Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

~Ronald Reagan 


October 24 Dinner Program to explore the Opioid Epidemic

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office will describe the extent and impact of the Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota as part of our Senate District 49 Dinner Program on October 24. 

Pill-Bottle-1024x768.jpgA little over a year ago, Minnesota Public Radio reported that deaths from opioid drug overdoses have hit epidemic proportions nationwide and across Minnesota.  The impact of opioid addiction has been felt at all levels of our society, including the wealthy, the powerful, and the supremely talented.  Early this year, the cause of Prince’s death was officially identified as “fentanyl toxicity”.  The medical examiner’s report ruled it an accident, as the drug had been self-administered.

Fentanyl is more powerful than morphine.  Opioid drugs like Fentanyl, including OxyContin, are intended to treat severe pain.  Yet they have claimed tens of thousands of lives.  From 1999 to 2014, the number of Minnesotans who have died of opioid overdoses has gone up fivefold.  

Sgt Kellace McDaniel, Outreach Liaison, Community Engagement Team, Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, will lead the program.  Sheriff Rich Stanek may be a guest speaker.   

CLICK HERE to Register for dinner ($12 if registered before 10/21) or for program-only ($5).

When:  Tuesday, October 24.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Come for the dinner at 6:30 pm or just the program at 7 pm

Where: 6817 Antrim Rd, Edina, MN 55439 (Calvary Lutheran Church)


Hinderaker’s Talk on Politics in Edina Schools touches a Nerve

John_Hinderaker1.jpgJohn Hinderaker spoke on September 26 to a room at full capacity.  The theme of our dinner program was “Politics in Edina School System – Education or Indoctrination?”  He presented his evidence of the open political tilt of a significant number of teachers at Edina High School to a somber audience, most of whom were Edina parents or grandparents. 

A video of Hinderaker’s presentation can be viewed by clicking on this link.

A few days after John’s presentation, the Center of the American Experiment ran a cover story in its magazine, Thinking Minnesota, on the liberal indoctrination in Edina schools.  A copy of that magazine was mailed to every residence in Edina.  

It didn’t take long for the counterattack to get launched.  Rather than address the points raised by the Center, the ideological attack resembles carpet bombing. 

CLICK HERE to read how the Center has been smeared, of efforts to shut down Thinking Minnesota, and what we can do about it.




Republican Get-Together at the Gold Nugget on Oct 19

Have you been looking for a way to get together with local Republicans and just talk?  Do you want an opportunity to casually network?  Pitchers & Politics might be just what you’ve been looking for! 

The Republicans in Senate Districts 44, 48, and 49 invite you to join us for a beer and a chat on Thursday evening, October 19.  Pitchers & Politics is a gathering of Republicans at the Gold Nugget, conveniently located at 14401 Excelsior Blvd in Minnetonka.  We’ll be in the back room from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. 

No speeches, no formal program, just casual conversation about vision and plans.  We have invited Dario Anselmo, Representative from House District 49A to be part of our get-together.  Join us to enjoy warm friendships and lively conversations.   

Check the Events page to RSVP; we ask for a small donation at the door to cover appetizers.


A Paved River Bottoms Trail in a Flood Plain?

Against all common sense and FEMA guidance  the MN DNR is asking for funding from the City of Bloomington and the Metropolitan Council, and preparing preliminary plans to pave 12 miles of trail, 14 feet wide, along the Minnesota River Bottoms, in a flood plain. That would require destruction of the last portion of a natural habitat that is mostly untouched. And although full funding hasn’t been secured, nor have historical, archaeology and Environmental impact studies been completed, the DNR plans to start construction (i.e., habitat destruction) in 2018, per statements made by the DNR in a March 2017 City Council meeting.  Bloomington did not offer funding. 

River_Bottoms_Trail.jpgA local group “Save the River Bottoms” www.savetheriverbottoms.org is working to stop that habitat destruction, while supporting modest improvements along the current trail.

