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DAKOTAS ROUNDUP: Fargo ramp demolition ... S.D. alcohol monitor bracelet upheld

Fargo ramp demolition Crews are preparing to demolish a downtown parking ramp in Fargo. As part of the first phase, city officials said part of a downtown skyway will be closed. It's expected to stay closed until early next year. The ramp was clo...

Fargo ramp demolition

Crews are preparing to demolish a downtown parking ramp in Fargo.

As part of the first phase, city officials said part of a downtown skyway will be closed. It's expected to stay closed until early next year.

The ramp was closed in August after an inspection found structural problems. City officials then voted to demolish it, at a cost estimated at around $325,000.

S.D. alcohol monitor bracelet upheld

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Six years after their release, ankle bracelets that monitor alcohol consumption are being used in 48 states, and last week survived what the company said was its first appeals court challenge.

The Secure Continuance Remote Alcohol Monitoring, or SCRAM, unit detects alcohol use through sweat gland emissions. If the person wearing it drinks alcohol or tampers with the bracelet, law officers are alerted.

Most of the people wearing them have been convicted of multiple alcohol-related crimes such as drunken driving and opt for them over jail.

"I call this coerced sobriety," said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, whose predecessor, Larry Long, started the 24/7 Sobriety Project that requires daily monitoring of alcohol use in exchange for freedom.

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