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Town hall meeting to focus on problems of youth drinking

River Falls School District Police Liaison officer Chris Gottfredsen stands near a poster discouraging underage drinking inside the high school. He will share his experiences dealing with underage drinking at a May 12 Town Hall meeting.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP) Executive Director Kris Miner and River Falls School District police liaison officer Chris Gottfredsen are preparing for an event aimed at reminding parents and children about the hazards of underage drinking.

Miner and Gottfredsen are members of the Pierce County Partnership for Youth, which has organized a Town Hall Meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, to discuss the underage drinking problem.

The location for the meeting is Crossroads Community Church, W7562 Hwy. 10, in Ellsworth

Pierce County Partnernership for Youth is a coalition of people from various local agencies -- including public health, human services, SCVRJB, positive alternatives and the school district) that began in the 1980s in the River Falls area.

The group looks at tobacco, alcohol and drug use in schools, and often focuses on underage drinking.

The May 12 event is open to anyone. It will start with a brief video introducing Wisconsin’s underage drinking problem, then move into a panel discussion. The five panel members include:

  • Judge Joseph Boles: Pierce County Circuit Court
  • Gottfredsen: River Falls PD, Liaison Officer River Falls School District
  • Miner: St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice
  • Thomas Pedersen: UWRF: Assistant Director of Residence Life Rights & Responsibilities
  • Karen Sweson: River Falls Area Hospital: Emergency Nursing Supervisor

For the entire story, please see the May 8 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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