COLD SPRING -- It's official, Cold Spring has hired Jason Blum as the city's police chief and one of Blum's first acts as chief, accepting funding for the DARE program.

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation donated $1,200 to be used for the town's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. Blum says drugs are only one of the educational topics covered through the program.

"It goes over bullying, social media, decision making, peer pressure and just things that 5th grade level that they are going through to help guide them to make good decisions."

Blum says Cold Spring did have the DARE program several years ago and has now decided to bring it back.

"We did CounterAct for a number of years, we're now going back to the DARE program. It's something the school [district] is interested in and it's something that we are interested in providing for them. It's a great education source for kids."

Cold Spring School Resource/Patrol Officer Ruben Zayas, will be leading the DARE program

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