Otter Tail County

 

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WELCOME TO OTTER TAIL COUNTY DFL 

 

2022

Looking Ahead 

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Monday, May 24, 2022 Otter Tail County will hold our monthly meeting on Zoom at 6:25 pm.  Please let me know if you wish to attend.  We will send you the Zoom Link.

Friday, May 20, 21 and 22 State DFL Convention in Rochester Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

Voting in Minnesota

 

Register to Vote Today

“REMEMBER DEMOCRATS WIN…..WHEN WE VOTE”

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.

 

OTTER TAIL COUNTY DFL 

 

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.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, OUTREACH,

AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

 

 “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 Chair

Ellen Palmer Vice Chair

Connie Stigen Secretary

Anthony Kimball Treasurer

Diane Windey Deputy Treasurer

Teresa Mann Outreach

 

Director Positions:

  1. Kelly Widness
  2. Bruce Albright
  3. Robyne Williams
  4. Richard Kagan
  5. Jane Stock
  6. Robert Lahman
  7. Cornel Walker
  8. Jim Olson
  9. Carol Albright
  10. Billy Milbeck
  11. Hannah Radzwill
  12. Adonna Fithen

 

State Wide Central Committee

 

  1. Michael Windey Chair of Otter Tail County DFL
  2. Ellen Palmer Vice Chair of Otter Tail County DFL
  3. Anthony Kimball Member at Large to represent Otter Tail County DFL

 

Alternates to State Wide Central Committee

  1. Fran Huston
  2. Diane Windey
  3. Reilly Knorr

 

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.  [email protected] .com

 

Resolutions sent to State DFL from Convention 2022

 

Resolutions are in the same order as they were voted on at the Otter Tail County DFL Convention.  Number 3, 6, and 10 failed to get enough votes

  1.  Be it resolved that the DFL party prioritizes establishing and fully investing in a comprehensive soil- health program to provide accessible grants and direct payments to farmers to implement and sustain soil-healthy practices; providing education, technical assistance, and research around soil-healthy practices to farmers; and setting statewide goals to reach 5.75 million acres of farmland in soil-healthy practices by 2030, 11.5 million acres by 2035, and 23 million acres by 2040.
  2. Be it resolved that the DFL party prioritize building the infrastructure needed by small- and mid-sized farms, rural, and urban communities to create regional food systems that support regenerative farming and provide all people with the nourishing foods they want and need. This includes investment in small business development and transitions, processing infrastructure and marketing of goods, and specialty crops that have environmental and economic benefits, and small-scale meat processing, including certification and training.
  3. Resolution Failed
  4. Be it resolved that we believe that all citizens of legal age should be allowed to vote without undue hardship or unnecessary barriers.
  5. Be it resolved that Election Day be a state holiday to promote fair and free elections.
  6. Resolution Failed
  7. Be it resolved that the DFL party, alongside elected and appointed officials, is committed to taking bold action to dismantle racial, gender, and economic injustice in our democracy, institutions, and public programs.
  8. Be it resolved that the DFL party will demonstrate its support for banning discrimination on the basis of gender/sex by aggressively advocating for removal of the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and for passage of legislation to put an Equal Rights Amendment in the Minnesota Constitution.
  9. Be it resolved that the DFL supports women’s rights to make personal reproductive decisions for themselves.
  10. Resolution Failed
  11. Be it resolved that the DFL party commits to holding large-scale animal agricultural operations accountable for the pollution they create and the environment and community costs of their methods of production.
  12. Be it resolved that the State of Minnesota shall evaluate the definition of special education (SPED) and commit to fully funding the public school programs.
  13. Be it resolved that private and public schools receiving public funds must be held to the same laws governing Minnesota public schools and must not discriminate against students because of economics, race, religion, ability, and gender/sexual identity.
  14. Be it resolved that the DFL will commit to post secondary financial assistance reform.
  15. Be it resolved that we endeavor to save humanity by supporting climate-improving agendas and immediate reductions in the production and use of fossil fuels.
  16. Be it resolved that the MN DFL adopt a platform that supports carbon fee & dividend legislation on a federal level.
  17. Be it resolved that we defend democracy, a system of government in which power is vested in the people, and call for an amendment to the United States Constitution to establish that only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights, and money is not speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech.
  18. Be it resolved that the DFL party takes bold action to ensure every person in Minnesota is easily able to get all medical care they need without worrying about cost, beginning by expanding Minnesota Care so that this high-quality public program is an option available to all.
  19. Be it resolved that the DFL party supports universal, single payer healthcare plan that ensures access to affordable high-quality healthcare for all regardless of age, income, employment, or health status.
  20. Be it resolved that until Universal Health Care exists, the DFL party should promote legislation for the negotiation of prices with providers of medical equipment, drugs, and procedures on behalf of all residents.
  21. Be it resolved that to promote voters informed decision-making regarding state and local candidates and propositions which will appear on an upcoming election ballot, Minnesota should consider creating a Voter’s Pamphlet to be delivered to each household prior to Election Day.
  22. Be it resolved that the DFL will support funding and implementation of programs at State of Minnesota level to end exploitation and murder of missing indigenous women.
  23. Be it resolved that the DFL supports abolition of qualified immunity for all officers of government charged for criminal or tortuous acts, regardless of their official or non-official capacity.

 

Resources

Accommodation Resources

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DFL Party Documents

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