Otter Tail County DFL
Precinct Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The precinct caucus is the grass roots level of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party structure. The grassroots history is for all Minnesota residents.
Any eligible caucus registrant who will be at least age 18 and eligible to vote on November 6, 2018 can be elected as a delegate or alternate. Persons who cannot be present at the caucus may also be elected if they indicate in a letter their willingness to serve and, optionally, candidate, uncommitted and/or issue preferences conforming to the Letter Nominations rule of the general rules in Addendum A of the State DFL Constitution and Bylaws You have the ability to participate at this level.
A precinct is comprised of the voting precinct which can be a township, an entire town, or a voting precinct within a larger community.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY DFL PARTY
Precinct Caucus Locations
Otter Tail County DFL Party Precinct Caucuses will be held on
Super Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30 P.M. Registration 7 P.M. Caucus Begins
Otter Tail County DFL Caucuses will be held at seven sites throughout the County:
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 Kennedy High School, Cafeteria, will host the following Fergus Falls precincts: City wards precincts 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 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.
Otter Tail County Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) members will gather on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the locations listed above to learn about this year’s candidates, debate resolutions for the Party Platform, elect new precinct chairs, select delegates for the upcoming conventions, and take part in a gubernatorial preference ballot. “Minnesota will be the epicenter of politics in 2018, and precinct caucuses are where it all begins,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “Gathered in school gymnasiums, local community centers, and town halls, DFLers across the state will build power from the grassroots and set the course for our party in this pivotal election. Whether they are long-time activists or political newcomers, they will play a part in choosing our candidates, determining our platform, and shaping our party’s future. I encourage all Minnesotans to attend their precinct caucus, engage with their neighbors, and make their voice heard.”
Mark the date on your calendar for Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 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 6, 2018.
Contact Person: Michael T. Windey, Chair
Otter Tail County DFL – 218-367-2402
Take time to watch and learn about precinct caucuses.
How to write a resolution.
WE ALL DO BETTER WHEN WE ALL DO BETTER
Today is the time. You are needed to make phone calls. We have very important issues to save. Like Medicare, Medicaid, Children Health Insurance Program, Social Security, Dream Act and your issue. Let them know your issue and concerns. Your voice needs to be heard!
An old Nigerian Proverb says, “In times of crises, the foolish man builds walls; the wise man builds bridges.” This is a time when bridge building is more important than ever. If you want to communicate with our leaders. They have the power over policy issues which will affect us. Building the bridge with your comments and conversation. This will be effective.
Following is a resource to facilitate reaching out to legislators. You may want to expand to legislators of both parties.
This list is a start:
Congressman COLLIN PETERSON DC 202-225-2165
DETROIT LAKES 218-847-5056
Senator Tina Smith DC 202-224-5641
Senator AMY KLOBUCHAR DC 202-224-3244
ST.PAUL 612-727-5220 VIRGINIA MN 218-7419690
Senator CHUCK SCHUMER DC 202-224-6542
NEW YORK 212-486-4430
Congresswoman NANCY PELOSI DC 202-225-4965
SAN FRANCISCO 415-556-4862
2016 Otter Tail County Resolutions from 2016 Convention That was submitted to the MN DFL
Agriculture & Food
Be it resolved that the Minnesota DFL support the labeling of products which use ingredients made from genetically modified crops (GMCs, GM crops, or biotech crops are plants used in agriculture, the DNA of which has been modified using genetic engineering techniques. In most cases, the aim is to introduce a new trait to the plant which does not occur naturally in the species.)
Civil, Human, & Constitutional Rights
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 political speech.
Be it resolved that the DFL party support measures such as early voting, automatic voter registration, and restoration of the Voting Act of 1964; and opposes requirements which prevent equal accessibility to all sectors of the voting population.
Be it resolved that the DFL Party supports creating a Paid Family Leave Program for all Minnesotans.
Be it resolved that the DFL will endorse and support the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act – legislation authorizing aid in dying for terminally ill, mentally competent individuals to ask for and receive a prescription for medication that they can self-administer for a peaceful death if and when their suffering becomes unbearable.
Be it resolved that the DFL supports legislation to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in the workplace and in public facilities.
