Monday, July 4, parade in Ely. Lineup on S. 4th Ave near the Ice Arena Parking Lot at 10:30am. Look for the DFL signs. We’ll have a car and a pick-up truck decorated. You can also park near 2 Conan St. and walk over to the lineup. Parade starts at 1pm.
Wednesday, July 6, Northern Progressives with Jen Schultz, 6:30pm, Cook Community Center in Cook MN
Friday, July 8th, Silver Bay Days parade (entry sponsored by Lake County DFL). Lineup at 5pm, Silver Bay HS. Parade starts at 6pm
Saturday, July 9th, Two Harbors Heritage Days Parade (entry sponsored by Lake County DFL) Line-up begins at 11:00 with parade scheduled to begin at Noon. The parade begins near Lakeview Park on 1st Street and 3rd Avenue
St. Louis County DFL Organizing Unit 3 Convention
When: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Registration open at 10:00 am.
Convention starts at 11:00 am.
Where: Hermantown High School Auditorium,
4335 Hawk Circle Drive, Hermantown, MN 55811
MASKS REQUIRED. Light snacks and beverages available for sale.
Please bring your own lunch. Plenty of Parking Available.
You can view detailed information, including the agenda, as it becomes available at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qixtjJf3ZxQYj7QE80Ob7_MJOtz_Ebsn?usp=sharing
If you have any special needs for accommodation or any questions, please contact:
Barb Crow, SLC-OU3 Chair, 218-349-9508, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations are open! You can nominate yourself or someone else.
We have leadership opportunities for officers, directors, and State Central Committee members for St. Louis County Organizing Unit 3. It’s a great way to work with other like-minded individuals and help elect more Democrats in 2022.
Here are the open positions for SLC OU3.
Chair: Facilitates the SLC OU3 meetings throughout the two-year term, prepares for caucus and convention locations and provides positive organization, direction, leadership, and encouragement to the OU3 team and volunteers. Coordinates activities with SD3 Chair and chairs of nearby organizing units as necessary. Member of State Central Committee.
Vice Chair: Assists the chair. Serves as chair when necessary. Serves as Outreach Officer if the unit doesn’t have one. Member of State Central Committee.
Outreach Officer: Leads outreach and inclusion efforts throughout the district to ensure broad and diverse participation in the activities and leadership of SLC OU3. Responsible for developing and implementing the unit’s outreach and inclusion plan.
Secretary: Maintains the written record of meetings, maintains rosters of members, distributes meeting notices, notifies party affairs of changes to the executive committee or State Central Committee membership.
Treasurer: Legal representative of the unit to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Responsible to keep strict financial records and submit those records to the MN CFB as required by law.
Directors (7 -12) Provide leadership and help with the work of the SLC OU3. Serve on committees to support the Officers in their work, help organize and do outreach for events throughout the two-year term.
Delegates and Alternates to the State Central Committee (3 delegates and 5 alternates) Attend two to four statewide convenings where DFL Party decisions and planning occur.
The nominations committee will hold screenings for the various positions over the three weeks leading up to the Organizing Unit convention on April 23, 2022.
The nominations committee will hold telephone and/or zoom interviews in April, and we will be in touch with a time for your interview. Keep it simple and submit your form as soon as possible!
You need to be a DFLer and live within the boundaries of OU3 but not necessarily a delegate or alternate to apply.
Please use the link to the google form below to self-nominate or nominate another person. Nominations are due by April 22, 2022.
Chair, Nominations Committee
Contactless Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 6:30-9pm.
Calling all DFLer’s in St Louis County Organizing Unit 3!
Due to the peak in Omicron COVID numbers, the MN DFL has altered the plan for the February 1 precinct caucuses so that everyone can be safe. (See below* for the official DFL Emergency Declaration.)
St Louis County Organizing Unit 3 (SLC-OU3) is adopting the Contactless Precinct Caucus system. There will be no in-person or virtual meeting. This means that all those wishing to participate in their precinct caucus, instead of attending a meeting in person, will submit a non-attendee form. Every person who has submitted the non-attendee form can also submit resolutions. Non-attendee and resolution forms can be submitted in-person, electronically, or mailed.
