Friday, May 17, 2013
City seats that will be on the November 5 general election ballot include the mayor and two at-large council seats.
The city of Minnetonka will hold a municipal election this fall. City seats that will be on the November 5 general election ballot include the mayor and two at-large council seats. Filings for these offices open Tuesday, May 21, and remain open through Tuesday, June 4. Interested persons may file for these offices during regular city hall hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The filing fee is $5. Please note city offices will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. To be eligible for office, candidates must be at least 21 years of age upon assuming office, and be a resident of Minnetonka for at least 30 days prior to the general election. A primary election will be held Tuesday, August 13, if more than two people file for…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The congressman from Minnesota's Third District ruled out running for anything other than re-election.
U.S. Sen. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) said in a statement Monday that he will not run for another office than the one he holds in 2014. With his Facebook posting, Paulsen takes him out of consideration as a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Al Franken or Gov. Mark Dayton, both DFL Party members up for re-election that year: "After thinking carefully about how I can best help my fellow Minnesotans, I have decided to not seek election for a different office in 2014. If the people of the Third Congressional District will allow me, I hope to continue my work in the U.S. House of Representatives, where I can be most effective, in the years ahead. The warm encouragement from many people to run for U.S. senator or the governorship was deeply humbling. …
The community had 88.3 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2012 election.
Minnetonka had a high voter turnout in the 2012 election for a state that is itself already well above the national average. Minnesota fell to third in the country—behind only Mississippi and Wisconsin, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau made public Wednesday evening. Although it had the highest levels in the country of voter turnout in the 2008 election, the 73.2 percent of citizens who voted here in 2012 is still comfortably above the national average of 61.8. (The Census Bureau’s rates are different from those from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which lists a 76.11 percent voter turnout rate. The Census Bureau’s rate for Minnesota is listed as having a margin of error of ± 2.1 percent.) The Census Bureau didn’t provide…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Dee Long of Minnetonka was one of 10 electors in the Minnesota Electoral College who met to vote on Monday.
The Minnesota Electoral College met Monday, Dec. 17 to cast ballots for president and vice president at the Capitol Rotunda. Dee Long, of Minnetonka, was one of the 10 electors. 2012 Minnesota Electors: Lucy Buckner, Burnsville; Jettie Ann Hill, Minneapolis; Dee Long, Minnetonka; Joe Moren, Hibbing; Al Patton, Sartell; Shanti Shah, Eden Prairie; Rick Stafford, Minneapolis; Russ Warren, Mounds View; Janet Weir, Mankato; and Paul Wright, Hutchinson. 2012 Minnesota Alternate Electors: Gabe Aderhold, Edina; Valerie Holthus, Andover; Liz Kalisch, White Bear Lake; Fred Knudsen, Owatonna; Colleen Nardone, Grand Rapids; Lil Ortendahl, Osakis; Katherine Speer, Elgin; and Charlie Thomas, Lakeville.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
We're counting down the most popular, inspiring, interesting and tragic stories of the year.
Voters were glued to their TVs and computer screens, waiting for results on the night of the Presidential Election. Minnetonka Patch readers were also concerned with finding out their local results in the post: Minnetonka Election Results Are In: Who Will Represent You? It was a good night for local Democrats, in Minnetonka and across the state. Terri Bonoff (DFL) kept her Senate seat in District 44 with a win against Republican David Gaither. Yvonne Selcer (DFL) defeated incumbent Republican Kirk Stensrud by 202 votes in a heated race for House Seat 48A. Incumbent David Hann in Senate District 48 was the lone Republican voted in by local voters. He narrowly defeated Laurie McKendry. "We came close," McKendry wrote early Wednesday on …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Many precincts in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth and St. Louis Park had turnouts of more than 90 percent.
The following was released by Hennepin County: The Hennepin County Canvassing Board certified the county’s election results on Tuesday – and those results showed high voter turnout – 84 percent. More than 610,000 voted on Election Day, and more than 72,000 voted prior to Election Day. “Minnesota typically leads the country with the highest voter turnout – in 12 of the past 16 elections,” said Rachel Smith, Hennepin County elections manager. “We especially want to thank the more than 5,000 election judges throughout the county who worked to make this election so successful. These election judges are essentially volunteers – they work long hours and put in an incredible amount of effort to make this voting process happen. Together with …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This week's selection includes a new gallery/gift shop, a levy rejected, school boundaries issue, DFL wins and good news for Southwest Light Rail Transit.
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and St. Michael. District 281 Bus Driver Asks Student to Pick Up Gun A Robbinsdale Area Schools spokesperson said a bus driver asked a seventh-grade boy to pick up a gun he spotted along the road. The district is shocked by the incident and has communicated with parents and students. Bus Driver Fired After Asking ISD 281 Student to Pick Up Gun The incident occurred on Nov. 8 around 8 a.m. The district immediately took action after the driver notified school employees about the weapon. A Hillary-…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Erik Paulsen was re-elected to another term as U.S. Congressman on Election Day 2012.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
To the editor, My most heartfelt thanks goes out to all my neighbors for entrusting me with representing you in the United States House of Representatives. Serving as your voice in Washington is a responsibility, honor and privilege I take very seriously. There are significant challenges facing our country—challenges that we must address together as a community, state and nation. I will continue to work on rebuilding our economy, creating jobs, tackling our budget challenges and addressing the concerns of Minnesota families and small businesses. I will continue my outreach and listen to you. I value the advice and feedback I have received from the 350 small businesses I've toured and 115 classrooms I've visited and remain energized and …
The idea of using the new DFL majority to push for legal rights for same-sex couples is, so far, getting a cautious reception from some politicians.
With a resounding victory Tuesday night and the DFL now primed to assume control of the 2013 legislative session, a prominent state senator is suggesting incoming lawmakers could try to repeal a Minnesota law banning same-sex marriage. A Southwest Minneapolis legislator, though, said it was too early to discuss legalization. Roseville state Sen. John Marty said he sees Tuesday night's election results as a changing of the guard. After just two years at the helm of the Minnesota Legislature, Republicans lost control of both the House and Senate on Tuesday night—a defeat at least some Democrats are attributing in part to the marriage and Voter ID amendments. Voters rejected both amendments by votes of 53 percent to 47 percent. During the…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Voters in the mostly suburban cities Patch covers were more opposed to the proposed gay-marriage ban than Minnesota voters generally.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the ballot measure that would have added a definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman to the state Constitution. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to exceed the 50 percent level of support it needed in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election. It got 47.53 percent, according to unofficial results from all but two of Minnesota's 4,102 precincts' results. Taken together, people in cities served by Patch—mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs—rejected the marriage amendment in greater proportion (61.21 percent) than Minnesotans taken as a whole (52.47 percent). Support for the amendment in places covered by Patch ranged from 14.51 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 54.…