January 2019

Bills to follow, dates to save, Jan meeting minutes and more! Election of officers to continue in February...

January 21 Meeting Minutes of the Dickinson County Democrats
Nature Trails Club House, 465 202nd St. – Milford IA 51355

LEGISLATIVE FORUMS: Invited to attend are local house and senate representatives along with state and national government elected officials.
   Saturday, February 16, 2019
   Saturday, March 9, 2019
   Saturday, March 30, 2019
SPENCER TIME and LOCATION:  9 - 10:30am, Council Chamber, Spencer City Hall, 418 2nd Ave West, Spencer. A light breakfast is served from sponsors beginning at 8:30am when the doors open.
OKOBOJI TIMES AND LOCATION:  11:30 – 11:30 am at the Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy. 71, Okoboji, IA 51355
In the event of a cancellation due to weather a possible make-up date is:  Saturday, April 13, 2019
Monday, February 18. 6:30 pm social time, 7:00 meeting.

With 21 members in attendance on brutally cold winter evening, Chairman Prior called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance. We were delighted to have several new members in attendance and went around the room introducing ourselves.

Chairman’s Introductory Remarks Chairman Prior reviewed our accomplishments the past two years. When he agreed to lead this organization on June 17, 2017 the Dickinson Dems had been basically dormant, with only $472 in bank. Iowa Great Lakes Indivisible and Podunk Resistance pulled people together to re-fire the party, and now where we are today. In last 18 months we had successful major events, including the sold-out Summer Sizzler fundraiser last July that attracted major state and national candidates. Nearly every month we have had a different candidate speaker. We feel good about having a part to play in flipping the house. We worked on and came up with a message of what we stand for: WE CARE. Last December the Dickinson Dems bought out the supply of Sunshine Foods’ holiday suppers for the Upper Des Moines Food drive. Even though we did not beat Steve King, we did! JD came within 3 points, the closest candidate yet to defeating King. And now King is in a heap of trouble, sanctioned by his own party, stripped of committees, and being asked to resign. Now he finally says he will hold town halls but like JD said, you can’t fake showing up: as of today he has yet to release dates and times. We will share with you as we find out. This coming year is going to be very busy with candidates trafficking through Iowa for the 2020 elections.

Secretary Report: Secretary Shuttleworth would like anyone who is not receiving minutes to let her know by sending an email to dickinsondemsia@gmail.com. Minutes are also posted on our website. We need to follow legislation and stay in contact with our elected representatives. Brett Copeland will be posting their contact information and bill tracking tools on the website: www.thedickinsondems.com.

Treasurer’s Report: Kaylene Kinlan shared a “Statement of Cash on Hand” report from January 2018 to October 2018. We currently sit near $3000 and had as much as $21,571.41 last summer after the fundraiser, and were able to make candidate donations. We have made great progress from 2017 when we had under $500 in our coffers.
Democrats Care - Martin Luther King Day: Chairman Prior asked members to brainstorm opportunities to show ‘Democrats Care’ and get earned media for participating in a monthly service event either through contribution or physically volunteering wearing a ‘Democrats Care’ badge. Ideas brainstormed included Wheels on Meals, Headstart, CAASA, Young Professionals, Bedell Service Day, clean up park, Back Pack Program, Mental Health Services, Special Olympics, etc. What demographic do we need to swing? How do we get younger people to participate? They are busy, have kids, can we give a night off, free babysitting, provide sitter during meetings? JoAnn Heerdt and Linda Hemphill volunteered as potential sitter volunteers. Some of the younger members suggested have a mixture of meetings and FUN! Happy hour. Put the Party in the Democratic Party. Contact Young Professionals.
If you have ideas, please you the Contact Us form on the Dickinson County Democrat web page.

Develop Dem Action Plan: It is time of year to form the Dickinson County Action Plan as we are less than 13 months away from Iowa caucuses. Because of low meeting attendance, we will continue the Action Plan discussion during the February meeting.

