Work to Preserve Water Resources Continues
By Gretchen Sabel, Guest Columnist, ABC Newspapers June 23, 2020
This is part of a series of monthly columns by local water experts. These columns on local rivers and land use are a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region and other environmental groups in Anoka County. Learn more about the league at lwvumrr.org.
Like most of Minnesota, Anoka County is blessed with extensive water resources. Our nation’s river, the mighty Mississippi, forms much of the southern border of Anoka County, stretching for more than 20 miles from Elk River to Minneapolis. The Rum River, starting at Lake Mille Lacs, passes through Anoka County before meeting the Mississippi at Anoka. Two regionally important watersheds transect the county from east to west — Coon Creek and Rice Creek — entering the Mississippi in Coon Rapids and Fridley, respectively...READ MORE
For the Love of a River
Patrick Slack, ABC Newspapers, Jun 18 2020
"It’s a love story that took five years of writing and has been a lifetime in the making.
Ever since he was a kid growing up in the small river town of Morton in western Minnesota, Darby Nelson has held a deep love for the Minnesota River.
Now, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College biology professor emeritus has come out with a new book, “For Love of a River: The Minnesota,” which has been named a finalist in the Nature category of the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association...." READ MORE
Anoka County History: County Board's First Female Commissioners
By Anoka County Historical Society, ABC Newspapers, Mar 3 2020
"With Women's History Month upon us already, the Anoka County Historical Society would like to acknowledge several Anoka County women who have made an impact on our local history. Margaret Langfeld and Natalie Haas Steffen hold the honor of being the first two women elected to the County Board, 125 years after the county was established..." READ MORE
Legislators Sit Down With Voters in Ramsey
Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer and Photographer, ABC Newspapers, Jan 21 2020
"Redistricting was a hot topic at every table during an informal discussion with local legislators in Ramsey last week.
Rep. Melissa Hortman’s, DFL-Brooklyn Park; Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids; Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka; and Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, sat down with approximately 40 voters Jan. 9 at tables in Ramsey City Hall to conduct informal discussions..." READ MORE
Century of Suffrage Celebrated
Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer and Photographer, ABC Newspapers, Jan 17 2020
A traveling exhibit celebrating 100 years of women voting opened Jan. 13 in the Northtown Branch of the Anoka Library system.
Approximately 35 attended the ceremonial opening of the traveling exhibit called 'A Century of Civic Engagement.' During the evenings festivities ..."
Anoka County Library: Votes for Women
By Lydia Potthoff of Anoka County Library, ABC Newspapers, Jan 10, 2020
"The Minnesota Legislature voted to approve the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 8, 1919. Less than a year later, the United States ratified the constitutional amendment guaranteeing the women's vote. While the 19th Amendment's ratification was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle for women's suffrage in the United States, the work of the League of Women Voters Minnesota had just begun..." READ MORE
Women and Men Making Democracy Work
Kathy Aanerud, Anoka County Library Activity Guide, Winter/Spring 2020, page 35
"In an historic vote on September 8, 1919, the Minnesota Legislature voted YES to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote and ending the 72-year struggle for women’s suffrage.
But as distinguished Minnesota suffragist Clara Ueland said that day, “Today is the commencement rather than the end of our work.” "
Transformative Circle Founder Recognized for Vision, Leadership
Emilee Wentland, Correspondent, ABC Newspapers, Nov 13 2019
"A Coon Rapids community member was recently honored for her leadership and support. The ABC chapter of the League of Women Voters recognized Lori Anderson for her vision, support and leadership in founding Transformative Circle with its "Friend of League" award. " READ MORE
Candidates for Anoka-Hennepin School Board, Ramsey City Council Face Off
Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer. Photo by Connor Cummiskey. ABC Newspapers, Oct1 4 2019
"Candidates for the Anoka-Hennepin School Board and Ramsey City Council discussed a variety of topics at a candidate forum Oct. 2 at the Sandburg Education Center in Anoka.
During the forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, contenders for three seats on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board and one seat on the Ramsey City Council answered questions ...." READ MORE
Anoka County Board Deadlocks Over Top Job - Appointment of Board Chair Failed, No Hiring Process Set
By Peter Bodley, Contributing Writer, ABC Newspapers, Mar 26 2019
"The Anoka County Board failed to agree on hiring a new county administrator or the process for doing so March 26.
Current administrator Jerry Soma plans to retire May 1 following a career with Anoka County spanning more than 52 years. He's been county administrator since 2011.
The board considered two resolutions ..." READ MORE
Anoka County History: Historical Society Opens Exhibit Featuring League of Women Voters' 100th Anniversary
Rebecca Ebnet-Desens, Columnist, ABC Newspapers, Jan 27 2019
"To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and women winning the right to vote, the Anoka County Historical Society unveiled a new exhibit Jan. 19 at the History Center.The opening celebrated not only the centennial, but also the partnership between the League of Women Voters-Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids and ACHS, which produced the research, artifacts and fabrication of the display...." READ MORE
Audra Hilse, Anoka County Historical Society's History 21 magazine, Volume 49 No 1, pg 8-9, January-February 2019
"2019 begins a series of years with important centennial anniversaries for Anoka County organizations and businesses. We will be celebrating here at the History Center with the “We Are 100” exhibit series, beginning with the local chapter of the League of Women Voters."
For Love of a River
- For Love of a River
- 43 minutes; June 2020; produced by QCTV
- Features LWV ABC members Geri and Darby Nelson discussing Darby's book "For Love of a River: The Minnesota", which is a finalist for a Midwest Book Award.
Gretchen Sabel, president of League of Women Voters Anoka Blaine Coon Rapids, sits down to discuss the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage. LWV will have a traveling exhibit to celebrate the centennial at Anoka County Library.
Finding Good: Transformative Circle
5 minutes; CTN Coon Rapids; Dec 6 2019
"In this month's Finding Good, we learn more about Transformative Circle, a group of diverse people coming together to foster greater understanding and appreciation for our community, cultural differences and customs through intentional conversation."
City Employee Earns Award for Diversity Group Work
1 minute; CTN Coon Rapids; Oct 29 2019
"A City of Coon Rapids employee has been recognized for her work in the community off the clock.
Last week, Lori Anderson was given the "Friend of the League" award from the ABC Chapter of the League of Women Voters. The award was given to Anderson in recognition for her work founding the group Transformative Circle, a non-profit that celebrates diversity in the community.
For the past three years, Transformative Circle has hosted a multi-cultural Night to Unite event in Coon Rapids. The Transformative Circle holds free dinner meetings on the first Thursday of each month from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Coon Rapids Civic Center."
LWV Hosts Forum on 2020 Census
1 minute; CTN Coon Rapids; Sep 13 2019
"Preparations are underway for the upcoming 2020 Census which is critical in determining our representation in Congress and the amount of federal funding our state and local governments receive.
On Monday evening, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters hosted a public forum to educate residents on the Census. League president Gretchen Sabel moderated the event which included a former state legislator and civil rights attorney. Andrew Virden from the state demographer's office laid out the scope of the 2020 Census and why it's important for everyone to participate. The forum included a panel discussion and they even took questions from the audience.
If you missed it, you can watch the League of Women Voters hour-long forum by clicking here."