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2022 CD4 Republican Convention April 23 9am Registration, 10am to 4pm

What:  Minnesota Fourth Congressional District Republican Convention (CD4 GOP)

When:  Saturday April 23rd, 9:00 am Registration, 10:00 AM Gavel Start, 12:00-12:30 pm Lunch, 4:00 pm Adjourn

Where:  Advent Lutheran Church, 3000 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113 Map

Cost: Pre-registration $25 + $5.00 for Lunch, At the door cost $35 with no ability to request a lunch.  Pre-registration ends Wednesday April 20th at 11:59 pm.

Misc:  As of this posting the SPRCC Convention will be after the CD4 Convention, though if you are a St Paul BPOU delegate or alternate contact Chair Hann (chair@mngop.com) to complain about the time and location of the SPRCC convention.

See CD4-mngop.com for more details


There are 4 levels of organizational meetings in the Republican Party of Minnesota.  The first 2 levels are at the BPOU, or as some call it the Local Party Unit (our chair likes to call it a Neighborhood Party Unit) level which are the Precinct Caucuses, and BPOU Convention.

Neighborhood Party Unit

  1. Precinct Caucuses (February 1st)
  2. BPOU Convention (March 19th)

Congressional District

3. Fourth Congressional District Convention (April 23)

State Party Convention

4. Republic Party of Minnesota State Convention (May 13-14)

While some say you need extensive training, there is no experience necessary to be engaged at every level, though these conventions especially at the 3rd and 4th level are thick with political hobbyists, meaning people who always get elected to convention largely to hobnob and network with people.  If you don’t get elected at any level as a delegate/alternate you can still attend as a guest.

What to expect at the MN 4th Congressional District Convention

  • State & Federal Legislators, and Candidate Speeches
  • Networking with elected leaders, candidates, affiliate groups, non-profit organizations, delegates/alternates from other areas in CD4.
  • Platform Resolutions Debate (at some point it has to happen), there will be some consolidation of resolutions from all the Bpous.
  • Reports from various Convention Committees: Rules, Nominations, Credentials, Constitution, Resolutions, as well as the CD4 Treasurer’s report.
  • Expect a long day beginning in the morning at 9 am when registration starts and ending in the afternoon at the latest 4 pm. Though if you are thinking of being part of the St Paul Republican City Committee you’ll have to stay even later to attend that convention (seems wrong that people of St Paul can’t decide on their own when to have their convention or where).
  • Endorsement of a Fourth Congressional District Candidate. So far Mikki Murray, May Lor Xiong, and Jerry Silver are running for the endorsement (click on their names to visit their website).
  • Election of Fourth Congressional District Officers Chair, Deputy Chair, Vice Chairs, and Secretary for a 1 year term which ends in 2023. In the odd years these Executive Committee Officers are elected to 2 year terms.  You don’t need to be a delegate or alternate to the Convention to be elected, however if you’re not a delegate or seated alternate you will not be able to vote for your candidacy (if you are a delegate or alternate you don’t  have this problem).

 

Help Save Lives Dig Out St Paul Fire Hydrants

We never get tired of this video below.  Okay it is a little bit corny but the message of cleaning off the nearest fire hydrant to your house is an important one.  Time is of the essence when the nearest Ladder Company of the St Paul’s Bravest show up to put out a fire.  Let us say that again, Time is very important to saving lives in a fire.  If a firefighter has to waste time digging a hydrant out of a snow bank, your loved one, or your pets, or your neighbors, and their pets could die.

You can take turns with your neighbor over who gets to do the honor of Digging out the Hydrant.


This article was re-posted by permission of Saintpaulrepublicans.us.  It was published on December 16, 2017.  I used to shovel sidewalks for extra cash during the winter, and I always used to shovel the hydrants free of snow near the clients I had.  ~~ Publius Jr.

 

Mike “Bones” Hartzell Resident of Rice St Passes Away at 71

Rice Street has lost its most famous Resident Mike Hartzell aka Bones.  We at MN HD 66B Republicans will miss Mike. Here is an article written by Fred Melo a reporter at St Paul Pioneer Press on December 3, 2018. ~~ Publius Jr


Mike “Bones” Hartzell, shown in a Jan. 1997 file photo, has been a familiar sight winter and summer along Rice Street from University Avenue to Maryland Avenue. Hartzell is known for his caravan of carts and wagons, including his heavily-loaded wheelbarrow. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

In St. Paul’s North End, Mike Hartzell was known by another name, one that drew familiar nods and warm smiles from storefront to storefront. “Bones” called Rice Street home, and residents and business owners claimed him as their own.

When television and newspaper reports described him as homeless, some bristled.