Steve King Town Hall Attendance He has still not listed dates and times. If he does we need to have a good turnout. We are not going to create havoc but hold him accountable. As we learn of dates we will notify via Facebook, email, etc.

Election of Officers
Officers need to be elected for Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. We have to notify Dem party at State level and do in time, to have contact.
Chairman Prior indicated he will be stepping down. He committed for two years, accomplished what he needed to do and needs to get back to retired life but is willing to serve in an advisory role. His resignation was accepted but not first without many thanks from members who shared their appreciation for his service.
Brett Copeland was nominated for the new chair (JoAnn Heerdt, Mary Little).  Nominations ceased (Virginia Kelly, Kaylene Kinlen). All ayes. Congratulations to Brett! He has great experience, leadership skills and is adept at organizing and social media.
A motion was made to elect remaining officers until Feb meeting with more members present (Karen Larson, Virginia Kelly) All ayes. Think about serving as an officer, or nominating someone. We will need a new vice-chair as Andrew Dunn, co-vice chair to Brett, has taken on a new job. Kaylene Kinlan has been a wonderful treasurer but needs and deserves to retire. Jane Shuttleworth is current secretary and willing to let someone else take on this fun job.
Other Announcements
BILLS to FOLLOW Sandy Ladegaard shared several bills are moving through the Republican controlled legislature of great concern. Please follow links to these stories published in the Des Moines Register and make your voice heard. Write editorials and letters to the editor.
Reduce public notice when a bill is introduced. If you’re following a bill moving through the Senate, in some instances you may no longer have a 24-hour notice about when the initial meeting about the bill — known at the Capitol as a subcommittee meeting — will come up. Read more: http://desmoinesregister.ia.newsmemory.com/?publink=0b91346bb
The GOP is also posturing to inject politics into Iowa courtshttp://desmoinesregister.ia.newsmemory.com/?publink=2ae0bc355

Summer Sizzler 2019 John Adams, Fundraising Chair, reported on plans for the 2019 Summer Sizzler. We sold out the Arnolds Park Pavilion at 304 tickets. With this summer being beginning 2020 campaign we will likely have a bigger audience and need a bigger space. Plus, the Arnolds Park Pavilion has raised rent from $600 to $2000. An alternative is the Expo Center, they can easily hold 600-700 people and each candidate can have own space. The rent should be under 1000 maybe as low as 600. We have a tremendous caterer in our fold, Michael Dunn. We need to get going on this. Tentative date this year is July 31. It was agreed Adams check on price and availability of Expo Center for the summer fundraiser.

WOLF PAC Karen Larson reported a new political action committee has been formed to support female candidates running for public office across NW Iowa: the WOLF PAC. NW Iowa is the most challenged in gender equity challenged part of the state. Lee Ann Jacobson, founder, will provide more information at our February meeting. In the meantime, a meeting will be held at Karen’s home Thursday, January 24 at 10285 237th Ave. Spirit Lake. Children welcome.

Kate Newey Wins Emerge Iowa Scholarship: Kate Newey, owner of Studio Burn where our temporary Democratic Headquarters were located last election cycle, introduced herself to the audience. She thanked the Dickinson County Democrats for posting information about Emerge Iowa on our Facebook Page. She received a big applause of support from the audience when she announced she had received full scholarship to Emerge Iowa. It is a training program for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour, training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. Kate applied for and received a full scholar ship to the training program. Her first training will be this weekend in Des Moines.

Our next monthly meeting will be Monday, February 18, most likely again at the Nature Trails Club House. 

June 2018


The meeting was called to order by Chair Harold Prior at 7 p.m.

Prior thanked the Dickinson Dems for helping nearly fill the room up. He once again challenged attendees to bring another friend with them so we could ‘tear down this wall!’ and expand the Pebble Beach room for our next meeting on July 16, 2018.

