Saturday July 19, 2008
The OK House - NOT OK
Is Nexus Next?
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
Here's a question for all Mille Lacs County residents. If you
have been reading the Mille Lacs News like you should, then you know that
Nexus exists primarily through your tax dollars. But did you know that you
were also paying for "poor, troubled youth" in Stearns County? The OK House,
which recently closed, had some things in common with the Mille Lacs Academy
in Onamia, like the OK House, a non-secure detention facility for juveniles
ages 11 - 17, was also funded primarily through your tax dollars. But
unlike Nexus, which utilizes tax dollars throughout the country, the OK
House was paid for by residents from Benton, Sherburne, Kanabec, and Mille
And when these counties decided to no longer fund the OK
House, it folded.
Could the same thing happen to Nexus if the counties decided
to withdraw their support?