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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!

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Observer Corps reports are submitted by LWV Dakota County members that volunteer their time to observe and take notes at government meetings of interest to Dakota County residents. While we strive for accuracy, these observations may be incomplete or inaccurate in some respects.

Meeting Agenda and Materials Meeting Minutes (not available yet)

Additional Meeting Materials Meeting Summary: Item VIII. During discussion of the 2019 Work Program for the Commission questions still remained from a long discussion regarding "what are we here for" and "what do County Commissioners expect from us" which carried over from the November and December 2018 meetings. There were discussions related to bylaws and how to interact with the Physical Development Committee.

Item IX. Presentation related to 2018 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) accomplishments and 2019 Adopted CIP and Carryover Projects.

Item X. Valerie Grover provided an overview of the Dakota County Groundwater Plan process. Dakota County is uniquely reliant on groundwater compared to other counties within the metro area.

Item XI. Upcoming Public Meetings: Vermillion River Greenway Master Plan (Hastings) - open house sometime in March. Time and location TBD.



LWV St. Paul and LWV Dakota County co-hosted a moderated panel discussion regarding how to improve community responses to sexual assault on January 22, 2019, at the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) television studio.

The discussion was moderated by Mary Rice, President of LWV Bloomington. The panelists included Jennifer Bjorhus, one of the lead journalists who worked on the Star Tribune's Denied Justice series, Nicole Matthews, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Woman’s Sexual Assault Coalition, John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney, Paul Schnell, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and Sarah Colford, a survivor and Board Member with Break the Silence. Both Ms. Matthews and Commissioner Schnell sat on the sexual assault task force convened by Attorney General Lori Swanson which issued a report in December 2018 with recommendations for the state legislature, law enforcement, county attorneys, and the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.



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