Again, Sheriff Clarke hits the nail on the head.

Sheriff Clarke: ‘Gun Free Zones Are Killing Fields’

By Penny Starr | October 19, 2016 | 4:16 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) – Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said on Wednesday that places known to be “gun free” are targeted by criminals or terrorists who seek a location for an attack.

“I’ve said this over and over again – gun free zones are killing fields and they are chosen specifically for that reason,” Clarke said at a panel discussion about gun rights and the Second Amendment at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

CNSNews.com asked Clarke and other members of the panel whether armed, law-abiding citizens could help prevent mass shootings and other attacks in public places, such as the terrorist attack in September in a mall in Minnesota that was thwarted when a radical Islamist was killed by an armed, off-duty police officer.
“I don’t let people take me down rabbit holes on this issue,” Clarke said. “And I’m not accusing you of that. It’s a good question, but the answer is, I don’t know.”

“When people say, do you think if allowing more people to go armed in these public places – malls, schools, whatnot – would it reduce – I say, I don’t know,” Clarke said.

“That’s not the point for me,” Clarke said. “The point is, don’t take my right away to be able to defend myself, if I so choose.”

Clarke told the story of a student at the University of Nevada, Reno who had a license to carry a concealed weapon but the school prohibited weapons on campus.

“She goes to school one night, comes out walking to her car in the parking structure – brutally raped at gunpoint, 50 yards from the campus police building,” Clarke said. “Brutally raped at gunpoint.”

“The only reason she didn’t have her gun is because she’s a law-abiding citizen and the school prohibits firearms on campus,” Clarke said. “It worked to keep the gun out of her hand but it didn’t work to keep the gun out of her attacker’s hands.”

“I’ve said this over and over again – gun free zones are killing fields and they are chosen specifically for that reason,” Clarke said.

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Think there isn’t a problem with dope?

Minnesota man arrested during traffic stop for possession of over 1 pound of heroin
By Kevin Cederstrom on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:10 a.m.

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A Redby, Minn., man was arrested with over one pound of heroin during a traffic stop Oct. 9 in Hubbard County, Minn.
Leo Wayne Cook, 32, faces two counts of felony first degree drug charges after he was stopped by State Patrol for speeding on State Highway 64 near Akeley. According to the complaint filed in Hubbard County District Court, the trooper observed a northbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed approximately 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 9. The trooper clocked the vehicle at 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.

During the stop the trooper noticed an odor of fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed a package of cigarette papers. Cook’s hands were visibly shaking while speaking to the trooper, the complaint states. Cook admitted to having a small amount of marijuana and the trooper requested assistance from Hubbard County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, which alerted to a floor compartment in the vehicle.

A search of the compartment revealed a bag containing 462 grams of heroin and a second bag containing 44 grams of heroin.

Cook was taken into custody and charged with one count of first degree sale, 10 grams or more of heroin; and one count of first degree felony possession, 25 grams or more of heroin. Each count is a felony and punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $1,000,000 fine.

A check of Cook’s driving record showed a sold/possessed controlled substance conviction. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24.

How can you call dumping raw sewage an “honest mistake”??

Report: DNC bus caught dumping sewage into storm drain

By ANNA GIARITELLI (@ANNA_GIARITELLI) • 10/18/16 8:33 PM

A Democratic National Committee tour bus sporting ads for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine illegally dumped human waste into a storm drain between campaign stops on Tuesday, according to a CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Lawrenceville, Ga., police are investigating the claim after a witness came forward Tuesday morning with photos of the incident on Grayson Highway. The unnamed witness, a businessman from the town, took photos of the Democratic organization’s bus spitting out sewage onto the ground.

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Police told CBS when they arrived at the site, mushed up toilet paper was visible on the ground and the area smelled like sewage. A HAZMAT crew was later called to the scene and will work with Gwinnett Country Storm Water and the State Environment Protection Department to investigate the crime.

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The DNC issued an apology to the community later on Tuesday.

“This was an honest mistake and we apologize to the Lawrenceville community for any harm we may have caused. We were unaware of any possible violations and have already taken corrective action with the charter bus company to prevent this from happening again. Furthermore, the DNC will work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as local and state officials to determine the best course of corrective action,” DNC said in a statement.

