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SUP Coalition Meeting Minutes


Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition

Meeting Minutes

January 20, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Range and Training Center


Coalition Members Present:

Dan Bradley, Sherburne County Probation

Francine Kosse, Fairview Health Services

Mark Lees, Sherburne County Health & Human Services

Jennifer Nordeen, Free Heroin’s Hold, Resident

Amanda Martin, Sherburne County Health & Human Services

Eric Balabon, Elk River Police Department

Alicia Klepsa, SUP Coalition Coordinator

Joel Brott, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office

Roxanne Schreder, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office

Jayme Swenson, Spectrum Parent

Victoria Holbert, Retired Resident

Jennifer Pim, Sherburne County Attorney’s Office

Molly Hanson, YMCA

Amy Tompkins, Big Lake Parent, Elk River Teacher

Amber Jochem, MN Adult & Teen Challenge

Tom Sterneman, Refuge – An Evangelical Free Church



Dan Bradley called the meeting to order at approximately 9:00 a.m. Introductions were made.


Dan Bradley asked if everyone had a chance to review the minutes from the December 16, 2015 meeting. Dan Bradley made a motion to approve the minutes, which was seconded by Eric Balabon. All were in favor.


Dan Bradley asked for any additions or changes to the proposed agenda. None were made. Dan Bradley made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Jennifer Pim. All were in favor.


Consent Agenda

Financial Report – Dan Bradley went over current financial expenditures for Year 2 and Year 1 carryover. Approximately $22,686 has been spent during Year 2.  A formal carryover request was submitted in December for a total of $31,915.  If approved, the coalition will need to match $156,915 during Year 2.  The coalition’s current match is approximately $34,000.   


Information Sharing Agency Updates

Jayme Swenson commented on Jennifer Nordeen’s support group that has been started in the Elk River area and what a wonderful thing it is. They meet every other Tuesday at Granite Shores. During these meetings, Jennifer Nordeen offers naloxone training for interested individuals.  Informational fliers were provided from Jennifer for sharing. Alicia Klepsa shared the information with all of the schools. 

Alicia Klepsa advised that Big Lake had come up with a name for their Youth Leadership Council.  They chose “SAFE Squad”, Substance & Alcohol Free Everyday.  She also stated that they are working on creating PSAs to share during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.  Becker’s Dream Team is working on a second addition to their video as well as planning a chemical-free event at Kolbinger Park. Spectrum’s Sobriety Squad is working on a pledge and a video for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.


Positive Community Norms Campaign Update – To kick-off the campaign, Alicia advised that Community BluePrint will be shooting a promo video in one of the school gyms with all schools involved. Each school will then have a table with a photo booth activity for students to say why they are “real” and chose to not use substances. Community BluePrint is also providing tool kits that can be customized for each school.


Roxanne Schreder commented on a social host ordinance for Clear Lake. Sheriff Brott advised he spoke to the Clear Lake mayor and is waiting to get on the workshop schedule to talk to city council. This is the first time they have been approached about a social host ordinance.


Jennifer Pim advised the majority of higher level felony charges are for meth possession and sale. Lower levels are mixed with meth, marijuana, cocaine, etc. Advised a lot of marijuana charges are misdemeanors. Four felony adult DWIs for 2015 – (which means the individual had four or more DWIs). She is working on gathering juvenile information. Dan Bradley advised a lot of juveniles are diverted to pay a fine or take a class.


Alicia Klepsa advised Kayla Stai is working on putting the final touches on the coalition’s website.  She also noted two new partnerships that have been formed with the County Attorney’s Office and Guardian Angels. County Attorney Kathy Heaney offered to pay for 1,000 more prescription drug drop box magnets to be provided to local pharmacies. Alicia also met with Guardian Angels last week and they would like information quarterly on substance use to add to their newsletter. They would also like the Youth Leadership Councils to present to their seniors on what they are doing.


Sticker Shock Activity

Alicia Klepsa provided three options for stickers that were designed by Kayla Stai. Stickers will be used on beer cases and bottle hangers for bottles. Sticker options were discussed and voted on. 


Discussion was had about who would approach each of the 13 liquor stores in the county. A question was asked about grocery stores and Mark Lees advised they only sell 3.2 liquor and have a very small supply. Alicia Klepsa also suggested doing posters regarding social host in the liquor stores if they would allow it. Jayme Swenson suggested doing something in the newspaper regarding social host – possibly in the “Ask the Sheriff” column. There will be law enforcement presence during the sticker shock activity. Alicia Klepsa has developed Sticker Shock documents for those approaching liquor stores. It was suggested to possibly have identification – t-shirts or badges – for the adults that participate in the event.




Presentation Survey Results

Alicia Klepsa advised that a speaker from the MN Medical Cannabis program will be at the next coalition meeting.


Eric Balabon suggested providing information on prescription pills – risk factors, abuse, consequences to schools. Talk was had about how meth is making a comeback and it is not from the small home labs, it is from large drug manufacturers in Mexico.


Alicia Klepsa advised that Amy Tompkins suggested organizing a community ed class focused on parents with teens. Further discussion was had about this in regards to what topics would get parents to attend. Possibly a topic to help parents help their kids deal with stress. Molly Hanson advised stress and mental health are big topics with youth at the YMCA.


Alicia Klepsa advised that our Project Officer suggested doing a “teen maze”, which teaches the consequences of risky behaviors as it walks through the whole process. Dan Bradley advised Victoria Powell did something similar from the court side.


Discussion was had about the need to better publicize events. The Communications Team can work on this. Let Alicia know if you would like to be a part of this team.


The first expo of the year will be held on Saturday at Becker High School.


The regular meeting was adjourned at 10:32 a.m.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 17, at 9:00 a.m. in the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center.

Minutes from previous coalition meetings are available upon request.
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