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2020 Press

Legislators Sit Down With Voters in Ramsey
Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer, ABC Newspapers, Jan 21 2020

"Redistricting was a hot topic at every table during an informal discussion with local legislators in Ramsey last week.

Rep. Melissa Hortman's, DFL-Brooklyn Park; Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids; Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka; and Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, sat down with approximately 40 voters Jan. 9 at tables in Ramsey City Hall to conduct informal discussions..." READ MORE

Century of Suffrage Celebrated
Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer and Photographer, ABC Newspapers, Jan 17 2020

Rep. Erin Koegel "A traveling exhibit celebrating 100 years of women voting opened Jan. 13 in the Northtown Branch of the Anoka Library system.

Approximately 35 attended the ceremonial opening of the traveling exhibit called 'A Century of Civic Engagement.' During the evenings festivities ..." READ MORE



Anoka County Library: Votes for Women
By Lydia Potthoff of Anoka County Library, ABC Newspapers, Jan 10, 2020

"The Minnesota Legislature voted to approve the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 8, 1919. Less than a year later, the United States ratified the constitutional amendment guaranteeing the women's vote. While the 19th Amendment's ratification was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle for women's suffrage in the United States, the work of the League of Women Voters Minnesota had just begun. For the past century, the non-partisan league has encouraged voting, defended democracy and participated in civic initiatives to improve the lives of Americans..." READ MORE

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 Hosts Fridley Candidate Forum
By Sam Lenhart, ABC Newspapers, Sep 10, 2018

"The League of Women Voters hosted a forum at Fridley City Hall on Aug. 30 to give voters a chance to get to know the candidates.

The forum, attended by approximately 40 people, featured District 41A candidates Connie Bernardy (DFL) and Susan Erickson (R), District 4 Anoka County Commissioner candidates Sean Broom and Mandy Meisner, and Fridley City Council candidates Steve Eggert, Pam Reynolds, Tom Tillberry and Ann Bolkcom..."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



Observer Group Keeps Tabs on Anoka County Board, Leading to a Policy Change
Hannah Covington, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec 15, 2016

Observer Corp Chair Dee Ann Christensen The two-word agenda item tucked at the end of a recent Anoka County committee meeting spoke volumes to the few observers lining the walls, clipboards in hand. That brief item, which listed "public comment" as the final order of business, tapped into one citizen group's broader beef with county officials about government transparency.

Known as the Observer Corps, this group, made up of volunteers from the north metro's League of Women Voters as well as community members,....READ MORE



LWV Takes County Board to Task Over Legal Notices
By Peter Bodley, ABC Newspapers, Mar 23, 2015

"The Anoka County Board's decision at its first meeting of the year in January to designate the Anoka County Record, rather than the Anoka County Union Herald, as its legal newspaper is opposed by the League of Women Voters ABC.

Susan Anderson, president of the LWV ABC chapter, made a presentation at the County Board's Management Committee meeting..." READ MORE

League of Women Voters Marks 75th Anniversary
By Community Contributer, ABC Newspapers, 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



LWV Hears of Volunteer Opportunities at Parks
By Community Contributer Jan 25, 2013

Carol Bradley of the League of Women Voters ABC with guest speaker at the January meeting, Brian Williams, Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department volunteer resources coordinator."Brian Williams, the resource development coordinator for Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department, shared the many volunteer activities that his office has coordinated over the past year at the January meeting of League of Women Voters ABC.

'It could be a youth group, a corporate group looking to do a team building activity, a Boy Scout proposing an Eagle Scout project or individuals - we're now in a position to match community volunteers to a fulfilling volunteer experience on a one-time or an ongoing basis,' Williams said..." READ MORE

Local Cable Television

5 minutes; CTN Coon Rapids; Dec 6, 2019

1 minute; CTN Coon Rapids; Oct 29, 2019

1 minute; CTN Coon Rapids; Sep 13, 2019

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