Chief Deputy Tony Webber was the guest speaker at the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony, held last Wednesday morning, May 24.

Fillmore County sixth graders have the knowledge and power “to resist drugs and violence.”

Sixth-graders from Mabel-Canton, Lanesboro, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson and Kingsland schools gathered Wednesday, May 24, at Mabel-Canton Elementary School to celebrate their graduation from the program.

Sheriff Thomas Kaase welcomed students, teachers and parents to the ceremony. He also pointed out Lanesboro student Logan Torgerson had a birthday the same day and the auditorium sang him, “Happy Birthday.”

Sheriffs’ deputies Lance Boyum, Tim Rasmussen and Kevin Beck are the officers who teach the D.A.R.E. program among the schools.

“We teach students to make healthy decisions about any situation,” Boyum said. “They establish positive relationships with schools and police departments.”

He added the 10 total lessons also discussed cyber bullying and making smart technology choices and encouraged the students to ask for help when they need it.

The program will also help students to not make impulsive decisions.

“They can identify the risks and weigh the consequences, either positive or negative,” Rasmussen said. “They learn how to communicate and build strong relationships.”

One student from each school was chosen as the winner of the essay contest. Each winner received a medal and Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. Winners were Jacolbey Torgerson from Mabel-Canton; Oliver Hoeltzle from Fillmore Central; Sarah Eversole from Lanesboro; Jackson Bergan from Rushford-Peterson; and Olivia Drees from Kingsland.

Guest speaker was Chief Deputy Tony Webber. He told the students, “Everyone makes bad decisions. Please learn from it, and then move on and you’ll do fine,” he said.

D.A.R.E. officer and teacher Beck thanked the Deputy Sheriff’s Association for the tablet prizes.

He told the students he’s seen kids and eventual adults take different paths after completing the D.A.R.E. program.

“Just know there’s help available if you take a wrong turn,” Beck said.

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