If uncontested in their precinct, all of those who indicate on the non-attendee form that they would like to be delegates will be selected as delegates. If a precinct has more people wanting to be delegates than there are available slots, a zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30 pm to draw lots to determine delegates and alternates with equal division. You will be sent an invitation to the zoom meeting if your delegate selection is contested.
All resolutions submitted will be forwarded to the resolutions committee for compilation and will then be submitted to the SLC-OU3 convention for consideration.
Precinct chairs and vice-chairs will be elected at the unit’s central committee meeting following redistricting.
How to submit your non-attendee form and resolutions:
Go to the DFL caucus finder to find the name of your precinct. http://caucus.dfl.org/
Find your caucus location on the list below. (The caucus locations on the DFL precinct finder are not yet updated). Some of the caucus locations are different than they were in 2020 so be sure to check this year’s location.
Find the forms at https://dfl.org/caucus/ Click on the download icon in the right upper corner of the form window. The icon doesn’t look the same on every computer but will usually have a down arrow overlapping a picture of a file or just a down arrow with a line under it. The forms are “fillable” so you can fill them in directly on your computer and save them in a file.
Fill out each form completely. You’re in Congressional District 8 and Organizing Unit SLC-OU3. Type in your name where it says “signature.” This will constitute your official signature.
Send completed non-attendee and resolution forms as attachments to an email to: email@example.com.
Forms can also be printed out and mailed to: Barbara Crow, 200 Mt. Royal Circle #3187, Duluth, MN 55803.
Forms can also be hand delivered to one of the designated caucus drop-off sites on February 1, 2022, from 6:30-9pm. Masks will be required at all caucus drop-off sites.
All forms must be received by 9pm on February 1, 2022.
Informational Zoom Meeting
We will have Zoom meetings on Saturday, January 22 at 2pm and Saturday, January 29 at 2pm to explain the process and answer any questions you have.
Here are the links to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please run for Precinct Chair or Vice-Chair
Chairs and vice-chairs will be crucial in 2022 to help our unit organize get-out-the-vote efforts. We need to re-elect Governor Walz, hold on to the MN House, and win back the MN Senate. We also need to re-elect our Secretary of State, Steve Simon and other DFL state leaders. MN must do its part to save our democracy! Please check the box on the non-attendee form indicating whether you would like to run for precinct chair or vice-chair. Precinct chairs are delegates and Vice-chairs are alternates to the SLC-OU3’s Central Committee. The SLC-OU3 Central Committee is the body that conducts the business of the unit between conventions. The SLC-OU3 Executive Board conducts the unit’s business allowed by the state and unit constitutions between central committee meetings. Because we will not be electing precinct chairs and vice chairs at caucuses this year, we will need to convene our first central committee meeting as soon as possible after the conventions in order to do so. SLC-OU3 Central Committee will be meeting next in early June.
Please help us with our conventions by signing up for a pre-convention committee!
We need your help to organize and run our upcoming conventions. Please check the box “pre-convention committees” and indicate which committee you want to join. It’s OK to say you don’t know. We can contact you to determine which of our committees best suites your interests. You don’t have to be a delegate to be on a committee, in fact, we need some non-delegates on some of our committees to help with tasks while the convention is in session.
The committees include:
Nominations will interview candidates running for officer and state central committee positions in SLC-OU3 and nominate candidates at the SLC-OU3 Convention.
Credentialing will keep a list of the delegates and alternates, will register attendees at the convention, and make sure that the appropriate delegates and upgraded alternates are on the floor of the convention.
Constitution and Rules will review and recommend amendments to the unit’s constitution and will recommend rules for the convention.
Arrangements will organize the physical space at the convention. Accessibility, COVID restrictions, availability of food and beverages, and arrangements of tables for campaigns or other visiting organizations are just some of the considerations.
Resolutions will organize the resolutions from the precinct caucuses, create a ballot for consideration at the convention, and tabulate the votes and determine which resolutions will be forwarded to the State Convention.
