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SWAT team members ended a tense situation peaceably with the hostage taker's eventual "arrest." (Photos by Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

SWAT team training for the unimaginable

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When shots rang out in the secure hallway of the Hubbard County courthouse Tuesday morning, a security drill became all too real: Two bailiffs had been shot at and a judge had been abducted and was being held hostage.


The Hubbard/Wadena SWAT team conducted the mock exercise to bolster courthouse security and train the team's 14 members.

Judge Robert Tiffany and several court clerks were taken "hostage" in a reality-based drama that was surreal at times.

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