“The writer missed the point,” said a reader, responding online after a Feb. 2017 news article about a state legislative proclamation recognizing Bones on his 70th birthday. “Bones isn’t homeless. Rice Street is Bones’ home!”

Bones, a Vietnam veteran who swept and shoveled Rice Street’s sidewalks for his meals and found community outside its bars and stores, died Sunday following an illness, according to friends and family. He was 71.

In Feb. 2017, two state lawmakers read a proclamation at Lonetti’s Lounge on Rice Street honoring Bones on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The celebration included a nacho bar, cake and ice cream.

The proclamation recognized “Bones as an upstanding citizen of St. Paul and icon on Rice Street.” It noted that Bones attended Washington High School and, after graduation, served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, a period that Rice Street locals say he never liked to talk about.

It went on to say: “After discharge, Bones became highly independent, caring for the North End neighborhood to the best of his ability … He is a steward of the community, cleaning up streets and sidewalks along Rice Street and caring for the health of abandoned pets.”

“He believes the world without walls is his home and has worked hard to keep the community safe … Bones became an iconic figure on Rice Street, and all stores in the area welcome him with respect.”

A Facebook page that was created a few years ago to track his exploits drew more than 11,000 followers, and a smattering of impromptu pictures of Bones on his bicycle. When his bicycle was stolen, the neighborhood sprang into action, scouring corners until it was returned to him.

Keith Skip Duffney, one of many Rice Streeters who considered Bones an unofficial extension of his own family, told the Facebook community on Nov. 20 that “Mike is still in hospital with pneumonia and a very weak heart. He is being stubborn about his care and he would like to go to VA hospital. We are trying to get him moved but that is not easy. We don’t really know what will happen here but praying for recovery.”

“I know Mike has been lucky to have all of you caring for him all these years,” he added.

On Sunday morning, as it became clear Bones had been transferred to hospice care, Jeremiah Welter posted, “I don’t know when things took such a turn for the worst? He seemed alright when we went and (saw) him in the hospital. He is very strong-willed and resilient though.” By Sunday night, Welter and others associated with Tin Cup’s Bar were fundraising for an engraved bench in Bones’ memory

Memorial Gathering on December 11th

A memorial gathering will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 1078 Rice St. There will be a time of sharing at 3 p.m. and a prayer service at 4 p.m. A community gathering at the Klub Haus, 1079 Rice St., will follow.

Hmong Freedom Festival-Volunteers Needed For CD4 Booth

Hmong Freedom Festival Map38th Annual Hmong Freedom Festival

United Hmong Family, Inc. invites you to join the Hmong community in celebrating culture, food, and sports at the July 4th Freedom Festival June 30th and July 1st. The festival is held at Como Park’s McMurray Field. The Twin Cities are known as the “Hmong Capital of the Nation” due to having the largest Hmong population in the United States.

  • Date:  Saturday, June 30 2018 to Sunday, July 1 2018
  • Location: McMurray Fields, Como Regional Park – 1155 Jessamine Ave W , Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: $7/person *42 inches and under, 65+ w/ ID = Free
  • Parking (MN State Fair Grounds) = $5/vehicle
*Re-entry available, but must have re-entry stamp!
*Free admission after 6pm both days, gates will close at 7pm on Saturday.

Contact: info@unitedhmongfamily.org

For more information, please visit: http://www.TheUnitedHmongFamily.org


Volunteers Needed at the 38th Annual Hmong Freedom Festival To Hand Out Literature For Our CD4 and Statewide Endorsed Candidates

CD4 and Asian American Republican Affiliates are hosting a booth at the 38th Hmong Freedom Festival – the GOP Booth runs on both Saturday June 30, and July 1, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm. We will need a lot of volunteers. The event is expecting close to 60,000 attendees over the course of two days.

Please contact Karen Bauman, deputychair@cd4-mngop.com, if you can help (there is a $7.00 entry fee).  This is a packed event all weekend. This festival is a great way for us to meet and speak to the Hmong Community. There are 80,000+ Minnesota residents who are Hmong; The majority of which live in Saint Paul.  This weekend is a perfect opportunity for us to learn what matters most to the Hmong community.

You can get a shuttle ride to Gate 1 Como Ave from the State Fair Grounds como parking lot. The Shuttle is $5.00. This is off of Snelling and Como. Gate 2 is off of Lexington and Como and you have to walk a few blocks. If someone wants to be dropped off and not pay the shuttle fee they can come in on Gate 3 at Lexington and Wynne. Gate 3 is the closest to the vendor booths.

Again, please email deputychair@cd4-mngop.com if you are able to donate a couple of hours of your time either Saturday or Sunday.

Hmong Freedom Festival


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