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Lester Prairie drug search comes up clean

Sept. 25, 2008

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

During a lock down of Lester Prairie Schools Thursday, officials were happy not to find what they were looking for.

As a cooperative effort by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, the Lester Prairie Police Department, and the Lester Prairie School District, the school was locked down and a narcotics search was conducted by McLeod County Deputy Jennifer Mueller and her K-9 partner, Jake.

The search took place inside the school, as well as in the parking lot and school grounds.

All of those involved expressed satisfaction at the fact that no drugs were found.

“I’d much rather see that as a point of prevention,” Lester Prairie School Superintendent Greg East said. “This was a great cooperative effort, and we will continue to do anything we can to keep that stuff out of the school.”

High School Principal Scott Fitzsimonds said the search is one way the school is trying to be proactive to keep students safe.

“We are lucky. We haven’t found any drugs in the last five years,” Police Chief Bob Carlson said.

He added that the random searches will continue, and said he hopes that they will continue to act as a deterrent.

“They don’t know when, but the kids know we are going to be checking, so they don’t bring the stuff to school,” Carlson said.

East said the searches send the message that the school staff and police officers are watching the students.

“We also want the parents to know that we are doing what we can to keep their kids safe while they are at school.

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