Locals? Read between the lines folks, a lot of our crime is committed by inner city thugs that move here for the free stuff.

Two arrested after fatal shooting in Lincoln Park
By Tom Olsen on Oct 18, 2016 at 9:34 p.m.

Two suspects are in custody after a 47-year-old Duluth man was fatally shot in the Lincoln Park business district early Tuesday.

Duluth police said the shooting was reported at 12:19 a.m. on the 2000 block of West Superior Street. The victim was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead.
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Police did not provide any details on the incident or identify the parties involved, but Bonnie Aase told the News Tribune that her boyfriend, Eric Burns, was the victim.

“I’m really not sure what happened,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “I’m just waiting for more answers.”

Aase said Burns left their Lincoln Park apartment earlier that evening, planning to catch the Monday Night Football game at the Bedrock Bar, where he was a regular.

It was about 4:30 a.m. that police knocked on her door, informing her about the shooting, Aase said.

“He never had any problems there,” she said. “There were nice people there. He never had an issue. He always came home.”

Orin Bernard Vann, 53, and Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 42, were arrested early Tuesday by Duluth police. Each was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on a preliminary charge of intentional second-degree murder.

Police said the three men knew each other but did not elaborate on the nature of their relationship or what might have led to the shooting.

The scene was quiet and unremarkable on Tuesday morning, with no signs of the chaos that ensued hours earlier.

Cary Gimpel, owner of the Bedrock Bar, said the incident happened in the lot between his establishment and Curly’s Bar.

“We’re trying to revitalize the West End,” Gimpel said. “It’s senseless, and I don’t understand it.”

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HOMICIDE1019c2 — Eric Burns, victim of homicide.

Aase said she had known Burns since May 2015. He grew up in the Chicago area, moving to St. Paul when he was 18 and living there until he moved to Duluth in August 2015, she said.

She said Burns did cleaning jobs and maintenance work for a living, “never missing a day.” He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking, she said.

Burns was the father of eight children, one of whom died at an early age. He remained close with them, Aase said.

Aase said many neighborhood regulars knew Burns as the “Hot Dog Man” because he would bring a grill and cook-out in the Bedrock parking lot on warm summer nights.

“He was always happy, telling jokes that make you laugh until your belly hurts,” she said. “He loved life. He was always looking forward to getting up the next day. He never woke up crabby in the morning, never once. He was always, always smiling and laughing.”

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, who was attending a policing conference out of town, issued a statement offering condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

“Our officers responded in moments, secured the scene, summoned emergency medical services and immediately requested investigative support,” Tusken said. “The diligence and professionalism of our responding staff facilitated for quickly developing suspects and making arrests. The city of Duluth is fortunate to have a very dedicated and talented police department. We will provide additional information as we are able.”

Mark Howard, 54, is a longtime Lincoln Park resident and business owner who is preparing to open a farmer’s market called O’Ganics next spring just a few doors down from the scene of the shooting.

“West End is still good,” he said. “There’s a lot of hope here but a lot of disparity, too. With the American economy the way it is, it makes it hard. People want change. People want to bring their families down here and not hear gunshots.”

Howard noted that a “Lincoln Park Open House” event was just held on Saturday, bringing together dozens of organizations and businesses to highlight the neighborhood’s vitality.

“We just had that Ecolibrium3 event, and then this happens,” Howard said, noting the event’s sponsor agency. “There’s two types of people (in Lincoln Park) — ones that have issues with drugs and drinking and people doing whatever they can to get ahead.”

It is expected that the suspects will be arraigned in State District Court in Duluth later this week.

Court records indicate that Vann was convicted of selling a controlled substance in 1992, but his record since contains only minor citations for impaired driving and traffic offenses.

Humphreys has prior convictions for theft, robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and domestic assault.

He also was arrested in 2013 on allegations that he slashed another man’s throat with a hatchet. Humphreys maintained that he was falsely implicated in the crime, and prosecutors later dropped the assault and attempted-murder charges against him, citing “interests of justice.”

Duluth police said they are continuing to investigate Tuesday’s incident. It is the first nonvehicular homicide in the city since the May 2015 stabbing death of Lisa Isham in Lincoln Park.

