Hutchinson County Moves Into New Building
(KVHT) – It’s the end of an era for the historic Hutchinson County courthouse. The building is the oldest courthouse still used for its original purpose in South Dakota, but soon a new courthouse will take its place. The original courthouse was built in 1881 and houses the courtroom, while an east and west wing were added at a later date. Tamara Miller has been the Hutchinson County Treasurer since 1997. She did however, work in the historic building back in 1981 as a part time office worker. Miller is just one of the many employees getting ready to make the move to the new courthouse just down the road. Work started last October on the $4.5 million, 22,000 square foot project. The new facility will be all on one level with everything handicap accessible. The courtroom is bigger with more seating, as is the commissioner room. According to Auditor Diane Murtha, the formal moving process from one building to the other started Wednesday and will run through today. During that time, the courthouse offices will be closed and office operations — except for law enforcement — will be suspended during the transition.
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