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THIEF RIVER FALLS—Crews build a new justice center in one small town and it's coming at the right time according to city leaders.

A new Pennington County Justice Center under construction in Thief River Falls will nearly double the capacity of the current jail.

Leaders say new employers are moving to, or expanding in the area.

County commissioners say the crime rate is keeping up with the population boom.

"Part of it is with that influx of people there's an influx of law enforcement that goes right along with that as you grow," said Darryl Tveitbakk, Pennington County Commissioner.

County leaders say they expect the jail to open as early as April.