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

September, 2016 (September 15, 2016)

  • President's Letter

    As you will see when browsing through this newsletter, there are many events and projects underway.  The membership and voter service teams have set up an impressive schedule from now until the November 8 election.  Each event offers opportunities for LWV members and prospective members to become engaged with others by taking on a leadership/organizational role or attending and sharing your experiences.  “I didn’t know that….” and “….what an interesting person..” are my most common responses after any LWV event.  Boiled down, it is about gaining and sharing information and building relationships with an eye toward making our democracy work. 

  • Kick Off The New Year With Lwv

    Don’t miss it. On Saturday September 24, our own League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls will start the academic year with a fascinating and timely kickoff event. Come see friends and learn something about how we learn and form opinions in the midst of misinformation.

    We’re calling it “As a matter of fact: using, misusing, and ignoring political information.”

  • Your Membership Committee Needs Your Help!

    Join us to “Meet and Greet” on Friday, September 16th, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the home of members Mary Carlsen and Peter Dahlen (1008 Juniper Avenue; Northfield). 

    Please come and bring a friend. We’ll talk about what’s up in our community, and you may meet someone who’ll turn into a wonderful friend.

    Local Leagues across our nation are struggling to increase membership numbers – especially among our younger demographic.  With your help, we not only can grow our numbers today, we can build the impact of our organization into the future. 

  • Cancelled: Both 2nd Congressional District Candidate Forums

    Dr. Edmund Santurri (newly appointed Director of St. Olaf's Institute for Freedom and Community) let us know this week that the 2nd Congressional District candidate forum planned for September 29th has been cancelled. The reason for the cancellation is the lack of affirmative response to participation from the major party candidates. 

  • Vote Today Signs Looking For Homes

    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.  Posting these signs provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate to our community our commitment to promoting an active citizenry.  Won’t you please consider posting a sign?  We still have signs available, and if you’d be willing to place one in your yard on Tuesday, November 8th, please email Bonnie Jean Flom at (Note: If you agree to post a sign on election day, please know that no campaign signs may also appear in your yard that day. Thanks!)

  • General Election: Tuesday, November 8

    Some facts for all of us to review and share with friends and neighbors:

    • No excuse absentee ballots available September 23
    • Pre-registration deadline October 18 (or same day registration on November 8 at your polling location)
  • November 2016 Constitutional Amendment On Ballot

    The November ballot includes an amendment removing legislators’ power to set their own pay and creates an independent citizen commission to set pay.

    To learn the specific details of the amendment, please read the following one-page (front and back) flyer to educate voters on the amendment.

    LWVMN has not taken any position on the amendment; instead we are educating voters.

  • Candidate Responses For Open Mn Supreme Court Seat

    Did you know there is an open Supreme Court seat? Who will you vote for? Would you like to hear the candidates first-hand? LWV West Metro Alliance hosted a candidate forum on July 27.

    Click here to read the candidate's responses to some key questions.

    Click here to watch the candidate forum. 

  • League Of Women Voters Minnesota Empty Chair Policy

    Candidate forums for primary, special and general elections are part of League of Women Voters Minnesota’s 97-year tradition of helping voters obtain information about candidates’ stands on issues. As LWV Minnesota works to “Grow the Vote, Protect the Vote, Empower the Vote,” the Empty Chair policy plays a vital role in our efforts to protect the vote and empower voters. Therefore, LWV Minnesota’s 2016 Empty Chair Policy for all state and local League candidate forums is:

  • ISAIAH Event: Repairing The Breach: Coming Together In Divisive Times

    September 25, 2:00-4:00 pm, St. Dominic’s Church (104 Linden St. N)

    ISAIAH is a faith-based social action network in Minnesota.  Although LWV is not a sponsor of ISAIAH and its events, many of the issues it addresses are ones that LWV also supports.

    The upcoming event will be considering three issues—better support for caregivers, drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants, and better mental health care for those in prisons.  The format of the event will be one of listening to people’s stories, discussing these with others, and then talking with elected officials and candidates about these issues. All are welcome to attend.

  • Hot Topic at the Senior Center: Immigration

    Wed, September 21, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

    Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak, St Olaf political science professor and local League member, and some of her research students from this summer will present information about the Rural Immigration Network (RIN).  Come to learn what they know about helping small towns ease the integration of immigrants to their communities.

  • Calendar of Events

    Friday, Sept 16  

    • Meet & greet for members and prospective members
    • 1008 Juniper Avenue, Northfield, the home of members Mary Carlsen and Peter Dahlen
    • 4:30 to 6 pm
    • Please come—and bring an interested friend.

    Wednesday, Sept 21

    • Hot Topic: Immigration: Helping small towns ease the integration of immigrants to their communities.
    • Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield
    • 12:30 – 1:30 pm
    • Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak, presenter

    Friday Sept 23

    1. Absentee ballots available (no excuse needed)

    Saturday, Sept 24

    • LWV NCF Kickoff Event
    • St. John's Church, 500 3rd St. West, Northfield
    • 9:30 - 10 am - Coffee and chatting
    • 10 - 11:15 am - Presentation
    • One of our biggest events of the year

    Sunday, Sept 25

    • ISAIAH: Repairing the Breach: Coming Together in Divisive Times
    • St. Dominic’s Church, 104 Linden St. N, Northfield
    • 2:00-4:00 pm

    Saturday, Oct 1

    • Voter Registration
    • Riverwalk on Bridge Square
    • 9 am - 1 pm

    Saturday, Oct 8

    • Candidate forums
    • NCRC/Sr. Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield
    • 9:00 am
      • MN House District 20B: Aramis Wells, David Bly
      • MN House District 58B:  Pat Garofalo, Marla Vagts
    • 10:30 am
      • MN Senate District 20: Rick Draheim, Kevin Dahle
      • MN Senate District 58:  Matt Little, Tom Pitcher
    • 1:00 pm
      • Northfield School District 659 Board: Ellen Iverson, Rob Hardy, Amy Goerwitz, Fritz Bogott, Tom Baraniak, Noel Stratmoen

    Monday, Oct 17

    • LWV NCF Board meeting
    • Friends Meetinghouse
    • 512 Washington St, Northfield
    • 7 pm

    Wednesday, Oct 18

    • Voter pre-registration deadline

    Saturday, Oct 22

    • Candidate forums
    • NCRC/Sr. Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield
    • 9:00 am
      • Northfield Mayor: Dana Graham, Rhonda Pownell
    • 10:30 am
      • Northfield City Council At-Large: Brad Ness, Greg Colby
      • Northfield City Council Ward Two: David DeLong, Jack Hoschouer
      • Northfield City Countil Ward Three: Norman Butler, Erica Zweifel

    Tuesday, Nov 8

    • Election Day
    • (Register same day at polling place with picture ID and address confirmation.)


    • High school voter registration dates