Beltrami County DFL

Governor Candidates Forum: October 20, 2017

Governor Candidates Forum in Grand Rapids.  Our neighbors at Itasca County DFL are hosting a Governor Candidates Forum on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Itasca Community College’s Davies Theater, 1851 Highway 169 East).  The following 2018 DFL Governor candidates will participate in the forum, which will be moderated by Aaron Brown:  Chris Coleman, Tina Liebling, Erin Murphy, Paul Thissen and Tim Walz. These forums are a great way to learn more about our terrific slate of candidates for Governor.  When Ken Martin, Chair of the Minnesota State DFL, visited Bemidji in August he re-iterated the importance of keeping the governorship in DFL hands.  We couldn’t agree more.  Come early to attend the Expo, which starts at 3:00 pm.

Progressive Message Framing Workshop

The Beltrami County DFL hosted George Greene and Julie Ethan of Connections Lab for a terrific progressive message framing workshop in Bemidji on September 10, 2017.  Their workshops are based on the research of linguist and cognitive scientist George Lakoff (“Don’t Think of an Elephant,” “Thinking Points,” and “The Political Mind.”)

George and Julie taught the 13 or so workshop attendees how to get our progressive message across – in casual conversation with friends, family and neighbors, and in written materials (letters to the editor, campaign literature, etc.)  The key:  “frame” your message by leading with your values, instead of flinging facts.  Framing is the process of creating a message that evokes our core values and strengthens these values in the mind of our audience.

If you want to learn more, check out this 23-minute interview of George Lakoff: a good introduction to Lakoff’s work and an interview that George himself, thinks is great!  For a deeper dive, Connections Lab’s Resources page is replete with suggested reading.

We thank George and Julie for coming to Bemidji and sharing this fascinating and important material.


Labor Day Picnic

The Rotary Pavilion at Paul Bunyan Park on beautiful Lake Bemidji.

The Beltrami County DFL hosted a Labor Day picnic to celebrate the holiday by celebrating the achievements of the American Labor Movement.   The weather was kind to the 40 or so DFLers who attended the event at the Rotary Pavilion in Paul Bunyan Park.  Rep. John Persell, who is running to regain his House seat (5A-Bemidji area), addressed the crowd, as did Joel Hilstrom, who spoke on behalf of his wife, Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B-Brooklyn Park), who is running for Minnesota Attorney General.

Vice Chair, Steven Nelson


We took a break from the food and conversation to acknowledge the Labor Movement, which fought long and hard to secure these benefits, among others, for all working Americans: (1) child labor laws; (2) no weekend work; (3) all breaks, including your lunch break; (4) paid vacation; (5) sick leave; (6) Social Security; (7) the minimum wage; (8) an 8-hour work day; (9) overtime pay; (10) the Occupational Safety & Health Act; (11) the National Labor Relations Act; and (10) the Family Medical Leave Act.

A big Thank You (Miigwech) to Labor, for your tireless fight for all American workers.