Ribbon cut, tours conducted at new Dallas County Jail

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ADEL, Iowa — About 50 people attended the 1:45 p.m. ribbon cutting Sunday at the new Dallas County Law Enforcement Center at 25979 U.S. Highway 6 in the Ortonville area of Adel — also known as the Dallas County Jail.

Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard cut the ceremonial ribbon, which was provided by Rebecca Hilmer of the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the ribbon cutting.

Brief speeches followed by Leonard, Dallas County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Kim Chapman, Design Alliance/Farnsworth Group Principal Architect Jerry Purdy and Samuels Group Sales and Marketing Vice President Jennifer Guerndt.

Public tours of the $23 million, 57,000-square-foot facility began about 2 p.m. and will continue every 30 minutes until 8 p.m. Visitors are asked to wear a face mask for reasons of public health.

Dallas County voters rejected financing for a new county jail in 2013, 2014 and 2015 but approved the plan in a May 2017 special election. The groundbreaking was held Nov. 9, 2017.

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