News Tribune staff writer Brady Slater contributed to this report.

Because public officials are held to a higher standard, right?

Inver Grove Heights police chief, under investigation, cited for open bottle
By NICK FERRARO | nferraro@pioneerpress.com
PUBLISHED: October 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm | UPDATED: October 18, 2016 at 3:49 pm

 

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An intoxicated Larry Stanger, the police chief of Inver Grove Heights on paid leave as the city investigates his role in a property search tip-off, was cited last month for having an open beer outside a downtown Prescott, Wis., bar, according to a police report.

Stanger was given a ticket for an open container off a licensed premises — a violation of a city ordinance — after walking outside out of Scab’s Place with a Busch Light just after 2 a.m. Sept. 25, according to a Prescott police report obtained by the Pioneer Press.

Stanger was not given a preliminary breath test “due to his extremely high level of intoxication” and “based on his inability to speak clearly or in any kind of sentences,” the report read.

In April, Stanger was put on paid leave from his job after allegations surfaced that he alerted the owner of a Prescott auto-detailing business that the business was going to be searched for stolen construction vehicles. Stanger’s and the business owners’ sons are friends.

The Inver Grove Heights and Prescott police departments were working together on the theft case after surveillance and GPS tracking of the stolen vehicles led them to Prescott.

In August, Scott County attorney Ron Hocevar declined to charge Stanger with public corruption and violating data privacy laws, saying at the time that his office was not able to “connect the dots between what was alleged and the police chief to prove in court beyond a reasonable doubt.”

But whether Stanger violated any city of Inver Grove Heights policies, procedures or codes is the focus of an internal investigation by Quinlivan & Hughes, a law firm the city council hired Sept. 12 at a cost not to exceed $8,000. The investigation should be complete by mid-November, city administrator Joe Lynch said this week.

When asked Monday about Stanger’s open-container ticket, Lynch said he was unaware of the allegation. He declined to comment.

“I’ll have to find out what that’s about,” he said.
Stanger did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment.
Meanwhile, Stanger’s attorney, Robert Fowler, called the police report “false” and said his client would fight the $110 ticket.

“The first time he knew there was any incident was when a ticket showed up to his house,” Fowler said. “I can tell you on the night in question he was never stopped by Prescott police. He was never interviewed by Prescott police. They never collected any evidence, so it’s curious to know how they can conclude that he was in possession of an open intoxicant without ever talking to him or (identifying) him.”

He called the allegation a “coordinated effort by Prescott police to cloud the waters and ruin his career.”

Stanger, who lives in Cottage Grove and leases a boat slip at a Prescott marina, has been with the Inver Grove Heights police department since 1989 and has been its chief since January 2012. His salary this year is $128,000.

BAR INCIDENT

The Prescott police report gives the following account:

While investigating a fight at Scab’s Place, an officer saw Stanger with the beer in his hand and told him to get back inside the bar. Stanger did not acknowledge the officer, but Stanger’s wife, Lisa, came outside and brought him inside.

“During the conversation with Mr. Stanger and his wife, I was able to hear Mr. Stanger speaking but I was unable to discern the words he was attempting to speak due to his level of intoxication,” the officer wrote.

Later on, Stanger’s wife called dispatchers several times to speak with the officer, who met with her outside another bar. She told the officer that Stanger did not have a beer outside, and the officer said he would review cameras.

The officer asked Stanger’s wife if she was able to watch him and she said he would be “fine” and that he “just had a lot to drink,” the report read.

Why is he still able to draw a breath? Light your kid on fire? Beatdown on two women? Abusing his disabled father? Oh, yeah, the innocent until proven guilty thing, right?

Man charged with trying to set son on fire accused of choking girlfriend, prompting standoff

By April Baumgarten Today at 1:43 p.m.

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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—A Thief River Falls man accused of trying to set his son on fire now faces charges after police say he choked and hit two women before prompting an hours-long standoff this past weekend.

Michael Roy Nelson, 46, appeared Monday, Oct. 18, in Pennington County District Court on a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge, two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and fifth-degree assault.

He also faces charges from an April incident in which he is accused of trying to set his son on fire and dragging his father, who uses a wheelchair, down a hall.

