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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Precinct Caucuses

Today we gather at our precinct caucus with neighbor and friends to discuss resolutions and elect our representatives to our next County Convention and Congressional District 7 Convention.


Participating in a Precinct Caucus

A caucus is a gathering of neighbors for the purpose of discussing issues and organizing the local DFL party unit. All parties have their caucuses on the same night, and the next precinct caucus will be on February 27, 2024.

What to Expect at Your Precinct Caucus


1) Caucus Registration – begins by 6:30 pm

When you arrive, your first task is to sign in with your name, address, and signature affirming that you consider yourself a member of the DFL Party and not an active member of any other political party. You must be at least 16 years old to participate in precinct caucuses. To vote or be elected as a delegate during the caucus, you must be at least 18 years old and eligible to vote in the next election.

2) Meeting your Neighbors

After registration, you will have an opportunity to meet with your neighbors and build relationships with people in your community who share similar values.

3) Calling the Caucus to Order – at 7:00 pm

The first order of business during caucuses is to call the meeting to order and select a caucus chair who will oversee the meeting. You may also choose to elect a secretary to take notes and keep track of what is happening. Finally, you will need to elect two tellers who will help to count ballots on any issues that will be voted on. This is a great way to get involved during your caucus.

4) Precinct Elections

You will be able to elect precinct chairs and up to two vices chairs. The DFL has a rule that at least one of the vice-chairs must be a different gender than the chair. Duties include identifying and organizing DFL supporters in the precinct and attending meetings held by your local unit central committee. Officers are elected for a two-year term. Nominations can occur anytime after the caucus chair has been selected and you can always nominate yourself.

5) Candidates

During your caucus, local candidates, such as those running for the Minnesota House or Senate, may stop in. They will usually make a short speech seeking your support and this is your chance to learn more about them.

6) Delegate Elections

Your caucus will select delegates and alternates to represent your precinct at the organizing unit conventions and, in some cases, other local unit conventions. Serving as a delegate will allow you to help influence politics in your area as you will participate in endorsing local candidates at your convention, selecting local DFL leadership, and possibly become a state delegate. Alternates are important because if a delegate cannot attend, they represent the precinct in their place. Your local unit may also have you elect members to participate in convention planning committees. This can be a good opportunity to get involved in a short term manner.

7) Resolutions

If there is an issue you are passionate about and would like to have it added to the DFL Party Platform or Action Agenda, you can submit a resolution for consideration at your precinct caucus. You will need to complete a form in order for the resolution to be considered, which can be found here. For a greater explanation of this process, you can check out this video.


Have a scheduling conflict on caucus night?

Know your rights: Minnesota Statutes Section 202A.19 permits Minnesota residents to take time off from work without pay to attend precinct caucuses, provided they give their employer written notice at least 10 days in advance. State universities, community colleges, and public schools may not hold classes or events after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of precinct caucuses. State agencies, school boards, county boards, township boards, city councils, and all other political subdivisions may not conduct meetings after 6:00 p.m. on caucus night.


Non-Attendee Form: If you want to participate, but cannot attend you can submit a non-attendee form



Otter Tail County DFL Announces February 27, 2024 Precinct Caucus Locations


Otter Tail Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) members will gather on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at one of the seven sites around the County to learn about this year’s candidates, discuss local issues, debate resolutions for the Party Platform, elect new precinct chairs, and select delegates for the upcoming conventions.


“Our precinct caucuses signal the start of the 2024 elections in Minnesota, which are sure to be some of the most contested political battles in our state’s history,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “The way we win in 2024 is by organizing and building power at the grassroots level, which is exactly what DFLers will be doing in community centers and school gymnasiums across Minnesota. The DFL is a people-powered party and our precinct caucuses give everyone, from seasoned activists to the newly engaged, a chance to weigh in on the party’s platform, elect local leaders, and shape the future of the DFL. I encourage all Minnesotans to attend their precinct caucuses, engage with their neighbors, and make their voices heard.”.


Otter Tail County DFL Caucuses will be held at seven sites throughout the County for your convenience.  Our Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party caucuses set the framework for the grassroots organization of the DFL Party.  Precinct Chairs and Associate Chairs are elected, Resolutions are written and Delegates are elected to represent each precinct at the County and District Conventions.


Site 1. Pelican Rapids Public Library,25 Mill Avenue, Pelican Rapids will host the following precincts:  Candor, Dora, Dunn, Erhard, Erhards Grove, Lida, Maplewood, Norwegian Grove, Pelican Twp., Pelican Rapids City, Rothsay City, Scambler, Star Lake, Trondhjem and Vergas City.


Site 2.Fergus Falls MState 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

will host the following Fergus Falls precincts:   City wards precincts 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2, 3-1, 3-2, 4-1, 4-2, Aastad,  Aurdal, Buse, Carlisle, Dalton, Dane Prairie, Elizabeth City, Elizabeth Twp., Fergus Falls Twp., Friberg, Orwell, Oscar, Tumuli and Western.


