LWV ABC in the News - 2020

LWV ABC in the News - 2020

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Local public access cable television also films and airs the LWV ABC Spotlight on Issues and the candidate forums we sponsor.   All video is also available on our YouTube channel.


2020 Press 

League of Women Voters ABC Now Conducting Virtual Forums

Paige Kieffer, ABC Newspapers Aug 26, 2020 Updated Sep 8, 2020

2020 Election Buttons"The League of Women Voters of Anoka, Blaine and Coon Rapids area are now conducting a series of virtual Meet the Candidates forums through mid-September.

In accordance with public health guidelines, this year’s forums are being video recorded without a live audience by local cable channels and then will be posted online to the League of Women Voters ABC’s website at lwvabcmn.org..."  Read More


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Candidate Forums Available Online

ABC Newspapers, Jul 24, 2020 Updated Jul 31, 2020

Hand completing a ballot"As the Aug. 11 primary approaches, residents can learn more about candidates by watching forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids Area.

Videos from a series of meet-the-candidates forums can be found at lwvabcmn.org. The videos are also broadcast on local cable channels..."  Read More


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Columbia Heights to Narrow Council Candidates to 4

by Cynthia Sowden, Northeaster, posted on July 21, 2020

Seven candidates running for city council"Seven people are running for two seats on Columbia Heights City Council. Come the August 11 primary, voters will narrow the field to four. The candidates met at City Hall July 14 for a forum broadcast over local cable channels and Facebook Live, due to COVID-19. The League of Women Voters presided over the forum. For brevity here, the questions are distilled to subjects..."  READ MORE





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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.

Stormwater Treatment PlantLike 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

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For the Love of a River

Patrick Slack,  ABC Newspapers, Jun 18 2020

Darby Nelson on the river

"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

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 Anoka County History: County Board's First Female Commissioners

By Anoka County Historical Society, ABC Newspapers, Mar 3 2020

Natalie Haas Steffen photo

"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

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Legislators Sit Down With Voters in Ramsey

Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer and Photographer, ABC Newspapers, Jan 21 2020

Sen Jim Abeler with Constituents"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

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 Century of Suffrage Celebrated

Connor Cummiskey, Staff Writer and Photographer, ABC Newspapers, Jan 17 2020

Rep. Erin Koegel"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 ..."  READ MORE

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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

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Women and Men Making Democracy Work

Kathy Aanerud, Anoka County Library Activity Guide, Winter/Spring 2020, page 35

LWV 1920-2020"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.”... "    Read More


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2020 Cable Television 



Why Will I Vote?

2 minutes; August 2020; produced by QCTV



For Love of a River

43 minutes; June 2020; produced by QCTV

LWV ABC members Geri and Darby Nelson discuss Darby's book "For Love of a River: The Minnesota", which is a finalist for a Midwest Book Award.
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