The first Tuesday night in February is when the political parties in Minnesota start building their platform that will serve as foundations for the 2014 election campaigns. Caucus night is open to anybody willing to participate as a member of a party, be it Democrat or Republica, or Independent. In the area served by Senate District 32 (Sean Nienow) the DFL or Democrat Party is caucusing at 11 sites. The GOP Party has announced 14 caucus locations. All caucus sessions require you to arrive about 6:30 p.m. to get registered and settled into your group. Moderators are chosen and official actions such as adopting resolutions and straw balloting get underway at 7 p.m. People who want to attend district and state political conventions also get named at caucus night.
The sites are: ~ Chisago Lakes High School is the DFL caucus site for voters in the Chisago Lakes Lindstrom-Center City area. Chisago Lakes High School is GOP caucus site for Lindstrom, Franconia Republicans. The Republican site is Chisago Lakes Middle School for Chisago Lake township and Center City residents in the GOP. Lakeside School is the GOP caucus site for the Chisago City republican caucus. ~ On the east side of the county: for DFL party members, Taylors Falls School is open for caucus night for Shafer City and Township Franconia, and Taylors Falls precinct voters. (Taylors Falls School is the location for DFLers in both Senate Dist. 32 and 39. If you live in the city of Shafer or in Franconia Township you are in Senate Dist 39 where Karin Housley is your senator. and your MN Representative is Bob Dettmer.) For Republican voters who want to attend a GOP caucus who live in Shafer or Shafer Township you go to the Shafer Twsp. Hall or to the Shafer city maintenance garage.
Taylors Falls Republicans also have a caucus site at TF Elementary School. ~ Wyoming Elementary School hosts the caucus sessions for DFL and for GOP in that precinct. ~ North Branch High School serves as the site for voters in North Branch for both GOP and DFL voters. UNLESS you are in the north or west precincts of North Branch-- and want a GOP caucus site-- then you go to the North Branch Middle School. ~ Rush City High School will be open for those residents to caucus who are in either party. ~ Fish Lake DFL voters will caucus at North Folk Winery, Blackhawk Road. Fish Lake GOP caucus site is the township hall. Amador Town Hall hosts the caucus goers in that precinct for both parties. Sunrise Township Hall is the caucus site for DFL voters in that precinct. Sunrise Republican party members caucus at North Branch Middle School. Harris DFL voters will go to Harris City Hall. Harris GOP caucus site is North Branch Middle School. The Stacy Sports Grill is where DFL voters in Lent Township and city of Stacy precincts caucus. GOP caucus is at Lent Township Hall. And, Nessel Township Garage is the site for DFL voters in that precinct. Nessel Town Hall is the GOP caucus site. All Minnesota political parties hold caucus events the same night.