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Security changes expected for new county judge

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As preparations to add a fourth judge continue, the St. Croix County Finance Committee gave the go-ahead to spend about $26,000 on court equipment and modifications.

The biggest expense will be equipping and wiring two rooms in the jail to allow prisoners to make their initial court appearances by video.

Only two of the four courtrooms in the Government Center have secure access from the jail, said Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.

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