Currently a historical, natural surface, trail spans the 12 miles of Bloomington’s southern border / the river’s northern border. The path pre-dates the 1969 legislation (Minn. Stat. Section 85.015, Subd. 6 ) that designated it part of “The Minnesota Valley Trail.”  It had been used by hunters, outdoorsmen, birders, and children of the local communities.   There are now areas that have boardwalk, gravel, or woodchips but much of the path is dirt. Per Bloomington resident and trail-user Ellen Rohe, “It is maintained by a yearly sweep from the DNR to remove the big stuff but the majority of the work to keep the trail open is done by volunteers from the users of the path, with no cost to the taxpayer.”

Ms. Rohe further described the eastern section alongside the current trail:  “The portion in between Cedar Avenue Bridge to 35W is bluffs.  What isn’t a bluff is a marsh.  What isn’t a marsh is a swamp.”  And she also commented about the proposed paved trail:  “The DNR would be responsible for maintaining the trail.  On a flood plain.  Where it floods.  All the time.  It was flooded last fall.  Right in the spot that they are trying to put in a 14-foot-wide paved path."

CLICK HERE to learn more about this controversial project, duplicating capabilities just across the river.


Large Turn-out for SD 49 & 50 Family Picnic

Over 100 people came out for our annual picnic to enjoy great food, listen to the speeches of several candidates & talk with them informally and also to share ideas with fellow Republicans.  We were joined by

The_Food_Line-500x454.JPG- Governor candidates Jeff Johnson, Matt Dean, and Keith Downey’s daughter, Sarah. 

- Attorney General candidates Harry Niska and Doug Wardlow

- MN House Rep. Dario Anselmo and former House Rep Chad Anderson

- MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan, MN GOP Secretary Barb Sutter, and National Committeewoman Janet Beihoffer

- Bloomington city council member and candidate Eldon Spencer

- Minneapolis city council candidate Fadumo Yusuf

- Edina school board candidate Faisal Deri

- Bloomington city council candidate Larry Frost

- Bloomington school board candidate Beth Beebe

Thanks go out to volunteers like Russ and Trish Burnison, Dino and Matt Balafas, Dar Gray, Tom Hulting, Wayne and Carolyn Wenger, Mary Doughty, Barb Sutter, Louis Tiggas, Rick Davies, Mike Lehmann, Beth Beebe and those selfless souls on the preparation and serving line and helping with games.  You made this picnic an outstanding success.

CLICK Here to read more about the food and events and to see more pictures of the picnic.


Edina Considers Reviving 80 Year Old Rail Line

Edina is asking if it is time to look again at operating light rail commuter trains in the Dan Patch corridor.  If the citizens that turned out for the “community engagement forum” on July 25 were any indication, supporters in the standing-room-only crowd were decidedly in the minority.


The Dan Patch Line is essentially a single track that runs from Northfield to Savage.  It then crosses the Minnesota River into Bloomington and runs north along the east side of Hyland Park.  It continues north through Edina to St Louis Park, staying west of Highway 100. 

The information provided at the forum may be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  When reviewing the information, consider that

  • After a $400,000 study and considerable local opposition, local legislators did not support a light rail operation in this corridor in 2002.
  • Freight traffic will continue on this single line, and will likely increase.
  • To reduce costs from earlier estimates, the commuter trains would have to run on the same track, without an increase in right-of-way, over 14 same-grade road crossings, with unique cars that cannot operate on the other existing light rail tracks.

  • Edina needs the support of the cities of Bloomington, Savage, and St Louis Park to make going forward with a study realistic.  Several of the Bloomington city council candidates do not support this option now. 

Edina will continue to gather community feedback, with a follow-up meeting scheduled for September.  Edina residents are urged to let their city council members know of their concerns about pursuing the proposed $30,000 study. 

For more discussion about the Dan Patch corridor for commuter light rail, CLICK HERE.


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