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Swift County will buy wayside rest stop

BENSON -- Swift County will take over ownership of a wayside rest that's currently owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The commissioners voted last week to purchase the Pomme De Terre Wayside Rest for $1 from the state.

The site includes a restroom and about nine acres of land that's mowed for hay. The land is located about 20 miles west of Benson and eight miles north of Appleton.

Although the county will not generate income from the facility and must pay to maintain the bathrooms and mow the grass, the commissioners agreed the expenses would be minimal.

The land may also be used by the county highway department to store gravel and equipment, said Auditor Byron Giese.

The commissioners also voted to implement a "pay to stay" policy for inmates to the county jail.

Starting Aug. 1, all newly sentenced inmates will be required to pay a fee of $20 a day to help offset the expense of housing them.

The money will go to the county's general fund, said Giese.

It's not known how much it will generate annually in new revenue.

The commissioners expressed gratitude for volunteers who helped clean up trees that were uprooted and downed at the county park in Swift Falls during the July 14 tornado.

The park is expected to be reopened by Friday.