Prior led the Dickinson Dems in the Pledge of Allegiance.


House District 1 Candidate Karen Larson

House District 2 Candidate Ryan Odor

County Supervisor Tim Fairchild

Iowa Senate District 7 Candidate Jackie Smith

Smith hails from Woodbury County but has a summer home in Okoboji. She thanked the Dickinson Dems for hosting her and said she was impressed with our meeting attendance. She has State Rep. Chris Hall and Tim Kassina in her district. The State Senate seat has been occupied by Rick Bertrand for eight years, but he is retiring. Smith was born and raised and then raised her own family in District 7. She left for Baylor University in Texas for one year, but left after one year. She said she didn’t feel the same level of respect for women that she feels in Iowa. She was a County Supervisor, but lost her last election as part of the Donald Trump shock. She in the time after the 2016 election, she was watching ‘too much MSNBC’ and decided she had to step up and take action.

She said she was raised in a political family, helped organize campaigns, and often had Woodbury County or presidential candidates sitting around her kitchen table. Smith said that running for County Supervisor was natural. She has been a speech therapist for 34 years. She owned a small business.

Holly (and former teacher who retired from public schools after a 40 year career) will host a fundraiser for her home on July 14. Smith said this is an incredible opportunity to turn the seat blue but that Democrats can’t take anything for granted. She said it will be a lot of hard work. She shared an experience that illustrated the uphill battle. While at the museum in Arnolds Park, several teenagers were looking at the sugarbowl. They said ‘you know why the sugar bowl isn’t running anymore? The liberals took it away.” She said there is a whole generation that is buying into the GOP propaganda. She said we need to take control of the Senate, House, and Governor’s mansion.  Jackie Smith invited Karen Larson to the event.

J.D. Scholten will be present at the Jackie Smith Fundraiser at 1401 Jerdee Lane, Wahpeton, IA. The even goes from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


MA(Think)A Hats

Prior thanked Linda Moore for the ‘Make American Think Again’ hat idea and reported that nearly 200 had been sold. The project had been so successful, the hat company wanted to put in an additional order and provided two new design ideas. The cost of the new hats would be around $4.50 each. He suggested we consider new ideas like ‘Free the Children’ should the crisis at the U.S. Border not be resolved soon. The new hat designs would be given away later in the meeting to an individual who reported good news and/or found an error in the last meeting’s minutes.


Regarding the crisis at the U.S. / Mexico order and migrant parent / child separation, the Chairman Prior asked all members to call their lawmakers. Prior said that ‘we might as well dig up the Statue of Liberty and send it back to France. What the Trump Administration is doing makes the inscription at its base an absolute mockery.” He said that everyone who cares about the welfare of children, and about the U.S. needs to take action.

Dickinson Dem Secretary Jane Shuttleworth suggested we take down their numbers at the meeting. Gail Bockman suggested that we also call Rep. Paul Ryan’s Speaker of the House office and email all of our representatives. Treasurer Kaylene Kinlan distributed their contact information, as follows:

  • Rep. Steve King 202-225-4426

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley 202-224-3744

  • Sen. Joni Ernst 202-224-3254

  • Speaker Paul Ryan 202-225-0600

Prior noted that he has the most success contacting his lawmaker’s staff between 9 - 11 a.m. He noted that when he contacted Rep. Ernst’s office he was ‘blunt’ when told we must ‘enforce the law’ as the current activity that separates children from their parents is a policy not, in fact, a law.


Prior said that our efforts are being noticed at state party and around northwest Iowa. He said he appreciated all the hours and contributions put in by the Dickinson Dems. But, he said, the hard work had just begun. He challenged the Dickinson Dems to work even harder to retire Steve King, Kim Reynolds and ensure there are Democratic majorities in the Iowa House and Senate.

Jan Grant won the Copy Editors Award and received a MA(Think)A Hat!


