- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - An expansion of the Ward County Jail is expanding.

Ground was broken in April for the $37 million project to add 72 cells to the 104-bed facility in Minot.

After architects informed the County Commission that they were working under budget on some county building projects, commissioners on Monday approved adding back in another 28 cells that had been cut from the project last year for budget reasons.

That means the expansion will include 100 new cells, nearly double what the jail currently has.

A voter-approved, half-cent sales tax is paying for the expansion. The jail addition is scheduled to open in May 2018, with renovations to the existing facility completed by November of that year.

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