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Beltrami County District Judge Shari Schluchter rips up a voucher for a female participant in DWI Court after she completed court requirements to again obtain her driver’s license. The “I owe you” voucher is worth $400, which now will be subtracted from her total fee owed. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Beltrami County’s DWI Court marks five years changing lives, improving public safety

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BEMIDJI – It’s about getting from “I can’t” to “I won’t.”

Beltrami County’s DWI Court, targeting repeat drunken drivers, marked its fifth anniversary this year. The program couples intense supervision with treatment and judicial interaction to help offenders stay sober and, therefore, increase public safety.

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