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Wadena County to save on prisoner boarding

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Competition, price wars and hard times have caught up with the Hubbard County Correctional Center.

Wednesday, the county commission reduced the inmate boarding charge from $55 per day to $46 per day to match a price war initiated by Crow Wing County.

Losing $9 per day per inmate could add up, commissioners agreed, but it may be preferable to empty cells. The jail's current occupancy rate hovers around 30 inmates per day; the facility was designed to hold 116.

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