Courthouse skylight breaks

county stained glassBy JOEL STOTTRUP
Princeton Union-Eagle

Mille Lacs County commissioners are debating what to do about the skylight atop the roof of the county courthouse.

A glass panel broke and crashed in little pieces onto the stained glass panels in the ceiling of the rotunda below.

Mille Lacs Land Services Director Michele McPherson, whose office is in one of the rooms just off the rotunda, heard the crash on the evening of Jan. 28.

“It sounded like a 100 pound bag of half-inch steel BBs landing on the rotunda floor,” she said. “It was very loud.”

The skylight panel that broke is safety glass so it shattered into round particles of glass. But some commissioners expressed concern that if other skylight panels broke, the round particles might someday break the stained glass panels and send shards of glass down into the rotunda of the historic courthouse.

And while Mille Lacs County Administrator Roxy Traxler says the situation is safe, the county is not taking any chances for now. Yellow plastic caution tape has been placed  around the rotunda floor to keep people from walking directly below the stained glass panels.

For the full story, see the Thursday, March 14 print edition of the Times.