The latest charges stem from a report Friday of a fight at an apartment.
Court documents state Nelson assaulted his girlfriend and another woman. A fight broke out after Nelson allegedly became verbally aggressive, telling his girlfriend he had sexual relations with another woman but claimed it wasn’t cheating.

The criminal complaint states Nelson choked his girlfriend, who was able free herself and call another woman, who came to assist her. He then grabbed his girlfriend’s throat again and punched the other woman.

When police arrived at the scene, they said they could hear Nelson moving furniture in an apparent attempt to barricade himself in an apartment building. A perimeter was set up around the area and SWAT members were called to the scene. Hours later, police entered the apartment and arrested Nelson.

Previous charges

Nelson also faces assault charges in a case stemming from an April 10 incident in which he is accused of arson. Court documents state he became angry about an argument with family members about a loan given to his son to purchase a dirt bike.

Witnesses told investigators Nelson climbed into the back of a truck where the bike was stored, tipped over the bike, took off its gas cap and tried to light it on fire with a match. They also said he tried to start a tractor on fire.
A criminal complaint in the case said Nelson then took a can of ether and lit it with a match before spraying it toward his son, lighting the front of the boy’s sweatshirt on fire. Nelson also is accused of dragging his father, who uses a wheelchair, out of bed and down the hall.

Nelson faces multiple charges in the case, including attempted arson and felony assault.

Why hasn’t this hit the MSM? Funny how news outlets have their own agenda and forget about news reporting. If this story is true, it should be all over the media.

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Rick Nolan claims to have been in the Army Reserve, but there’s no record of it

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Lawmakers are usually quick to tout their own military service and most wouldn’t dream of fabricating it. But Eighth District DFL Representative Rick Nolan appears to have once again gone where few dare to tread.

According to the Mesabi Daily News, Nolan told those attending a Veterans’ Round Table in Hibbing on July 2, 2014, that he previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve. “[Nolan] said even though he is not a military veteran, he is proud of having been an Army reservist…”

But there’s no record that Nolan ever was an Army Reservist. He served two terms in the Minnesota Legislature as well as three previous terms in Congress, but this forum in Hibbing is the only documented claim of Nolan’s military service made over the course of a career in public service that began in 1968.

There’s no record of Nolan with the U.S. Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs, or with the National Archives and Records Administration, or with the Department of Veteran Affairs. There is no reference to him serving in the military in the Minnesota Legislative Manuals, nor in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, nor in his campaign materials for the Sixth District Congress from 1972–78, nor for the Eighth District in 2012–16.

Nor was Nolan’s voting record particularly supportive of Vietnam veterans. During his first stint in Congress, he voted to give Vietnam draft deserters automatic entitlement to veteran benefits, and for financial assistance and reparations to Vietnam. Meanwhile, he missed votes to establish a day of recognition for prisoners of war and those missing in action, and for UN assistance to determine the fate of missing servicemen in southeast Asia.

Nolan repeatedly voted to cut funding for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, against special pay and incentives for military healthcare professionals, against forgiving student loans for military service, against retaining civil service veteran’s preference standards. He even voted against the Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Amendments of 1975.

Among the 699 roll call votes Nolan missed were those affecting veterans’ and survivors’ pensions, disability benefits, adapted housing benefits, counseling services and rehabilitation and education.

The story reporting his claim of service ran three times without correction (Mesabi Daily News July 2, Hibbing Daily Tribune July 3, and Grand Rapids Herald–Review July 7). Nolan endorsed its accuracy by posting the Hibbing article in its entirety on his congressional website and linking to it on social media.

Funding for the military is done primarily through military construction appropriations and Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations. Separate authorization bills are the checkbooks that make money accessible. Military construction appropriations fund facilities and infrastructure needed to train, house and equip personnel at military installations, including construction, maintenance, expansion and rehabilitation of medical facilities, unaccompanied housing and family housing.

Salaries, clothing allowance, etc. for personnel, retiree benefits, commissary and the extensive military healthcare system are funded through DoD appropriations. Funding for the Veterans Administration was once contained in the appropriations bill for Department of Housing and Urban Development, but is now combined with the appropriation for military construction.

