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Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, proposes moving some inmates from a state Moose Lake facility to a private Appleton prison. With him is Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria. Staff photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers want to use private prison

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ST. PAUL - Some Minnesota legislators want to move more prisoners from state facilities to a private prison, saving the state $12 million in the next two years.

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Others object, saying prisons should be a state, not private, enterprise.

The 776 medium security prisoners at the Moose Lake prison would be transferred to the Appleton facility under a bill promoted by Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria.

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