Site 3. Parkers Prairie High School, Music Room, 411 South Otter Avenue, Parkers Prairie precincts are: Eastern, Effington, Elmo, Leaf Mountain, Parkers Prairie City, Parkers Prairie Twp., Urbank and Woodside.


Site 4. Henning High School, 500 School Avenue, Henning Precincts are: Folden, Girard, Henning City, Henning Twp., Inman, Leaf Lake, and Oak Valley.


Site 5. Perham Middle School, Cafetorium, 480 Coney Street, Perham precincts are:  Corliss, Dead Lake, Dent, Edna, Gorman, Hobart, Ottertail City, Ottertail Twp., Perham City, Perham Twp., Pine Lake, Richville and Rush Lake.


Site 6. Battle Lake High School Cafeteria, 402 Summit Street West, Battle Lake precincts are:  Amor, Battle Lake, Clitherall City, Clitherall Twp., Eagle Lake, Everts, Maine, Nidaros, St Olaf, Sverdrup, Tordenskjold, Underwood and Vining.


Site 7. New York Mills High School, 209 N Hayes Ave, New York Mills, MN 56567

Common Area (go in the door with the Eagle), the precincts are:  Blowers, Bluffton City, Bluffton Twp., Butler, Compton, Deer Creek City, Deer Creek Twp., Homestead, Newton, New York Mills, Otto, Paddock and Wadena Precinct 4.


Mark the date on your calendar for Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 6:30 P.M. Registration, 7 P.M. Caucus.  Come early and participate at your Otter Tail County Democratic -Farmer- Labor Party Precinct Caucus. Let your voice be heard.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 1st.


Contact Person:     Michael T. Windey, Chair

Otter Tail County DFL – 651-338-3065

Email:  [email protected]



DFL State Party Officers

  • Ken Martin Chair

  • Marge Hoffa First Vice Chair

  • Shivanthi Sathanandan Second Vice Chair

  • Bahea Manasra Outreach Officer

  • Ceri Everett Secretary

  • Leah Midgarden Treasurer

Annual Otter Tail County Fundraiser

Otter Tail County DFL annual fundraising campaign using the Campaign Finance Refund Program is continuing.  We will accomplish our goal of raising 10,000.00 with your financial help.  Please consider a contribution of $500, $250, or $100.  Remember, a part of your contribution is refundable.  Take advantage of this refund program which will give a refund to you up to $75 for an individual and $150 for a couple once a year.  It is free and we are asking for you help.  You accomplished a lot last year through your vote.  It was the rural vote that elected our Governor and Executive Offices.  We need to raise $10,000.00 dollars to prepare for the presidential election in 2024.  Donations on line are accepted using the link below or the button on the top left.

Receive a Refund of Your Political Contribution Under the Law

Once a year, you can donate to Otter Tail County DFL Party and receive a refund of up to $50 per person or $100 per couple from the State of Minnesota.  IT IS EASY.

You may donate from our website using the highlighted Act Blue Link below.

This is how the program works:

  1. Send your check to:  Otter Tail County DFL Party,

          Anthony Kimball Treasurer, P.O. Box 296, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-9286


  1. Our treasurer will send you a receipt and refund form to obtain a refund of your contribution from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.  You can use program only once a year ($50 per person and $100 per couple)



Minnesota Department of Revenue

Political Contribution Refund

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  1. Yes, in 2 to 6 weeks, you will get a refund from the Department of Revenue. Direct deposits are even faster.

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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


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

Outreach Open position

Director Positions:

  1. Kelly Widness
  2. Bruce Albright
  3. Robyne Williams
  4. Jane Stock
  5. Robert Lahman
  6. Cornel Walker
  7. Jim Olson
  8. Carol Albright
  9. Hannah Radzwill
  10. Reilly Knorr

State Wide Central Committee

Alternates to State Wide Central Committee

Michael Windey, Chair

Ellen Palmer, Vice Chair

Anthony Kimball Member at Large

Alternate for SCC

  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.  windeyottertail@gmail .com






February 2024

Monday February 26 OTC Monthly Meeting

Tuesday February 27 Precinct Caucuses at 7 sites In Otter Tail County, Battle Lake H.S., M State in Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids Library, Henning H.S., Perham Middle School, New York Mills H.S., and Parkers Prairie H.S.  

March 2024

Tuesday March 5 Presidential Primary

Monday March 25 OTC Monthly Meeting

Plan for an Office??

April 2024

Saturday April 20 Otter Tail Convention will be held at Battle Lake High School 8 am to 12 noon

Monday April 22 OTC Monthly Meeting

Saturday April 27 Senate District 9 Convention will be held at MState in Fergus Falls in Legacy Hall from 9-1 pm

May 2024

Saturday May 11 Congressional District 7 Convention will be in Moorhead.  Additional details will be added.

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.


Accommodation Resources

Here you can find some recommendations as well as resources on planning unit events.


DFL Party Documents

Here you can find the DFL Constitution, Official Call, Platform, and Action Agenda.