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Douglas County Sheriff's Office moves into remodeled space

As part of the remodel project, this is the space where Douglas County Sheriff's deputies each have their own desk space. Photo by Crystal Dey

Welcome to the new, long-awaited, Douglas County Sheriff's Office. County residents were greeted by sheriff's office staff as they hurried through the front doors and stomped snow off of their feet before emerging into the redesigned lobby.

An estimated 100 people attended the open house held Tuesday, January 22 for the public to view improvements to the old school building on 7th Avenue West in Alexandria.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office staff will all be under one roof for the first time since the summer of 2011. Investigators, administration and deputies planned to move in on Thursday and Friday; by February 1 the entire office will be operating out of the new building.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota State Patrol and Department of Corrections will join the sheriff's office in moving out of temporary spaces into the central locale.

A lot of new elements have been purchased for the re-vamped office. Douglas County Sheriff Try Wolbersen said the improvements to the building, new equipment and furniture are all designed to help the sheriff's office better serve the public and law enforcement personnel now and into the future.

"Everything is designed with the next person in mind," Wolbersen said. "My office is the sheriff's office, I won't be the sheriff forever."

How much did it cost the county and taxpayers? A total cost won't be calculated until final bills are received and all work is completed.

If you missed last week's open house, a guided tour can be given upon request by calling the sheriff's office at (320) 762-8151.

Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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