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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A courthouse shooting in northern Minnesota that left two men injured has prompted other courthouses in the state to beef up their security.

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Anoka County is spending $50,000 to install bulletproof glass in offices where prosecutors and others work. Ramsey County now has armed deputies guarding offices.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says in several cases, the safety upgrades were already in the works but sped up following the December shootings.

In Washington County, the county attorney's office is considering safety upgrades that could include bulletproof glass in reception areas.

Officials acknowledge that tight budgets can be a problem, but they say safety is a priority. The say there's always an element of risk when dealing with unstable people whose court cases don't go the way they hope.

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