Yellow Medicine County is taking bids for the construction of a new courthouse in Granite Falls.

County board members approved plans for the estimated $5.7 million project Tuesday.

The new two-story facility, which officials are calling the Justice Center, will go up near the original courthouse built in the late 1800s.  It will feature two courtrooms as well as other offices including police, sheriff, probation, county attorney and court administration. The old courthouse will be torn down after employees are moved into the new building.

Officials hope to have new construction completed in the summer of 2016.