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Editorial: Considering a new library

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There will be significant changes to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners in a few weeks, but it will be interesting to see what the current commission does in the wake of a public hearing set for this evening.

The hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in the Farmer's Room of the Nobles County Government Center, has been scheduled to discuss the issuance of up to $13 million in capital improvement bonds. One project slated to be funded by the bonds is a new county library in Worthington.

While talk regarding the library has been ongoing for several years, it has become more prevalent in recent months. Most recently, a Minneapolis architectural firm -- during a presentation at a commission meeting last month -- detailed several reasons why the existing library site isn't a viable alternative for an expanded facility. The location now reportedly preferred by many for a new building is where Lampert Lumber is currently situated (near the intersection of 10th Street and 10th Avenue), which would necessitate the relocation of that business.

While we support the general concept of a new Nobles County library in Worthington, we would ask that more consideration be given to its location. The aforementioned intersection is already quite busy with traffic from the post office, and crowding it further simply seems like an accident (or accidents) waiting to happen. We ask the county commissioners not rush to any judgment on this important decision.