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The League of Women Voters
of the Red River Valley

PO Box 295, Fargo, ND 58107 • (701) 484-1920
Serving West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead, & Dilworth

 

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Board of Directors
2014

President: Rachel Hoffman
Vice President: Jolene Garty
Secretary: Ashley Ladbury
Treasurer: Carol Sawicki

Directors:

  • Adam Altenburg
  • Lois Altenburg
  • Les Bakke
  • Barb Headrick
  • Bev Lake
  • Mary Tintes
  • Del Rae Williams


Local News/Calendar

March 14 & March 28, 2015
ND Legislative Forums

What: ND Legislative Forums
Date: Saturdays, March 14 and March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Fargo City Commission Chamber
200 3rd Street N, downtown Fargo

Meet your legislators and ask them questions regarding the current legislative session. Free and open to the public! Enter the east side of City Hall.

Forums are broadcast live on cable access channels.


March 6, 2015
First Friday

Date: March 6, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Cass County Voting Issues: The Special Election, Bills before the ND Legislature and the Performance of the ND Voter ID Law.
Featuring: Mike Montplaisir, Cass County Auditor and DeAnn Buckhouse, Cass County Election Coordinator

Come hear information from the Cass County Auditor and Election Coordinator on Fargo’s special election in April, the performance of North Dakota’s Voter ID law in 2014 and much more. Plus, come and voice your comments and concerns to them. Bring your friends to this event on an important issue for all voters.

This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley and it is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Mary C. Tintes at (701) 238-0714.

We begin gathering at 11:30 for food and conversation with the program beginning at noon.


February 6, 2015
First Friday

Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: What is The Arts Partnership and what does it do?

Join us and hear from The Arts Partnership Executive Director’s Dayna Del Val on the organization’s efforts to “cultivate the arts in our community.” Find out about the artists, events and activities offered and how The Arts Partnership strives to provide ways to bring the public together with artists through advocacy, information, and good old-fashioned fun.

This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley and it is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Mary C. Tintes at (701) 238-0714.

We begin gathering at 11:30 for food and conversation with the program beginning at noon.


January 2, 2015
First Friday

Date: January 2, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: The 1975 Ratification of the ERA in North Dakota
and the Women Who Lead the Way.

The 1975 Ratification of the ERA in North Dakota and the Women Who Lead the Way - a Public Discussion this Friday

Fargo, ND – In February of 1975, North Dakota became the 34th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, because of the efforts of the Coordinating Council for the Equal Rights Amendment (CCERA), a coalition of groups including the ND League of Women Voters (NDLWV), National Organization of Women (NOW) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

On Friday, January 2, 12:00 noon at the Sons of Norway in Fargo, four of the women who led the fight for equal rights in North Dakota, Dr. Ellen Chaffee, Donna Chalimonczyk, Bonnie Askew and Lois Altenburg, will discuss their roles in the historic events surrounding the successful push in ND for ratification and the conservative backlash against feminism which threatened to erode support for the ERA. Questions will be taken from the audience.

This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley and it is free and open to the public. For more information, call Mary C. Tintes at (701) 238-0714.


December 5, 2014
First Friday

Date: December 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
(in the lounge this month)
Topic: Preview of the Minnesota State Legislature

Please join Sen. Kent Eken and Rep. Ben Lien as they discuss the next legislative session in St. Paul. Each will offer their views and open the floor to questions. We are in the lounge, but we hope the trolls won’t bother you.

As usual, we start to gather at 11:30 for lunch and the program begins at Noon. Hope to see you there.


October 23, 2014
Online Video Candidate Forums

Here are YouTube links to the Moorhead Candidates Forums from Saturdary October 11th at the Moorhead Public Library.

Thursday's North Dakota Candidate Forums.

Thanks to Moorhead Community Access Media (MCAM) and the City of Fargo for their help on the videoes.


