Otter Tail

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Looking Ahead 


Monday, October 25, 2021  Otter Tail County DFL monthly meeting.  We will meet at the Shoreline Restaurant in Battle Lake  at 6 pm for dinner with meeting at 7 pm.  Join us for dinner and conversation.  Looking forward to seeing you.


Saturday, November 13, 2021 To our volunteers, You are essential to the success of Otter Tail County DFL

Please join us for our 5th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, Saturday, November 13, 2021    Brunch Buffet $15/person or donate $50 to the Political Campaign Refund program and brunch is free!  We will be at the Shoreline Restaurant,  505 N Lake Ave, Battle Lake, MN 56515, from 10 AM to 12 NOON.  To ensure enough delicious food,  PLEASE RSVP before November 6th, to Mike Windey 651-338-3065 or


Voting in Minnesota

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Before you can vote, you must register. In Minnesota, you may register at least 20 days before Election day or on Election Day at your polling place.

To vote in Minnesota you must be:


• A U.S. citizen

• At least 18 years old on Election Day

*To pre-register to vote at age 17 in Minnesota, you must be at least 18 years old when the next election occurs (special, township, state primary, or state general). Because special elections can be called at unexpected times, your application may be returned if an election becomes scheduled between the date you register and your birthday. If that happens, simply wait until that election passes, and submit your registration again.

• A resident of Minnesota for 20 days

• Finished with all parts of any felony sentence

• You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote

• You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.




Our Mission Statement:


Promote the values of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, encourage and increase participation in events, recruit and support candidates, and insure that the voices in Otter Tail County are heard in the legislative process.


Our Vision:

Our vision is to provide organization, support, foster and promote understanding of the issues and ideas contained in the Democratic Party Platform. We will be a vehicle for participation in the Democratic process, which will improve the quality of life in our Community, our State and our Nation


Minnesota DFL Party


Learn more about our party


The Minnesota DFL has a rich history of electing strong, progressive leaders to public office. We work every day to build a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans.



The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party was created on April 15, 1944, after the Minnesota Democrats merged with the Farmer-Labor Party.  Hubert H. Humphrey was instrumental in the merger and is considered by many to be the founder of the Minnesota DFL Party.

The DFL’s story first began during the 1920s, when representatives of the Nonpartisan League in Minnesota entered candidates for state election under the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party. The party’s platform consisted of progressive agrarian reform, the protection of farmers and union workers, the public ownership of railroads, utilities, and natural resources, and social security legislation.

The party earned popularity and legislative legitimacy, even gaining victories in Minnesota State and Congressional elections over candidates of the two major parties. From 1921 to 1941, constituents elected three governors, four U.S. senators, and eight U.S. representatives under the affiliation of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party. Then, on April 15, 1944, the party united with the Minnesota Democratic Party to form the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

The first DFL governor, Orville Freeman, was elected in 1954. Since then, the DFL Party has earned majorities in the state House and Senate, elected some of our nation’s most respected officials to the U.S. House and Senate, and put DFLers in the White House with Vice Presidents Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale.

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota DFL has worked tirelessly to enact progressive policies and provide a platform for those who need it the most. We believe that every Minnesotan has a right to stable employment with fair wages, to a proper education, to raise and provide for a family, to accessible and affordable healthcare, to live in safe communities, and to retire with dignity and security. We have made a lot of progress over the course of our party’s history, but there is still much more to do to ensure no one is left behind. Together, we will continue to build an even better Minnesota for all Minnesotans.




 “The DFL seeks to end discrimination and bigotry in all its forms and to inspire broad participation in our party. As part of our commitment to outreach and inclusion, we will take affirmative steps to increase the participation of members of all underrepresented communities.”


Otter Tail County DFL List of Officers and Directors.  


I would like to share with you our list:


Otter Tail County Executive Board


Michael T. Windey for Chair

Jane Stock for Vice Chair

Ellen Palmer for Secretary

Diane Windey for Treasurer

Erin Gerdes for Outreach


Open position for member 16-25 yrs old


Director Positions:

  1. Kelly Widness
  2. Cornel Walker
  3. Robyne Williams
  4. Paul Haarstick
  5. Paulette Nettestad
  6. Chet Nettestad
  7. LaRon Adkins
  8. Robert Lahman
  9. Doris Heroff


State Wide Central Committee


  1. Michael Windey Chair of Otter Tail County DFL
  2. Jane Stock Vice Chair of Otter Tail County DFL
  3. Frances Huston Member at Large to represent Otter Tail County DFL


Alternates to State Wide Central Committee

  1. Cornel Walker
  2. Diane Windey
  3. Ellen Palmer


You are welcome to join us for our monthly meeting.  We will meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 pm.  So if you would like to attend please drop me a note so I can send you all the information.  windeyottertail@gmail .com



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Staff Directory

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