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NURSING STUDENTS Chelsea Engebretson and Michelle Trushcheff give Halloween safety tips to LP-A fourth-graders Riven Donovan, left, Jace Rosing and Nick Rivers.

Red Ribbon Week tackles health issues in area schools

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Lake Park-Audubon fourth-grader Nick Rivers jumped up and down with a weighted backpack strapped to his back Monday morning.

"Uh, this is tiring," he said, smiling and hopping away.

Nick was getting a little taste of what it might feel like to be a smoker.

"They jump first without a backpack, and then they jump with the heavy backpack on to see what it feels like to have less lung capacity and how tired they get," said nursing student Danielle Aldrich.

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