Historic Jewel Restored

By: Stacy Eckes
By: Stacy Eckes

One of the most historic buildings in Lincoln County is getting a half-million dollar face-lift. Almost 100 years after it was built, the Lincoln County Courthouse is being restored to make sure it is in good condition for the next generation.

"I think to the general public this is the centerpiece of Merrill, and we'd like to get it back to as close to original as we can," said Joel Wendt, Lincoln County Courthouse Maintenance Director.

Lincoln County has received a prestigious grant from the National Park Service. It's called, the Save America's Treasures Grant.

The federal government is pitching in $280,000 and Lincoln County is matching it.

More than a half-million dollars is now being used for restoration. Including four murals that over the years were damaged by water. The courthouse rotunda will also have a few improvements such as cleaning and touch ups on some of the paint.

The restoration work inside is expected to be complete by February. Work is also being done outside. That is expected to be complete by the end of summer.

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