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Three county employees awarded forensic training scholarships

County employees Brandon Peterson, Brice Norton and Kristal Roberts have been awarded basic forensic interview training scholarships to receive specialized training offered by Cornerhouse.

Cornerhouse is a children's advocacy center in Minneapolis that coordinates multi-disciplinary teams to help minimize trauma to child victims of abuse, to provide support and assistance to the entire family and to hold offenders accountable. Menahga Police Department employee Jason Hofer will also receive a scholarship.

The four will attend a weeklong forensic interview training beginning Aug. 18 at St Mary's University, Minneapolis campus. Their training fees of $1,100 each will be paid by the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Eighty-eight people applied for scholarships. Cornerhouse provides internationally-recognized, state-of-the-art training in forensic interviewing — a key part of successful prosecutions of offenders. Cornerhouse has trained over 29,000 individuals worldwide, including professionals from every Minnesota county.

The four Wadena County scholarship winners will receive training in person-centered, semi-structured forensic interviewing techniques that help social workers, attorneys and police officers to conduct interviews of children in a non-biased manner.

County Attorney Kyra Ladd announced the awarding of the scholarships during the Aug. 12 county board meeting. She told the board that the reception of the scholarships and the enhanced training they provide would greatly increase the skill of the individuals working in the area of child protection for the county.