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Alcohol coalition receives grants

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition will focus this coming year on reducing the incidence of adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers.

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition will focus this coming year on reducing the incidence of adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers.

The coalition recently learned that it has received a $5,000 one-year grant from the Minnesota Institute of Public Health through its Zero Adult Provider initiative.

"What that means is we've got $5,000 to use for this," said Rick Loseth, coordinator of the coalition.

He said most of the grant money will be targeted toward enforcement, mainly at parties where underage drinkers are being served alcohol by adults. The grant also will help cover training for law enforcement, as well as fund a media campaign.

When underage youths drink, the majority of the time the alcohol has been provided by an adult -- typically youths 21 and older, or sometimes by a store clerk or even by parents. The Minnesota Institute of Public Health is undertaking its Zero Adult Provider program to help community agencies come together, address underage drinking in effective ways, and identify adults who give alcohol to underage drinkers.

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The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition also learned this month that it has received a "Community Spotlight" grant from the Lakeland Broadcasting Company. The grants are funded by West Central Sanitation and help pay for radio advertising to promote community initiatives.

The coalition is funded for advertising in May 2010 on Q102 and 106.5 The Train.

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