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Jail site in Twin Lakes saves nearly $4 million

The information is in. Architects and engineers have told Carlton County that moving the new justice center, consisting of the jail and courtrooms, to the “green site” located northeast of the transportation building on Old Highway 61 will save sitework costs of $3.5 to $3.9 million.

The current courthouse parking lot is plagued with costly remedies: not enough space, bedrock outcroppings, wetland areas, a sewer line, and lack of staging area for a major construction project.

The green site is aptly named for the evergreen forest that covers it. The building footprint is calculated at 19 acres...