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James Denton says before offenders leave the probation office, "we make sure they know what's expected of them." Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

For offenders, first stop after the third-floor courtroom is 1 floor down

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WILLMAR -- For most people who walk out of a third-floor Kandiyohi County courtroom, the next place they go to is the probation office on the second floor.

"We never know who'll walk through the door," said Lynn Gatewood, who is one of three in-take probation officers stationed at the courthouse that sees offenders right after they've appeared in court.

Those offenders are often scared and confused and may not understand exactly what they need to do.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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