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Forum staff reports, Published January 10 2011

Enforcement blitz nets 119 underage alcohol citations in Moorhead campus neighborhoods

MOORHEAD – Moorhead police issued 119 underage drinking citations from Aug. 15 to Dec. 20 as part of a special enforcement effort in college campus neighborhoods.

Five individuals were also cited under Moorhead’s “social host” ordinance for allowing underage drinking to occur at their house, apartment or dorm room, according to Lt. Joel Scharf. The misdemeanor offense carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.

“Moorhead police understand that college should be a fun and memorable experience for students. But it should also be free of the dangers associated with underage drinking,” Scharf stated in a news release. “These efforts help ensure the safety of college students and the greater community.”

The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws College Enforcement program is a federally funded campaign from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and is administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Similar patrols – jointly funded by Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College and the Moorhead Police Department – will occur throughout the remainder of the school year, the news release stated.