The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 5, 2013

Lady Justice regains her balance

By Dan Linehan
Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — Lady Justice was turned back to her original orientation on Friday morning, though it will take perhaps a month to refabricate her 6-foot-long sword.

Workers turned the 5 1⁄2-ton, 34-foot-tall statue atop the Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse from inside the building by rotating a 6-inch pipe that runs along the statue’s back, said Tim Edwards, the county’s physical plant director. That pipe had loosened, which is what allowed the statute to be turned by the wind this week.

The pipe was tightened and strapped down, so the statue shouldn’t rotate again.

Schwickert Company employees later inspected the statue from a crane and found no other defects, Edwards said.

The sword’s handle also had turned in the statue’s hand, apparently causing the hollow sword to fall to the parking lot Wednesday near the northwest corner of the building. It was damaged in the fall, and a new one is being made in the original’s likeness.

The Historic Courthouse’s parking lot has been reopened.

The cost of the repairs wasn’t available Friday.