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Energy drinks will be the topic of a community presentation held twice Thursday by the Kandiyohi County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition and the Region 5 Prevention Center. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Coalition takes aim at health risks of energy drinks

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WILLMAR -- They come in cans with aggressive-looking labels and names like Rockstar, Monster Energy and Cocaine.

Kids like them, but they -- and their parents -- may not realize the effects of consuming energy drinks supercharged with caffeine.

Authorities have become concerned enough to start including information about energy drinks in the DARE curriculum taught to Willmar grade-school students, says Julie Asmus of the Willmar Police Department.

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