Kaylene Kinlan reported that were were $500 in contributions for June

$277 was spent

There is $5,544.40 remaining

Prior asked that everyone fill out a 2018 - 2019 Membership Form


John Addams provided an update on the Summer Sizzler event, scheduled for August 1. The Sizzler will be held at the Majestic Pavilion. He called for 15-20 volunteers to work the event on both July 31 and August 1.

From 5:30 - 6 p.m. there will be a social hour to meet candidates. From 6-7 p.m. The Farm to Fork food truck will serve a catered BBQ meal. While not included in the cost of the ticket, Queen II rides will depart at 3 - 4:15 p.m., 5 - 6:15 p.m. and from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Candidates from up and down the Iowa Democratic ticket will inspire attendees for the coming midterm elections. Special guests include Rep. Eric Swalwell, presidential candidate and Rep. John Delaney, and Dickinson County’s own Berkeley Beddell. Other Iowa Democrats have been invited, but not responded as of the June Dickinson Dem meeting. Denny Perry’s team will do presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Majestic Pavilion seats 300 people. Tickets are $30 a piece. Tickets can be purchased in groups of eight to reserve a table. There will be 37 tables of 8 seats ($240) and two registration tables. The Dickinson Dems are responsible for cleanup. $10 from each ticket sale will go back to the County who has assigned the tickets. 19 counties have been formally invited. They are given a certain number of tickets based on how many they think can be sold.

Addams reflected that he hasn’t felt this much ‘electricity in the air’ since he was a member of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan was on the ballot. Promotion will begin next Tuesday. Rep. Eric Swalwell will be featured in an ad in local media. Media will then be pitched across the region.


House District 1 Candidate Karen Larson’s next fundraiser is Wednesday, June 20. She invited everyone to attend, especially the Podunk Resistance crowd. The midsummer celebration will feature Larson’s home-cooked food, drinks, and activities.

Larson reported that she’s been keeping up with Rep. John Wills Legislative Columns in the Dickinson County News. She said it was the first time ever he has continued to publish them despite the Iowa House not being in session. Larson has submitted a piece to the Des Moines Register. She also pointed to a piece published by Chuck Eisenhart about water quality, which debunks many of the research and design of the clean water strategy that Wills’ plan depends.

Dickinson Dem Virginia Kelly asked Larson to specifically respond to Wills’ column about ‘values.’ Larson said that her latest piece included a line about responsible governing. That if government is a burden on taxpayers, it is because legislation without results should be examined. Larson reported that she met with a voter in Lyon county after a meeting who said “I have voted straight ticket Republican throughout my whole life. But I am supporting you and voting for you.”

Larson said she looks forward to coordinating with the Dickinson Democrats on parades, county fairs, etc. She said she looked forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

House District 2 Candidate Ryan Odor introduced himself to new people in the room. He said he is originally from Spencer and moved back to the area nine years ago. He said he is getting a lot of positive response to his campaign. He is attending a lot of parades over the next few weeks. He has spent a lot of time in Palo Alto County. He asked that the Dickinson Dems keep him informed about where he needs to go and good opportunities to meet voters.


Caroline Perkins - democratic message. Lots of work, condensed down into short message. Passing out the message. Read the first sentence.

Harold: This is something the group needs to ratify. Need majority report of this to be our message statement. Central committee will come to meetings. Need enough to share for a two at a time. State platform is 22 pages long. Caroline tried to keep us on one page.

Linda: Read the first sentence. [insert full document here]

Jeanne: Must be strong on public schools. PUBLIC NOT, PRIVATE schools including no charter schools.

Alvin: Missing the diversity, would love to see it. Where to put it.

Carl Klein: get some people who don’t have gray hair.

Motion to accept message: Jan

Marjorie Miller seconded

DISCUSSION: Eric Schultes - clean water, e-coli, other items in water, CAFOs pose huge air health risk. With the environment, states like MN and NB has air emissions that ag industries have to follow. - Add air and water.

