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SUP Coalition Meeting Minutes


Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition

Meeting Minutes

September 20, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center


Coalition Members Present: 

Alicia Klepsa, SUP Coalition Coordinator

Dan Bradley, Sherburne County Community Corrections

Roxanne Schreder, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office

Joy Nadeau, Sherburne County Area United Way

Danielle Gessell, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office

Amy Halvorson, Sherburne County Community Corrections

Jennifer Pim, Sherburne County Attorney’s Office

Eric Balabon, Elk River Police Department

Alicia Klepsa called the meeting to order at approximately 9:05 a.m. Introductions were made.


Alicia requested approval of the minutes from the August 16, 2017 meeting. Eric Balabon made a motion to approve the minutes, which was seconded by Roxanne Schreder. All were in favor.


Alicia asked for any additions or changes to the proposed agenda, none were made. Jayme made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Roxanne. All were in favor.


Consent Agenda

Financial update was completed by Roxanne:

  • Of the current budget of $134,333.87, we have approximately $16,046.02 remaining in the grant.

  • Current in-kind donations documented through September 4, 2017: $139,753.62. We have exceeded the match needed, but encourage you to still submit your monthly output logs for Year 3 by the end of September to Roxanne.


Information Sharing/Agency Updates

  • Joy Nadeau advised the Community Connect event on Thursday, October 19 is being sponsored by United Way at Elk River High School from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be about 34 vendors available with a broad range of free services and resources for people in Sherburne County. For questions, contact Jen Lamont at 320-247-8236 or

  • Kasey Mol shared that Chad Rhoads is no longer with Central MN Mental Health Center, but they have replaced his position with another staff member.  

  • Jennifer Pim noted staff changes within the County Attorney’s Office, including changes for the juvenile case load.

  • Kasey Cable advised Crave the Change is working with St. Cloud to raise the tobacco age to 21. They voted 4 to 1 to draft an ordinance. Edina just started enforcement on July 1. St. Louis Park passed an ordinance as well. Detroit Lakes has chosen to not move forward. They are also currently working with Mankato. She will keep us informed during the process.

  • Eric Balabon advised the Elk River Police Department’s K-9 has been retired. He is unsure if there will be a replacement soon.

  • Mark Lees advised tobacco checks were recently completed for the county and went well. They are currently looking for 18, 19, or 20 year-old volunteers to help with alcohol compliance checks. Please contact Mark Lees at for more information. He also noted that the County Board passed a revised tobacco ordinance for Sherburne County. The county’s alcohol ordinance will be addressed next.

  • Roxanne advised the Sheriff’s Office is now on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Alicia advised she is still looking for volunteers to run the SUP booth at the Community Connect event on October 19. She also shared that Big Lake’s SAFE Squad has put in a request to change their name to E.P.I.C. (Encouraging Positive Influences and Choices) and that they will be present at the Big Lake Fire Department open house. She also noted some member changes as Judy Johnson is leaving the Elk River School District and Becker School District will have two new representatives, Brian Baloun and Chantel Boyer, who plan to share responsibilities.


Marijuana Strategizing

Alicia advised our focus for Year 4 will primarily be on youth marijuana use.


Marijuana Myths Activity:

Small group activity on Marijuana Myths vs. Truths. Group discussion was had regarding the responses that the small groups came up with on the 10 myths shared. Alicia suggested choosing 2-3 common misperceptions to utilize as key messages for the community.


Group discussion was had on 2-3 key messages for youth and parents/guardians:


  • Youth:

    • Costs – physical and social (takes away from life; affects extracurricular clubs/activities; employment)

  • Parents/Guardians:

    • Chemical make-up and potency have changed (not your grandfather’s weed; educational outcomes)


Data Presentation

Alicia presented some data from the Minnesota Student Survey for Sherburne County to use on the logic model exercise.


Discuss take-home activity and community presentations

We went through the ideas that everyone came up with on their take-home activity for providing information, enhancing skills, and providing support. Discussion was had about providing information and enhancing skills during community presentations with school leaders and youth-serving agencies. Dan is going to connect with Francine Kosse on developing a resource that explains the chemical violation process. Mark and Amanda will connect with Kristen Sanders on parent resource folders to see if we can provide some resources for those as well. If you know of agencies or organizations that would benefit from a community presentation on the dangers of youth marijuana use, please let Alicia know.  


Further strategies will be discussed during the October meeting.  


Coalition Satisfaction Survey Results

This item will be tabled for the next meeting.


The regular meeting was adjourned at 10:36 a.m.


Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the Sheriff’s Office Range & Training Center (Door J)

Mark Lees, Sherburne County HHS

Jayme Swenson, Parent

Jenilee Telander, Regional Prevention Coordinator

Molly Wiemann, TXT4Life

Kasey Mol, CMMHC

Kasey Cable, Crave the Change

Amanda Martin, Sherburne County HHS

Minutes from previous coalition meetings are available upon request.
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