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Winona sheriff frustrated by security demands at courthouse

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WINONA, Minn. — Winona County has a security problem it’s trying to solve. 

A private security company, Premier Security, ended a long-term contract to protect the Winona courthouse in November, while deputies are performing screening and courtroom duties on overtime. 

Winona Sheriff Ron Ganrude says if he had his way, he’d prefer to hire more deputies.    

The Winona County Board, however, chose last month to form a committee to look into other ways of offering security staffing. 

Minnesota state law says the county sheriff is responsible for security needs in the courthouse.

Ganrude says some deputies like having extra money from overtime, but it could become a problem later in the year, when more sheriff’s officers decide to take vacations.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.