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SUP Coalition Meeting Minutes


Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition

Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Range and Training Center


Coalition Members Present: 

Amanda Larson, Sherburne County Health & Human Services                 Amber Jochem, MN Adult and Teen Challenge         

Amanda Martin, Sherburne County Health & Human Services                  Roxanne Schreder, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office 

Tom Sterneman, Refuge – An Evangelical Free Church                              Mark Kolbinger, Becker High School

Patti Miller, Kanabec County SACK Coalition Coordinator                           Molly Hanson, Elk River YMCA

Rachael Tauer, DREAM Team Member, Becker High School                      Alicia Klepsa, SUP Coalition Coordinator

AJ Buntrock, DREAM Team Member, Becker High School                         Jennifer Pim, Sherburne County Attorney’s Office

Zach Schleif, SAFE Squad Member, Big Lake High School                        Victoria Holbert, Retired Resident 

Christine Jones, SAFE Squad Member, Big Lake High School                   Eric Balabon, Elk River Police Department

Emily Vetter, SAFE Squad Member, Big Lake High School                         Jayme Swenson, Spectrum Parent

Jenilee Telander, Regional Prevention Coordinator                                      Dan Bradley, Sherburne County Probation



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


Amanda asked if everyone had a chance to review the minutes from the September 21, 2016 meeting. Dan Bradley made a motion to approve the minutes, which was seconded by Jayme Swenson. All were in favor.


Amanda asked for any additions or changes to the proposed agenda. Molly Hanson made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Jayme. All were in favor.


Consent Agenda


Financial update was completed by Alicia Klepsa:

  • Total expenses for Year 2: $115,666.13 with carryover to Year 3 being $9,333.87.

  • Final in-kind donations documented in Year 2: $149,917.

  • The third grant year of our five year grant cycle began September 30th.


Please continue to document time on output logs and send them via email or drop them off for Roxanne for documentation purposes. Thank you in advance!


Information Sharing/Agency Updates


Students provided an update on activities they have or will be completing this fall to support youth in their quest for a chemical-free life.  They include:

  • Big Lake SAFE Squad

    • Pep Fest 10/28 – other groups rather than athletics will participate, receive prizes, and involve staff with pie contest

  • Becker DREAM Team

    • Kolbinger Park – Chemical-free event with yard games and food. Held on 9/10.

    • Red Ribbon Week – 10/28 all will dress in red for drug awareness.  

    • Halloween DREAM Bingo during lunch on 10/31.

    • Plan to show the Be Real Video and explain the DREAM Team during student news.


MADD representative at MN Crime Prevention Association is interested in working with our local school districts, specifically mentioning Big Lake and Elk River School Districts, on providing education to parents and students on ATOD issues.  Provided card to representative, Hallie Rathbun, who is a past graduate of BLHS for follow up.


Dan Bradley completed a Drug Presentation to Safe School attendees.  He can present to the SUP Coalition in the future if interested.

  • Drug Presentation is on current youth drug trends and clothing that may indicate drug use.

  • Mark Kolbinger indicated that he has seen an uptick in youth huffing with potent highlighters and robo-tripping with cough medicine (of which neither show up in standard drug tests of urine samples).


Tom Sterneman advised there is a new course at various churches in the area called Grief Share.  This is a place where people who have lost loved ones (potentially from drug overdoses or for many other reasons) can attend to receive help and care for their wounded families. The website is and there are many course offerings in our area to refer struggling families to. 


Per Alicia, Big Lake PD is now carrying Narcan.


Alicia and Roxanne presented to BLHS staff at a Staff Development Day on ATOD concerns and also attended the controlled marijuana burn that occurred at BLPD for school staff to recognize the odor of this drug.


Fall Parent Awareness Nights


Eric Balabon discussed the Parent Awareness Night in Elk River this past Monday.  Approximately 55 people attended.  Speakers did well and the booths were utilized.  Alicia indicated that Zimmerman had approximately 25 attendees and 54 in Big Lake.  Princeton, Becker, and Rogers are still to occur.  Still need volunteers for Rogers on Monday, November 21 for the SUP HIPS exhibit.  Please contact Alicia if available.


Adult Outreach Campaign


  • We have enough “actors”.

  • Jayme secured a model apartment at Granite Shores.

  • Filming will occur in the next few weeks if schedules allow.

  • How best to advertise the finished product?

    • Marcus Elk River Cinema – Molly will check into it

    • Buffalo Wild Wings or other businesses with videos playing

    • Facebook ads or booth/sponsor ads (Boost for zip codes or range of area)

    • Chamber Boards

    • School could play while waiting for kids to get seated in auditoriums

    • Video boards for sports teams

    • YouTube

    • Facebook community forum pages

    • Civic organizations to show their members

    • Rotary – December 28 – presentation set up by Amanda

    • Snapchat

    • Posters and Branding – Billboard – with message for parents to talk early & talk often

Year 2 in Review


Alicia shared the 2015-2016 Year End Report via PowerPoint.  Amazing how much was accomplished in a year – great job!


Youth Leadership Council Update


Would like to include Ivan Sand in the school outreach occurring between Zimmerman, Elk River, and Rogers, if possible.  Possibly through the MAP (MN Alternative Projects) opportunity.  Alicia will be speaking with admin from the Elk River School District and SRO’s to discuss youth leadership opportunities.


Medical Cannabis Update


There are potentially 9 more conditions that could be allowed for medical cannabis use.  (We currently have 10.)  Public comment on this petition is closed.  A panel reviews these for the state and then provides a recommendation to the Commissioner of Health.


Team Updates and Descriptions


SUP members indicate it is hard to attend meetings with busy schedules.  If possible, use email for some of the communication and outreach on your team member work plans.


Executive Board meets quarterly.


Parent Education has only met a few times.  Emails may work best for furtherance of the goals of this team.


Communications Team – Kayla Stai left, Brian Larson is now the media representative.  He has experience with graphic design and website construction.


Data Analysis – review state and county data as well as department data from sectors represented on the coalition.


Finance Team – Sheriff’s Office does most of the work, but would like to have members review and report out at meetings.  Currently looking for someone to take over Judy Johnson’s position due to work schedule conflicts for her at this time – it is very easy to participate on this team.


To join one of the above mentioned teams, please contact Alicia for more information.


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


Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 16th 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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