The League of Women Voters of Edina (LWVE), a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has approximately 100 men and women members and is part of the State League and National League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of Edina has had an active role in Edina since 1954.

April meetings

What Copper Mining Means for the Boundary 
Thursday, April 9, Edina Senior Center, 9:45-11:30am

Betsy Daub, Policy Director at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, will discuss how proposed copper mines near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness could affect the region’s clean water, economy, and recreation. Come learn how to be part of the decision process for these mine projects.

Legalizing Honeybees and Chickens in Edina
Saturday, April 11, Edina City Hall, 9:45-11:30am

Dianne Plunkett Latham, chair of the Local Food Task Force of the Edina Energy and Environment Commission, will discuss the effort to amend city ordinances to permit residents to keep honeybees and chickens, consistent with Green Step City guidelines.


Edina School District Referendum Forum
Thursday, April 20, Edina City Hall Council Chambers, 7:00 pm

The Edina Public Schools, ISD 273, is seeking voter approval for a $124.9 million facilities plan. The facilities bond referendum will be held on Tuesday, May 5. Superintendent of Schools Ric Dressen, and Susan Brott, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, will speak about the referendum and answer questions at this public forum.

The school district has said that if the referendum is approved, the $124.9 million will be spent this way:
  • 81% to create a variety of learning spaces in schools
  • 6% for enhanced building security
  • 13% for infrastructure improvements
The school district’s general plans are to:
  • Constuct an addition to Edina High School to accommodate the 9th grade, 
  • Make renovations and/or additions at all 10 schools;
  • Construct a multipurpose activity center next to the high school.
If voters approve the referendum, the estimated tax increase on an average Edina residence, with $400,000 taxable market value, would be $299/year for 20 years.

Get your questions answered and cast a well informed vote on May 5!

Help register new citizens to vote!
League of Women Voters members from across the state register 85 - 90 % of the new citizens to vote at Minnesota's naturalization ceremonies. In 2014, that added up to over 6,500 new voters! Contact Judy Stuthman, former LWV MN president, at jastuthman@aol.com to volunteer for a rewarding experience at the following upcoming ceremonies: 
  • Thursday, February 5,10:30 AM, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Tuesday, February 17, 10 AM & 2 PM, Landmark Center, St. Paul
  • Wednesday, March 4, 10 AM, St. Paul River Center
  • Wednesday, March 25, 10:30 AM, U of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis

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