You Asked: What is Douglas County doing with old furniture?

Douglas County is in the midst of moving four departments and every attempt was first made to use furnishings in other county departments, according to Julie Anderson, the Douglas County public information officer.

Furniture and other unwanted office furnishings were put into Dumpsters near an entrance to the Douglas County Courthouse this week. Al Edenloff / Echo Press

A reader was wondering why Dumpsters filled with furniture were set up near the Douglas County Courthouse.

We asked Julie Anderson, the county's public information officer, about it and here is her response:

Douglas County is in the midst of moving four departments (Auditor/Treasurer, License Bureau, Coordinator’s Office and Finance) to the new Administration Building.

Three of these offices were located at the courthouse, one was at the services center. University of Minnesota Extension also moved from the services building to the upper northwest corner of the courthouse.

"A moving company and long hours by our Sentence to Serve crews as well as employees, enabled us to efficiently move these offices," Anderson said.


Remodeling is now underway at various locations in the services center and courthouse to accommodate further, needed changes in two very old buildings, Anderson said.

Every attempt was first made to use furnishings in other county departments. Then, the county used an online auction to advertise and sell all remaining furniture that was in reasonably good condition.

"We took pride in raising money while providing used furniture to those who can use it," Anderson said.

Furniture in working order that did not sell was (and will be) donated to Habitat for Humanity.

The remaining cubicle furniture, large shelving, and old, damaged chairs etc. is being discarded.

If you have a "You Asked" question, send it to Al Edenloff, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308 or email

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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