Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek to kids: Don't do drugs, ice fish instead! [UPDATE]

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-- Update, including comments from Stanek himself, at bottom --

This afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will meet with a group of children from the Boys and Girls Club of Little Earth to run these words of wisdom by them:

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Don't do drugs, because they're bad. But you know what's fun and isn't bad for you? Ice fishing! So why don't you try that instead?

Left unanswered is the question of why a person can't enjoy ice fishing and drugs, but we're probably thinking too hard about the whole thing.

Stanek's message will be conveyed during the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office's "Hooked on Fishing; Not on Drugs" event, set to take place between 1 and 4 this afternoon at Fort Snelling State Park.

"Drug use has been rampant in [the Little Earth] area," Hennepin County Sheriff Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson, speaking on behalf of Stanek, told us. "It's about telling kids, 'Say no, don't get started because it's not worth it -- it can ruin your life.'"

Johnson said that although law enforcement is "having a huge issue with heroin in Hennepin County," Stanek's remarks will address the dangers of drug use generally.

"Among teenagers the number one drug is marijuana and the second is prescription pills," she said. "And pills tie in with heroin use, so we want to tell them, 'You're young, you have your whole life ahead of you.' We want to help them make good choices."

"In this community that's had a drug issue, we want to tell the kids, 'Say no to drugs in general,'" Johnson added.

Following Stanek's anti-drug speech, the kids will learn about ice safety, receive miniature tackle boxes with a variety of goodies inside, and then head out on the water "and hope to catch a big one," Johnson said.

"It's very similar to the DARE program," she continued. "We teach kids that drugs can look like candy, pills, or come in little baggies, and ask them, 'What are you gonna do if you come across these things? Tell an adult. And if you're asked to do drugs, say no.'"

(Click to page two to read our interview with Stanek.)

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31 comments
Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Send Whitey up to the res for a photo op. Dufus these kids see right through these guys. Just dont try to address the poverty up there.

Rich Rudin
Rich Rudin

Well said Carrie Graf THANK YOU!

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

I'm surprised that they didn't mention anything about ice fishing houses being used as meth labs.


alsdkfj
alsdkfj

I'd prefer these kids just did drugs. I don't want them crowding the ice. 

pthorn01
pthorn01

Top notch investigative journalism again Rupar, this is one for the books! "We even asked Stanek about the possibility people might use illegal drugs while fishing, and if he has any thoughts about ice fishing's frequent association with binge drinking." Nice leading question. One can probably correlate your editorials with the use of heroine and binge drinking!

green23
green23

Great, now they can sell that fishing tackle to buy some drugs...

Jason Thor Carle
Jason Thor Carle

You know what is cold and boring and no fun at all? Ice Fishing!!!

Lora Thompson
Lora Thompson

Yep...everyone I know that goes ice fishing....consumes alcohol while doing it. JUST BECAUSE IT'S LEGAL DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT A DRUG.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

I wonder if he realizes ice fishing is just a gateway to using the most dangerous drug in our society - alcohol.

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

Don't fall through thin ice... now thats dangerous

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

Haha.. what do people do in the mean time when they are ice fishing?

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Man, you guys will hate on ANYTHING. He's speaking at an event for the Boys and Girls Club to keep them involved in other activities besides recreational drug use. How awful! Some of the only good memories I have of spending time with my dad as a kid revolve around ice fishing.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

I'm guessing I would have be on multiple substances to enjoy ice fishing

Willy Hutchins
Willy Hutchins

Pure Ignorance... Ya try diversion methods on teens like they are infants... Officer Duck Dynasty...LOL

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

So Rupar: in today's "Blotter", according to you, only people that identify with the GOP think that 90m of public money for a group's hdqtrs is not okay. Also, you apparently think healthy activities that get kids outside and teach them life skills are stupid. Got it.

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

And instead of premarital sex, hunt bear!

Andy Herzog
Andy Herzog

Y'know what really passes the long hours and enhances the overall ice fishing experience? Drugs!

Theresa Bruckner
Theresa Bruckner

This is the most Minnesotan thing I have heard in recent memory. If "do all the drugs" and "go ice fishing" had been my only two choices growing up--well, things would have turned out very differently for me, let's just say that. You have other options, kids of Little Earth!

green23
green23

@mingtranYou've come here bitching about Rupar for years now. Have you ever considered avoiding the things that he writes? 

This isn't a case where you're lured here mistakenly. You repeatedly seek out the opinions of someone that you have complete contempt for. That says a lot more about you than it does about Rupar. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I mostly like the concept of City Pages, especially the Blotter section. Rupar is a little sniveler with no real opinions. What he supports degrades society.

The difference between you and me is I fight for what I want, while you let others tell you what you want. Be somebody.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran Ming just wants Rupar to finally tell the truth about the menace doctors pose on society. 

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