November 7, 2014
First Friday

Date:
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Higher Education in North Dakota from a Student’s Perspective

Chris McEwen, a NDSU graduate student and member of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education will speak. Come here from a student on higher education in North Dakota and, since it will be after election day, discuss the reaction to results on Measure 3 that seeks to abolish the ND Board of Higher Education and replace it with an appointed Commission on Higher Education.

As usual, we start to gather at 11:30 for lunch and the program begins at Noon. Hope to see you there.


October 22, 2014
North Dakota Candidate Forums

Hear from Candidates in Fargo on Wednesday October 22nd.
Join us from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Fargo City Commission Chamber for forums for the following:

6:00 - 6:55 pm, ND State Legislative Districts 11 and 21
7:00 - 8:30 pm, ND State Legislative Districts 27 and 41

Candidates will give opening and closing statements and respond to questions written by members of the audience. We thank the City of Fargo for the use of the City Commission Chamber for the forums. The event will be broadcast on Cableone’s Public Access Channel and we will post the forum as soon as the video is available.


October 16, 2014
North Dakota Candidate Forums

Hear from Candidates in Fargo on Thursday October 16th.
Join us from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Fargo City Commission Chamber for forums for the following:

6:00 - 6:45 pm, Cass County Commission Districts 2 and 4
7:00 - 8:30 pm, ND State Legislative Districts 13 and 45

Candidates will give opening and closing statements and respond to questions written by members of the audience. We thank the City of Fargo for the use of the City Commission Chamber for the forums. The event will be broadcast on Cableone’s Public Access Channel and we will post the forum as soon as the video is available.


October 11, 2014
Minnesota Candidate Forums

Hear from Candidates in Moorhead on Saturdary October 11th.
Join us from 10 am - 2 pm on Oct. 11 at the Moorhead Public Library for forums for the following:

10:10 - 11:00 am, Clay County Sheriff, Clay County Commission Districts 3 and 4
11:10 - 11:50 am, Minnesota House Districts 4B
12:00 - 1:00 pm, Moorhead School Board
1:10 - 1:50 pm, Minnesota House Districts 4A
1:55 pm, Statements from MN District Judge Candidates

Candidates will give opening and closing statements and respond to questions written by members of the audience. We thank the Moorhead Public Library for provided room for the forums.


October 3, 2014
First Friday

Date:
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Local Oral History Projects

Please join Les Bakke, LWVRRV Board Member, as he presents excerpts from local oral history projects being done in the area. These include oral histories with veterans and with Legendary League Members.

As usual, we start to gather at 11:30 for lunch and the program begins at Noon. Hope to see you there.


September 5, 2014
First Friday

Date: September 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: A Reminder and Update on the New ND Voting Law

DeAnn Buckhouse, Cass County Election Coordinator, follows up to her presentation last spring on the new ND Voter ID law. Now we are adding the experience from last June. We hope you will come and hear her report from and share your views as voters.

We will start gathering at 11:30 am for socializing and lunch, Program from Noon - 1:00. Please join us.


North Dakota Voter Forums for
Local and Primary Elections

Here are dates and places for three Voter Forums in Fargo and West Fargo. Please attend and ask questions of the candidates. If you can't attend, all the Candidate Forums we sponsored are now on YouTube.com. Please click the link to view them.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Location: Fargo City Commission Chambers
Time: 9:00 - 9:55 am, Fargo Park Board
Time: 10:00 - 10:55 am, Fargo City Commission
Time: 11:00 - 11:55 am, Fargo Mayoral

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Location: West Fargo City Hall
Time: 7:00 - 7:45 pm, West Fargo City Commission
Time: 7:50 - 9:00 pm, West Fargo School Board

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Location: Fargo City Commission Chambers
Time: 9:00 - 9:45 am, ND District 41 House Primary
Time: 10:00 - 10:55 am, Fargo School Board Session 1
Time: 11:00 - 11:55 am, Fargo School Board Session 2
Fargo School Board candidates in two session due to size of the field. Session 1 with 6 candidates and Session 2 with 5 candidates.

