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St. Croix Underage Drinking Coalition builds partnership to combat teen drinking

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The St. Croix Underage Drinking Coalition met last month to set an aggressive agenda for the new year that includes alcohol compliance checks, education about the problems of teen drinking, and the identifying of healthy alternatives to underage drinking.

When Community Action organized the coalition three years ago, its membership was primarily law enforcement officers from Hudson, North Hudson and Somerset with some participation from St. Croix County. Since that time police departments from five other county communities have joined including New Richmond, Roberts, Baldwin, Woodville and Glenwood City.

In addition to the police departments, word of the coalition's work has brought parents and students from many of those communities to work on alternative activities for teens than underage drinking parties. The students came from Hudson, New Richmond, Baldwin and Roberts and were affiliated with organizations like Community Action and SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions.

In small-group discussions, members of the coalition discussed parent networking, educational opportunities on and off school campus, and the creation of a teen center in their communities. Members will investigate these options before their next meeting in February.

For more information about the coalition or Community Action, contact Jim Mitchell at (715) 386-9803. All meetings are open to the public, and volunteers are always needed.

Meg Heaton can be reached at mheaton@rivertowns.net.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
(715) 808-8604
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