2015 Jackie Stevenson Dinner Announced

Jackie-Stevenson-Dinner-LogoCD3’s Third Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner has been announced.

Here’s the basic details. We’ll be getting more information to you as soon as we can.

But, please mark you calendars now and plan to attend:

What:  Third Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner

When:  Saturday, July 12, 2015

Where:  UFCW Local 653 Union Hall and Banquet Center, 13000 63rd Avenue N, Maple Grove, MN 55369



Look for information soon on this year’s Jackie Awards nominations, event sponsorships and tickets.

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Welcome to CD3 DFL

cd3_smallWe’re the volunteer organization of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) covering Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. The map of the area is to the left. Our district covers:

Brooklyn Park
Coon Rapids
Eden Prairie
Long Lake
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Minnetonka Beach
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and

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More About CD3 DFL

Map of CD3

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CD3 includes the communities of Brooklyn Park, Bloomington, Champlin, Chanhassan, Chaska, Coon Rapids, Corcoran, Dahlgren, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenfield, Greenwood, Independence, Laketown, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Victoria, and Wayzata.

We’re the volunteer organization of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) covering Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. The map of the area is to the left.

Meeting Information

The CD3 Central Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 7pm. Most of our meetings are held at the Minnetonka Government center in the Council Chambers. Please see our calender for official meeting dates and times.

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CD3 Officers

CD3 Chair Cheryl Poling (right) with Vice Chair Kyle Tonn (left)

Chair:  Cheryl Poling — chpoling@comcast.net

Vice Chair:  Kyle Tonn — kyletonn@gmail.com

Outreach Officer:  Karen Willis — starship dot dodecahedron at gmail dot com

Secretary:  Kate Peer — katepeergo@gmail.com

Treasurer:  Nancy Parris — parrisdfl@gmail.com

By Phone:
(952) 856-0073

By Email:

By Mail:
18980 Pheasant Cir
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

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In the Know: April 25, 2015

Events today

  • 10:45 a.m. – House DFL legislators will join a large group of teachers, parents and kids for a rally and press conference in front of the State Capitol ahead of a floor vote on the Republicans “Leave All Minnesota Kids Behind” education budget bill.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives is in session.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton, Sen. Franke, Lt. Gov. Smith, Congressman Peterson, and members of the Governor’s Cabinet will hold a public forum at MinnWest Technology Center, 1880 Technology Dr. NE, Willmar, to take questions from area turkey producers and members of the public 

Events Monday

  • 7 a.m. – Free pancake & sausage breakfast with a program at 9:15 a.m. in honor of Workers Memorial observance. Duluth Labor Temple, 2002 London Road, Freeman and Wellstone Halls.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Observance of Workers Memorial Day, Pub 500, 500 S. Front St., Mankato.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will convene an emergency meeting of the Governor’s Executive Council. The Executive Council will consider extending for up to 30 days the peacetime emergency declared on April 23, 2015, in the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 15-09, which provided emergency relief in response to the presence of H5N2 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota. 


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Jackie Stevenson Dinner Awards Information

Jackie-Stevenson-Dinner-LogoAt the Jackie Stevenson Dinner, we recognize three of our amazing volunteers with the Jackie Awards. Here’s information on each Jackie Award category:

jackie_stevensonThe Jackie Stevenson Award – for a consummate volunteer. This award is named for one of CD3’s longest-serving and most well-known volunteers. Jackie Stevenson volunteered for 60 years. The teenaged Jackie helped thenEugene McCarthy campaign. She was a founder of the DFL Feminist Caucus, served as a national delegate and a member of the Democratic National Committee. she volunteered at all levels, including CD3 and her senate District. People across the state have “Jackie stories.” When she passed away in 2012 at the age of 77, she was working on the DFL Women’s Hall of Fame, the DFL Senior Caucus and the CD3 congressional Campaign.

Linda ScheidThe Sen. Linda Scheid Award for a local legislator who works hard for everyone. Linda Scheid serve in the Minnesota legislature beginning in the House from 197 through 1991. She held a seat in the Senate from 1999 until her death in 2011. Redistricting changed the senate district numbers from 45 to 47 and 46, but nothing changed what one admirer called “her unimpeachable sense of justice.” She began her journey of service in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, and later went to law school. When she didn’t win elections, she ran again — to serve. Sen. Schied passed away in June of 2011.

Rick NelsonThe Rick Nelson Award – for someone who “makes the trains run on time.”  Rick Nelson “was fair with everybody,” said his wife, Kathy. An attorney with a deep voice, Rich was a popular chair of conventions, including the 2006 DFL convention, where he won the cheers of the delegates when he declared the men’s restrooms on one floor were now women’s restrooms. Problem solved. Rick served as the long time Associate Chair of CD3. His knowledge of the DFL constitution, his service on the DFL personnel committee, his willingness to work behind the scenes for the betterment of the DFL made him an institution in the party. We lost Rick in March of 2009.


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To grow and prosper, the Twin Cities need transit

On April 21, 2015, 10 suburban mayors signed a commentary that appeared in the Minneapolis StarTribune.  We felt the content was important enough to provide the full commentary below:

Businesses in our suburban communities need to access a workforce that lives beyond the borders of their cities.

As suburban mayors, we aspire to see our cities thrive. We know that hard work and careful investment are essential to realizing those goals.

Through a challenging recession, public and private partnerships began to help our region prosper. Thanks to comprehensive planning and to the success of individual Minnesotans, our metropolitan area came roaring out of the Great Recession and is now touted as having one of the most successful regional economies in the country.

As our economy improves, our population continues to expand. By 2040, our state is projected to add more than 1 million residents, with 800,000 of those new arrivals living in the metro area. To accommodate this growth and reach our full potential, we need to make smart public investments to ensure continued private-sector success. We must invest in a first-rate (more…)

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In the Know: April 21, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota House
  • is in session. Member will vote on the omnibus transportation bill. It is the first major bill of the session to hit the floor for a vote.
  • 9 a.m. – Move MN will outline nearly $2 billion in transportation projects proposed this legislative session by lawmakers. Projects include dozens of new interchanges and bridges; major highway expansions; and new transit lines.
  • 9:30 a.m. – House DFL Leader Paul Thissen and Rep. Frank Hornstein hold a media availability to discuss the Republicans’ transportation bill.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Hormel Foods will hold a groundbreaking for the new and improved Spam Museum in Austin.
  • 11 a.m. – Buffers Now, a coalition of nearly 40 conservation organizations will be joined by a number of farmers from around the state as well as Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and a representative from the League of Minnesota Cities. Room 181, State Office Building, St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate is in session.
  • 1 p.m. – Gov. Dayton holds a media availability to talk with reporters about the session.

Events tomorrow

  • 2 p.m. – The Lakes Area Progressive Caucus is in the formation stages of a group and input is needed.  Those interested are encouraged to attend a meeting at the Perham Public Library from 2-4 p.m.
  • Sen. Franken will host his fifth annual competition to determine which member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation makes the best hot dish.
  • The charioteer figure, Prosperity, who guides the golden horses on the Minnesota State Capitol building’s Quadriga statue will return to his home atop the building. The figure will be harnessed and hoisted into place by a crane.  The charioteer figure was removed in September to repair corrosion discovered at the point the figure attaches to the chariot. In addition to the corrosion repairs, the figure was also inspected for any other needed repairs and received a complete regilding.


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