Summer Anderson spoke before the Stevens County Board of Commissioners in support of a T21 ordinance. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The first public hearing for a T21 ordinance that would raise the age to purchase tobacco in Stevens County to age 21 was held yesterday during the regular meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. Some 25 supporters of the measure, mostly affiliated with Horizon Public Health, Stevens Community Medical Center and the Regional Fitness Center showed up at the hearing.

SCMC employee and Morris mother Summer Anderson told the Board that she used to have to worry about “stranger danger” when sending her kids into public restrooms. Now, she detailed a “new worry” when her 11 year old son went into a restroom at a Babe Ruth game last week and saw three 14-year-olds vaping.

Also speaking before the Board were Kayla Hawkinson of Chokio and UMM Senior Becca Holland. No one spoke against the measure. A second public hearing on the T21 ordinance will be heard at the July 2 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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