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Officer Olson: ‘We made it’

Nearly 90 Falls High School students giggled and leaped across the Backus Community Center stage Tuesday upon graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The program is taught by Koochiching County Police Officer Dane Olson, who went through the program as a youngster himself.
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Officer Olson: ‘We made it’

Hermantown Students Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

172 - 6th graders celebrated graduation together at Hermantown High School on Friday, after completing ten separate classes within the D.A.R.E. program. Officer Tim Battaglia says, "You know, yeah they learn a lot of things, they learn facts and health effects on drugs and alcohol, but the D.A.R.E. program is so much more than that . . ."
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Hermantown Students Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

D.A.R.E. Connects Students and Law Enforcement

For some kids, D.A.R.E. is the only positive interaction with law enforcement they’ve had.” – Litchfield Police Officer Aaron Nelson. Aaron Nelson of the Litchfield Police Department has been a D.A.R.E. officer since 2006. He enjoys interacting with students at...

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D.A.R.E. Connects Students and Law Enforcement

Lloyd Bratz, Director of Regional Operations & North Central Regional Director
Email: lloyd.bratz@dare.org
Phone: (440) 888-1818
Cell: (310) 486-6727
Fax: (440) 888-1816

State D.A.R.E. Contacts

State D.A.R.E. Program Administrator
Kathi Ackerman
Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc.
Email: mndare@aol.com
Phone: (952) 446-1907 or 1-800-990-3273

State D.A.R.E. Program Administrator
Maryan Saad
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Email: maryan.saad@state.mn.us
Phone: (651) 793-1109
Cellphone: (651) 334-2965

State D.A.R.E. Officers Association President
Officer Adam Vande Vrede
Email: adam.vandevrede@sartellmn.com
Work Cellphone: (320) 293-7911
Personal Cellphone: (320) 420-3436

Will Durie, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from Minnesota


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