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County seeks state funds for jail project

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Beltrami County will seek $1.99 million in state funds for its jail efficiency project, but commissioners split over needing local funds to match.

On a 3-2 vote, county commissioners agreed to seek public works bonding from the 2010 Legislature, with Commissioners Jim Lucachick and Jim Heltzer opposing.

But proponents said the jail also faces severe deficiencies that if not corrected, the state could mandate construction that could include building a new jail.

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