Statue atop courthouse turns, drops sword

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They say the wheels of justice turn slowly. In Mankato, so does the statue of justice.

The Lady Justice atop the historic Blue Earth County Courthouse in Mankato has made a one-quarter turn, and on Wednesday dropped her sword, the Mankato Free Press reports. For now, she's still got a grip on her scales of justice.

Workers from a Mankato-based contractor are now scrambling to find a crane tall enough to hoist workers to the 5.5-ton statue to investigate. Crews likely would be directed to bring the statue to the ground if it is in danger of falling, the newspaper reports. In the meantime, the ground around the building has been blocked off in case it falls.

"We believe it's weather related," County Administrator Bob Meyer told the Free Press.

Lady Justice was last removed and restored in 1990, in part to fix the rotting wooden post holding her in place, the Free Press notes.

While the symbolism is tempting, it can't be said that Lady Justice was likely upset with a ruling in the courtrooms beneath her, the Free Press notes. Judicial proceedings were moved in 2009 to the new Blue Earth County Justice Center a few miles away.

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