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City of Aberdeen considers buying federal courthouse

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This is Aberdeen's 1930s federal courthouse.

"It was built by the federal government, and frankly it's very well built. It's a fantastic building," said Aberdeen city attorney Adam Altman.

Right now an entity in Florida owns the building. Through condemnation, the city of Aberdeen could buy it for between $500,000 and $1 million.

"The federal court is a very important thing here. It brings probably thousands of people to Aberdeen and to Brown County," said federal Judge Charles Kornmann.

He says the federal court paid about $400,000 in court-appointed attorney fees last year. That's revenue that could be lost if the city of Aberdeen doesn't ante up.

"Without the city taking it there's no way that the federal court can function here. That's the only building in town that works for that purpose," said Judge Kornmann.

The federal courthouse does need a few improvements to meet code - a new fire alarm system and an ADA accessible bathroom and ramp.

"People understand the value of having a federal court in Aberdeen," said Altman. "People understand that if you want to access the federal system it's better to have here than in Sioux Falls or Pierre."

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