Photo by Kent Landerholm, 2012

The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking public input on the environmental impact statement for its proposed 1.7-million-ton expansion of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill. The statement describes the environmental impacts that the expansion would create, including all possible effects on groundwater, air quality, and property values.

All members of the public are invited to voice their opinions and give feedback on the statement until July 31st. Comments should be e-mailed to steve.sommer@state.mn.us.

Additionally, a virtual meeting will be held on June 23rd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM where members of the public can get involved and give their feedback directly to MPCA. The meeting link can be found here.

“We don’t take decisions to expand landfills lightly,” said MCPA assistant commissioner Kirk Koudelka in this article from Sun Thisweek. “The metro area is running out of landfill space to manage waste as our landfills fill up. Additional capacity is a short-term solution. We are also looking at the long-term, big picture on how to best manage our waste so it does not need to be landfilled.”

Over the past century, discriminatory covenants were used to keep people of color from buying houses in certain Minnesota neighborhoods. Join us at our June 1, 2021 meeting at 7:00 pm on Zoom and learn how to acknowledge this discrimination, discharge these covenants, and build a foundation for more inclusive communities.

The meeting will feature a presentation from Jamar Hardy and Jared Shepherd of the Just Deeds Project, a coalition dedicated to helping Twin Cities homeowners remove discriminatory language from their property titles. Nonmembers can register using the link below. Our meetings are nonpartisan and everyone is welcome!

Updated: May 14

Update: The bond referendum was approved by a margin of 2,581 voting yes to 2,255 voting no.

Background Information

During its January 26 meeting the ISD 194 School Board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling a special election for voters to consider a $44 million bond referendum. The special election will be held on May 11, 2021. If approved by voters, the bond funds will be used to purchase land and build a new elementary school to be completed by the fall of 2024. Constructing a new elementary school is part of the district's broader long-range planning, which projects district enrollment to increase by 2,500 students by 2030.

ISD 194 has created a webpage with more information about the referendum. The projected tax impact would be a $49 increase in annual property taxes for a home valued at $400,000. ISD 194 hosted an informational meeting regarding the referendum on April 13 and video of that meeting is available here.

ISD 194 plans to hold another special election on November 2, 2021 to fill the vacancy on the School Board resulting from Zach Duckworth's election to the Minnesota Senate. On April 13 the Board unanimously voted to establish the dates of the filing period for candidates which will be July 27 through August 10, 2021. The Board has not appointed anyone to temporarily fill the vacancy despite state law calling for any vacancy on the Board to be filled by appointment.

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