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Historic Courthouse Greener Than You'd Expect

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MANKATO, Minn. -

The historic courthouse in Mankato may date back to the 1880s, but it has managed to gain an Energy Star certification in the 21st century.
 
The old courthouse, used now as a county office building after the construction of the Blue Earth County Justice Center, uses several bits of technology to conserve energy, and its own generators to help during high energy use days, but it's the original construction that really saves on costs.
  
The Blue Earth County Government Center down the street from the historic courthouse *also received an energy star certification this year.