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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Updated: Jun 16, 2019

Interested in working to unite those of different political viewpoints and depolarize America? Better Angels is an organization seeking to do just that and they have several workshops coming up later this summer and fall in Dakota County. Red/Blue Workshops bring together an equal number of conservative-leaning and progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground. Skills Workshops teach practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

For more information, see their website. Membership is not required for any of the workshops listed below. To register please contact Heather Stephenson, Dakota County Library Adult Services Manager, at heather.stephenson@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-450-2965. Red/Blue Workshops: Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Heritage Library (Lakeville) Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at Inver Glen Library (Inver Grove Heights) Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Farmington Library Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Robert Trail Library (Rosemount) Skills Workshops: Aug. 14, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m., at Heritage Library (Lakeville) Sept. 11, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., at Inver Glen Library (Inver Grove Heights) Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Farmington Library Nov. 19, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., at Robert Trail Library (Rosemount)


Dakota County is seeking to fill several vacancies on citizen advisory committees. A full list of current vacancies is available here. Members of each committee listed below receive a per diem of $35 per meeting. You can apply for any committee listed below here.

The Library Advisory Committee has a vacancy for the seat representing District 4, which includes most of Rosemount and parts of Inver Grove Heights and Eagan. The current term for that seat expires 12/31/2018. The committee generally meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at a Dakota County library. You can contact Library Director Margaret Stone with questions at margaret.stone@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-450-2930.

The U of M Extension Committee has a vacancy for the seat representing District 6 (Lakeville). The current term for that seat expires 12/31/2018. The committee generally meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Farmington. You can contact Central Region Director Tammy McCulloch with questions at tammym@umn.edu or 651-480-7745.

The Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee has vacancies for the seat representing District 5 (Burnsville) and an at-large seat. The terms for those seats expire 12/31/2018 and 12/31/2019, respectively. The committee generally meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Apple Valley. You can contact Jenelle Teppen with questions at jenelle.teppen@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-438-4247.


Updated: Jun 16, 2019

The featured speakers at our June 5 member/public meeting were Dakota County Commissioners Kathleen Gaylord (District 2) and Liz Workman (District 5). Thanks to the Commissioners for their participation! See the slides from the meeting and a brief video about Dakota County's planned SMART Center.



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