Kaylene: adding honoring the integrity, opportunity, and prosperity of all people

Denny: amend the motion, add “and air” to after , second by Andrew Dunn.

DISCUSSION: need to maintain discussion about amended motion “and air” to statement

Gail - speaking in favor of “and air” contributes easily to the presented comment

Andrew - motion to vote - Jane Shuttleworth - second

Passed for the item - AND AIR is added to “clean water and air”

Harold - further discussion about “clean water, and air, and land”

Gail Bockman moved to  - “:add word “diversity’ to the logo

DISCUSSION: Carl Klein is diversity a red flag for someone -

Deb Morris - anyone who sees red flag own’t be looking at our thing

Linda Moore - putting opportunity and prosperity for all cultures. Honoring integrity, opportunity and and prosperity for all cultures...democrats for america”

Gail: accepts the Committee’s suggestion

Andrew: Second motion

Beth odor call for the question

Motion carries, all opposed , approves - integrity, opportunity, and prosperity

Point of Order - voting on the entire document with amendments as adopted. Call to question in favor all, motion carries. We have message statement.


Mini meeting at last big meeting, didn’t set up meeting between times.

Overwhelmed with 900 pages of voter reg info

Only to 100 pages of voters by precinct who are listed as no party or as libertarians.  A little bit of ‘give’ in those folks.

Set up meeting to split up, 15 precincts in voting area. Range from numbers from 54 to 1562 within a township. Will calling on all of us to give a hand to get some people. Develop scripts, timelines, and help from extra people.

Known Rita hart for 30 years - couldn’t be more thrilled

Gail: Met Hillary in line - starstruck and couldn’t say a word. When she shook people’s hands, had something in her mind. That small amount of practice of meeting someone who view as more famous as they are, really helps. At home, look in the mirror and speak your message to yourself and practice evne if it’s a line or response. So that wen you’re out and tlking to friends, you’re mentally prepared to delvier the democratic message.


Andrew Dunn

It’s a lot more and better way to contact voters than lists from teh county auditors process. Need an explanation. Since 2001, main goal is to organize data. County party with state uses the software to procure sec of states office, public information. Voter registration data. When we get the data from voter reg, names, voting history, numbers addresses, and registration. Organize data gotten from auditors and sec of states office ot put togetehr lists of people in dickinson county. As well as no party people. Use it in effective manner. Phone calls, give individual codes to people to see lists, to knock doors. Or to call phone numbers bysuch and such time. Incredibly useful tool thanks to the state party use to help all our local candidates up and down the ballot.

Gail: Can you remove people?

Andrew: Yes, we can remove names. IT’s like Facebook, empty, but then you fill it up yourself. We fill it in with the lists that we get.

Kaylene - can you cut and clip your lists.

Ryan - with republicans, can you note which ones vote straight ticket. We have the data, but not sure if we can tell that.

Tim - GOP has exactly the same thing. Spent a lot of money on their program.

Andrew: anyone who campaigns who wants to do phone calls, they will likely use the van, since 2014 have be3en campaigning, never not used a van.

Kaylene - does it sort?

Andrew: We can sort it beforehand. We do it on our hand, before we put it into program

Virginia Kelly - most recent election info is included, we may lose people.

Andrew - we need to have combo of auditors office and voter data

Gail - who do we contact about the information? Sons phone number gets calls from Gail phone.

Andrew - not sure if phone Number is linked to voter information. Campaigns, lsits are proprietary, maintained. We must build our own lists, the state does not provide. We can edit the list.

Harold: Virginia and Andrew have been talking, voter outreach and registration committee so all of us can help to knock doors, get out the vote, etc.

Brett - yields time to Virginia and Andrew's committees to come up with a strategy to come up with a plan.

Harold two reports from register. Hubbell did very well in Dickinson Primary. JD Scholten received 14514k votes of democrats in primary, and leann got 32, paschen, got 17. All democrats voting in primary, thinking about how they work. Most dedicated GOP and Dems vote in primaries. The core democrats and republicans.

