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Ward County approves larger jail project

MINOT -- Ward County residents have approved doubling the size of a jail expansion project in Minot.Almost 82 percent of the 3,808 voters in this week's election were in favor of keeping an existing sales tax in place to borrow another $37 millio...

MINOT - Ward County residents have approved doubling the size of a jail expansion project in Minot.
Almost 82 percent of the 3,808 voters in this week’s election were in favor of keeping an existing sales tax in place to borrow another $37 million to expand the jail by 100 new cells to about 200 and making other county courthouse and office renovations. 
In 2012, county residents approved about $40 million in bonding for a jail expansion of about 50 cells, but as the western North Dakota oil boom kept growing so did the inmates. The new funding will pay for the additional work, boosting the project cost to almost $80 million. The current 104-bed jail has been overcrowded in recent years and state corrections officials have ordered the county to solve the issue.

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