September 21, 2017

Murray Fifth Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on June 28, 2017 by in Hometown, Iowa, News

Murray 2017 D.A.R.E. Graduates

Giving children accurate information about drugs is a powerful step in keeping them from forming addictions as adults. One group of Murray students has already taken that step, as the fifth graders in the school’s new D.A.R.E. program graduated in May. “Unfortunately drugs are a problem everywhere we go in one way or another. We […]

Street Receives Runner-Up Honors

Posted on August 5, 2016 by in Hometown, Iowa, News

Meredith Street

OSAGE — Osage middle school student Meredith Street has been named the runner-up in the state D.A.R.E. essay contest at the Milton R. Owen Nature Center. Earlier this year, Street, the daughter of Aaron and Anne Street, Osage, was named the local D.A.R.E. winner. Here is her award-winning essay: “Why I’m Choosing a Drug-Free Future” […]

D.A.R.E. to Care: Van Otterloo recognized for commitment to Spencer’s youth

Posted on July 31, 2016 by in Events, Hometown, Iowa, News

Lt. Kyle Van Otterloo with the Spencer Police Department takes a selfie of himself and the pack of runners prior to the start of last year's D.A.R.E. 5K Fun Run. This year's run will be conducted at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, near the boat ramp at West Leach Park. Van Otterloo, who organizes the run, was recently presented with the state's D.A.R.E. Peer Recognition Award.

Next Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., athletes young and old will line up near the boat ramp at West Leach Park to help raise funds for the 2017 graduating D.A.R.E. class and to demonstrate a commitment to stay drug free. Right: Lt. Kyle Van Otterloo with the Spencer Police Department takes a selfie of himself […]

Anna Grace Holthaus, 2016 Iowa D.A.R.E. Essay Winner

Posted on July 11, 2016 by in Hometown, Iowa, News

<a href="" target="_blank">Anna Grace Holthaus, 2016 Iowa D.A.R.E. Essay Winner</a>.<br />In photo with Anna, L to R:  Sheriff Dan Marx, South Winneshiek Teacher Jessica Peters, Anna Holthaus' Family, Deputy Tim Felton & South Winneshiek Superintendent Kris Einck.

The Iowa D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office and South Winneshiek School are proud to announce that Anna Grace Holthaus has won the Iowa D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association first place essay for 2016. Anna Grace Holthaus wrote her D.A.R.E. essay about what she learned in her D.A.R.E. classes and how she will use this […]

Twelve Graduate from D.A.R.E.

Posted on May 9, 2015 by in Hometown, Iowa

Rachel Ludeking

Notre Dame sixth graders pledge to be good citizens. From Cresco Times. Photo: Rachel Ludeking is congratulated by D.A.R.E. Officer Rich Hollenbeck for graduating from the program. CRESCO – One of the best lessons Notre Dame sixth graders learn is to understand what D.A.R.E. is all about. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program takes students through […]

MMC Middle & High School named “Iowa Safe Schools”

Posted on September 18, 2014 by in Hometown, Iowa, School Safety

MMC Eagles

From MARCUS, Iowa (KTIV) – All of Wednesday’s activities were made possible by the “Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools” grant, which Marcus Meriden Cleghorn got about four years ago. It came after students filled out a survey, which showed high levels of bullying and harassment at the junior high and high school. Since getting […]

LaVera allegations shed light on school policy, online safety

Posted on August 31, 2014 by in Hometown, Internet Safety, Iowa

Newton IA Schools

From Newton Daily News. Three months after news broke that a California man allegedly preyed on local teenagers after visiting two Newton schools, the school board is making progress on a huge safety gap that impacted our students. We think the new requirement that all visitors to Newton schools must provide a form of photo […]

Two Local Students Place in State D.A.R.E. Contest

Posted on August 20, 2014 by in Hometown, Iowa, News

Two local students place in state DARE contest

Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Stacey Bussie (center) is shown with Laura Richards (left) of Clinton and Frankie Hansen (right) of Clinton.  From The Clinton Herald.  CLINTON — Two Clinton students were recently awarded prizes at Iowa’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Convention. Each year, Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Stacey Bussie, with the D.A.R.E. program, sends […]

Starmer Named D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year

Posted on August 18, 2014 by in Hometown, Iowa

Iowa DARE Officer of the Year 2014

Right: Audubon Police Officer Matt Starmer, surrounded by graduates of his D.A.R.E. program. From The Audubon County Advocate Journal.  Audubon Police Officer Matt Starmer was named 2014 DARE Officer of the Year during the annual banquet on Aug. 4. Starmer has been a DARE officer for the past eight years, leading the program in the […]

Tips to Keep Your Community Safe

Posted on August 7, 2014 by in Community Safety, Hometown, Iowa

Des Moines IA Police

From DES MOINES, Iowa — Crime in Des Moines is down by nearly 20 percent from last year. Public safety officials say they can do better, but they need your help. The Des Moines Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in Iowa. But with more than 200,000 people living in Des Moines […]