December 16, 2017


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Hermantown Students Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2017

172 - 6th graders celebrated graduation together at Hermantown High School on Friday, after completing ten separate classes within the D.A.R.E. program. Officer Tim Battaglia says, "You know, yeah they learn a lot of things, they learn facts and health effects on drugs and alcohol, but the D.A.R.E. program is so much more than that. They learn how to make safe and responsible decisions moving forward and hopefully stuff they can take with them when they start getting into the highschool…

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Local Police Departments Partner with DEA to Dispose of Unneeded Drugs

Posted on Oct 30th, 2017

MOORHEAD, MN (Valley News Live) The opioid crisis is complex, but local police are practicing prevention techniques as a part of the bigger solution. “Prescription drugs, non-prescription, pet medication,” Officer Ethan Meehan says as he organizes bottles and bags of medications into boxes. Officer Meehan is a School Resource Officer and Patrol Officer with the Moorhead Police Department, but he spent Saturday collecting residents’ unneeded medications. “We don’t want people…

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D.A.R.E. Connects Students and Law Enforcement

Posted on Oct 5th, 2017

"For some kids, D.A.R.E. is the only positive interaction with law enforcement they've had." - Litchfield Police Officer Aaron Nelson. Aaron Nelson of the Litchfield Police Department has been a D.A.R.E. officer since 2006. He enjoys interacting with students at Litchfield Middle School and the School of St. Philip. ”A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors.” Give…

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Fillmore County Sixth Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E. program

Posted on Jun 28th, 2017

Chief Deputy Tony Webber

Chief Deputy Tony Webber was the guest speaker at the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony, held last Wednesday morning, May 24. Fillmore County sixth graders have the knowledge and power “to resist drugs and violence.” Sixth-graders from Mabel-Canton, Lanesboro, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson and Kingsland schools gathered Wednesday, May 24, at Mabel-Canton Elementary School to celebrate their graduation from the program. Sheriff Thomas Kaase welcomed students, teachers and parents…

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D.A.R.E. Graduation Well-Attended

Posted on Mar 25th, 2017

K-M fifth-graders Abby Simons and Makena Rismeyer won the ‘D.A.R.E to be a leader’ poster contest, and their posters will be forwarded to the state level D.A.R.E. competition. School Resource Officer Jesse Kasel recognized them during the ceremony to commemorate the D.A.R.E. graduation.

K-M fifth-graders Abby Simons and Makena Rismeyer won the ‘D.A.R.E to be a leader’ poster contest, and their posters will be forwarded to the state level D.A.R.E. competition. School Resource Officer Jesse Kasel recognized them during the ceremony to commemorate the D.A.R.E. graduation. The parking lot at the Kasson-Mantorville middle school was almost full the afternoon of March 17 as proud parents came to see 178 fifth graders receive certificates of achievement for completing the…

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School Liaison Police Officer, D.A.R.E. Programs Continue in Coon Rapids Schools

Posted on Nov 1st, 2016

Contracts approved by the Coon Rapids City Council Sept. 6 continue the school liaison officer and D.A.R.E. programs at Anoka-Hennepin District 11 schools in Coon Rapids for the 2016-2017 academic year. One agreement provides school district funding for assigning Coon Rapids Police officers as school liaison officers at Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids and Northdale middle schools and Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School, formerly Crossroads Alternative High School, and officers to teach…

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Willmar Police Officer Gene Schneider Begins 20th Year as D.A.R.E. Officer

Posted on Sep 7th, 2016

(Willmar MN-) This is the 26th year that Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., has been taught in the Willmar School District. Willmar Police Officer Gene Schneider has been teaching D.A.R.E. for 20 of those years, and he says the D.A.R.E. curricullum periodically undergoes changes to change with the times... ...Schneider says one of the changes in recent years has been to bring in an anti-bullying and self esteem element. Schneider was recently recognized as a Past President of the…

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Hibbing High School Sophomore Will Durie DAREs to be the Example

Posted on Aug 28th, 2016

HIBBING — Hibbing High School sophomore Will Durie has a lot on his plate. The teen is a three-season athlete, a musician and a member of his school’s TADA (Teens Against Drugs and Alcohol) group. He also sings, participates in the Knowledge Bowl and math teams, and keeps his grades at a 4.0 average. Durie now has another important — and trailblazing — role. He’s been selected as the Minnesota Youth Advocacy Representative for Minnesota D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance…

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Countywide D.A.R.E. Graduation Held in Lanesboro

Posted on Jun 7th, 2015

From Bluff Country Newspaper. Photo: Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase opened the DARE graduation ceremony with a history of how it began 25 years ago. BRETTA GRABAU/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS GROUP. This year, students from five area schools, Lanesboro, Kingsland, Mabel-Canton, Rushford-Peterson and Fillmore Central, gathered in the Lanesboro gymnasium to receive certificates for completing the 10-lesson DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. They were joined by Fillmore County…

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Two Harbors D.A.R.E. Students Give Back

Posted on May 31st, 2015

From Fox 21 Online. Students Pick Up Trash TWO HARBORS, Minn. - The weather was perfect Wednesday afternoon for dozens of D.A.R.E students in Two Harbors to give back and pick up trash. It's part of the D.A.R.E program's education to make good decisions. "Just trying to keep the earth healthy for generations and generations.  Other people can be happy, and [we] don't want to kill all the plants and stuff.  Keeping the earth green," said 5th grader Trevor Hanson. Officer Sean…

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