Between 1975–80, Nolan either voted against or did not vote on every military construction or DoD appropriation or authorization bill that came before Congress. In 2013, he again voted against both the DoD and military appropriations bills.

Then a firestorm of criticism enveloped Nolan for voting against the Military Construction and Veteran’s Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Blistering television ads pounded him for voting against veterans and being soft on defense.

Active and retired military form a powerful voting bloc in the Eighth District that he can ill afford to lose in a tight race for re–election, so in 2014, Nolan was careful to vote for both the DoD and military construction appropriations and then deployed his favorite vehicle for PR—a private forum for veterans at which he made the claim to have served in the Reserves.

Nolan’s congressional office did not respond to requests for comment.

A member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Shelly Mategko is an award–winning journalist.

Since its illegal to walk in the street obstructing vehicle traffic, I don’t see the problem.

See, the rub here is if the cop would have let the dipshit continue walking in the street and had he been hit by a car, the cops would be crucified in the media for that too….

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Minnesota Man’s Arrest After Walking in Street Sparks Concern From Rights Groups

MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN,Good Morning America 17 hours ago

A cellphone video showing the arrest of a black man in Minnesota who was walking in the street has sparked concern among community and civil rights groups that the man was mistreated and manhandled without justification.

The video, which circulated widely online after it was posted on YouTube, shows the man, Larnie Thomas, held at first by his jacket by a plainclothes police officer who refuses Thomas’ demands that he let go.

The officer tells Thomas he’s in the middle of the street. Thomas responds that he was avoiding construction on the street and demands to be released. Throughout the video, Thomas’ frustration is apparent, and at one point Janet Rowle, a bystander who filmed the altercation, tells the officer that Thomas is scared.

Thomas removes first his jacket, then his shirt to escape the officer’s grasp. A second officer arrives and puts Thomas under arrest.

The Minnesota NAACP demanded a formal apology from the Edina Police Department through a statement released on social media.

“Watching that video and seeing a black man being manhandled and emasculated by Edina police was not only painful and humiliating; it was a vivid reminder that blacks are still too often seen as second class citizens in the state of Minnesota and in this nation,” the statement read.

The Minnesota ACLU also expressed concern.

Teresa Nelson, legal director of the state chapter of the civil liberties group, said it is “pretty unusual for plainclothes officers to be doing the kind of patrol seen in the video” and suggested that the officer appeared to desire to maintain a level of control over Thomas that was not clearly based on criminal conduct.

“In most cases, if this was jaywalking, you would typically give a warning,” Nelson said of what she saw on the video. “Especially if it were true that he was simply avoiding construction, this wouldn’t make much sense. There must be at least a reasonable, articulable suspicion that he has violated the law to warrant such behavior.”

The city of Edina said in a statement made on behalf of the police department that the incident started several minutes before the recording.

A police officer “observed a man walking southbound … in the southbound lane of traffic, though there is a sidewalk on the east side and a sidewalk under construction and a paved shoulder on the west side of the street. Recognizing the risk to the safety of the public, the officer pulled in behind the man with his lights and an audible signal in an attempt to advise him to get out of the roadway.”

The statement continued that “the man, who was wearing headphones, turned and looked at the officer and continued walking in the lane of traffic.” The officer then drove in front of the man to block him, but the man deliberately walked around the squad car and continued walking.

The officer got out of his car, followed the man and asked him to stop. “The man did not stop and was defiant. It was after that point that the recording began.”

The statement added that the officer smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and that “a breathalyzer later confirmed the presence of alcohol.”

Edina, a suburb 15 minutes south of Minneapolis, has a population of 50,000 that is 88 percent white and 3 percent black, according to census figures.

“People of color don’t always feel welcome in Edina, particularly African-Americans,” Nekima Levy-Pounds, an NAACP of Minnesota representative told ABC News.

In addition to the community’s lack of diversity, Levy-Pounds said, African-Americans in Minnesota have a heightened sensitivity about police interactions with their community since the high-profile police shootings this year of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile.

I’m not sure saving dopers from their self destructive behavior is the best option.

Overdose drug saves lives
By soyat on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:06 p.m.

