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'Building connections': New domestic violence court begins in Beltrami County


BEMIDJI -- The front row was full of men. Behind them, two benches in Beltrami District Judge Paul Benshoof’s courtroom were empty, and behind those two empty pews was one full of women, against the west wall of the room. The empty rows that separated the two groups were a physical manifestation of the no-contact orders often issued in domestic violence cases. But there was something different about the atmosphere in the courtroom Friday morning, the first day of Beltrami County’s new domestic violence court.

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