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Angie Gort, who supervises adults on probation, is one of 20 probation officers in Kandiyohi County. She says probation officers measure their success by whether they see repeat offenders going through the court system. This week is Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. (Carolyn Lange/West Central Tribune)

Work of Kandiyohi County probation officers is challenging, time-consuming and oftentimes misunderstood

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WILLMAR - Their days typically start around 6 a.m. and can turn from mundane to madness in a matter of minutes.

But Kandiyohi County probation officers say the duty they have to provide public safety, and the desire they have to help people change their lives, keeps them on the job.

Many of the 20 probation officers in the county have been on the job for 15 to 20 years. It's a job that's changed dramatically during that time and it's a job that's often misunderstood.

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