PARSHALL New city offices, council chambers and a library will be housed in a new building being constructed in Parshall.
The $1.5 million, 6,500-square-foot structure will be connected to the existing Parshall War Memorial Hall where city offices now are located on the upper floor.
Loren Hoffman, city auditor, said the new one-level structure will be much more accessible to the public. He said the library will be designed with all the modern technology. The old library building was torn down and the new building is going up in that location.
The Memorial Hall "was completed in the early 1950s at a cost of $70,000 and fulfilled one of the city's most urgent postwar needs," according to story in The Minot Daily News Oct. 13, 1951. The story also said the building, "constructed of brick and tile, houses one of the finest basketball playing floors in North Dakota and several rooms for community use, including the city council chambers."
Hoffman said Memorial Hall will continue to be used by local elementary and junior high students for ballgames and special events from wedding functions to meetings.
A monument that pays tribute to Parshall's founder and namesake, George Parshall, will be moved to a new location in front of Memorial Hall and have new lighting. The monument was dedicated in conjunction with the city's 40th anniversary in 1954, in lasting memory of George Parshall, a well-known and respected American Indian resident.
The new building is being paid for with water revenues and from the general fund, Hoffman said. He said it will not require any additional taxes.
The building is scheduled to be done by late October. Northwest Contracting of Bismarck is the contractor.