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2019 Press

Transformative Circle Founder Recognized for Vision, Leadership
By Emilee Wentland, Correspondent, ABC Newspapers, Nov 13, 2019

"A Coon Rapids community member was recently honored for her leadership and support.

The ABC chapter of the League of Women Voters recognized Lori Anderson for her vision, support and leadership in founding Transformative Circle with its "Friend of League" award. Transformative Circle is a group dedicated fostering conversation between people of different cultures and backgrounds.

"They gave the award to me, but I owe it all to my board," Anderson said..." READ MORE



Candidates for Anoka-Hennepin School Board, Ramsey City Council Face Off
By Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer. Photo by Connor Cummiskey.
ABC Newspapers, Oct 14, 2019

Candidates Erin Heers-McArdle and Tom Heidemann

"Candidates for the Anoka-Hennepin School Board and Ramsey City Council discussed a variety of topics at a candidate forum Oct. 2 at the Sandburg Education Center in Anoka.

During the forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, contenders for three seats on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board and one seat on the Ramsey City Council answered questions submitted by the audience...." READ MORE



Anoka County Board Deadlocks Over Top Job - Appointment of Board Chair Failed, No Hiring Process Set
By Peter Bodley, Contributing Writer, ABC Newspapers, Mar 26, 2019

Rhonda Sivarajah

"The Anoka County Board failed to agree on hiring a new county administrator or the process for doing so March 26.

Current administrator Jerry Soma plans to retire May 1 following a career with Anoka County spanning more than 52 years. He's been county administrator since 2011.

The board considered two resolutions - one to conduct an internal hiring process and the other to appoint Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah as the new administrator effective May 2.

Both resolutions failed.

The board rejected the internal process in a 4-2 vote, with only..." READ MORE



Anoka County History: Historical Society Opens Exhibit Featuring League of Women Voters' 100th Anniversary
By Rebecca Ebnet-Desens, Columnist, ABC Newspapers, Jan 27, 2019

"To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and women winning the right to vote, the Anoka County Historical Society unveiled a new exhibit Jan. 19 at the History Center.

The opening celebrated not only the centennial, but also the partnership between the League of Women Voters-Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids and ACHS, which produced the research, artifacts and fabrication of the display...." READ MORE

2018 Press

League of Women Voters ABC March Forward After Elections
By Sam Lenhart, ABC Newspapers, Nov 9, 2018

"The League of Women Voters ABC (Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids) has been working hard to educate the community and prepare voters for important elections.

In 2018, the league held numerous voter forums in the metro including meetings in New Brighton, Columbia Heights and Fridley.

"We have had 14 candidate forums that have covered 51 different races and ..." READ MORE


League of Women Voters ABC Celebrates 80 Years
ABC Newspapers, April 26, 2018

"The 80th Annual Meeting of the Local League of Women Voters ABC (Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids Area) was Recently Celebrated in Andover.

President Jeorgette Knoll welcomed members and visitors and noted the revived interest in civic engagement that has recently grown the organization to its current 78 members..." READ MORE

Other Press

Champlin Residents Named 2016 RiverKeepers
By Contributer, ABC Newspapers, Jul 21, 2017

Darby and Geri Nelson

"Each year Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) honors individuals, organizations or government agencies that have worked in an exemplary manner to carry out CURE's mission with the RiverKeeper Award. This year, CURE celebrates its 25th year as a grassroots nonprofit in rural Minnesota, and with Governor Dayton's focus on clean water initiatives throughout the state, Darby and Geri Nelson of Champlin, Minnesota, were chosen as the 2016 RiverKeepers...." READ MORE



League of Women Voters Marks 75th Anniversary
By Community Contributer Sep 24, 2013

"The celebrants at the League of Women Voters ABC's 75th anniversary last week ranged from Zilla Way of Anoka with over 65 years of league membership to new American citizen and League member, Nyador Nipnip of Coon Rapids, who learned about League of Women Voters at her naturalization ceremony.

From early members who joined seeking stimulating conversation beyond their stay-at-home roles to newer members seeking diversified topics beyond their careers, a common refrain was, 'I joined the League and it changed my life.'..." READ MORE

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