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Housing downturn affects EDA-jail program: State prisoners turn from building houses to doing volunteer projects

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In April 1998, the Minnesota Department of Corrections began an innovative program where carefully selected, non-dangerous, minimum-security inmates were sent to participating counties to construct affordable housing for low-income families.


Currently, Becker County is one of seven counties in the state that participates in the program, according to Sheriff Tim Gordon.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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