League of Women Voters

Third Wednesday of the month at 8:20am.

  We talk with Bill Gronseth, Superintendent of Duluth Public Schools, about the fourth annual series of meetings titled "Think Kids: Our School, Our Community, Our Future." Thirteen meetings will be held in the next several weeks at different city schools.  They intend to foster an open forum to review and discuss school procedures, strategies, and policies in ISD 709.  

Those who cannot attend a meeting are invited to participate online, by mail or phone.  

Finding a cause you're passionate about isn't the problem - figuring out how to get your message across and how to enact change: that's the problem.

The solution is the League of Women Voters annual Citizens in Action Workshop.

This year, local environmental activist John Doberstein is one of the speakers and he previews a secret weapon in the arsenal of anyone who's trying to get the ear of someone else: the perfectly crafted elevator speech.

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If you think the bad old days of the Twin Ports as a hub for sex trafficking became a thing of the past with 9/11 and the advent of Homeland Security, think again.

Thanks to the internet, it's just gone underground.

Duluth's Superintendent of Schools, Bill Gronseth, knows how to pack a house. 

"ISD 709 Annual Report to the Community" could be a suit reading stats, but instead it's jazz bands (students),  hand-made refreshments (students) and some accomplishments to be proud of.

Free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP online for you and your guests:

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How to untangle the ins and outs of ranked choice voting, an issue that residents can vote on - the old-fashioned way - on election day.

The future of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare may not be as bleak as it's being made to seem.  But that's part of the problem: not only too much contradictory information out there, but the issues being politicized and manipulated for votes.

Some wins ... some losses and a fresh list of priorities for next session.  Representative Jen Schultz joins us this morning to talk about the highs and lows of her freshman year in the Minnesota House, and how the cards are stacking to create a more partisan - not less - legislature.

After her year as president of the League of Women Voters Duluth, Zandy Zwiebel steps down with one event on her "we just didn't get to it this year" list and two pages of things she's proud the League accomplished.

Every year, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) in Duluth helps over 600 homeless youth in our community.  They provide a gamut of services, from a teen clinic and a runaway program, to transitional housing and street outreach - even help for kids about to age out of the system.

But those services are located throughout the city and aren't always easy to get to.  So LSS has announced plans to build the Center for Changing Lives, one central location in Duluth where homeless kids can find all the help and services they need under one roof.

Lead exposure  in children and pregnant women can cause serious health problems.  And even though lead paint was outlawed in 1978,  Duluth has old housing stock where most of the homes were built before that. Rachel Loeffler-Kemp -- Duluth League of Women Voters member and Program Coordinator with the American Lung Association, and she says there's an event coming up next week that should put parents' minds at ease.

Free Lead Testing Event Information:

When: Wednesday - April 29, 2015

Where: Myers-Wilkins Elementary School


Two weeks from today, community members will descend on Bayfront Park to celebrate Earth Day.  Rachel Loeffler-Kemp tells us more about the April 22 event.

For more information or to volunteer, you can sign up here.

Duluth Superintendent of Schools Bill Gronseth joined us to talk about the Think Kids Community Conversation starting this week.

Meetings of parents, neighbors, school administration and school board members will talk about what's going well and what could be done better in Duluth schools, how to address racism and what the recent in-depth demographic study means going forward.

Cheryl Reitan

Author and screenwriter Cheryl Reitan talks about the latest iteration of the book "Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi" she wrote with Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner.

Julie O'Leary, League member and longtime water quality advocate, talks about World Water Day observances in the Twin Ports.