Despite the best efforts of different law enforcement agencies and a special drug task force set up to curb increased drug abuse in Carlton County, the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse doesn’t seem to be declining. However, a “miracle” drug has helped police and paramedics to save a number of people who otherwise might have died from drug overdose.

The drug naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, blocks the effects of an opioid or opiate medication.

Opioids are drugs typically used for pain relief which are prescribed to people with severe illnesses that cause a lot of pain, like cancer. These drugs are addictive and are now hard to get unless prescribed by a doctor. For those who lack a prescription but who seek to satisfy an addiction or need to get high, heroin has become a cheap, readily available substitute.

“The Narcan drug goes straight through the brain receptors that are flooded with opioids, and it knocks the opioids off of those receptors and it tells the brain to breathe,” explained Dr. Maggie Kazel of the Rural AIDS Action network during the Oct. 3 Cloquet community forum on heroin and opioid abuse.

When heroin came to Cloquet, there was an outburst of financial crimes such as stealing of debit cards, explained Cloquet Police Detective Darrin Berg, noting that these were addicts trying to find money to buy the drug.

“When dealing with narcotic drugs, we had to develop informants who informed us of any activities going on, from cars carrying heroin into Cloquet to the names of the drivers. This has helped a great deal in reducing the consumption of this drug and reduced the amount of heroin entering Cloquet,” Berg added.

There have been a reduced number of deaths to heroin and opioids overdose in the past few years, largely because responders get to the 911 call victims in time to save them.

“In our areas, it has kind of reduced the deaths because we get to them real fast, and save them,’’ said Steve Kolodge, battalion chief at Cloquet Area Fire District. “But it is difficult to tell what actually kills them, because some of them do take the drug but actually die of a heart attack or something else. It is so tricky, so we have to get an autopsy report to tell if for sure it was the drug overdose that was the cause of death.”

In 2015, CAFD got 50 overdose calls and 34 of the 50 people received Narcan because they were overdosed on opioids. In 2016 so far, the fire district has received 50 overdose 911 calls and 25 of those have received the drug, according to Kolodge.

This drug basically keeps the overdosed victims alive. That is why most people call it “the miracle drug” that brings people back to life, although the drug only has a window of 4-6 minutes, Kolodge said. Beyond that, the person is gone.

“We have a window of 4-6 minutes until you stop breathing and start losing the brain cells and you cannot come back from it, so even if we show up and you have not been breathing long enough, we can not save you,” Kolodge said.

Naloxone is safe for use as it has no known side effects; it only affect people on opioid drugs. It does not have long- or short-term effects, rather it just keeps the patients alive until they can get to the hospital.

“If I give this drug to a normal person, there will be no effects because they do not have any opioids in their body, as it is just like giving you a shot of water,” Kolodge said. “This drug will only work specifically on a person who has been taking heroin or taken drugs with opioids.’’

Heroin consumption has become a great threat to human life which has contributed to selling Narcan in stores. Narcan is sold as a nasal spray, because it is easier to spray in someone’s nostrils rather than injecting the victim, which — according to Kolodge — requires a whole lot of training.

“The entire agency is under going training, including how to carry and administer Narcan in cases of overdose,’’ said Derek Randall, commander of investigations and administration at the Cloquet Police Department.

According to Kolodge, when a person is administering Narcan or naloxone, call 911 and ensure that you stay with the person and monitor them. In most cases they will wake up and respond to questions but collapse after a few minutes. This usually happens when the patient has a great amount of heroin in their system, and means they may need another shot of the drug.

“There have been circumstances where a person wakes up and goes unconscious again. In some cases we administer the drug two to three times until we can get (the person) to hospital,” Kolodge said. “Usually one dose is enough but we have seen cases where it takes giving two to three doses until they wake up and stabilize.”

Kolodge said he saw a special on television saying some of the best heroin comes from the St. Paul and Minneapolis areas, adding that those stronger drugs are now making their way to Cloquet.

Kolodge said he is grateful that Narcan/naloxone is saving lives, but he also thinks it is a double-edged sword.

“The drug is good and bad because it provides people with a safety net, so they can continue to do their heroin because the ambulance will show up and bring them back,” he said. “It’s good because it saves lives and it is still saving lots of lives.”