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I’m a US Army Veteran, who used his GI Bill to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics at the U of MN. I had transferred in from Iowa State University. I had a Secret Security Clearance for the job I did in the Army. I am a Packers Shareholder. I am a straight knitter. I put my intellectual ideas in a file I keep called Tom’s Bright Ideas. I’m a writer of sorts started from my letter writing I used to do in the Army at Ft Bliss Texas. I’m originally from Winona MN and I love maple frosted Long Johns from Bloedow’s Bakery.

2021 Safe Summer Nights Are Back in St Paul!

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St Paul Police Senior Commander Matt Toupal serves bratwurst, hot dogs, burgers, chips, healthy snacks, and a beverage to St Paul kids.

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Meet new neighbors, and St Paul’s Finest & Bravest. St Paul Police Commander John Lozoya is a HD 66B resident.

Safe Summer Nights are back for 2021. Last year due to the Pandemic the practice of getting a free hotdog, bratwurst, and or a burger, chips, a healthy snack and a beverage was canceled.  Meeting your neighborhood Police Officers, Fire Fighters, EMTs and other First Responders through displays, activities such as climbing walls, K-9 demonstrations was sorely missed.

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Tom Campion (white shirt), can be found at Safe Summer Night Events ensuring everyone gets fed.

Safe Summer Nights was first started by Tom Campion, a citizen who thought kids and neighborhood people need to meet the professionals who serve them in the Police, Fire Fighters, and First Responders. It’s a chance to meet people you didn’t know lived in your neighborhood.

Here is the schedule for this Summer:

Schedule: 

Safe Summer Nights will be on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Look to the St Paul Safe Summer Nights Website for more details.

June 3:     MLK Recreation Center with Hallie Q. Brown (270 N. Kent St) Map HD 65A

June 17:   Rice Recreation Center (1021 Marion Street) Map HD 65A

July 15:    Battle Creek Recreation Center (75 Winthrop St S) Map HD 67B

July 22:    Langford Park Recreation Center (30 Langford Park) Map     HD 64A

Aug. 5:    El Rio Vista Recreation Center (179 Robie St E) Map  HD 65B

Aug. 12:  Conway Recreation Center (2090 Conway St) Map HD 67B

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Safe Summer Night Volunteer Crew

So unlike in previous years where every Thursday was a Safe Summer Night event, it appears two Thursdays each month from June thru August will be Safe Summer Nights.

See You There!

2021 MN CD4 Convention Friday March 19th

Minnesota Congressional District 4 is having a it’s Convention on FRIDAY evening March 19th. It is hopefully the last Zoom Convention Republicans have to socially distance themselves.  Networking with people from all around the Congressional District and from outside it to include non-partisan groups has been missed. It’s not really the same as in previous years, though we’ve learned some new skills because of the shared experience of the last year.


What: MN Fourth Congressional District Convention

When: FRIDAY March 19, 2021; Login at 6:00 PM, Gavel at 7:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Cost: $20 Registration for Bpou CD4 Delegates, Alternates, and Guests. 

  • Register by March 17 11:59 pm and here is how you register
  • Go to www.cd4-mngop.com/convention
  • Pay 2 ways: 1. Online at the above link, 2. By Post Mail by mailing a check payable to CD4 Republicans, 2355 Fairview Ave N #279, Roseville MN 55113 (if you are registering by mail call 763-843-9007 to receive a paper copy of the Convention Call)

Convention Business:  

  • Election of CD4 Republican Executive Officers (Chair, Deputy Chair, 6 Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary)
  • Election of CD4 Republican State Executive Committee Representative
  • CD4 Constitutional Amendments
  • RPM Executive Officer Candidate Speeches, Other dignitary speeches
  • Other Business and Announcements

Candidates for Office Deadline is Monday March 15th

If you would like to run for an Executive Committee position please contact Nominations Committee (Christine Jacobson gopchrus47@comcast.net)


The CD4 Convention should be exciting as at least two of our Delegates, and newly elected Vice Chairs Mikki Murray and Sara Rasque-Michener are running for Executive Positions at the Convention. Mikki Murray is running for re-election as CD4 Chair. Sara Rasque-Michener is running to be the CD4 State Executive. Both in their efforts in the last 2 years have increased participation in St Paul despite last year being a pandemic year. We wish them good luck.

