WALKER -- The Cass County Jail has been at 90.88 percent of capacity in August.
A written sheriff's department report to the county board showed there was a daily average of 49.66 male and 4.87 females in the jail last month.
In addition, the county boarded an average of 8.27 people in other jails outside the county daily.
The jail is running well over Minnesota Department of Corrections recommended 70 percent capacity level, Administrator Robert Yochum told the board. That percentage is recommended to allow separating inmates between those sentenced and awaiting trial, between men and women, between adults and juveniles.
The board approved a contract with Morrison County on Tuesday to board Cass inmates at that county's facility for $48 per day, guaranteeing at least five inmates per day.
Yochum said Sheriff Randy Fisher has submitted a preliminary plan to DOC for expanding the jail west of the present law enforcement center, into the rear courthouse parking lot area.
The commissioners accepted a $150 donation from Eric Myhra Ford of Walker for the sheriff's child fingerprinting program.
They appointed Pillager Fire Chief Randall Lee to represent the county on the regional emergency medical services advisory board.
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