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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • To the Editor: Save the old YMC courthouse

  • Has the village of Granite Falls completely lost its collective mind? First it allowed the government to tear down the city hall, and now it is about to allow the county to tear down the courthouse. The city managed to preserve a small part of its past by protecting the old the K.K. Berge building. Now, it's time to step up a...
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  •     Has the village of Granite Falls completely lost its collective mind? First it allowed the government to tear down the city hall, and now it is about to allow the county to tear down the courthouse. The city managed to preserve a small part of its past by protecting the old the K.K. Berge building. Now, it's time to step up and preserve the courthouse. Purchase some property and build a new courthouse somewhere else. There are many creative uses for that wonderful building that should, incidentally, be on the National Registry. Tear down that god-awful addition to the courthouse which lacks taste and cohesion and return it to its stately self. Do not let some county overseers damage the city of Granite Falls by their tasteless and callous suggestions. There are not many quality public buildings remaining in Granite.
        The citizens of Granite Falls need to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the city's history by protecting its past. There are far too many little villages that have allowed "progress" to destroy their history. If the county needs a new courthouse, let it buy new property and build the courthouse somewhere else and leave the old building alone.
        The court room can make a great theater, and one of the town's restaurants could finally have a first class setting. The county could also move the flood plagued museum away from the river and put that in the courthouse. With just a modicum of creativity a myriad of uses can be found. Do you think the town fathers would have allowed the courthouse to be torn down? Where is the leadership in Granite? Tearing down the old city hall was one disaster. Don't allow it to be followed by the destruction of this Yellow Medicine County landmark.
        But if there proves to be no intelligent leadership in Granite and if the courthouse is torn down, that property should be a community park with a band shell, for great public speeches about how wonderful Granite Falls used to be and concerts throughout the summer playing funeral dirges for the past. The military memorial should stay right where it is and not follow the mindless souls who take the YMC courthouse elsewhere.
    David Paulson
    Deephaven
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