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Published November 24, 2013, 12:57 PM

New courthouse planned in ND's smallest county

AMIDON, N.D. (AP) — A southwestern North Dakota county that has the distinction of being in one of the least populated counties in the country is building a new $4 million courthouse.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

AMIDON, N.D. (AP) — A southwestern North Dakota county that has the distinction of being in one of the least populated counties in the country is building a new $4 million courthouse.

Slope County has about 760 residents and 30 of them live in the county seat of Amidon.

Slope County Auditor Lorrie Buzalsky tells the Forum that the project is being paid for with money the county already has and from some mineral royalty funds.

Construction began last week on the 2,900-square-foot facility, which Buzalsky says will allow the county to administer jury trials.

She says there is currently no place for a jury in the space the nearly 100-year-old building the county uses as a courtroom.

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