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The Stevens County Board of Commissioners met for the first time in their new board room in the renovated courthouse on Tuesday. From left are County Attorney Charles Glasrud, commissioners Herb Kloos, Larry Sayre, Don Munsterman, Paul Watzke and Ron Staples, and UMM's Lowell Rasmussen, who updated the board on plans for a second wind turbine near Pomme de Terre Park.

County saving big during communications transition

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Government is often seen as a model of inefficiency, prone to over-spending and slow to recognize opportunity.

Apparently, that characterization would seem to not apply to the Stevens County Sheriff's Office's pursuit of Minnesota emergency communications mandates

The county not only will be in full compliance of state "narrow band" radio communications requirements by 2012, it will be doing so in a fairly economical fashion.

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