We've had major security issues in this courthouse for a number of years and because of the work that's been done and this facility that shortly will open, we're going to address a number of those concerns."

The new courtrooms also have updated video camera systems that can be entirely controlled through remote controls like this one.

As well as an indoor parking garage for employees, a state of the art holding cell with computer controls, and a new Cass County Commission room.

Wagner: "This addition allows this to be the centerpiece of Cass County government for decades to come."

VandeWalle: "It's a wonderful accomplishment, not only for the judiciaries, certainly it is for us and we're appreciative, but for the citizens of Cass County. What an example for the rest of the state to follow."

A multimillion dollar project, now set to serve the community.

Court officials say the addition will be ready for full time use by the end of this month.

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