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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.

Senate District 66 Republican Endorsing Conventions June 15th 6:30 pm

The Senate District 66 Republicans are having 3 endorsing conventions on the same night.   Yes you read that right. There will be 3 endorsing conventions starting with a Senate District 66 Republican Convention, then the A side and the B side will split into separate conventions to consider the candidates who filed for office out of the respective sides of the Senate District.

What: Endorsing Convention for Republican Candidates Running in Senate District 66, and House District 66B.  

When:  June 15, 2022, 6:00 PM Registration, 6:30 Convention Starts

Where:  Falcon Heights City Hall, 2077 Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55113  Map

Cost: At Will Donation. (A Donation of more than $20.00 will require paperwork with the Treasurer Paul Vlahutin).

More Information:  An agenda will be sent out prior to the convention date. There may be guest speakers who attend.  A Convention Call was sent out on June 4th, 2022.   The only business will be the consideration of endorsing the candidates for office.


Eligible Voters:  Precinct Delegates & Seated Alternates who were elected at the Precinct Caucuses on February 1, 2022.

Candidates:  The candidates for consideration for endorsement by Senate District 66 Republicans and House District 66B Republicans are:

Mikki Murray for Senate District 66

Jay Hill for House District 66B

There is a possibility of another candidate for office, except it is for Ramsey County Commission District 3. The Candidate is Greg Copeland. Most of House District 66B is in Ramsey County District 3 after the recent re-districting.  The only precinct in the New HD 66B that isn’t in District 3 is the new Ward 5 Precinct 7.   By the Republican Party of Minnesota Constitution we can recommend a City or a County Candidate by resolution.

New Ramsey County Commission 7 Districts with Precincts Map

New House District 66B Map

New Senate District 66 Map

Questions: Contact our Chair, Tom Polachek at mnhd66brepublicans@gmail.com

What’s Next After Precinct Caucuses?

So you’ve been to the Precinct Caucuses, you’ve become a delegate or alternate, and possibly a Precinct Officer in your St Paul Precinct in the Legislative District of House District 66B.  Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step in being involved in the Neighborhood Party Unit aka BPOU.

What’s Next? When is Our BPOU Convention?

In a non-Redistricting year, or every even year there is the Precinct Caucus usually in February then a BPOU Convention the following month of March, a Congressional District Convention in April and the State Convention in May.  You would have known the place, date and time of the Convention at the Caucus.  This year is much different as it is a Redistricting Year.

A Redistricting Year is in the second year after the Nationwide Census. So previous years if you have lived here and have caucused and stayed active in the BPOU would have occurred in 2002, 2012, and this year 2022.

The Boundaries have changed over the years and sometimes the number or letter has changed as well. For instance in 2010 the main area of the current HD 66B was called HD 66A, and where part of the current HD 66A is was called HD 66B, the Roseville part was HD 54A.  Yeah it’s kind of confusing. So from here on out the pre-redistricting boundaries and organization will be called Old HD 66B, and the redistricted boundaries and organization will be called New HD 66B.

As a delegate or alternate and precinct officer you’ll be that until 2024 regardless of Old or New HD 66B, unless you decided not to, or move out of the precinct or out of HD 66B entirely. You have to live here to be part of the organization, unlike some years ago in SD 65 where the BPOU chair moved out of the area and those in the SD 65 BPOU kept him as their chair, which is a violation of their own Constitution as well as the CD4 & MNGOP ones as well.

Redistricting = Reorganization

The map boundaries have changed (See our Maps page for the Bright Red Map links for the new legislative and Congressional District boundaries), and so must the leadership change. Those BPOU Officers elected to the Old HD 66B Republican Executive Committee in 2021 only had one year to serve before redistricting.

In the odd years in the Neighborhood Party Unit (BPOU) Executive Committee Officers are elected to serve a 2 year term.  Because of Redistricting there were some precincts removed and some were added.  This is where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution comes in where the consent of those governed is required in order for a government to be formed. So the Old HD 66B Republican leaders can not assume their 2 year term from 2021 because we’ve added and subtracted delegates, alternates and Precinct Officers this year starting February 15, 2022.

So the BPOU Convention of New HD 66B Republicans has to elect officers to a one year term ending next year in 2023 at the BPOU Convention. However this might not happen, as some people might want to organize as a Senate District 66 BPOU.  In another post we’ll describe what’s the differences between a House District and Senate District BPOU.

The next step in the Redistricting Process is covered in the Reapportionment Training Manual, you can download the handbook link (click here).  The MNGOP has both sides meet in a Senate District 66 Convention, this is NOT forcing us into a Senate District (SD) BPOU, it is just a convention with the A & B Sides coming together for some business.  After Convention Agenda and Rules are established a vote will take place on whether to remain as House Districts A & B sides, or organize as a Senate District BPOU.  After that depending on the vote results Constitutions, BPOU Officers, and CD4/State Delegates will be voted on.

This year at some point after this Convention we have to meet to endorse a Senate District 66 Candidate for the rare open seat in our area. Senator John Marty is still our senator until inauguration day next year. He is running in New Senate District 40 (Arden Hills, Northern Roseville, Shoreview, Mounds View) for re-election which will take him to his 40th year in the Legislature.  Endorsements of candidates for the legislature can take place at a BPOU Convention, but it is more important to decide on who are the leaders and what your constitution will be.

There will be Committees in which one can serve on for the convention. Here are some that usually are in a redistricting year: Constitution, Resolutions, Rules, Nominations, and Convention Arrangements.  Resolutions from those in Old HD 66B Ward 4 Precincts 12 & 13 will follow those delegates who proposed them into New HD 66A. As will Resolutions from the new precincts we acquired.

Statewide Candidates & Special Guests Speak

Conventions are a great place to network. The Online Conventions of 2020 were not as fun as people were not given the opportunity to mingle and discover interesting organizations that like to set up at conventions. Meeting new people in your neighborhood and across the new Legislative District is a plus.

Often times Statewide Candidates will try to attend your convention. Yet it is very tough on them to attend many of them as BPOUs tend to have them on Saturday mornings  or from noon on.  This is why we have posted the Caucus Letters of the Statewide Candidates, so you know what their core values are.  In that article each candidate’s website is linked to their name, so click on candidates names to go to their websites.

So even if you do not plan to run for a BPOU Officer role, please feel welcome to come out to the BPOU Convention in March.

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!

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.