By Dan Reed 

Justice center breaks ground


August 26, 2022

Steve VanKekerix Carlton County Sheriff's Department

Local dignitaries participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new justice center Monday, digging in their shovels on the edge of the construction footprint. Pictured, from left, are state Rep. Mary Murphy, Commissioner Dick Brenner, Judge Michael Cuzzo, Commissioner Marv Bodie, Commissioner Gary Peterson, Commissioner Thomas Proulx, Commissioner Mark Thell, and Jail Administrator Paul Coughlin.

After workers spent the past few weeks clearing the site of the future justice center, Carlton County commissioners and other dignitaries gathered for a traditional groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon.

County Board chairman Gary Peterson led the event. State Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, who has served as a state rep for 46 years, was the only woman to turn a gold shovel. Murphy and retiring District 11 State Rep. Mike Sundin were instrumental in guiding legislation for the $2 million grant the County received to study the project, leading to the addition of a 16-bed female offender p...

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