Delegate and Alternate responsibilities
Delegates and alternates elected at their precinct caucuses will be invited to attend two conventions. *
St. Louis County Organizing Unit 3 (SLC-OU3) is in the portion of St. Louis County that is in the 3rd MN senate district. At SLC-OU3’s convention, scheduled to be held in Hermantown on April 23, delegates will consider platform resolutions and elect delegates to the Congressional and State Conventions. We will also elect unit officers and conduct any other necessary business for the unit. If the COVID situation in April makes an in-person meeting too risky, we will hold the convention virtually.
The 3rd Senate District unit will hold a virtual convention on May 14 to endorse candidates for the MN 3rd senate district and its two MN house districts.
*Please note that because this is a redistricting year, some delegates who are currently in our district may end up being moved to another district after the new district lines are finalized. You will be notified about your conventions at that time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barb Crow, chair of SLC-OU3 directly at 218-349-9508.
*State DFL Emergency Declaration: https://dflorg/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/SEC-Emergency-Declaration-Regarding-Precinct-Caucuses-Rev-000.pdf
Caucus locations for contactless option
North Shore Community School, 5296 Ryan Rd, Duluth, MN 55804
Duluth Township, Normanna, Alden, North Star, Lakewood
Rice Lake City Hall, 4107 West Beyer Rd, Rice Lake, MN 55803
Rice Lake, Canosia, Gnesen
Hermantown Middle School, 4307 Ugstad Rd, Hermantown, MN 5581
Hermantown P1-3, Proctor, Midway, Solway, Duluth P-11, Duluth P-23
Ault Town Hall, 1839 Brimson Rd, Brimson MN 55602
Ault, Bassett, Fairbanks, Pequaywan, Unorg 23
Northeast Range School, 30 S Drive, Babbitt, MN 55706
Babbitt, Unorg 9
Tower Soudan School, 415 North Second St, Tower, MN 55790
Breitung, Eagle’s Nest, Greenwood, Tower P-1
Vermillion Community College, 1900 E Camp St, Ely, MN 55731
Ely, Morse, Winton, Unorg 22, 24
North Woods School, 10248 Olson Rd, Cook, MN 55723
Beatty, Camp 5, Cook, Crane Lake, Field, Kabetogama, Leiding, Linden Grove, Orr, Owens, Portage, Willow Valley, Unorg 11, 12, 13, 19, 21
Completed SAMPLE Non-Attendee Form
What: Saturday Forum
When: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 1-2 pm
Where: Ely DFL Office, 1311 East Sheridan St.
Please join us for this conversation about our relationship with the land.
Bill Tefft, retired Vermilion Community College instructor, will lead a discussion on “Our Personal Role in Maintaining Biodiversity on Northern Minnesota Private and Public Lands,” at the Ely DFL Office, 1311 East Sheridan Street, on Saturday, October 30, from 1-2 pm.
The event will be interactive, with Tefft facilitating dialogue among participants about the environment in which we live and how we think about the natural resources that add to our quality of life.
Tefft taught biology and parks and recreation at VCC for 33 years and has spent 45 years exploring the lands of Northeastern Minnesota.
“I have worked for and known public and private owners of those lands,” said Tefft, “the lands you and I own as individuals and the lands we own collectively.”
“This land is your land, and I want to hear your ideas about it,” he said.
This week’s discussion is the first in a series of Saturday forums the Ely DFL office will be hosting to explore elements of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party platform. The platform represents the values and legislative priorities of the members of the DFL.
Tefft’s discussion addresses the platform plank that states: “We believe in leaving the world in better condition than we found it through preservation of biodiversity and wilderness.”
Please wear a mask.
For more information call the Ely DFL Office: 218-365-3444 or see the St. Louis County DFL Organizing Unit 3 website at: https://slcou3.com.
DFL St. Louis County OU3 is an Organizing Unit in Senate District Three. It is a unit of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party.
To donate to the unit, please send a check care of our Treasurer, George Pliml at
Minnesota DFL Organizing Unit 3
10740 Wien Road
Cook, MN 55723
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