July 14, 2024

Shovels break ground on county’s law enforcement center

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

On August 1, Grant County commemorated a significant step in their journey towards improved public safety with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Law Enforcement Center (LEC). A crowd of county officials, city representatives, community members, and a few past sheriffs gathered for the event, marked by speeches and ceremonial shoveling.

The ceremonial kickoff started with remarks from Grant County Sheriff Jon Combs. Combs recognized the substantial effort from various individuals that brought the project to this stage. He further acknowledged those who have opposed the LEC’s construction, encouraging civil discourse and stating that such opposition is not only expected but welcomed: “That’s the way it ought to be.”

The ceremony continued with an address from Elbow Lake Mayor Deb Hengel, drawing parallels between this occasion and the historical groundbreaking of the original Courthouse in 1905.She said, “Today, as it was 118 years ago, people’s thoughts are focused on what is good for our people and for our county. This is a special day, just like it was in 1905, and it is fitting we commemorate it appropriately.”

Hengel’s dedication for the upcoming building was inspired by a piece written by Reverend Dr. Susan Roy. The address called for the honoring of the land set apart for the new LEC, as well as those who contributed their vision, resources, and labor to the project. She asked for the safety of the construction workers and that the jobs created by the project would sustain individuals and families in the county.

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