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The repercussions of meth


Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles in a series dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has published a Clandestine Drug Labs manual in response to the alarming increase in the number of labs that produce methamphetamine and other drugs. The report notes that other states, who have had much more experience on this subject, know that “drug labs can be harmful to people who have even a passing connection with them.” Potentially harmful chemical mixtures can remain on household surfaces for months or even years after the “cooking” is over. Jail and hospital staff have become ill after being exposed to clothing worn by individuals who have lived or worked at lab sites. There have been documented cases where individuals who have moved back into improperly cleaned ex-lab sites have suffered health problems. It is the seriousness of both the immediate dangers and the possible repercussions of methamphetamine that has caused the judicial system to take aggressive measures in shutting down the manufacture of meth. What happens when an arrest is made?The first contact is often made by local authorities. Calling 911 and reporting a suspicious site, odors, or large purchases of cold medicines/chemicals being purchased, can set a search warrant in motion. If the call turns out to be a good tip, suspects are arrested, the site is secured so as not to be a danger to the public, and evidence is gathered. If children are involved, Social Services steps in to assess the child’s well-being. In instances involving methamphetamine, a child will often end up being placed in a foster home. “Like other states, rural areas in Minnesota have seen an increase in the number of out-of-home placements due to parent chemical abuse such as methamphetamine,” states the December 2003 issue of Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, (CASCW), University of Minnesota. Placements due to parent chemical abuse have increased by 82.3% or from 543 to 990 placements. Drug related placements have a tendency to be longer. Because of methamphetamine’s extremely additive force, there is a very high rate of repeat offenders.“The number of meth labs seized in Minnesota counties is significantly correlated with the number of out-of- .....
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County Commissioners: Electronic courtroom will save time and money

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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“We’re trying to do everything as responsible as possible”, noted Fillmore County Judge Robert Benson as he and Court Administrator James Attwood presented information on the bidding for electronic court equipment. Four potential bidders were mailed ..... 
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Knoepke wins special election in Preston

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Steve Knoepke received 400 (56%) out of 711 votes cast in Thursday’s special election to fill the vacant Preston Council seat created by the death of Mike Gartner. Robert Sauer, who was appointed to fill Gartner’s seat on an interim basis, came in se ..... 
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Heartland mandamus suit moved to federal court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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On Friday, January 9, Attorney John Baker, who is representing the city of Preston in a second mandamus suit brought by Bob and Elaine Maust, filed papers moving the suit from state to federal court.

The Mausts are asking the co ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Felony Charges

Lee Allan Comstock, 20, of Wykoff, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 12, on charges of felony burglary in the second degree.

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Harmony City Council Report: Council reviews ordinances

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Paula Michels, of Harmony, joined council members at the table at their Tuesday, January 13 meeting, as the group began to review sections of the ordinances. Michels has been incorporating the city’s ordinances with a League of Minnesota Cities model ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Substation transformer bill still in question

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Who put the water in the city’s substation transformer? Who should be responsible for the subsequent bills to repair said transformer? These questions still plagued the Rushford City Council January 12th at their first meeting of 2004. While the coun ..... 
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Legislators meet with county officials

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Senator Robert Kierlin and Representative Greg Davids met with Fillmore County officials on Tuesday, January 13, to discuss the upcoming legislative session which begins in February.  Various department heads spoke to the two ..... 
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Meth, ice, crank, speed – it’s all the same poison

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County. Part two of this series will appear in our January 19 issue of the Journ ..... 
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