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County closes in on justice center costs

After eight years of research and planning, Carlton County officials should know the maximum cost of a new justice center following a special meeting set for Thursday, July 21, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press. County coordinator Dennis predicted the top number from project contractor Adolfson & Peterson will come in at over $70 million, including construction and soft costs such as architectural, engineering and permitting.

Funding is also up in the air.

The largest possible funding source for the justice center is the proposed local option sales tax, a half-cent tax which...