Connecting the Dots!

Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous–both to themselves and to society–and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction. Adolescence is a time of heightened risk-taking and as alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and helping their kids do the same.

It can be daunting to talk with children about drinking and drug use, but it is well worth the effort parents put into it. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.  

“Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people,” says Andrew Pucher, President and CEO of NCADD, “and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.”

An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, and the community. Founded and sponsored by NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies, Inc.), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

*SACK is hosting a FREE community event on Thursday, April 27th, beginning at 6 p.m. at Trailview School to help parents learn effective strategies when talking to their children about the dangers of drug and alcohol use! Come join us. Learn more about this event click here.

Visit the NCADD website here!


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Senate votes to end ban on Sunday liquor sales

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  • The Minnesota Senate passed a repeal of the ban on Sunday alcohol sales.
  • Now lawmakers must reconcile the differences in the two bills, the biggest one is the hours stores can operate on Sunday.

  • If the House and Senate find a compromise Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the repeal.

  • Liquor stores could begin Sunday sales in July once repeal signed by Dayton. 

Minnesota’s 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales is headed for repeal, but not before the debate among lawmakers ferments a little bit longer.

 The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 Monday to end the prohibition on Sunday liquor store sales, following in the footsteps of the House, which passed a similar repeal last week with an 85-45 vote. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign a repeal if it made it to his desk.

The easy victory in both chambers is a dramatic change from past years when Sunday sales bills couldn’t make it to the floor for a vote and efforts to tack the repeal onto other legislation as amendments was met with resounding rejections. But this year, repealing the Sunday sales ban seems to have an unstoppable momentum.

“I was confident we had the votes to pass the bill,” said Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, chief sponsor of the Senate measure. “This was a strong effort for the people by the people.”

However, the two bills have slight differences that will need to be worked out by a conference committee, unless senators are able to convince House members to accept their version. The Senate bill would allow liquor stores to be open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. while the House version lets them open an hour earlier.

The later time made it into the Senate bill because opponents of repealing the ban, including Republican Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls who chairs the commerce committee it needed to clear to get to the Senate floor, wanted workers to have time on Sunday to spend with their families or to attend church.

Miller and Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, the chief sponsor in the House, said they were working to determine the best path forward.

“On the one hand, I prefer my bill, but on the other hand…I want to just move on,” Loon said, noting that the work of crafting a new two-year budget lies ahead.

That means the ban on liquor stores selling alcohol on Sundays, in place since Minnesota became a state in 1858, appears to be almost over. If the repeal becomes law, liquor stores could begin to have Sunday hours in July.

There has been intense lobbying on whether lawmakers should allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.

Since 2011, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., which represents major alcohol brands and supports the repeal, spent $710,000 in lobbying efforts. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Municipal Beverage and the Minnesota Licensed Beverage associations, which oppose the repeal, spent $485,000.

The Teamsters union, a longtime opponent of Sunday sales, have spent $625,000 lobbying at the Capitol. Sunday liquor deliveries, a key concern of the Teamsters, is not allowed in either bill.

Before the Senate vote, opponents of the repeal renewed their arguments that allowing Sunday sales would hurt the roughly 1,000 independently operated liquor stores around the state. They fear small business owners will have to be open an extra day to remain competitive with chain stores, but they will not get the additional sales needed to cover the costs.

Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, the minority leader, painted a grim picture of how big box chain retailers have decimated small town businesses. Allowing Sunday sales will only make that trend worse, Bakk said, before he proposed an amendment that would allow grocery stores in the Twin Cities to sell wine seven days a week.

“The little mom and pops are going to be gone anyway,” Bakk said. “They are not going to survive this. The big boxes are going to take it all.”

Bakk withdrew his amendment before joining a dozen other Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members in opposition of the bill.

In the final vote tally, 19 Republicans and 19 Democrats, primarily from in and around the Twin Cities metro, came together to pass the repeal. Fifteen Republicans voted against it.

Supporters said their constituents had become increasingly vocal about the need to repeal the ban and that government had no right telling businesses what days they could operate.

The Sunday sales vote couldn’t have come at a better time for lawmakers, many of whom want to put the issue behind them. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said with the latest state economic forecast due Tuesday it was time to focus on crafting a budget and other important issues.“It’s past time,” said Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester. “I believe it is an issue of freedom.”

“If it passes, I’m rolling up my sleeves and working on all those other things and I’m not looking back,” Gazelka said before the vote Monday. “If it fails, don’t ask me to bring this up this year or next year, maybe the year after that we’ll talk about it when we have a new House.”

