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    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent St., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102


    The League of Women Voters of St. Paul, along with partners Highland District Council, Mac-Groveland District Council, and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, has planned two open public candidate forums. The candidates at these forums include: Sharon Anderson, Melvin Carter, Trahern Crews, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris, Chris Holbrook, Tim Holden, Dai Thao, and Barnabas YShua. The League is a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing voters with information so they may make the best choices when they cast their ballots. Written questions will come from the audience, and will be read by a trained moderator who is not a constituent.

    As with all our candidate forums, this event is free and open to the public.

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Boat Tour on Lake Itasca

    Join the Board of LWV Upper Mississippi River Region for this event!

    October 1 – Lake Itasca boat tour with naturalist followed by group photo at the Headwaters

    Coborn’s Lake Itasca Boat tour: $16/person for a 1.5 hour tour of Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi, with narration by a naturalist. They are hoping to have a group of more than 18 peoples so they can make a reservation - please contact Gretchen Sabel (gpsabel@yahoo.com) if you are planning to come. Meet at the tour boat dock at 1:30pm; boat leaves at 2pm.

    Group photo at the Headwaters:

    Gather at the marker at 4:30 pm. All are welcome! They will have someone with a camera on hand to take a group photo. Walking across the rocks is an optional activity.

    October 2 – LWV UMRR Board meeting in the Joseph Brower visitor center and talk on nitrates in drinking water and their connection to land use

    Board Meeting: Gather in the Joseph Brower visitor center (near the east park entrance) at 9:00, meeting will take place from 9:15 to 11:30. (Info on the visitor center here, see #28/33.) Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided for both events.

    Educational Event: The UMRR-ILO will have Chris Parthun, Principal Planner, from the Minnesota Department of Health and Katie DeSchane from Toxic Taters on hand to talk about nitrates in drinking water and how land use can tip the equation. Park Rapids has had problems with high nitrates as forests are cleared and the land converted to potato farms. They will have a discussion with the speakers and learn what it will take to protect the groundwater resources in this area. Some background reading here and here and here and here. Christopher Parthun, Principal Planner in the Minnesota Department of Health's Drinking Water Protection Section will speak on the state response to increasing nitrates in drinking water.

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Flat Earth Brewing Company | 688 Minnehaha Avenue East | Saint Paul, MN 55106
    LWVSP is holding an informational happy hour about voter suppression tactics. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to get to know one another. Then at 6:00 p.m. Kathy Tomsich, LWVMN Action Chair and member of LWV North Oaks, will give an informal presentation on various voter suppression tactics such as Voter ID laws, limited polling hours, voter roll purges and provisional ballots. Afterward, you're invited to stay and discuss the topic and other ideas with fellow League members and friends.

    WHEN | Wednesday, October 4 5:30-7:00 p.m.

    WHERE | Flat Earth Brewing Company, 688 Minnehaha Avenue East | Saint Paul, MN 55106

    This is the first of three D3 events on voter suppression tactics taking place in October and November. Please check our events calendar and join us for the future events!

    The League of Women Voters—Saint Paul is a nonpartisan citizens organization fighting to improve our government and engage all citizens in decisions that impact their lives—and it’s not only for women! Our Democracy Discussion and Drinks (D3) events are open to anyone interested in respectful, engaging and low-key conversations about politics and policies. Guests are responsible for the purchase of their food and drinks. We hope you will join us!


    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Bad Weather Brewing | 414 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN
    LWVSP is holding an informational happy hour about felony disenfranchisement and the restoration of their vote. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to get to know one another. Then at 6:00 p.m. Benjamin Feist, Legislative Director for the ACLU, will give an informal presentation on felony disenfranchisement and how it relates to voter suppression. Afterward, you're invited to stay and discuss the topic and other ideas with fellow League members and friends.


    Ben was born in Winona, Minnesota, but moved throughout the Midwest before returning to attend the University of Minnesota. He received a B.A. in Political Science in 2002 and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007. Prior to attending law school, Ben worked for two U.S. members of Congress at their Minnesota district offices. He has practiced law in both the public and private sectors, focusing on the areas of complex litigation, consumer protection, and immigration law. Ben has been involved with the ACLU-MN since 2005.

