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  • 10 Jun 2018 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We will host four events this summer at local library branches in areas of low voter turnout. The goal of each event will be to register voters and raise awareness of voting and elections. The events will include free frozen treats, a mock election with a real ballot counter, music, entertainment, and voter registration.

    Sun Ray Library | July 5, 2018 | 5:30—7:30 p.m.
    2109 Wilson Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55119

    Riverview Library | July 14, 2018 | 2:00—4:00 p.m.
    1 East George Street, Saint Paul, MN 55107

    Rice Street Library | July 29, 2018 | 2:00—4:00 p.m.
    1011 Rice Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117

    Dayton’s Bluff Library | August 6, 2018 | 4:00—6:00 p.m.
    645 East 7th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106

    We still need volunteers to register voters at the Dayton’s Bluff and Riverview Library events. If you are interested, please email info@lwvsp.org or contact Sig Johnson at sigrid.johnson@comcast.net.

  • 09 Jun 2018 9:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several of St Paul’s public boards and commissions are looking for new members. Are you the new person they’ve been looking for?

    The volunteer boards and commissions cover a spectrum of responsibilities, from the Advisory Committee on Aging to the Workforce Innovation Board, and many, many others. Each groups’ duties and requirements are listed on their website right along with a place where you can apply to be a member. Some are for people with specific backgrounds—for instance, an architect or an archaeologist might be specified, or a resident of a specific neighborhood, but most are not.

    Boards and Commissions are under the supervision of the Mayor’s Office. Each group has its own page on the website, including information about vacancies. If you become a board or commission member, please let the League know, by contacting board member Diggitt McLaughlin, Observer Corps, at diggittmcl@gmail.com.

    Learn more on the City of Saint Paul website >


  • 08 Jun 2018 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Would you like to meet some of your neighbors? Find a way to be useful in your own community?  Saint Paul makes participation easy for its residents through the 17 district councils.

    For more than 40 years, Saint Paul’s district councils have educated their residents about local issues and advocated for their communities to city council and other “higher” levels of government.  They have also been a training group for many city officials; current city council members Rebecca Noecker and Jane Prince served on their respective district councils.

    What’s your own District Council involved in?  It depends on the Council, but here are issues most work on one way or another:

    • land use, including small area planning
    • gardens
    • transportation
    • youth in the neighborhood
    • local celebrations
    • community safety

    Your own District Council can help you resolve issues, as well as find a place for yourself in your city.  You can find its name and check out its website on this map. You will be welcomed at its board meeting or any of its committee meetings.

    If you would like to share your District Council experiences with the League’s Observer Corps, contact Diggitt McLaughlin at diggittmcl@gmail.com.

  • 21 Mar 2018 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help Your Neighbors Become Educated and Active Citizens

    The St. Paul LWV is currently recruiting Board members to fill new terms on its Board for the 2018-19 League year (June 1-May 31).  Because we are a volunteer-run organization, our board members lead and participate in various committees to plan and coordinate our events and initiatives. Board members are given the flexibility to choose the committees and activities that interest them the most, while also considering what work needs to be done to help the League reach its goals. The upcoming Board term  will be an exciting one—not only is the League approaching its 100th year anniversary in 2020 but the St. Paul League will be hosting the LWVMN (State League) convention in 2019. There is no better time to join!

    Qualifications:   We seek individuals (of all genders) from the St. Paul area who are passionate about helping Saint Paul citizens make democracy work.  Board members must commit to a one- or two-year term as well as to attending the 2-hour Board meetings held monthly except in July and December.  Board members must also commit to working on a particular project (membership, voter service, etc.). The choice usually is negotiable. If you are interested in joining the Board in a well-defined role, we’re looking for a Board member to fill the Secretary position for the coming year. This role can be split between two Board members, if desired. Previous Board experience is not required.   

    If you are interested in learning more, please email office@lwvsp.org by April 9, 2018. We’d love to hear from you!


  • 15 Mar 2018 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a small crowd at the Smart Recycler presentation last night, but those who attended left with a better understanding of the way the city of Saint Paul and Ramsey County partner to make sure we are doing all we can as a community to reduce waste and protect our environment. Rae Eden Frank, Planning Specialist II with the Environmental Health Division for Ramsey County shared news about upcoming services to help keep us moving in the right direction.  In May, we will be able to pick up countertop organic waste bucketssmall and perfect for apartment dwellers. With the free bucket, you will get a few compostable bags to use, and when you drop off your full bags at a approved site for composting, you will be issued a few more bagsall at not cost to you! We learned not only how to compost, but how to use your compost to help grow healthy lawns, fruits and vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers. Spreading compost around plants helps to reduce weeds! 

