The Fillmore County Courthouse in Preston is becoming an extension of the Veterans' Treatment Court. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reflect this on Friday at 1:30 pm at the courthouse in Preston.

According to Justice for Vet's website,

"The veterans treatment court model requires regular court appearances, as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions, and frequent and random testing for drug and alcohol use. Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment, given their past experiences in the Armed Forces. However, a few will struggle, and it is exactly those veterans who need a veterans treatment court program the most. Without this structure, these veterans will reoffend and remain in the criminal justice system. The veterans treatment court is able to ensure they meet their obligations to themselves, the court, and their community."

The other 10 counties included in the third district are  Rice, Steele, Waseca, Freeborn, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona.

You can find more on the Veteran's Treatment Court from the Fillmore County Journal.