Thanks to the Polk County Attorney’s Office, people from across the county and beyond had the opportunity to hear speaker Rob Rowsell tell his story of recovery during RiverView Recovery Center’s annual celebration of National Recovery Month held in September.

    Thanks to the Polk County Attorney’s Office, people from across the county and beyond had the opportunity to hear speaker Rob Rowsell tell his story of recovery during RiverView Recovery Center’s annual celebration of National Recovery Month held in September.

    Rowsell shared his inspirational story of going from living on the streets, being addicted to crystal meth and crack cocaine, and leading a criminal lifestyle to becoming the successful businessman and author he is today. He gave many presentations throughout the Grand Forks, Crookston and Thief River communities.

    This is the third year the Polk County Attorney’s Office has given a donation to RiverView Recovery Center in an effort to raise the community’s awareness of addiction issues. The funds for the donation came from forfeiture funds, according to Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth. “I think National Recovery Month is a good opportunity to use those funds to seek to raise public awareness on the issues of drug addiction, the multitude of county agencies it affects - County Attorney, Sheriff, Social Services, Public Health - and the need for greater funding and access to accessible drug treatment facilities and alternatives in our area,’’ Widseth stated.

    According to RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun, the Polk County donation was matched by a Glenmore Foundation grant to stretch and leverage support to increase the benefits to those in need of help. Support was also received from NAPA/Crookston Welding and Machine and Thrifty White Pharmacy.

    “On behalf of the RiverView Recovery Center, I would like to thank Polk County for this support,’’ stated RiverView Recovery Director Curtis Hamre. “I also thank the judges, the County Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Department, Social Services, Crookston Police Department, Polk County Probation and City Attorney's Office for their continued support in making Polk County DWI Court a success in this region providing an avenue for high-risk DWI offenders to attend treatment and attain long-term sobriety.’’

    For more information on RiverView Recovery Center programs, call 281-9511.  For more information on supporting RiverView Recovery programs or to learn more about Foundation projects, contact Bruun at 281-9249 or kbruun@riverviewhealth.org.