Breanna Nelson is a typical 14-year-old girl who has to follow the family rules, like not being able to have a cell phone unless she participates in a sport. She has a bright-pink bedroom, its walls covered in posters and artwork, and, on occasion, she gets annoyed by her 5-year-old brother, Drew.
“She’s gone from lacking direction and vision for herself, and not having a lot of hope and ambition for her future, to having a lot of enthusiasm about life,” said Brad Laabs, recovery school coordinator at Detroit Lakes Area Learning Center.
Two courtrooms were packed Saturday morning as onlookers waited for hearings to start at the Northeast Central District Court in downtown Grand Forks. But Lawrence Jahnke, the judge presiding over one of the courtrooms, admitted these weren’t typical cases.
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