Grand Forks alcohol committee studies up on community drinking data

About a month after meeting for the first time, a Grand Forks committee is almost ready to begin tackling community alcohol problems, according to its leaders.

The Community and Campus to Reduce High-Risk Alcohol Use has spent the past few weeks reviewing alcohol use data and listening to presentations from its members and other local officials.

Co-chairpersons Lori Reesor and Ken Vein said at the group’s Wednesday meeting they want its decisions and recommendations to be founded in data.

Presentations and data so far have from UND, Grand Forks Public Schools, Altru Heath System, Grand Forks Police Department and other institutions.

According to the group’s website, these resources will be published on the site for the public to view when they become available.

Once the group completes this “education period” Reesor said it will begin to identify alcohol concerns that it can make recommendations to address.

Its next meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Altru Board Room in Altru Hospital.

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