    Rae also shared great re-use information. The county offers free Fix-It Clinics at various locations every month. Instead of throwing out that old CD player or VHS player, you can bring it into the clinic and a volunteer (who likes to tinker) will fix it while you watch. This way you can learn how to do it yourself if the problem arises again. In addition, they offer fee disposal of household hazardous waste at their Saint Paul (Bay West) location where you can bring your leftover gasoline, antifreeze, bug killers/repellents, paint and spray paint and many other products. You can also pick up partial containers of these products! Need just a little paint for a project? Check out their stock! 

    For hours, locations and more information, please check out the website at www.RamseyRecycles.com.

    Attendees also shared their tips and ideas. We learned how easy it is to make and use our own laundry and dishwasher detergent so we don’t need to buy and get rid of the big packaging and we know exactly what is in what we clean our clothes and dishes with. 

    Thank you to Rae Eden Frank and Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health for helping us be better environmental stewards, and to Joann Ellis of the Program Committee for planning the event.

  • 14 Mar 2018 7:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to read our March-April 2018 The Voter Newsletter!

  • 20 Jan 2018 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LWV-Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization Newsletter for January 2018.

    LWV St. Paul January 2018 Voter Newsletter.

  • 12 Jan 2018 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday for our panel discussion, "End Human & Sex Trafficking in Minnesota," either at the SPNN studios or from your homes. During the event, our panelists discussed the problem of sex trafficking in Minnesota: sharing stories of victims, dispelling misconceptions about trafficking and sex work, and educating us all on the evolution of how human trafficking and sex work have been approached by law enforcement and prosecutors.

    The panelists included John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney; Terry Forliti, Executive Director of Breaking Free; Sergeant Nikkole Peterson, St. Paul Police Department; Ed Heisler, Co-Executive Director of Men As Peacemakers; and Lorena Pinto, Director of the PRIDE program.

    Special thanks to League of Women Voters - Minneapolis and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) for their partnership in coordinating and promoting this important discussion.

    Watch or Listen to the Panel Discussion

    You can watch replays of the panel on SPNN (channel 19) in Saint Paul on Friday, January 12 at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 15 at 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m.

    You can listen to an audio replay of the panel on AM950 radio Saturday, January 13 at 10 a.m. and again on Monday, January 15 at 8 a.m.

    You can also visit The Uptake's Facebook page to watch the video now.

    Get Involved

    If you want to help end human and sex trafficking, visit:

    Thank you!


  • 19 Dec 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read the November issue of the LWV St. Paul Voter Newsletter.

    Read the November issue of the Upper Mississippi River Region Inter-League Organization newsletter.

  • 14 Nov 2017 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of our core service of the League of Women Voters of St. Paul, informing the electorate, we completed two major projects in fall 2017: mayoral candidate forums and sharing voter registration and election information. This work wouldn’t have been possible without the help of 17 different volunteers, 30 St. Kate’s students, and the direction and efforts of Amy Perna and Sig Johnson. In all, 73 two-hour shifts were worked!

    We hosted four mayoral candidate forums in four quadrants of Saint Paul. Each was a success! Our September 27 event at Hallie Q Brown had a full auditorium with 175 people in attendance. Our October 10 event at Wellstone Center was in a round table format and garnered 150 attendees. The October 11 event at Highland High School had a full auditorium with over 300 attendees! And, lastly the Minnesota Humanities Center, another round table format event hosted on October 17, had 100 people in attendance and required many extra folding chairs to be added to the room!

    Besides the host community organizations, other community partners for these forums included: the District of Counciles of Highland, Mac-Groveland, Payne Phalen, and WSCO; the NAACP; the African-American Leadership Council; and the Neighborhood House organization.

    We received kind praise for these forums:

    “I really appreciate the League’s fairness and courtesy for a minority party advocate like me,” stated one candidate.

    “I’m really glad I came. It helped me decide what candidate I want to vote for and who to choose for my second choice,” shared a forum attendee.

    We also completed voter registration work and shared election information between September 6 and October 17. This included work at nine branch libraries in multiple shifts; two weekly shifts at food shelves at Merrick Community Services and Hallie Q. Brown; tables at Metro State, Century College, and Hubbs Learning Center; plus opportunities at Highland Fest, Mt. Airy Boys and Girls Club, and a Communications class at St. Kate’s University.

    Through this effort we submitted 120 voter registration forms (with registrations and address updates). We also provided voters with the Voter Guide of mayoral and school board candidates, flyers on the candidate forms, and information on Ranked Choice Voting for the 10 mayoral candidates. We reprinted the Guide and flyers several times.

    Thank you to everyone who made this work possible!

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