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

September, 2014 (September 14, 2014)

  • President’s Letter

    For the League of Women Voters - Northfield/Cannon Falls, fall is a GREAT season with LOTS going on.   From the candidate forums (primary election forum held in July, five for the general election coming up next month, plus a Walk About in Cannon Falls), to voter registration (including registering voters during Defeat of Jesse James Days, at Northfield High School & Arcadia Charter School, and both St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges) to our Fall Kick-off on September 20th with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie!).  So much activity which all ties in directly with our mission of encouraging the “informed and active participation of citizens in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.”

  • Fall Kick-off ~ Saturday, September 20th ~ 9:00 am

    Your Board of Directors was thrilled to be able to book Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to speak at our Fall Kick-off.  He will speak to “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout” and there will be time for Q and A following his remarks.  Long a champion for voters’ rights, Secretary Ritchie is sure to inspire us to keep Minnesota at the top of the voter participation charts! 

  • Voter Registration

    We got our fall voter registration efforts off to a running start this last Friday and Saturday at the Defeat of Jesse James Days. Neuger Communications generously allowed the League to set up a booth on Division Street at the heart of the action. We registered 30 voters and sent home more applications. We answered questions about voting and about where to have lunch. Although our arrangements didn’t fall in place till the last minute, members stepped up and made it a resounding success.

  • Candidate Forums

    Hats off to Jeanne Agee and Terry Stead, our co-Voter Service Chairs in this busy Candidate Forum season!  With the successful Primary Election Candidate Forum behind us, our focus is currently on the November 4th General Election races.  The dates and times for the FIVE forums we are hosting in October can be found in this edition’s Calendar of Events.  The offices for which we have invited candidates are:  City Council At Large and Ward 1, school board, State Representative, and U.S. Congress.  We are now awaiting candidate responses to the invitations. 

  • Cannon Falls Candidate “Walk-about”

    The Cannon Falls Candidate “Walk-about” is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th  from 10 am to noon at the Cannon Falls Public Library, 306 West Mill Street.   The Walk-about is an opportunity for the public and candidates to meet and discuss issues on an individual basis. All candidates on the Cannon Falls and Randolph ballots are invited to attend, along with area voters. While local candidates are most likely to attend, legislative and congressional candidates, as well as those for state offices, are frequent participants.

  • Dues Reminder

    My, how time flies! And nothing could be more true when it comes to staying up to date on League dues! Many of you paid them at the Annual Meeting in April, but a good number of us still need to do so.  With the expenses of the candidate forums and other events, it is especially important for us to play some catch up.

  • LWV Co-sponsors Constitution Day Celebration Series

    September 17 is Constitution Day. LWV is a co-sponsor of a community Constitution Day series of events beginning on the 17th at the Weitz Center at 7:00 pm.  This is the first of three events this fall that will engage Northfielders in conversations about the Constitution. All are welcome. Our League will be registering voters.

  • Forum Moderator Training Opportunity

    Three years ago, we hosted a Forum Moderator Training at St. Olaf College with a large number of college students from both Carleton and St. Olaf participating, along with local League members. Terry Kalil, State Board Member who co-conducted the previous training, will be returning to Northfield to conduct another such training.

  • What a Fall Season!

    One only need look at our Calendar of Events in the coming weeks to be reminded of how active and involved our League is in our communities. Your Board encourages you to let us know if you’d like to lend a hand at one event or another ~ or many!

  • Calendar of Events

    Wednesday, Sept. 17th, 7:00 pm                                          

    • Co-sponsoring Constitution Day event
    • Carleton’s Weitz Center
    • Voter Registration on site

    Thursday, Sept. 18th, 7:00 pm

    • Co-sponsoring Constitution Day event
    • St. Olaf’s Viking Theatre-Buntrock

    Saturday, Sept. 20th, 9:00 am

    • Fall Kick-off with Speaker Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
    • St. John’s Lutheran Church

    Tuesday, Sept. 23rd

    • National Voter Registration Day
    • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Carleton College Lunch Hours
    • 4:30 – 7:30 pm, St. Olaf Dinner Hours -Buntrock

    Saturday, Oct. 4th, 9 am – 1 pm

    • Voter Registration
    • Riverwalk Market Fair
    • Bridge Square downtown Northfield

    Monday, Oct. 6th

    • Voter Registration ~ HS Seniors
    • Arcadia Charter School 

    Wednesday, Oct. 8th

    • Voter Registration ~ HS Seniors
    • Northfield High School

    Saturday, Oct. 11th, 9 am – 1 pm

    • Voter Registration
    • Riverwalk Market Fair
    • Bridge Square downtown Northfield

    Saturday, Oct. 11th, 10 am – Noon             

    • Cannon Falls Candidate Walk-about
    • Cannon Falls Library-306 W. Mill St.

    Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm      

    • Candidate Moderator Training
    • Carleton College ~ Alumni House

    Sunday, Oct. 12th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm                  

    • Constitution Day Event:
    • “Northfield Reads” ~ Northfield Library

    Thursday, Oct. 23rd

    • Candidate Forums ~ Northfield City Hall
    • 6:00 pm, At Large City Council Candidates
    • 7:15 pm, Ward 1 City Council Candidates

    Saturday, Oct. 25th

    • Candidate Forums ~ Northfield City Hall
    • 9:00 am, School Board Candidates
    • 10:30 am, State Rep. Candidates
    • 12:30 pm, U.S. Congressional Candidates