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In an abrupt change that could mean the loss of $450,000 to $850,000 in revenue, the county jail, which is operated from within the law enforcement center will no longer house state convicts. The county was paid $50 a day by the state to house up to 60 inmates from overcrowded prisons. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Kandiyohi County jail could take a big financial hit

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WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County jail is no longer housing state convicts.

Inmates were moved out of leased cells in the Kandiyohi County Jail in December. The abrupt change could mean the loss of $450,000 to $850,000 in revenue to the county.


In the past year, eight county corrections officers were laid off because of the reduced jail population, including three officers this month.

It's possible more layoffs will be necessary in the future.

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