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Holidays for those in Early Recovery

How to Navigate the Holidays in Early Recovery

By Erin Goodhart

December 8th, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, many of us look forward to get-togethers with friends and family, and work celebrations with colleagues. From the smell of holiday cookies baking to hearing carols in stores, we’re primed to be in a holiday mood. But the season can also bring stress. Attending or planning holiday events can be exhausting and we often have high expectations that don’t always align with reality. For someone in early recovery – and their family members – it can be an especially stressful time.

Here are tips for those in early recovery on how to navigate the holidays.

For those in early recovery:

• Isolation is not beneficial for someone in early recovery. Even if you’re not in the mood to attend a holiday party, surround yourself with people who are healthy and sober. Attend a meeting, call a sponsor, or find supportive friends and family.

• Plan ahead for get-togethers. The combination of alcohol and family dynamics can be challenging. Consider an exit strategy or a safety plan if alcohol is being served or if you feel anxious at these events.

• Don’t plan to stay for the entire time if it’s going to make you uncomfortable. It’s fine to bring a friend as sober support or to call someone from a support group if you need to talk.

• Don’t stress if someone offers you a drink. It’s perfectly OK to just say no, without explanation. You can also keep a glass of water in your hand at all times.

• Remember that putting your sobriety first is your priority. You don’t have to accept every invitation. Spend time with sober friends instead, or create a new tradition like volunteering at a soup kitchen.

For families with loved ones in early recovery:

• We encourage you to be supportive and proactive about your family member’s recovery. You can reach to them in a way that lets them know you trust them with their own recovery but that you are there for them if needed. You don’t want to be controlling. Make them feel included in plans and if you know they are struggling, suggest they attend a meeting or call a sponsor.

• If you’ll be seeing relatives who don’t know your family member has just completed treatment, prepare beforehand as to who will communicate the information in a way your family member is comfortable.

• Remember to also take care of yourself this time of year. You may want to attend your own meeting to stay connected with other families with similar experiences. It will help to be around people who understand what you’re going through.

It’s important for individuals and families in early recovery to keep open communication with each other so everyone can enjoy the holidays together. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Erin Goodhart, Director of Women’s Services
Caron Treatment Centers


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Responsible Beverage Server Training

Responsible Beverage Server Training

Did you know…..
SACK provides Responsible Beverage Server Training to establishments that hold a liquor license in Kanabec County?

Members of our coalition volunteer to teach these classes. Not only are we helping our servers we are providing a valuable service to their employers. In most cases the establishments will receive a discount on their insurance premium if all of their servers have been properly trained on an annual basis.

This is a FREE service and that is important to our community! If you’d like more information or would like to attend our upcoming training events please contact Patti Miller at 320.679.6321 or by email at

Our next trainings are November 21st & 22nd, 2016
For more details:
Training info City of Mora       Training info Kanabec County

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Alcohol law might change the way some businesses operate

1Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – After years of discussion and debate, the door is now partially open for the sale of certain beer on Sundays in Minnesota.

The bill Governor Dayton signed also changes hours for alcohol sales in bars and restaurants.

WDAY 6 reporter Drew Trafton tells us what strings come attached, and if local business owners are popping bottles in celebration.

In terms of being competitive, at least one restaurant and one craft brewery from the cities of Moorhead and Dilworth seem to be on board with the changes.

Aaron Juhnke/Co-Owner of Junkyard Brewing Company, “All that business that is being driven out of Minnesota on Sunday on the border cities is now staying in Minnesota.” 

The biggest change you’ll notice in Moorhead, alcoholic beverages will start going on sale in restaurants at 8:00 in the morning.

At the Red Hen in Dilworth, manager Adam Birmingham says the normal noon opening hour on Sundays will likely be cast aside in favor of an early bird mentality.

Birmingham, “Especially during, like, football season people are out earlier. Because we open up at 11:30 during football season, just to get people in the door a little bit. But, absolutely it would be motivation. if there’s desire to open up earlier we will gladly oblige. “

Another change, state law now allows for 25 ounce to 64 ounce jugs of craft beer, commonly known as growlers, to be sold on Sundays when liquor stores are closed.

Junkyard Brewing Company is the only eligible business open in Moorhead. Currently, Junkyard, which has already doubled production capacity since opening a tap room in September, is closed on Sundays. But, that could soon change due to pressure from the new law and a loyal customer base. 

