"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."
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-13 00:20:11 GMT
It is a simple act of kindness gone viral. What started as an idea between two Sioux Falls middle school students is now warming hearts across the Sioux Empire. They are two best friends, Damian MarlowMore >>
A secret project by two Axtell Park Middle School 8th grade students warms the hearts of their classmates.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-13 00:05:50 GMT
Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Sioux Falls Sports LLC, the City of Sioux Falls, and SMG jointly announced today that the Sioux Falls Stampede have signed a lease agreement that will make the Denny SanfordMore >>
A drop of the puck, big-time announcement for the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
Thursday afternoon, the future events center announced its first tenant.
Thursday, December 12 2013 5:07 PM EST2013-12-12 22:07:29 GMT
Jason Todd Garreau
PIERRE -- A new federal court indictment charges an Eagle Butte man with 19 counts stemming from a shootout and a standoff that occurred in late October. KCCR reports that the grand jury indictmentMore >>
A new federal court indictment charges an Eagle Butte man with 19 counts stemming from a shootout and a standoff that occurred in late October.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 4:17 PM EST2013-12-12 21:17:46 GMT
The city is recognizing businesses that employ individuals with disabilities.Wednesday, Mayor Mike Huether recognized Camille's Sidewalk Café, Hy-Vee, Lowe's and TJ Maxx as the first disability-friendlyMore >>
The city is recognizing businesses that employ individuals with disabilities.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 2:49 PM EST2013-12-12 19:49:48 GMT
South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has pledged a $10 million matching grant to speed work on the mammoth Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving. The gift announced Thursday follows a $10 millionMore >>
South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has pledged a $10 million matching grant to speed work on the mammoth Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving.More >>