The 34-foot-tall statue of Lady Liberty on top of the historic Blue Earth County Courthouse turned and dropped its sword this week, leading officials to close off an area around the building. Strong winds on Wednesday partly rotated the statue and caused the sword to fall to the parking lot below. The statue was last removed and restored in 1990, in part to fix a rotting wooden post holding it in place. On Friday workers were able to rotate the statue back into place by turning a pipe that runs along its back, and then tightened it down, and the building’s parking lot was re-opened. Lady Liberty’s 6-foot-long sword was damaged in the fall, and a new one is being constructed in its likeness.