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Repairs Approved for Wapello County Courthouse

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) -- Wapello County officials have agreed to make repairs to the 120-year-old courthouse.

The Ottumwa Courier reports the Wapello County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night approved the spending of $139,000 on repairs and maintenance for the courthouse.

The work will be done by Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton.

County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon says it has been 10 years since repairs have been made to the building.

The site has been getting plenty of attention lately, with the latest work following the closely watched replacement of the Chief Wapello statue atop the building in March.  A summer storm in 2012 sent the 11-foot-tall statue tumbling down, but it was returned to its high perch after an extensive restoration.

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