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CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS WAY UP: Hard times hit kids

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Prolonged hard economic times have stressed some families to the breaking point, and Becker County child protection workers are busier than ever trying to keep kids safe.

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"There's been a marked upwards trend in the child protection caseload," said Donna Richgels, child protection supervisor for Becker County Human Services.

"We're also seeing a resurgence of meth use in the county," she told the Becker County Board Tuesday.

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