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Smiles in Drug Court

Smiles were seen often during a Drug Court session last Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Wright County Govern-ment Center.  The session was open to the public, and the occasion involved a celebration of the first anniversary of the program, which is called The Turn.

One by one, program participants walked up for conversations with Judge Michelle Davis, who was both encouraging and congratulatory in regard to achievements, goals and overcoming challenges.  Several participants reported close to or over 300 days of sobriety.  Many were approved for advancing to the next phase in the program, and many had their names on a "White Board," which celebrates accomplishments (including help provided to fellow participants).

Applause by fellow participants and criminal justice people celebrated significant accomplishments.

Often, the participants reported "negative UAs, which means they passed random drug tests.

Judge Davis was enthusiastic when she heard about someone finding a job, reuniting with family, taking care of the kids, or making good progress.

Little incentives, such as earning a pizza party by filling up a jar with marbles earned with positive accomplishments, are appreciated by the participants.

In response to setbacks, Judge Davis talked about learning from them and trying even harder to move forward to a better place in life.  Davis noted one participant was "beaming" when he reported success in resisting an opportunity to obtain a strong drug.

The justice community is pleased with the program, and it appears the participants are happy with it, too.

All the best to them in their quest to get to that better place in life.

(See a related story elsewhere in this week's issue of the Journal-Press for more information.)

 


Dubious weather recap

No rain or snow were recorded last week.  The highs and lows were: 35-24, 45-23, 45-23, 43-25, 33-26, 39-34, and 34-20.

 


Thanks for the story

Thanks, Bob Larson, for telling us about your service in the Army, and with the American Legion.  Read about his continued service (despite a cancer diagnosis) on the "B" Section feature page.

 


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