If you are not a HD 66B Republican Delegates or Alternate feel free to register as a guest, which is $20. We have separate Delegate & Alternate slates to CD4 & State Conventions to increase participation. We’re one of the few BPOUs in the State that does this.


Disclaimer: HD 66B Republicans do not receive any portion of the $20 or PCR money given to the CD4 Republicans. If you want to give  your PCR please consider giving it to HD 66B Republicans, keep it local.

2021 HD 66B Republicans Convention Feb 20, 2021 10 am to 12 pm

2021 HD 66B Republican Convention Call 

What: HD 66B Republican Convention

When:  February 20, 2021

Registration:  Send email to mnhd66brepublicans@gmail.com with “Register for 2021 HD 66B GOP Convention” in the subject line before 11:30 pm February 19, 2021. You’ll be put on a list to receive a link to log in or call into the convention.

Start: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Where: Zoom

Agenda Items:

Executive Officer Elections (Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice Chair of Fundraising & Finance, Vice Chair of Outreach, and Vice Chair of Technology & Data)

State Central Delegate and Alternates (1 Delegate and 3 Alternates)

HD 66B Republican Constitutional Amendment about bringing back the Full Committee Tabled (to make compliant with CD4 & State Party Constitutions)

Guest Speaker: Ramsey County Elections Manager David Triplett

CD4 Republican Executive Candidates Speeches (2-3 minutes each)

MNGOP Executive Candidates Speeches (2-3 minutes each) 

At Will Donations

-2021 PCRs accepted make payable to HD 66B Republicans

Other Donations $20 or less do not have to be annotated, above $20 will need name contact info, occupation, and the amount.

-Contact HD 66B Republicans Treasurer, Paul Vlahutin for details how to donate email mnhd66brepublicans@gmail.com

-It is not required to give a donation in order to participate in the HD 66B Republicans


Prior to the Convention Delegates and Alternates will be sent a Copy of the HD 66B Republican Constitution, Convention Rules, and a Convention Agenda.


To be elected in HD 66B Republicans, you must believe in most of the Republican Platform, and live within the boundaries of MN House District 66B. You do not need to be a delegate or alternate, but only delegates and alternates can vote. 

 

 

66Books Book Club: Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action,” March 6th, 6pm

Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action,” will be our book club, 66Books, second book to be discussed on March 6, 2021


What:  66Books Book Club Discussion of Simon Sinek’s Book, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action.”

When: Saturday March 6, 2021, 6:00 pm

Where:  On Zoom

Cost:  FREE (though we take at will donations $20 and under)


Why do you do the activities you do?  Why do you think the way you do?

Once you know your Why Statement you can start to connect to people to inspire them to action.


So why do people keep doing the same activities over and over again expecting different results? The answer is they don’t know their why.

Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle (Why How What) shows that if you communicate your why you grab your audience’s attention as you touch their emotions and the how and what will be heard fully.  Whereas if you lead with What and How your audience might not stick around for your why.  He uses Apple as an example on how they sell their computers and other devices.  They sell their why and after seeing their How they do it they entice you to What they are selling.

Why is powerful and it can break down barriers you’ve set up in your organization.  There is a follow up book called, “Find Your Why,” aimed at helping groups and organizations find out their Why, there are group activities in discovering the group’s Why.

Here is a resource to help you read the book:

Youtube Audiobook:

Sign Up For 66Books Book Club

Since we don’t currently have a list to send out to notify Book Club Members of the upcoming book, you’ll need to send an email to mnhd66brepublicans@gmail.com with the subject line of “66Books Sign Up List.” When we get a couple of days out from March 6th, an email will be sent out to those who sign up to confirm, and a link will be sent. Your email will be only used for the Book Club unless you opt-in to our other activities.