JD got half of those votes.

Steve King, had a primary voter with little funding and no name recognition, got 25 percent of the vote in primary 1 out of 4 of most strident republican folks did not vote for steve king

Furthermore, most dedicated republicans who voted in the primary in district 4, those numbers for king. Scholten would have won if those voters still did it.

28310 Dem total

27743 GOP total

Not a ton of GOP excitement for King. We can beat him and retire him. But how hard do we have to work to get it done.

History is replete with circumstances and looked at things and could have given up. Churchill with england as the only hold out. By narrow english channel. “Not winnable, we can’t do this” negotiated the treaty with nazis. He said “we’ll fight everywhere, we will never give up.”

Eisenhower, bad weather report, didn’t do D-Day

Deb - have we discussed, noticed a lot about the same age within a couple decades. Have we discussed the targeting and statistics about the democratic millennials. Canvassing iowa lakes community colleges, put up posters, etc. has anyone been putting up posters, etc? Mainstream for young kids who talk to.

Harold: Challenge, we have going for us we have some school association presidents who on occasion involved with us. Have to be careful to be non partisan, then creating enemies in legislator or etc.

Deb: Student committees or papers, go right to the kids and say “hey” how can we get you guys interested.

Harold: Must be careful with captive audience.

Ryan Odor: Young Professionals Group is having an event tomorrow.

Harold: Same vigor of Parkland

Deb: College students are who we need to get involved. Why would it be any different? If you’re interested we’ve got this going. Put this in your paper as in all other papers. That’s what she meant.

Andrew: As a student at the school with newspaper, newspapers aren’t effective. There’s a lot of different ways to reach out, but on a basic level, there has to be a physical infrastructure. need to find the people who find what they want to do .

Deb: Moved back 5 years ago. Everyone who was in here. John Adams. Most of us have been democrats our whole lives. Young people will make the difference in this area. A lot more flexible than a lot of people in our age group. Don’t have an answer but how we tap that.

Harold. Excellent point. Take your ideas and run with it, join our voter committee and you have passion, you can help us head it up.

Harold: Secure effort on Supervisor District 1 - Eric Schultes at Karen Larson fundraiser, interested to be a candidate. Needed 20 write in signatures - didn’t get it. Got 13. Willing to run, start sooner.

Gail: Outreach committee meeting afterwards.

Harold: Next meeting on 3rd Monday, July 16. Same station, back channel. F

Virginia Kelly: Voter registration people

Harold Prior adjourned meeting at 8:34 p.m.

May 2018

Meeting Minutes - May, 2018


  • Erica Schultes Announces Candidacy for District 2 Supervisor (Mardi Allen’s district who is retiring) – See details under New Business. Go Erica!

  • Volunteer is need to take minutes for June meeting as Shuttleworth will not be able.

  • Saturday, June 9 Join Karen “For Our Community” Larson in Sibley for Parade! Volunteers needed to accompany Karen Larsen: contact 712-336-6863 or phoenix4.kl@gmail.com


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Primary Elections – be sure you are registered and early voting is now open.

  • WEDNESDAY, AUG 5 Super Summer Sizzler Fundraisinger – Arnolds Park Pavilion- Multi-county fundraising event featuring Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Presidential Candidate John Delaney, our own Berkeley Bedell. We’ll also have food, entertainment, Queen II rides and more...

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Summer Solstice Fundraiser - Karen “For our community” Larson. Tacos, Kayaking, bonfire at Campaign Headquarters at her home 10285 237th Ave on Little Spirit Lake. To volunteer: contact 712-336-6863 or phoenix4.kl@gmail.com Donate: larsonforhouse.com or PO Box 173, Spirit Lake, IA, 51360

  • FRIDAY, JULY 27 Pioneer Days Parade in Milford


  • Messaging Committee May 30 –Meeting: 10:30 a.m. at Lisa’s Bakery in Spirit Lake. Come for tasty messages!