Be it resolved that marijuana be removed as a schedule one narcotic so that medical research will be allowed.
Be it resolved that pharmaceutical industries should be regulated in a manner that allows fair and equal pricing.
Be it resolved that the DFL support legislation to reduce the cost of post-secondary school attendance.
Be it resolved that the DFL supports fully funded Early Childhood Family Education, Family Literacy, Early Childhood Special Education, and School Readiness to help children prepare for kindergarten and lifelong success.
Be it resolved that the MN DFL supports comprehensive sexual health education that equips Minnesota students with the knowledge to make best choices about their sexual health and reduce rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Be it resolved that Minnesota must work toward 50% renewable energy by 2030.
Be it resolved that the Minnesota Constitution (Article VII Sec. 9) should be amended to require the disclosure of ALL political contributions and expenditures, including electioneering communications but excluding an organization’s communications with its membership, in order to eliminate ‘dark money’ from Minnesota elections.
Health & Human Services
Be it resolved that the MN DFL support universal health care (single payer), paid for by employer/employee withholdings.
Labor & Employment
Be it resolved that the Minnesota DFL support the Minimum Wage campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, index it to inflation, conform with federal work rules, and preserve the prohibition on the tip penalty.
Be it resolved that the Minnesota DFL oppose any attempt by the Minnesota legislature to enact legislation or constitutional amendments to make Minnesota a “Right-to-Work” State.
Be it resolved that no government support should be given to, and severe tax penalties applied toward corporations that take their businesses out of the United States.
National Security & International Policy
Natural Resources & Environment
Be it resolved that the DFL party will support measures that will fight climate change on all levels and in all ways.
Be it resolved that Social Security should be a sustainable and continuous program.
Tax & Budget Policy
Be it resolved that reduced high interest rates for college loans is necessary.
WE THE PEOPLE
by Charlie Beacon
Yes indeed, I know you may not want to think about the malnourished world of politics. It can be very messy and even duplicitous at times. It can seem like a magnet that attracts scoundrels and others of nefarious character. Oh my you say. you have a headache. It can be enough to give a saintly person an aneurysm. Your response could be to just bury one’s head in the proverbial sands of dismay. Just hide in your own personal domestic sanctum and just let others be engaged. However, this great experiment called a “Democracy” is counting on your voice. Yes, it will pulsate with success, but a more laudable approach is for “We the People” to step up to the plate. This great experiment needs and wants your input and help. Share your knowledge and experiences with neighbors, family and friends. You are needed to take a share of responsibility for the future of Minnesota and our great country called “AMERICA”. You can help by not allowing cynicism to metastasize.
I know you are concerned about Minnesota and America. The question is what can I do? As a concerned citizen, motivate yourself to make a positive impact, join with family and friends at the grass roots effort of the upcoming Minnesota Precinct Caucuses on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The caucuses are the beginning grass roots process that you can use to elect those individual who will represent you in your political party. This is an excellent opportunity for you to become involved at a local level which influences our state and national politics. Your Precinct Caucus can be the venue to meet others, like you, who are becoming involved. Maybe it is your first time attending a caucus. This is where you can discuss various issues and share ideas. Eventually, one can propose resolutions which are used to construct your political party’s platform. You will elect your representative who will attend the County Convention. They will cast their votes for party officers and delegates to the next convention.
Martin Luther King eloquently stated that “The arch of history bends in the direction of justice”. This may be true, however it doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes the involvement of “We the People”.
Otter Tail County Democratic Farmer Party believes that we are all in this together. Paul Wellstone said it best, “We all do better when we all do better.” We all at least should have a fair chance to succeed. If you agree that public education, social justice, a fair and equitable tax system that doesn’t unduly burden those least able to pay. Then we will move Minnesota and America forward. Take this opportunity to step up and be part of this great Democracy!
Mark your calendar, the date is Tuesday, February 4, 2014. There will be seven different location in Otter Tail County. Watch for the press release in January or go to: Otter Tail County DFL website at dfl.org/ottertail . Join with family, friends and neighbors a the grass roots meeting called Precinct Caucuses, see you there.