Thanks to Bev Lake, Les Bakke and all the folks they have rounded up to volunteer for each session.


May 2, 2014
First Friday

Date: May 2, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Has the Supreme Court Opened the Door to Even More Money in Campaigns?

Dr. Barbara Headrick, Chair of MSUM Dept. of Political Science and your humble LWVRRV President, will do her best to explain the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling on campaign finance.
The League of Women Voters has consistently backed rules to prevent a few large donors from having an overwhelming impact on elections. However, the majority of the current U.S. Supreme Court considers money as free speech and has now eliminated the limit on total donations an individual can give to candidates or parties.
Dr. Headrick will also discuss the impact seen since a 2010 Supreme Court ruling led to creation of SuperPACs.

We will start gathering at 11:30 am for socializing and lunch, Program from Noon - 1:00. Please join us for last First Friday until September


April 4, 2014
First Friday

Date: April 4, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Northern Plains Botanical Garden

Jim Anderson, President of the Northern Plains Botanical Garden, will talk about their organization, their garden work in our community and their plans for the future. Come learn about what their website calls “Our Little Secret.” Here is their website so you can come a bit better prepared: NPBotanicGarden.com

We will start gathering at 11:30 am for socializing and lunch, Program from Noon - 1:00. We can all chat some more about some of the topics from the Annual Meeting last Saturday.


March 7, 2014
First Friday

Date: March 7, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Planning for the Future of Downtown Moorhead

Moorhead Economic Development Director Matt Maslowski will speak on the efforts in Moorhead to improve the downtown area. Please come and hear the ideas being explored and give your views to Mr. Maslowski. Moorhead’s Mayor and LWVRRV’s Vice-President Del Rae Williams has graciously agreed to introduce Mr. Maslowski.

Start gathering at 11:30 am for socializing and lunch Program from Noon - 1:00.


February 7, 2014
First Friday

Date: February 7, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Plans for Changes to Downtown Fargo

Fargo City Administrator Pat Zavoral will speak on the plans for changes for downtown Fargo. This is an opportunity to hear in full the plans for 2nd Street, City Hall and more in one place. Please come and hear the plans and give your views to Mr. Zavoral. These plans relate to flood prevention plans and pursuing the needs of the city with the desire for a vibrant downtown vibrant.

Start gathering at 11:30 am for socializing and lunch Program from Noon - 1:00.


January 3, 2014
First Friday

Date: January 3, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo ND
Topic: Fargo Moorhead Metro COG on Metro 2040

Wade Kline will speak about Metro 2040 for the First Friday in January. The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) is in the process of updating its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the FM Metropolitan area. This update to the LRTP, entitled Metro 2040 - Mobility for the Future, will serve as the multimodal transportation plan for the FM area through 2040. It will represent the transportation needs of automobiles, pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit systems.

The purpose of Metro 2040 is to guide decision makers on selecting projects, allocating funding and managing policies that affect future transportation needs in the FM Metropolitan area. Metro 2040 will look at the existing and projected evolution of all modes of transportation and provide recommendations for constructing an maintaining a multimodal transportation system capable of accommodating future transportation needs.

Start gathering at 11:30 am for socializing and lunch Program from Noon - 1:00.


Election Information

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LWVND 2014 Voter Guide to the eight Constitutional Amendments and Initiatives on the November 4, 2014 ND General Election ballot.

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State of North Dakota

North Dakota Secretary of State

Where to vote in Cass County
(Click "Where do you live"), or request an absentee voter application. The county also has Absentee Voter applications on their web site.

City of Fargo
We have also posted the "Fargo City Guide Update"- an informative look at the services Fargo provides and the rules guiding their use.

City of West Fargo

State of Minnesota

Minnesota Secretary of State

Clay County

City of Moorhead


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