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By Steph Anderson

It's loud, big, and helps teach life lessons

DODGE CENTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- It can be difficult to get kids' attention as the end of the school year draws closer. But add some noisy action and it can really perk up the ears.

The Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter flew in to area schools on Monday. Students at Triton Schools in Dodge Center cheered on the Black Hawk's loud, but safe, landing, as it stopped by their school Monday afternoon.

Three crew members were on board, all part of the Minnesota National Guard Counter Drug Unit.

The crew teaches kids about the helicopter, duties of National Guard, and life lessons - such as achieving life goals, teamwork, safety, and living drug-free.

Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Jacobson, with the Minnesota National Guard, says, "Now, let's talk about chemicals. Will chemicals damage Jacob's brain? Right? Yeah. If I take Jacob's head and open it up like this and shake it around a little bit, is that going to damage his brain?"

The kids yell, "Yeah!"

The Dodge County D.A.R.E. program hosted the fly-in and two others: the helicopter also stopped at schools in Hayfield and Kasson.

Students were able to ask questions and take tours of the Black Hawk.

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