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New courthouse addition 'courts wing' to open May 28-30

The new addition to the Becker County Courthouse is on track to be up and running by the end of May, according to County Administrator Brian Berg.

"We are planning to start installing furniture on the upper floors the week of May 19," he said Tuesday. Information technology hookups would be made the following week, with the courts tentatively set to begin moving in on May 28-30, Berg added.

The County Board of Commissioners approved some final construction change orders and bids at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board of Commissioners. They included:

-- A $5,207 change order for Roer Construction to complete bulk head framing and dry walling at the elevators, double wrapping the beams in the stairwells for fire protection and some other minor changes.

-- A $23,224 change order for Manning Mechanical to add separate heating and cooling systems for the addition's two stairwells, as required by fire code.

-- A $34,500 base bid from EBN Contractors, LLC, for asbestos removal on Phase II of the courthouse remodeling project. A total of nine bids were received, with EBN presenting the lowest.

In other business Tuesday, the board heard the annual Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust membership report from Gail Sater, MCIT account executive.

Sater reported that the county's property/casualty insurance rate would see an aggregate reduction of .2 percent, while workers' compensation would see an aggregate increase of 3.6 percent -- the smallest increase in five years.

Sater also noted that the county's worker's compensation claim history has been consistently under the state average for the past four years.

"You're obviously doing something very right with your worker's compensation," Sater noted, commending the county for doing an excellent job.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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