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SUP Coalition Meeting Minutes


Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition

Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center


Coalition Members Present: 

Amanda Martin, Sherburne County Health & Human Services

Roxanne Schreder, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office

Amber Jochem, MN Adult and Teen Challenge

Jennifer Pim, Sherburne County Attorney’s Office

Eric Balabon, Elk River Police Department

Mark Kolbinger, Becker Schools

Dan Bradley, Sherburne County Community Corrections

Chad Rhoads, CMMHC

Greg Rice, Becker Student

AJ Buntrock, Becker Student

Megan Nelson, Becker Student

Claire Voigt, Becker Student


Amanda Larson called the meeting to order at approximately 9:04 a.m. Introductions were made.


Amanda requested review of the meeting minutes from January 18, 2017 meeting. Jayme Swenson made a motion to approve the minutes, which was seconded by Jennifer Pim. All were in favor.


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


Consent Agenda

Financial update was completed by Dan Bradley and Roxanne Schreder:

  • Of the current budget of $134,333.87, we have approximately $93,066.35 remaining.

  • Current in-kind donations documented through January 2017: $48,935.14.


Information Sharing/Agency Updates


Becker Dream Team (Students)

  • January 28th – Winterfest – approximately 100 students in attendance for fun and games at Kolbinger Park

  • Completed 3rd PSA – 7 reasons to stay away from drugs

  • Policy Update – Not allowing an individual with a confirmed chemical violation to be a leader in a sport or activity (such as a designated Captain) for approximately 12 month period. Has been sent to the Activities Committee for review, but appears to have support.

  • Planning a Springfest.

  • Pledges on Wellness Day (350 students pledged to be ATOD-free)

  • 65 active members on Dream Team


Spectrum Sobriety Squad (Students)

  • 6th grade presentations on ATOD – what they are, what they do to the body, refusal skills, and alternatives for healthier options.


Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (Melissa DeLisle)

  • Elk River Campus is now fully staffed.

  • Have providers for both children and adults.


Alicia Klepsa – also noted

  • Big Lake Safe Squad will be doing “Lucky Grams” in March for St. Patrick’s Day

  • Elk River YLC has picked a name of “EPIC”

  • Zimmerman YLC has picked “Sober Heroes”

  • Rogers – has been busy with various outreach already – unknown if they have picked a name for themselves

  • Ivan Sands – still working on how this group will function and best practices


HHS – Public Health (Kara Zoller)

  • Looking at policy for county wide grounds to be tobacco-free (campus, parks, fairgrounds, etc.)

  • Smoke free policies shared for apartment, townhomes and other areas in the county

  • Need volunteers to help with compliance checks

    • Tobacco – 15 to 17 year olds

    • Alcohol – 18 to 20 year olds

    • Training is provided, sometimes on day of. Contact Kara at HHS or Alicia if interested in participating.

  • Community Adult Health Survey

    • Asks questions on ATOD

    • Waiting to hear back on data – may be able to present the results to the coalition in April


Families First Sherburne County (Alicia)

  • Many members of the coalition viewed “The Other Side of Cannabis” as a potential film to be shown to the community. Members indicated that in parts it may be dry, but it was very informative. Was geared to parents, but older teens could benefit from watching. It is one hour long. This film was chosen over “Chasing the Dragon” at this time.

  • Hoping to offer it at various schools along with adding a panel discussion after the film. Looking for representatives from the following sectors for the panel. Contact Alicia if interested or know someone that would be:

    • Law Enforcement (e.g., School Resource Officer, Deputy/Officer)

    • School Administrator/Staff (e.g., Principal, Asst. Principal, School Counselor)

    • Prevention or Treatment Sector

    • Parent, who potentially had a child that used in the past and how to overcome it

  • Next FFSC meeting is March 2nd at 8:30 am at Elk River District Office Boardroom


SUP Annual Report


  • Brian Larson finished the annual report, which was passed around and also viewed via the video screen.

  • Segments were highlighted in the document. Members indicated that it had a good layout, not cluttered, and inviting to read.

  • A limited number of reports will be printed for lobbies, break rooms, etc., however, SUP is hoping for members to share via their websites, distribution lists, and social media accounts. Please request the document be placed on your organization’s website.


Member Recruitment Activity 


  • Jayme – Open Doors for Youth is willing to support SUP and may be willing to do an agency update at a future meeting.

  • Jen Gunderson and Mark Kolbinger – Have not checked in with Becker Liquor Stores, but will work together to get this done, possibly in conjunction with the sticker shock campaign outreach.

  • Kelline – spoke with Amanda at Sportech and has other contacts that may be able to work with SUP via that property.

  • Jayme – will outreach to West Sherburne for media awareness.

  • Alicia – met with Margaret Genung from Zimmerman Uptown Liquor. Agreed to help where she can – including offering a business perspective for the coalition. Already provided feedback on sticker shock campaign materials.

  • Alicia – met with Troy Bonde – supportive and will help where possible.


Talk Early, Talk Often Campaign


  • All five videos were shown.

  • All have been shared on Facebook. One video will be “boosted” per week. Please share on your social media accounts, websites, etc. 

  • Schools – would be appreciated if these can be added to your websites and possibly sent out via listserves.

  • Poster Distribution – please contact Alicia for posters and advise where you have or will put them.

  • Videos have been sent to Marcus Theatres to consider playing them as a PSA.

  • Incentive items have arrived – discussed best way to get them out to the community.

  • Evaluator suggested completing a student and parent survey to measure change for the campaign. Please contact Alicia if interested in being a part of this task force (develop a very short survey for both). Need 3 to 4 individuals to work on this outside of regular meetings.

  • Anyone interested in following up with a letter to the editor about the campaign? Contact Alicia. Only need a small blurb for the upcoming months to keep interest in the campaign.


Marijuana Legislation 


  • Coalition cannot lobby, but can educate.

  • Alicia will resend the Colorado report.

  • Legislation has been submitted to the state legislature to have a constitutional amendment added to the ballet to vote on recreational marijuana in MN. No companion bill in Senate yet – would need to have one submitted in March. No traction yet on this bill, it appears.

  • If coalition members want to contact authors or local/state legislators to educate, welcome to do so.


Note: You are able to lobby as an individual, but not as a representative of the SUP Coalition.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.


Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 15th at 9:00 a.m. in the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center.

Alicia Klepsa, SUP Coalition Coordinator

Victoria Holbert, Retired Resident

Kasey Blomberg, CMMHC

Kelline Gremsperger, Resident

Melissa DeLisle, CMMHC

Lauren Gillquist, Spectrum Student

Ellie Rogers, Spectrum Student

Darrell Skog, Spectrum Schools

Amanda Larson, Sherburne County HHS

Kara Zoller, Sherburne County HHS

Jen Gunderson, Parent

Jayme Swenson, Parent

Minutes from previous coalition meetings are available upon request.
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