• Young & Old Republicans Mark Season’s Change Amid Rustic Setting

    Volunteer Reporter & Photographer

    It wasn’t exactly a Republican roundup, but the sprawling ranch-like cowboy bar may soon become Republican SD 49’s new watering hole. It was here at Cowboy’s Jack’s Saloon that SD 49 & the Minnesota Young Republicans settled down for their 2nd Young Republican’s Happy Hour as the sun set on a cool Oct 2nd evening. The choice of this venue was excellent for this hearty band of party activists.


    Local Republicans came back to the ‘Wild West’ at Bloomington’s only authentic cowboy bar

    About 30 SD49, Minnesota Young Republicans, and Twin Cities Young Republicans shared a convivial mood at our second Happy Hour event in the bar’s lounge. It was an evening for exchanging email addresses, sharing ideas, and getting other’s opinions on matters of the day. While conversations ranged from Millennials’ outreach to the abrupt change in weather, I sensed an overall relief from hectic summer days and an eagerness for Fall grassroots building culminating with next year’s elections.

    When I talked with one young SD49er the next day, he told me that, “It was a very nice opportunity to meet and talk with people associated with the YRs as well as with people from SD49 and get to know them better. The YR people were very friendly and interested in getting to know SD 49 people. It was a good opportunity to learn about their perspectives on issues, organizations, etc.”

    Although the food and the spirits consumed have since worn off, the spirit of youthful activism so fervently alive that evening will continue in our minds as vibrant memories.

    If you would like to participate in any of our upcoming events, or learn more about our active event’s calendar, please click here. Reservations fill quickly, so plan ahead and make your reservation today!

  • Mpls. City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage Study


    Jennie Lissarrague and Stephen Tellier * September 22, 2015

    The Minneapolis City Council has agreed to investigate whether to boost the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

    At a meeting Tuesday morning, the council agreed to hire an outside company to conduct a study of the impact a minimum wage increase would have on Minneapolis, as well as Hennepin and Ramsey counties. The study will examine a $12 minimum wage, as well as a $15 minimum wage, and would cost $150,000.

    The hope is that it would be completed by next spring.

  • Ouch! Officials unveil big hikes in 2016 MNsure insurance rates


    Tom Scheck · Oct 1, 2015

    Buying health coverage through MNsure will get a lot more expensive for many people next year.

    Average rate increases for individual and family coverage will range from 14 percent to 49 percent compared to 2015, the agency said Thursday. The highest average rate increase — 49 percent — will come from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state's largest insurer.

  • Dinner Program featuring Sen David Osmek

    Full Agenda Keeps SD 49ers Busy at September Dinner Meeting

    SD 49 members and guests congregated at Calvary Lutheran Church in Edina for our monthly dinner meeting to elect a new senate district vice chair, hear speeches, and join together for an evening meal. Chef Barb Nazarian, Russ Burnison and Dar Gray served up a delicious dinner guaranteed to quench hearty appetites and sustenance to last the evening.


  • SD 49-50 Summer Picnic

    Fun Was Had By All at Our Annual Picnic

    “It was such a great afternoon!” That is how people will describe the SD 49 / 50 Republican picnic that happened on Sunday the 13th at Bush Lake Park in Bloomington.



  • SD49 residents oppose charter amendment at Bloomington council meeting


    Bloomington residents Lew Coffey and Bill Reichert opposed the city council's request for authority to issue bonds without asking voters. Here's the story.


  • Alice Seagren's Reading Corps is closing the achievement gap

    Reading Corps, a program designed by our former state representative and Minnesota commissioner of education Alice Seagren, has been successful statewide and in 11 states in closing the achievement gap for at-risk students from three-years-old to third grade. Alice says, "In Bloomington, 90 percent of 4-year-olds enrolled in the Minnesota Reading Corps made great gains on three key literacy measures, helping them be ready for kindergarten." Read more here.