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Red Ribbon Week Underway

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Red Ribbon Week, a national tradition that spans three decades, is in full swing in the Flathead.

Activities discouraging drugs and bullying continue through the weekend, aimed at elementary, middle, and high school-aged kids.

Also, public speaker, Jason DeShazer, is sharing his personal struggle with drinking and driving at schools in Kalispell, Bigfork, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1983, after a drug enforcement agent was tortured and killed in Mexico.

"This year's theme is friends don't let friends bully or do drugs and we're really trying to incorporate that message in everything we do this week," explained Kari Gabriel, the executive director of Flathead Cares, the organization hosting Red Ribbon Week.

The final free event is this Saturday, November 2, an ice skating Halloween party at Woodland Park Hockey Rink.

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