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Looking Ahead 

February 16, 2021

What On Your Mind?

Join Otter Tail County DFL for our monthly coffee clutch gathering on Zoom.  It will be on Tuesday February 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm to 8 pm.  Grab a soda, tea or coffee and let us know what is on your mind.  Just drop Mike a note at:  windeyottertail@gmail.com and he will make sure you receive the Zoom notice to join us.

February 22, 2021

Otter Tail County DFL monthly meeting on Zoom at 7 pm.  Just drop Mike a note at:  windeyottertail@gmail.com and he will make sure you receive the Zoom notice.


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.



Dear Otter Tail County Democrats,

Thank You!   This election season offered us hope. Matters of concern to all citizens of Otter Tail County were on the ballot, including healthcare and economic security for rural residents. In addition, issues of equity were promoted, giving voice to the promises offered to all and that many of us take for granted — but in the case of some opponents, claimed inequality to be a “sidebar” consideration. Throughout the campaign season, voters had opportunities to hear options for solving problems by inclusive measures. Whether advocating for water quality by bringing constituency groups—farmers and environmental advocates—together or advocating for law enforcement reforms by way of respectful conversations, our candidates were unafraid to address systemic racism and gender bias, as well as clean energy solutions.

By your endorsements and donations, you helped promote our four well-qualified and enthusiastic candidates. Whether in debates, forums, virtual town halls, pop up sign events, podcasts, or other online media platforms, each presented his or her views as sensible alternatives to the oppositions’ party line rhetoric. Our candidates’ positions on government’s role in securing universal broadband access, showing respect for all populations, and promoting our rural economy by investing in public educational institutions gave voice to our shared responsibility for the many who live paycheck to paycheck in Otter Tail County.

Thank you  to Michele Anderson  for SD8; Brittney Johnson  for HR8A; Carol Wenner HR 8B; and David Suby  for HR 2B.  We sincerely hope you will consider leading us DFLers at whatever level and invite you to seek our assistance in championing your concerns in any endeavors you might choose.

We also thank Representative Collin Peterson  for decades of service to the nation and the MN 7th District and wish him good health and the opportunity to offer continued leadership on agricultural issues.

We are honored to know these fine people, and proud each ran positive campaigns promoting common sense, compassion, and civility.

Thank You  for helping to elect Joe Biden  & Kamala Harris for president and vice president and for re-electing Senator Tina Smith  our senator in Washington D.C.

The results of our presidential election provide the first step to returning humility, caring, sincerity, honesty and justice to the image our government here and throughout the world.  Whichever causes are closest to your heart, you must keep vigilant to those causes until you are satisfied with the outcomes.

Thank You!

Michael T Windey, Chair

Otter Tail County DFL


Jane Stock, Vice Chair

Otter Tail County DFL



 “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

Our monthly meeting will be on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 pm on Zoom.  We can have up to 100 individuals so if you would like to attend please drop me a note so I can send you the sign in information.  windeyottertail@gmail .com


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2020 Minnesota DFL Resolutions from the Otter Tail County DFL

Results from the Otter Tail County DFL Convention

The top resolutions that received the 60% of the vote will be sent to the MN DFL party for consolidation, with further discussion and voting at the MN State DFL Convention.

Agriculture & Food

1____ Be it resolved that we support the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative that is developing profitable perennial and winter annual crops that build soil health, clean our water, and sequester carbon; and the long-term base funding of $12 million per biennium.

2____ Be it resolved that science has proven that restorative and sustainable farming practices will help stabilize the climate and nourish our land.

3____  Be it resolved that we call on the Minnesota Legislature and Governor to pass policy supporting severely financially stressed small and mid-sized farmers by covering the origination fees required          when refinancing farm debt and obtaining guaranteed loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency.

4____ Be it resolved that small U.S. farmers will be protected from sanctions imposed on trade farmers.

Business & Community Development

5____ Be it resolved that we support rural arts initiatives.

6____ Be it resolved that as we transition to a clean energy economy, this transition must create living-wage jobs, develop local rural economies, and keep wealth in local communities.

7____ Be it resolved that we support implementation and expansion of the Border-to-Border statewide Broadband Initiative.

Civil, Human & Constitutional Rights

8____ Be it resolved that as we transition to a clean energy economy, we must do so in a way that is fair and just for people of color, indigenous people, low-income communities, farmers, and rural communities.

 9____ Be it resolved that we support the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment, which reads, “Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender,” and will appear on the November 2020 ballot.

10____Be it resolved that we support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United.

14____ Be it resolved that we support all public-school students in Minnesota receiving an equal high quality public education through an equitable funding formula.

15____ Be it resolved that we oppose public money & taxpayer dollars going toward PK-12 schools that are not bound by the same rules of open enrollment, special education services, and teacher qualifications as in public schools.

Government Accountability to the Public

21____ Be it resolved that we support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) designed to ensure that the presidential candidate who receives the most votes nationwide is elected president.

22____Be it resolved that the MN State House & Senate agree to hire a non-partisan group to draw new political boundaries for redistricting without applying political population distribution in decision-making.

Health & Human Services

36____ Be it resolved that we support Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill, H.R.5598, to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area & Voyageur’s National Park.

37____ Be it resolved that we support stronger mandatory background checks for gun purchases.

38____ Be it resolved that we support the Ojibwa culture, their lands and waterways, by opposing the construction of a new Enbridge Oil Pipeline 3 and the abandonment of the old Pipeline 3.

RESULTS FROM THE DFL STATE CONVNTION ARE ON LINE AT:  https://www.dfl.org/2020-dfl-state-convention-election-results/




Our Upcoming Events


Otter Tail County DFL holds its monthly meeting on the fourth Monday of the Month at 7 pm.  We are currently holding meetings on Zoom.

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 25, 2021.  Please send us a note and I will let you know how to join our meeting.


Websites for You

Minnesota Sectary of State Steve Simon


Minnesota Senator Tina Smith


Joe Biden for President

Kamala Harris for Vice President