    WHEN | Monday, October 9 5:30-7:00 p.m.

    WHERE | Bad Weather Brewing, 414 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN

    This is the second of three D3 events on voter suppression tactics taking place in October and November. Please check our events calendar and join us for the other events!

    The League of Women Voters—Saint Paul is a nonpartisan citizens organization fighting to improve our government and engage all citizens in decisions that impact their lives—and it’s not only for women! Our Democracy Discussion and Drinks (D3) events are open to anyone interested in respectful, engaging and low-key conversations about politics and policies. Guests are responsible for the purchase of their food and drinks. We hope you will join us!


    • 10 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wellstone Center 179 Robie Street E. Saint Paul, MN 55107


    The League of Women Voters of St. Paul, along with partners Highland District Council, Mac-Groveland District Council, and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, has planned two open public candidate meet and greets. The candidates at these forums include: Sharon Anderson, Melvin Carter, Trahern Crews, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris, Chris Holbrook, Tim Holden, Dai Thao, and Barnabas YShua. The League is a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing voters with information so they may make the best choices when they cast their ballots.

    As with all our candidate forums, this event is free and open to the public.

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Highland High School, 1015 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116


    The League of Women Voters of St. Paul, along with partners Highland District Council, Mac-Groveland District Council, and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, has planned two open public candidate forums. The candidates include: Sharon Anderson, Melvin Carter, Trahern Crews, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris, Chris Holbrook, Tim Holden, Dai Thao, and Barnabas YShua. The League is a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing voters with information so they may make the best choices when they cast their ballots. Written questions will come from the audience, and will be read by a trained moderator who is not a constituent.

    As with all our candidate forums, this event is free and open to the public.

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Minnesota Humanities Center 987 Ivy Avenue East Saint Paul, MN 55106


    The League of Women Voters of St. Paul, along with partners Highland District Council, Mac-Groveland District Council, and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, has planned two open public candidate meet and greets. The candidates at these forums include: Sharon Anderson, Melvin Carter, Trahern Crews, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris, Chris Holbrook, Tim Holden, Dai Thao, and Barnabas YShua. The League is a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing voters with information so they may make the best choices when they cast their ballots.

    As with all our candidate forums, this event is free and open to the public.

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Centennial Methodist Church 1524 W. Co Rd C-2 Roseville, MN

    The Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters will host a panel of housing experts at the October 21 meeting.  The League of Women Voters supports fair housing and equality of opportunity for housing for all persons. Speakers will discuss housing issues, including city comprehensive plan housing updates and the role of the Metropolitan Council. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Roseville Area League and Centennial Methodist Church.

    Panelists are:

    • Chip Halbach, long-time Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership

    • Gail Dorfman, Metropolitan Council Representative and Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services

    • Cathy Bennett, Housing Initiative, Urban Land Institute Minnesota

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Blackstack Brewing, 755 Prior Ave North St. Paul, MN 55104
    LWVSP is holding an informational happy hour about electoral integrity. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to get to know one another. Then at 6:00 p.m. Joseph Mansky from Ramsey County will give an informal presentation answering various questions about election integrity such as:
    • Why are particular voting machines chosen?
    • How vulnerable are they to manipulation?
    • What kind of training on the equipment is given to poll workers?
    • Why not go the extra step for full transparency?
    Afterward, you're invited to stay and discuss the topic and other ideas with fellow League members and friends.

    Joseph Mansky is Ramsey County Elections Manager and has been for years. Prior to his work with Ramsey County, Mansky was manager of Gov. Jesse Ventura’s redistricting commission and served as state election director in the Minnesota secretary of state’s office for many years.

    WHEN | Tuesday, November 14 5:30-7:00 p.m.

    WHERE | Blackstack Brewing, 755 Prior Ave North St. Paul, MN 55104

    This is the third of three D3 events on voter suppression tactics taking place in October and November. Please check our events calendar and join us for the other events!

    The League of Women Voters—Saint Paul is a nonpartisan citizens organization fighting to improve our government and engage all citizens in decisions that impact their lives—and it’s not only for women! Our Democracy Discussion and Drinks (D3) events are open to anyone interested in respectful, engaging and low-key conversations about politics and policies. Guests are responsible for the purchase of their food and drinks. We hope you will join us!


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