  • Karen “For Our Community” Larson Campaign Meeting 10:00 AM Saturday, June 2 at her home.10285 237th Ave, on Little Spirit Lake. 712/336- 6963

  • Summer Sizzler Fundraising Committee Meeting Tuesday, June 12 6:00 PM at Michael Dunn’s home at 6 PM at 1307 Fargo in Spirit Lake. For more information contact John Adams, Committee Chair

  • Voter Registration 6:30 PM Monday, June 18 before next Monthly Meeting, Pebble Bech Room, Arrowood. Chair: Virginia Kelly

Minutes of the Dickinson County Democrats - May 21, 2018

Chairman Harold prior called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 34 persons in attendance. He welcomed back snowbirds and everyone went around the room and introduced themselves. Democrat and Dickinson County Supervisor Tim Fairchild was recognized.

Secretary’s Report Jane Shuttleworth reviewed the March minutes and announced Rich Nicklay as the April winner of the ‘Make America Think Again’ prize. The prize is awarded to the first person who reports an error in the minutes. The minutes were also distributed to all by email prior to the meeting. Highlights included the establishment of our new website www.TheDickinsondems.com and the Act Blue online tool that makes fundraising simple and easy. Over $1000 has been raised since the website and Act Blue account was established only a month ago by Vice Chair Brett Copeland. Other meeting highlights was John Adams review of the March for our Lives in Washington DC with his granddaughter Olivia.

Treasurer’s Report Kaylene Kinlan reported despite the many expenses incurred over the past months for facilities rental for county convention meetings and other purposes we have $5191.00 in our treasury. She also finished the second quarterly report to the State Committee.

Cindy Paschen, wife of John Paschen who is Fourth District Candidate against Congressman Steve King, spoke on behalf of her husband. She said his strength is his compassion for people, medical background and healthcare knowledge. He is a pediatrician and has been chief of staff at hospitals and served on the Story County Board of Health. His experience and expertise in health care separates him from all other candidates. 

She stated the reason her husband decided to run against Congressman Steve King was when he heard him say that he would pay for the wall between United States and Mexico with money from food stamps and Planned Parenthood.

Old Business

The major fundraising event equivalent to the Wingding held each year in Clearlake is the summer sizzler. It is a multi county fundraiser. Proceeds from ticket sales go back to county parties. We have a very exciting lineup of Rep. Eric Swalwell and Presidential Candidate John Delaney will be major speakers. John Adams has been spearheading this effort event will be held at the pavilion, along with our own Berkley Bedell. There will be two Queen II cruises. The pavilion has recently been remodeled. Rep. David Johnson independent state senator from Ocheyedan is also been invited to draw in more of the independence. Everyone was reminded that David Johnson was one of the first Republican politicians to renounce the Republican party when Donald Trump won the presidential primary in 2016.  Michael Dunn will do the catering. Entertainers are still needed the queen cruisers will be at three and 5 p.m.. We will need help for setting up and decorations this is a multi-county The next fundraising meeting will be June 12 Tuesday at Michael Dunn’s home at 6 PM at 1307 Fargo in Spirit Lake. The food track will be open for business! Held prior will contact all the other county chairs he stated that for some time now that idea to do a multi county fun raiser of the scale has been discussed in the Iowa Great Lakes.

District for Iowa Democratic Convention Report

Gail Bockman gave an excellent report of the district for Democratic convention held at Fort Dodge on April 28. Minutes are attached below.

John Adams, Sarah Early and Brett Copeland were the other three delegates from Dickinson County at the convention. Reimbursements of $20.00 per person for Convention expenses.

Karen “for our community” Larson Campaign Update

Her May 5 fundraiser at the Priors featured a pie auction and was a “sweet success.” She has been campaigning in Osceola County and will be in Lyon County. She is planning a Summer Solstice fundraiser on Wednesday, June 20 at her home featuring midsummer delights such as kayaking and a bonfire and tacos. Podunk Resistance will be special guests.

