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New jail favored for Winona County

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Building a new jail for Winona County is now the leading option for correction jail problems in that county.     

Winona Sheriff Ron Ganrude said a plan for a 130-inmate jail will be discussed by the county board next week. 

Winona County is under a state order to improve jail conditions or risk losing its license to run a jail in the fall of 2021. 

The county currently has an agreement to house some inmates in Houston County.    

Ganrude said a study committee thought about going without a jail but, in the long run, that might cost as much as constructing a new jail. 

The current Winona jail is not allowed to hold prisoners longer than 90 days. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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