SD50 GOP News & Events July 12, 2023

SD50 GOP News & Events - July 12, 2023

Serving Residents of Edina & Bloomington

A Note from Events Vice Chair, Sarah Knapp

 Sarah (left) pictured with her daughter McKenna, 7/4/23

Be visible or we cease to exist.  

That was our mantra this July 4th. And visible we were. 

A BIG thanks to everyone who participated in the Edina July 4th Parade; not even the rain could dampen our spirits and enthusiasm! (We started with about 60 participants and understandably lost some due to the weather conditions.) I can tell you it was all worth it and I'm pleased to share some of the responses we got from parade goers - I heard many "thank you for representing"  and "thanks for marching" along with many cheers and applause in support of the important and highly relevant platforms we highlighted - We Support our Police, Parents for School Choice, Reduce the Cost of Living and Inflation and Make our Streets and Neighborhoods Safe Again.   There was only one "boo" (undoubtedly from a DFL staff person).A few other details to share:

  • Our line-up included three beautiful convertible automobiles (also providing rides for a few who were unable to march but wanted to participate).
  • Marchers representing SD50, and our partners SD46, and Minneapolis BPOU.  
  • Great opportunity to join together, make new friendships and bring awareness to SD 50 & the Republican Party! 

And finally, much thanks and gratitude to SD50 Chair Teri Hovanec for opening up her home for some traditional Edina cake and good conversation following the parade. We look forward to all of you joining us next year to make our message and presence that much stronger! 

All my best, 


P.S. Interesting that our SD50 Representatives Heather Edelson and Dr. Alice Mann DID NOT march in the parade. The DFL sent Tim Walz, Amy Klobuchar, Ilhan Omar, & Dean Phillips. I did not see any photo ops with Walz & SD50 DFL Reps either.  This leads me to believe that  the feedback Edelson and Mann are receiving from their SD50 Constituents on the most recent legislative session is less than optimal and they are starting to feel the GOP heat!  So lets get ready to work hard to get out the VOTE!

Pictured: Mike and Anne Tressler's beautiful red convertible, with Sue Keator and Connie Putnam in the back seat holding signs and flags.

More parade photos can be found at the end of the newsletter.

Volunteer Fair Update:

Thank you to all whom were able to attend our Volunteer Fair last month.  It was great to meet many of you and put faces to names.  We have already engaged a few of you the July Fourth Parade.  Thank You.  A special thanks to volunteer Jill Fike who spent countless hours decorating a stroller to hold candy and beautifully hand made lollipops and tootsie rolls with a hand-written Happy Fourth of July message from SD50 GOP on each.  It was amazing!  Such a special touch.  We got many compliments from the crowd.

If you were unable to make it to the SD50 Volunteer Fair this past week, but would still like to volunteer, here are some current opportunities we are working on. More information about each opportunity is listed on the form when you click the link, and will also be provided after you sign up.   Please check the box on the list and someone will reach out to you at the appropriate time.  Or feel free to reach out to the SD50 contact e-mail address with additional comments, suggestions or ideas.  Thank you!  Questions?  E-mail [email protected]

SD50 Volunteer Form Sign Up Opportunities Link

July 12-14: Sound of Freedom Movie AMC Theater Edina

SOUND OF FREEDOM, based on the incredible true story, shines a light on even the darkest of places. After rescuing a young boy from ruthless child traffickers, a federal agent learns the boy's sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a fate worse than death.

Link to Tickets & Showtimes

MN Seniors Republicans Monthly Meeting

Our featured speaker at our Tuesday, July 11 meeting was Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Manufacturing at St. Thomas University Dr. Fred Zimmerman, will explain the impact of emergent technologies and what and how the U.S. must be competitive in the world in their development. The speaker for their August meeting will be announced the end of July. For more information and to see the video of Prof. Zimmerman's presentation as well as past speakers please go to:

NEW TIME:  Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. and parade start is at 6:10.  We should be done by 7:00 and then will go to Malone’s. 

NEW Line Up Location:  Forestview & 89th; See Map.  See BROWN “Unit Check-in” locations. 