Juhnke, “Yeah, I feel like our consumers, they’ve already started asking, ‘So, are you guys going to open up on Sundays? Are you going to offer growlers on Sundays? It’s like, and we’re thinking, ‘lets just get through the week first of all and try to make it to the end of the week with the growlers that we are able to offer and then we’ll just take it one step at a time and maybe open up on Sundays.”

There’s also a local government angle as well as the state law allows city governments to decide how it will enforce. City clerk Michelle French says the city attorney is working on a draft of an ordinance that would align with state law for when Junkyard, or another business, decides to tackle Sunday sales. The earliest a city ordinance could go in to effect would be May 29th.



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Palcohol! Palcohol! Read All About it! Minnesota considering powdered alcohol ban!

images[9]Minnesota is the latest state considering a ban on powdered alcohol. The product is better known as “Palcohol.” Its inventor says it’s a convenient way to mix a drink, and federal regulators say it’s safe. It hasn’t even gone on sale yet, but lawmakers in Minnesota and elsewhere want to stop it, saying it will increase underage drinking.

At least five states already have banned Palcohol.

We will let you form your own opinions about Palcohol. Below you will find 14 facts about Palcohol, and also a message from the inventor.

Here are 14 Facts about Palcohol

  • Who created it and what exactly is it?
  • Mark Phillips is the creator of Palcohol. Is it a powder version of vodka, rum and four cocktails with the same alcohol content.
  • Why create Palcohol?
    1. Mark is an active guy…hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, etc. After hours of an activity, he sometimes wanted to relax and enjoy a refreshing adult beverage. But those activities, and many others, don’t lend themselves to lugging heavy bottles of wine, beer or spirits. The only liquid he wanted to carry was water. So he thought? Wouldn’t it be great to have alcohol in powder form so all one had to do is add water? Since powder is light and compact, it wouldn’t be a burden to carry. Mark searched for powdered alcohol and it wasn’t available. Over a few years, with the help of scientists around the world, Mark was able to create powdered alcohol.  So he began his quest to create it. After years of research, experimentation and consultation with scientists around the world, he finally came up with powdered alcohol and called it Palcohol.
  • How much does it weigh?
    1. Palcohol weights about one ounce.
  • What is the alcoholic content when consuming it?
    1. Palcohol, when used as directed, by adding five ounces of liquid to it, is equal to a standard mixed drink.
  •  What’s in it?
    1. It varies per version but basically, alcohol….and in the cocktail versions, natural flavorings and Sucralose as a sweetener. The ingredients of each version are listed on the front of the package. Palcohol is gluten free.
  •  How is it made?
    1.  Currently the patent pending.
  • What flavors are there?
  • The creator plans on releasing six versions sold in a pouch that is the equivalent to one shot of alcohol:
  • V which is powder made from premium vodka distilled four times.
  • R which is powder made from premium Puerto Rican rum


V and R can be used two ways. One way is by adding five ounces of your favorite mixer to make a Rum and Coke, Vodka and Orange Juice, etc. Another option is adding five ounces of water to the powder and then adding a flavored drink powder to make it any flavor you want. The result is equivalent to one average mixed drink.

  • The four cocktail versions are:
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Mojito
  • Powderita
  • Lemon Drop


Just add water to these four flavors for an instant cocktail.

  • Who owns Palcohol?
    1. Palcohol is owned by a privately held company called Lipsmark. There are no investment opportunities at this time nor does the company plan on going public anytime soon.
  • Are we looking for investors, distributors or employees?
    1. No, no and no but thanks for offering. For those people who want to sell it or buy packages of it, please subscribe to our mailing list to receive that information down the road.
  • Where will it be sold?
    1. It will be sold anywhere where liquor can be sold and a buyer must be of legal drinking age to buy it. It will be available both in the United States and abroad and it can also be bought online.
  • Can Palcohol be added to food?
    1. Beer, wine and spirits are often added to dishes to enhance the flavor. When you add Palcohol to food, you’re not really adding flavor to the dish, just alcohol.
    2. As Palcohol is a new product, we have yet to understand its potential of being added to food. As always, please use it responsibly. Because it adds alcohol to the dish, do not serve the dish to minors.
  • Can I snort it?
    1. NO! It would take you approximately 60 minutes of painful snorting to get the equivalent of one shot of vodka up your nose. Why would you do that when drinking a shot of liquid vodka takes about two seconds?
  • When will it be available?
    1. Expected Release is the spring of 2015. No samples will be released ahead of time.
  • What is the calorie content?
    1. Depends on what liquid you add to it. The powder by itself is about 80 calories per bag.




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