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Fillmore County D.A.R.E. Program


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In promotion of this year's theme of Healthy Counties, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about our D.A.R.E. Program in Fillmore County.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. The concept of having police officer -led school classroom lessons about peer pressure and living drug and violence free lives quickly spread across the nation. D.A.R.E. is now and international program and continues in over 50 percent of the schools and in more than 43 countries.

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program. We are very proud of that achievement. I have included a bit of information about our program here.

Fillmore County Sheriff Jim Connolly started the program in Fillmore County in 1990. Our first D.A.R.E. officer was Deputy Tom Kaase. Tom is currently a Fillmore County Commissioner and Rochester Police Department Patrol Sergeant. The first students graduated from our program in 1991. Chad Sherack, currently a DNR Game Warden in northern Minnesota followed. Brian Howard, a Sergeant with Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was our next instructor. Rick Bittle took over after Brian Howard. Rick is now a Patrol Sergeant with the Winona Police Department. Phil Whitacre, a Fillmore County Investigator Sergeant, taught D.A.R.E. for six years. Fillmore County Investigator Dave Dyke was our D.A.R.E. Officer until 2008. Deputies Kevin Beck and Lance Boyum became D.A.R.E. Officers in January 2008 and are teaching this year at Kingsland, Mabel-Canton, Lanesboro and Rushford-Peterson.

The most common question I get from parents and teachers is whether or not D.A.R.E. works. I've always felt that the answer is intangible. The important part of the program is the relationship we build with the students, parents and teachers. In 10 weeks time, we bring the kids a toolbox full of facts, ideas and thoughts and options. To make this program work, it's so important that the kids take that toolbox home with them and share it with their parents, family and friends. Parents have the biggest role in this program. We give the same message to the kids and parents at every graduation. The D.A.R.E. program is only the beginning of the big project you have with your kid(s). It's a project that lasts for years.

In recent difficult economic times, many cities and counties have looked at their programs that are not mandatory. The D.A.R.E. program has been e .....
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Kingsland School Board strives to meet budget restrictions

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In a continuing effort to meet budget restrictions, the Kingsland School Board passed a resolution Monday night approving and directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. The following programs and p ..... 
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Local high school makes Walt Disney World their classroom

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Students from Chatfield High School of Chatfield traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, March 26, 2010, to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series program (Y.E.S.) "Keepers of the Kingdom at Disney's Animal Kingdom(r)."

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed April 19-23, 2010. Fillmore County Emergency management would like to remind our residents to be aware and prepare for severe weather.

Thursday, April 22nd is statewide Tornado Drill Day. Fillmo ..... 
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Fillmore Central chisels away at transportation and extra-curricular activity costs

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

Decisions are being made and details being worked out in Fillmore Central's budget, which means a lot of changes for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann discussed some of the things they have been working out to help sav ..... 
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Farm-to-school efforts double in Minnesota

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture ..... 
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Fillmore Central small group contest

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Congratulations to the Fillmore Central High School Band department for its recent strong showing at the Minnesota State High School League Small Group Contest on Monday, March 16, 2010, in Austin, MN.

The band sent 16 entries, involving ove ..... 
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National Weather Service to hold Skywarn training

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, April 7th. The training will be held at the Harmony Fire Station just south of town, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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New and exciting happenings at the Harmony Public Library

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a generous donation to the Harmony Public Library by Tami Hoag, the Harmony Public Library will be getting three new public access computers and one Children's Learning Center computer this year, w ..... 
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