Park at Kerber Park (near end of parade route) and we can drive you to Line-Up (9095 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369).

Please RSVP for the Maple Grove Parade here so we know you are coming!

Scott Presler is a conservative activist, Eagle Scout, and recipient of the Ronald Reagan Award at CPAC in 2021.He has been featured on CNN, Fox News, Newsmax, and regularly appears on One America News Network. Scott organized the Baltimore cleanup in 2019 and, with 200 volunteers, removed 12 tons of trash from the city in 12 hours. He has spent the last few years traveling the country, registering thousands of voters, and training tens of thousands of volunteers. Similarly, Scott has trained conservatives how to run for office, helping to elect mayors and school board members. Among his proudest accomplishments, he has helped to flip Florida and New York counties from blue to red, which directly impacted Republicans winning the House in 2022. Scott is encouraging early voting and engaging in legal ballot harvesting in an all-of-the-above approach to take back the White House in 2024. Scott Presler is a conservative activist & expert in grassroots organizing who will provide an in-depth presentation on how to WIN in 2024! Reserve a table now and don’t miss this!


July's Happy Hour will be held at Boondox Bar & Grille in Otsego. We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, July 27 at Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Boondox Bar & Grille

Chair Alec Beck says all CD5 members/activists are always welcome to come to their monthly meetings, held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Crystal VFW, 5222 Bass Lake Road, Crystal MN at 6:30PM, with pre and post meeting conversations at the upstairs bar.

Please join us for our July 27th meeting when our special guest speaker will be Jinny Choi who will speak on
“A Tale of Two Countries”. 

Jinny Choi 200 dpi.jpg

One day, on July 27th,1953, a very homogeneous country with the same exact culture, people, history, and language was divided into two countries following the Korean war that started three years earlier.  The countries took different paths, following different ideologies.  Their stories are dramatic in the extreme and offer important and poignant lessons for Americans...and specifically Republicans as we work to educate people about the realities of Capitalism vs Socialism. Jinny Choi will present a comparison of the Koreas between 1953 and now, 70 years later.  More importantly, Jinny will offer her “humble and cautious recommendation on how to convert Asians from Democrats to Republicans.” 

6:00-8:30 p.m.   

Angeno's Pizza, 13588 80th Circle No., Maple Grove [Meal purchases are required by Angeno’s] Please Send Your RSVP to this email address.  Space is limited.  [email protected]    

Nationally known Rebecca Friedrichs fought against forced teacher unionism. Her case led to the Supreme Court Janus v AFSCME win and her book and DVD, Standing Up to Goliath....She and her husband are founders of For Kids and Country, a movement of citizens to restore our schools and culture. Her "Standing Up to Goliath" book and DVDs will be available for purchase

One Hour Earlier in August! 5:00 - 6:00 pm Social Networking & Menu Ordering 6:00 pm Meeting Start, Speakers & Discussion


Both Edina & Bloomington have open School Board and Positions up for election this coming November. 

Bloomington Residents: School Board Positions Open

There will be an information meeting on July 19 at 7 p.m. for those interested in becoming a school board member. The meeting will take place at the Educational Services Center in Room 601 and will be led by current school board members Dawn Steigauf, Beth Beebe, and Matt Dymoke.

School board members serve a four-year term and are elected in odd years. The next election will be on November 7, 2023, and there is no primary election for school board members. The terms of three current school board members, Nelly Korman, Mia Olson, and Heather Starks, will expire on December 31, 2023.

Filings for the school board open on August 1, 2023, at 8 a.m. and close on August 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. The filing fee is $2.00. Filings will be conducted at the Educational Services Center, specifically in Room 505, from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. On the last day of filing, applications can be submitted until 5 p.m. and will require a scheduled appointment with Jennifer Hazel.

Visit here for more details

Edina Residents:

3 School Board and 3 City Council Positions Open. Contact Teri Hovanec at [email protected] for more information. Dates have not been posted on the City of Edina Web Site.

SD50 GOP Photos From the Edina Fourth of July Parade

See you next month! SD50 GOP