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Editorial: County made right library call

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Nobles County Library will remain where it's at for now. Commissioners decided Tuesday not to continue looking at the former Campbell's Soup site.

Arguably the two most visible spots awaiting redevelopment in Worthington are the former Campbell Soup Co. property and the one-time site of the outdoor pool.

City of Worthington staff and officials, as well as those in Nobles County, are no doubt considering a variety of options for both those locations. But county commissioners were correct Tuesday in choosing to shoot down the Campbell's site for a proposed new library.

Commissioners stressed that they remain open to working with the city on collaborative development efforts, but wisely declined partnering on a proposed fire hall/library structure. While both facilities are indeed needed -- the fire hall is outdated and too small, and the library is also in crowded quarters -- the idea of putting them together seems foolish.

Libraries may not exactly always be the beacon of quiet they once were, but they still should be an ideal place with minimal noise interference. A neighboring fire hall, needless to say, would be obtrusive.

And, there's another nearby problem for a library at the Campbell's property -- the railroad. Putting a library in what just might become one of the noisiest locations in town certainly isn't optimal.

The Nobles County Library Board is urging commissioners to consider the old outdoor pool site for a new library. Sitting inside a quiet library overlooking Lake Okabena -- that sounds far more tranquil to us.

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