Extension Service to get new home

By Chelle Delaney

In the next two weeks, Quay County expects to complete its purchase of a downtown building that will house the new offices for the Quay County Extension Service, said Richard Primrose, Quay County manager.

“As soon as we close on the property, we’ll get them out of basement,” Primrose said.

For almost four decades, the Quay County extension has had its operations in the basement of the Quay County Courthouse. Although there is an elevator in the four-story building, the extension office is most often accessed via a flight of stairs at the south side the courthouse.

The extension’s new office building has a kitchen facility with a meeting room, three separate offices and has only one floor which will make it more accessible for clients who are senior citizens, said Brenda Bishop, extension home economist.

“It has a separate meeting room, which will enable us to provide a better atmosphere for workshops and other gatherings,” Bishop said. “We’ll be getting with the county in the near future to determine a moving plan and schedule.”

The Quay County Commission approved the $225,000 purchase this month from the Mesalands Foundation. The building is at 216 E. Center St., across from City Hall, and is the former home of the Mesalands Success Center.

The county had worked for several years to obtain enough funding from the state Legislature to construct