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Thursday, August2,2012 T_---'- N Government Tri-County News Kimball, MN .... : . ...... -- ::-..,._=. - ___ ......... Stearns County drug court celebrates 10 successful years Powerful testimonials ear- -lier this month during a cele- bration recognizing the tenth anniversary of Stearns. Coun- ty's drug court. A ceremony was held Friday afternoon, .July 13, in the Stearns County Courthouse. In attendance was Stearns County Drug Court Judge Frederick Grunke, Minne- .sota Supreme Court Justice Helen ,Meyer, and Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Louise Bjorkman, the founder of Stearns' drqg court Judge Bernard Boland, Minnesota ;District Court Judge and presi- dent of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Judge Robert Rancourt, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall, the Chief -Executive Officer at the National .Association of Drug Court Pro- fessionals West Huddleston, and drug court graduates. Stearns County . Attorney, iJanelle Kendall, recalled the day she was asked to venture into this new program. "My connec- tion to the drug court began lit- erally the morning after my elec- tion in November of 2002," said Kendall. "Judge Boland called me at home, congratulated me on my victory, and wanted to know when we could get together to talk about his drug court." Realizing existing methods of dealing with the high volume of drug-related offenses were not working, were costly and unpro- ductive, Judge Bernard Boland went to Kendall for her support of drug court. "I knew we could do better than send these peo- ple off to jail and wait for them to come back into our court system," said Judge Boland. "So often that's what happened." Ten years and 143 graduates later, now-retired Judge Boland says, "I look at it as the most suc- cessful thing I did in my career. Nothing gives me greater satisfac- tion." Numbers show this program is very successful for Stearns County. Since inception of the program, 63 percent of participants gradu- ated. Of those graduates, 81 per- cent remained crime free versus 41 percent of those on traditional probation. More surprisingly, even 59 percent of those who par- ticipated in drug court but didn't graduate remained crime free. For every dollar invested into the pro- gram, there is a savings of $27. "There is less crime directly because of this program," said Kendall. "The crime that does still happen is less severe. And overall, drug court just plain reduces the number of criminals we have to deal with." Drug court focuses on non-vio- lent individuals charged with fel- ony drug offenses who are most dependent and the highest risk. "We don't wait for offenders to accept responsibility and ask to get fixed. We pick them," said Ken- dall. The program helps drug offenders gain self-confidence and find success in their commu- nity, work and school. "This program has the poten- tial to really change lives," said Minnesota Supreme Court Jus- tice Helen Meyer. "We can help them make a better life for them- selves, their family and their com- munity." Two graduates of the program testified how drug court changed their lives. "The morning I was arrested, I thought it was over. Little did I know it was just the beginning," said Greg P., a graduate of the pro- New Minnesota history books New books from MHS Press related to the 150th Anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and Dakota History and Culture Throughout the year, the Min- nesota Historical Society (MHS) will offer Minnesotans many new ways to learn about the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862, how it shaped the state of Minnesota and how its bitter consequences are still felt today. New initiatives include The O.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Exhibit, an interactive website, an oral his- tory project, as well as publica- tions, and other programs. This is to inform about three new MHS Press titles that aim to provide deeper understanding of this tragic and important chapter in Minnesota and U.S. History. Review copies and author inter- views available upon request. Back in print! Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics by David A. Nichols (Available now) The only thorough treatment of Lincoln's Indian policy dur- ing the Civil War and the corrupt "Indian System" of government aid that mainly benefited ambi- tious whites. "Lincoln and the Indians has stood the test of time and offers this generation of readers a valu- able interpretation of the U.S. gov- ernment's Indian policies, and sometimes the lack thereof, dur- ing the Civil War era. Providing a critical perspective on Lincoln's role, Nichols sets forth an espe- cially incisive analysis of the trial of participants in the Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota and Lincoln's role in sparing the lives of most of those who were convicted."- James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize- winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom "For the Dakota people, the Indian System started with the doctrine of discovery and con- tinued through Abraham Lin- coln's presidency and beyond. The United States was bound to protect the rights of Indian parties. But in the end, the guilty were glorified and the laws for humanity dis- graced. This book tells that story, and it should be required reading at all educational institutions."- Sheldon Wolfchild, independent filmmaker, artist, and actor Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White with a foreword by Glenn Wasicuna (Available mid-September) An intricate narrative of the Dakota people over the centuries in their traditional homelands, the stories behind the profound con- nections that hold true today. Much of the focus on the Dakota people in Minnesota rests on the tragic events of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War and the result- ing exile that sent the majority of the Dakota to prisons and reser- vations beyond the state's bound- aries. But the true depth of the devastation of removal cannot be understood without a closer examination of the history of the Dakota people and their deep cul- tural connection to the land that is Minnesota. Drawing on oral his- tory interviews, archival work, and painstaking comparisons of Dakota, French, and,English sources, Mni Sota Makoce tells the gram. "I've learned to live again, function, communicate and be a better person. It feels so great to be a caring husband, father and son again. I'm honored to give back to the community." A former meth user, Greg graduated in April 2008 and is now part owner in his family business and works on his hometown fire and rescue team. "When I got into trouble, the weight was lifted off my shoulders. I realized I didn't have to do this any- more and I knew everything would be okay," said Lisa S., who gradu- ated from drug court and has been sober for 6-1/2 years. "I was tired of my life the way it was. I missec[ out on holidays, seasons, weeks, even months. I lived most of my drug years in my basement. This drug court sees something in us that we can't see in ourselves. They believed in me and I then started to believe Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall has been involved with the drug program as long as she's been in office. Submitted photos. detailed history of the Dakota peo- ple in their traditional homelands for eons prior to exile. The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters/ Dakota Kaskapi Okicize Wowapi Translated by Clifford Canku and Michael Simon with a foreword by John Peacock (Avail- able November) Fifty extraordinary letters writ- ten by Dakota men imprisoned after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 give direct witness to a harsh and painful history shared by Minne- sotans today. In April 1863, after the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862, after the hanging of 38 Dakota men in the largest mass execution in U.S. His- tory, some 270 Dakota men were moved from Mankato, Minn., to a prison at camp McClellan in Davenport, Iowa. Separated from their wives, children, and elder relatives, with inadequate shel- ter, they lived there for three long, wretched years. More than 120 men died. Desperate to con- nect with their families, many of these prisoners of war learned to write. Their letters, mostly addressed to the missionaries Ste- phen R. Riggs and Thomas S. Wil- liamson, asked for information, for assistance, and for help send- ing and receiving news of their loved ones. Also of note: Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson has been selected as this year's book for the One Minneapolis One Reads program. Diane is also the author of Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life. Page 17 in myselfi I've had 2 jobs now for 5 West ttuddleston, CEO of the years; before I couldn't keep ajob for National Association of Drug lmonth. I'm going to St. Cloud State Court Professionals out of Wash- and getting straight A's. I have my ington D.C. presented the Stearns daughter back. I've built respect, County drug court team with an rapport, integrity and trust." award. A ceremony was held July 13 recognizing the tenth anniversary of Stearns County's drug court. Conveniently located to the EV-W & Litchfield areas, this 12-acre site could be the spot for your new home. 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