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The control room at the jail has windows and a bank of video monitors to track inmates. It lacks the sight lines of modern jails. DL NEWSPAPERS/Pippi Mayfield

Short-term reprieve for jail

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First the good news: It isn’t going to cost Becker County half a million dollars to fix the electronic locks at its 48-bed jail.

The state Department of Corrections, which recently finished its annual jail inspection, has decided that good old-fashioned keys will work just fine for now.

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That gives the county board some breathing room to decide what to do about the jail, located above the sheriff’s department in the south wing of the courthouse.

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