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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.


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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