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Chefs in the Beltrami County Jail have a limited amount of space in their current kitchen. More than 100 meals are prepared three times a day on the table shown in this photo. CRYSTAL DEY | BEMIDJI PIONEER

BELTRAMI COUNTY: Changing and rearranging: Construction planned for Beltrami County Jail

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BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County's connected brick campus is continuously crowded in one of it's most frequented buildings -- the jail.

The Beltrami County Jail was built to house 68 inmates in 1989. The daily inmate population then was 40 people. Twenty-five years later, the jail is averaging 116 inmates living in the facility daily. An expansion was inevitable.


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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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