Stearns County is moving ahead on the remodeling of its Law Enforcement Center. Commissioners today approved awarding $2.7 million in bids to contractors to do the construction.
Thirty-one individual pieces of the remodeling project went out for bid, on everything from security systems to jail toilets, and
84 companies bid on those projects. It was an open competitive bid process, and overall the bids came in $123-thousand below original estimated cost.
Stearns County needs to remodel the Law Enforcement Center for safety and security reasons. Plans are to expand the booking area to make it safer, to accommodate the 8,000-9,000 bookings done by Stearns County every year. Plans also call for downsizing the work-release inmate area since it’s under-utilized. That area will go from 60 beds to 12. Remodeling will also add more male housing, nine more cells, and 11 more female cells. Stearns County transfers about 10 females a day to other counties for jail housing.
Total estimated construction cost of the remodeling is $5.1 million. Of that total cost, nearly $1.3 million is work that will be done in-house, such as the carpentry, electrical wiring and plumbing.
Construction on the Law Enforcement Center will start in January. It is a project that will take approximately 12-14 months to complete.
The remodeling project is a short-term, 10-year, fix for the County’s jail needs, but will give Stearns County time and an opportunity to focus on a long-term 30-year solution.
Deer donated to food shelves can be processed at no cost to hunters thanks to a program coordinated by the Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Prior to 2007, hunters could donate deer to food shelves but had to pay processing costs.
“The venison donation program has multiple benefits,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “In portions of the state, hunters are encouraged to harvest multiple deer, the program provides hunters an avenue to donate the extra deer they harvest without having to pay processing costs. Demand for food assistance also has been increasing in recent years across Minnesota, and this is a great opportunity to provide locally-sourced meat to families in need.”
More details on the venison donation program, as well as a list of participating meat processors, are available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer/donation. Processors who accept deer are paid $70 to process each animal for food shelf distribution.
Kimball Area High School
A Veterans Day program will be presented at Kimball Area High School, in the Wirth gym, from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. A slide show will feature local veterans. The American Legion Auxiliary will demonstrate flag folding, and the MIA table. And a special speaker is being arranged. Contact Tammy Konz at (320) 398-5011.
St. Cloud Hospital
St. Cloud Hospital will honor men and women for military service during a special ceremony from 10-11 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 11, in Hoppe Auditorium. Family members, patients and employees are invited to honor our American heroes, including veterans, active military, reservists and National Guard.
District 18 legislators are conducting a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, to receive input regarding a pending vote on whether to unionize childcare providers in Minnesota.
Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutch-inson, Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, and Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, will host the event. They will be joined by Hollee Saville, a childcare provider from St. Michael, Minn., who has led efforts opposing the childcare unionization effort.
Deadline for applications to be nominated is Friday, Nov. 1
U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) office is now accepting applications from young Minnesotans interested in attending one of the nation’s four military service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In order to attend a service academy, candidates must be nominated by a member of Congress. Applications are due by
5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
“Each year, I’m proud to nominate several talented Minnesotans to our four U.S. Military Service Academies,” said Sen. Franken. “I’m happy to assist eligible Minnesotans in the nomination process, and I look forward to helping our future leaders seek admission to these prestigious academies.”