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

~Ronald Reagan 


 January 2018 Dinner Topic Changed:  Three Governor Candidates

(L-R: Matt Dean, Jeff Johnson, Keith Downey)
During the 2018 Caucuses on February 6, Minnesota Republicans will have the opportunity to support their candidate for Governor in a straw poll.  We had the opportunity to hear from candidate and Woodbury mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens during our December Holiday Party.  On Tuesday evening, January 23, three more Governor candidates will join us.   

This will be a special program for Senate District 49.  This will not be a debate forum with all of the candidates.  We have specifically asked Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, MN Representative Matt Dean, and former MN GOP Chair Keith Downey to speak to us individually as part of our dinner program.  We will keep the agenda flexible to allow you the opportunity to talk with these candidates individually.

We had previously announced that Kevin Rofidal, with the Edina Police, would talk this month on Cyber Crime.  Kevin has agreed to reschedule his talk as part of a dinner program in the next few months.

We will be offering a catered dinner as part of this dinner program.  Please click on this link to RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough food.

When:  Tuesday, Jan 23  6 – 9 PM Where: 6817 Antrim Rd, Edina, MN 55439 (Calvary Lutheran Church)


Year in Review - Active 2017 Built Stronger SD49


2017 was a year of accomplishments and close calls.  For what is typically considered an “off-year,” the pace of activity stayed high.

Review the year with us.   Click Here.



Fall Conversation - An Enjoyable, Inspiring Evening 

Skinner_Lima_Lima_475x330.JPGA large number of supporters from inside and outside of Senate District 49 participated in our annual Fall Conversation on November 17.  Close to 80 attendees enjoyed a great selection of wines and a thoughtful and challenging panel discussion.  

In addition to MN GOP Secretary Barbara Sutter, we were honored to include special guest Janet Beihoffer, MN GOP National Committeewoman, among our attendees.

We particularly appreciated the additional donations made by several individuals who could not attend and by those that participated in the silent auction and raffle.Condon_Covnick_Witowski_438x447.JPG

Dan Condon, owner of United Liquors at 8915 Penn Avenue in Bloomington, presided over the wine tasting.  He presented his selection of five fine wines for the holidays.

Special thanks to Carol Kerr and Barbara Sutter for their work in organizing the Fall Conversation and for encouraging so many to attend.  Thanks also to the Edina Country Club for once again staging a memorable event.


How to Talk So Minnesotans Will Listen

Panel on Messaging an Inspiring Success

As a major part of the Fall Conversation, four thoughtful and articulate community leaders came together to share their thoughts on what Republican candidates need to do to get our message across.

Schultz_Winton_Koch_Anselmo5.jpgThe panelists (pictured r-l) were: 

  • Rep Dario Anselmo, Representative of Minnesota House District 49A (Edina). 
  • Amy Koch, Chair of the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum and the former Senate Majority Leader. 
  • Cam Winton, Director of Energy and Labor-Management Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and former Minneapolis mayoral candidate,
  • Meredith Schultz, moderator, a rising leader at a national policy think tank.

Our panelists addressed five current topics:  minimum wage, renewable energy, education, criminal justice, and advice for Republican candidates.

$15 Minimum Wage

Winton:  When asked about the minimum wage, Republicans should stress their support for both “wage ladders” and “safety nets”.  We value free enterprise.  We hold that everyone should “climb that ladder.”  We recognize the importance of income safety nets.  However, the safety net is there to bounce people back onto the ladders, not permanently support them.

Koch:  Small business owners are the backbone of our economy.  They care deeply for their employees.  We need to stress that they also must work very hard to keep their doors open.  We need to support them in balancing these two concerns.  Some of the current minimum wage initiatives actually hurt the people that they are meant to help.

Anselmo:  The minimum wage laws are like performing surgery with a butter knife.  A better alternative is the Earned Income Tax Credit, which targets workers without penalizing small business owners.  We need to support means of expanding the credit.

CLICK HERE to continue reading the panelists’ thoughts on renewable energy, education, criminal justice reform, and ways for Republican candidates to appeal to all Minnesotans.


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.


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.


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