Volunteers are need to go with her to June 9 parade in Sibley.

Her next campaign meeting is Saturday, June 2 at her home 10285 237th Ave, on Little Spirit Lake. 712/336- 6963

Committee Reports

Major Fundraising: See Summer Sizzler report above.

Outreach Committee: Several Dems volunteered at Dickinson County CARES event In April, held to raise fund for victims of domestic abuse. Volunteers wore stickers that read Democrats cartel with our logo. Gail Bockman has the template if people would like them to wear while volunteering at similar events. Other outreach events discussed inlcuded tour of homes, antique car show.

Brett W. Copeland shared an idea to present certificate of appreciation to small business entrepreneurs and let them know democrats have their back and thank them for making our community great.

Voter Registration Virginian Kelly reported on Voter Registration. They are getting an updated voter list to focus on per to target for voter registration. Supporting Erica Schultes for District 2 supervisor will be a focus for the June 5 primaries. See New Business below for more on Erica’s campaign. 

Messaging Committee Caroline Perkins and Linda Moore reported the messaging committee will have their next meeting on May 30 at 10:30 at Lisa’s Bakery.

New Business

Chairman Prior shared that Erica Schultes was unable to attend the meeting to make the announcement in person that she is planning to run for District 2 Supervisor against Republican Dave Kolhasse. This has been Mardi Allen’s district for many years and she is retiring. It includes the east side of East Okoboji, Arnolds Park and parts of West Okoboji all the way to Wahpeton. Chairman Prior explained that although Erica did not submit campaign paperwork, if enough people vote for her in the primaries on June 5 she can get on the ballot for November. Specifically, rules state that 35% of Democrats that voted in that District 2 during the last election need to write her in as a candidate on the June 5 ballot. This means approximately 21 people need to write her in. A good map of the District is needed. Rich Nicklay, Bonnie Fokkum, Brett W. Copeland and Virginia Kelly volunteered to help with voter list.

Meeting adjourned, 8: 30 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Shuttleworth, Secretary

SUMMARY of the 2018 Fourth District Convention of the Iowa Democratic Party

By Gail Bockman
April 28, 2018, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Dickinson County Delegates

  1. John Adams

  2. Brett W. Copeland

  3. Gail Bockman (Alternate)

  4. Sarah Early (Alternate)

The Convention in Fort Dodge was brought to order by Temporary Chair, Penny Rosfjord.  There was a full seating of 200 delegates and alternates.  Convention business included reports by the Credential committee, Rules & Nominations committee, Affirmative Action committee and the Platform committee.  

Penny Rosfjord was elected as the Permanent Chair of the convention.  

The primary business of the convention was the election of the State Central Committee members and the ratification of the Fourth District Platform.  By rule, 4 women and 4 men were elected to the State Central Committee.  

While awaiting the results of several rounds of voting, the convention was addressed by various candidates, 

committee members and a national Super Delegate.

Speakers included:

  • US Congressional candidates, Leann Jacobsen, John Paschen and J.D. Scholten.

  • Gubernatorial candidates, Nate Boulton, Andy McGuire, Cathy Glasson and John Norris.as well as surrogates for Fred Hubbell and Ross Wilburn.

  • Secretary of State candidate, Jim Mowrer and a surrogate for Deidre DeJear.

The common theme of each speaker was a call to action for Democrats across the district to reach out to other Democrats and Independents in order to rally the vote for the June primary and the November general election.  We were urged to speak toward the positive policies stated on our platform and note the lack of representation we presently have with extremist Congressman Steve King.  We were also urged to point out the fiscal irresponsibility of Governor Kim Reynolds and the GOP Iowa Congress.  

The convention was adjourned late in the afternoon after the presentations by our many high-quality candidates and the detailed discussions of convention business.