Otter Tail County DFL Party will 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 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
What is next for 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
- Kelly Widness
- Cornel Walker
- Robyne Williams
- Paul Haarstick
- Paulette Nettestad
- Chet Nettestad
- LaRon Adkins
- Robert Lahman
- Doris Heroff
State Wide Central Committee
- Michael Windey Chair of Otter Tail County DFL
- Jane Stock Vice Chair of Otter Tail County DFL
- Frances Huston Member at Large to represent Otter Tail County DFL
Alternates to State Wide Central Committee
- Cornel Walker
- Diane Windey
- Ellen Palmer
Our yearly picnic which was scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd, but due to the Covid-19 it was canceled.
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
News & Media
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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/
I am a fierce rural advocate and a proven leader.
I am joining this race because we can’t wait any longer to include more voices in addressing our state’s challenges.
I’m doing this because I want to learn and build from what we have in common, rather than what divides us.
And I’m doing this for the next generation. I want to make sure that I do everything I can now to make our children’s future brighter.
Working for People from Places We Love
My name is Brittney Johnson and I am running for the Minnesota House of Representatives to bring proactive leadership to the state capitol. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown the importance of leadership during times of crisis.
Unfortunately for the people in our community, COVID-19 is not the only challenge we have faced. We have an affordable healthcare crisis, an affordable housing crisis, and an addiction crisis. All of these challenges have suffered from a lack of leadership in St. Paul.
Minnesotans deserve a legislator who will champion their interests at the capitol. As a legislator, I will advocate tirelessly for the best interests of the Minnesotans who live here.
Otter Tail County is an amazing place to live. The gumption and compassion of our family, friends, and neighbors has made it a destination for people from all over the state. We are not an afterthought. Our leadership should reflect that.
I hope you will join me.
DFL Endorsed Candidate for House District 8B
“I am ready to advocate for rural Minnesota and work hard to address the challenges that we will face moving forward.”
“I am running for office because I want to work to help build a better Minnesota for everyone. I am asking you to join me, because when we work together, we can build the kind of grassroots power that makes real change.”
“I want the folks in District 8B to know that I will work hard for them in St. Paul on the issues that are important to them,” Wenner stated in a press release. “I will focus on fair-wage jobs, readily available healthcare, and quality education to train workers for jobs of the future.”
Wenner grew up in a large family on a small farm in Swift County, Minn. She worked at Douglas County Hospital before attaining a marketing degree and, later, a business management degree.
While in school, Wenner worked at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board as a student trustee.
More recently, Wenner did fundraising and grant writing for the Knute Nelson Foundation. In December, she began her work at Kids Against Hunger Alexandria, whose mission is to feed starving children around the world.
Wenner and her husband Bruce live in Alexandria and enjoy spending time with their three adult children and two grandchildren. She has been involved with her children’s sports and youth group activities throughout the years and continues to serve in her community today.
Wenner is on the administrative team for the Diversity Resource Action Alliance and is a member of the Cultural Inclusiveness Committee. She volunteers for the United Way and Habitat for Humanity and helped get out the vote for the school referendum.
“I am running because I care about our state and our future, and I want people to be able to trust in our government again,” she stated. “I believe in an honest government that works for the people with fairness and respect for everyone”
How To Get Involved
If you have not yet donated and have the means to, Carol would appreciate your financial support. Any amount is helpful and the next two months are crucial. There are two options for donating, you can either send a check to P.O. Box 1241, Alexandria, MN 56308 or donate via ActBlue with this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/carol-wenner-for-house-district-8b-1.
Due to COVID-19, the campaign can’t door knock which means we need to rely on phone calling and texting. If you have an hour to spare once a week, please consider making phone calls. We have a NEW, easy way to change your phone number while making calls. If you are uncomfortable talking to people on the phone our new texting system is ready! If you cannot make it to the phone banking Zoom event or want to learn how to text please use this google form to mark days that you can. Here is the google form to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYPOhCRdpJn8RNwL2gst6UA1edy_o2k1m31iJLMvEs1LEj3Q/viewform?usp=pp_url
Our Upcoming Events
Otter Tail County DFL holds its monthly meeting on the fourth Monday of the Month. We are currently holding meetings on Zoom. Please send me a note if you wish to attend and I will send you the link for our meeting.
What can I do to help now?
There are many opportunities. You can write postcards for candidates, make phone calls, put up a lawn sign for your candidate and donate money to Otter Tail County DFL or Your candidate. The Following local links may help you, with our state wide candidates.
Websites for You
Minnesota Sectary of State Steve Simon
Senate District 8 Michele Anderson website:
Minnesota House District 8A Brittney Johnson
Minnesota House District 8B Carol Wenner
CD 7 Congressman Collin Peterson
Minnesota Senator Tina Smith
Joe Biden for President
Kamala Harris for Vice President
Go to: dfl.org/volunteer
To Volunteer to help elect the our endorsed candidates for Minnesota
CD 7 Phone Bank
About this event
Gather with us and help make calls on our autodialing system across Greater Minnesota to ensure our success in this critical election. We will be identifying likely DFL voters and asking them to consider Voting-by-Mail this year.
We’ll start with introductions and provide a brief training before we hit the phones to have the conversations we need in order for our candidates to be successful. Sign-up today and let’s win this thing together!
Minnesotans For Joe
October Informational Meeting
About this event
Let’s see who all lives in Minnesota (or Wisconsin!) and wants to take back the Midwest for Joe! Join us for the October edition of our virtual meeting to work together on outreach in Minnesota and beyond! We’ll be focused on passing along volunteer information, sharing voting social media links, and hosting a general Q&A with DFL organizers.