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Monthly newsletter for members of the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls

August, 2016 (August 7, 2016)

  • President's Letter

    Ahhhh, the lazy hazy days of summer …. well, perhaps for some people. 

    The 38 delegates that LWVMN sent to the national convention succeeded in making significant changes in membership qualification. (Learn more about that below.) Many Leaguers on local, state and national levels have been very busy preparing for upcoming election activities: planning, training and contacting candidates.

  • VOTE this Tuesday, August 9, 2016, in the primary

    You can see your polling place and your ballot through the Secretary of State website,  It's a short ballot, but there is a Supreme Court seat, plus Northfield City Council for some wards, and district court.

  • Membership Committee Report

    Greetings, members of the Northfield-Cannon Falls League of Women Voters!  I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue as our League’s Membership Chair in an off-board position. Also continuing to serve on the Membership Committee are Mary Carlsen, Janet Petri, and Mary Hahn. 

    We have scheduled a fall membership “Meet and Greet” for Friday, September 16th, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the home of members Mary Carlsen and Peter Dahlen (1008 Juniper Drive; Northfield).  One purpose of this gathering is for members to get better acquainted with one another.  Another is to help introduce potential new members to the League.  And that’s where we need your help! 

  • Great News! We’re Co-sponsoring a 2nd Congressional Candidate Forum

    We are thrilled to announce a special collaborative venture that will take place on Thursday, September 29th, at 7 pm in the Black and Gold Ballrooms of St. Olaf’s Buntrock Commons: a candidate forum for Minnesota’s open 2nd Congressional seat.  At the invitation of St. Olaf’s Center for Freedom and Community, we will be co-sponsoring with them this candidate forum, along with No Labels Minnesota ( and Carleton College. Still in the planning stages, our current working title is: “Beyond the Sound Bite: A Town Hall Forum with 2nd Congressional Candidates.”

  • VOTE TODAY Signs—We Need Your Help!

    Two years ago—thanks to a State League Voter Service Grant—we were able to purchase a large number of VOTE TODAY lawn signs to post as reminders to citizens on election days.  We still have signs available, and if you’d be willing to place a sign in your yard  on THE DAY OF THE ELECTION (August 9th primary and November 8th general), lease email Bonnie Jean Flom at or ask a Board member.

  • Acting to Halt Climate Change

    What’s the biggest news of 2016?

    A lot of things may run through your mind. But if you consider the more frequent floods and increased drought our farms are experiencing; if you notice how Minnesota homeowners’ insurance premiums are increasing as a result of more severe storms; if you hear the predictions that some of our favorite birds (loons, for example) might not live in Minnesota in the future; if you read that our military is concerned about flooding of coastal bases caused by sea-level rise, your answer might be, “Climate change is the biggest news and our greatest challenge!” 

  • Who Leads LWVUS?

    We reprint here a pair of articles that offer brief introductions to two remarkable women who are helping to shape the work of our national League.

    • Chris Carson
    • Wylecia Wiggs Harris


  • LWVUS Program for 2016–2018

    The vote on the Proposed Program at Convention 2016 was the culmination of months of Program Planning by state and local Leagues and InterLeague Organizations (ILOs). A Proposed Program was sent to Leagues along with the Program Planning Leader’s Guide in early 2016. A total of 230 Leagues submitted recommendations to LWVUS. The LWVUS Board also considered input received in an online survey in fall 2015 in which members strongly supported a League-wide focus on core democracy issues, including Voter Service and Protection, Money in Politics and Redistricting.

    In April 2016, the LWVUS Board adopted a Proposed Program based on recommendations from Leagues. Delegates to Convention voted on the Proposed Program and on the not-recommended items submitted in accordance with LWVUS bylaws.

  • Minnesota Shines at LWVUS Convention: A New Definition of Voting Member

    It may not be unusual to hear the name Malala at an LWV national convention, but it may be a bit strange when it is invoked during a debate on a bylaw amendment.

    LWV Minnesota and many state and local Leagues nationwide submitted amendments that sought to redefine voting member by departing from the longstanding requirement that a voting member be a citizen at least 18 years of age. These amendments received the full recommendation of the LWVUS Board of Directors, something we later learned hadn’t happened with regard to membership in more than 20 years. Debate on changing citizens to persons proceeded quickly and the vote was overwhelmingly for the change.

  • Calendar of Events

    August 9

    August 22

    • LWVNCF Board meeting
    • Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington Street
    • 7:00 PM

    September 10 

    • Voter Registration
    • Defeat of Jesse James Days
    • Near Bridge Square
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM shifts of 1 to 2 hours

    September 16

    • Meet–n-Greet for members and prospective members
    • 1008 Juniper Avenue, Northfield
    • 4:30–6:00 PM

    September 19

    • LWVNCF Board meeting
    • Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington Street
    • 7:00 PM

    September 24

    • Kickoff
    • Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington Street
    • 9:0011:30 AM

    September 29

    • US 2nd Congressional District Forum
    • St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons
    • 7:00 PM
    • In cooperation with No Labels and the St. Olaf Institute for Freedom and Community

    October 8

    • State House, Senate, and Northfield School Board Forums
    • Northfield Community Resource Center/Senior Center
    • 1651 Jefferson Parkway
    • 9:00 AM - Minnesota State House Districts 58A and 20B
    • 10:30 AM - Minnesota State Senate Districts 20 and 58
    • 1:00 PM - Northfield School Board District ISD #659

    October 22

    • Northfield Mayor and City Council Forum
    • Northfield Community Resource Center/Senior Center
    • 1651 Jefferson Parkway
    • 9:00 AM