Archive of Rochester League Program Recordings

  • November 18th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Know Your Parks: An Update on the Rochester Parks Master Plan

    In November 2020, 61% of Rochester voters approved a referendum granting the Park Department increased funding equal to the property tax rate increase of 0.0168% (in 2021 this was 2 million dollars). Do you wonder where they’ve used the money?

    Do you know the Parks division manages 120 city parks totaling 4,200 acres as well as 85 miles of surface trails? Do you know about our newest developing park, Gamehaven Reservoir, which includes the new Driftless Disc Golf Course? When was the last time you used a Rochester Park & Rec space or facility?

    Join us for a conversation with City of Rochester officials Paul Widman (Director of Parks and Recreation) and Mike Nigbur (Park and Forestry Division Head). If you want to familiarize yourself with the current Parks & Rec System Plan, you can
    read it here. Come with your questions about the city park plans for next year. We hope to see you there!

  • October 28, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Redistricting Again! How will it work in Rochester/Olmsted County this time?

    After every 10-year census, each unit of government evaluates the population changes: city wards, county commissioner districts, as well as state and federal legislative districts. the outcome determines who represents YOU in government.

    This program focused on Rochester and Olmsted County redistricting. Paul Huffman, LWV Minnesota Redistricting Coordinator, presented "the big picture" of redistricting. Heather Heyer, Management Analyst for the City of Rochester discussed the analysis of Rochester’s wards. Ben Griffiths, Olmsted County Planning Director, discussed census impacts on county commissioner districts, townships, and other cities within the county.

    The process local governments are now using to balance our population and opportunities for citizen involvement are key issues for all voters, especially as we approach the 2022 election. The meeting
    was co-sponsored by the Rochester Public Library, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, NAACP, and the local Diversity Council.

  • Minnesota Judicial Branch Special Redistricting Panel 2021
    public hearing via Zoom - Tuesday, October 26
    It does not appear that this hearing was recorded.

  • September 29, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Age-Friendly Olmsted County - an extended effort for regional planning
    This team of local volunteers outline their 5-year effort to evaluate and anticipate our local planning needs regarding housing, transportation, community health, outdoor spaces, and civic/social metrics. This effort is sponsored by Olmsted County and AARP's Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Similar efforts are underway for the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, and other cities in our region.

    Please join the discussion to assure that all voices are heard in this important effort. Family Services Rochester is coordinating this project, and is actively seeking participants for the planning work group. Champions are needed from all viewpoints: urban and rural, elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits, academics, the business community, senior housing and services, community coalitions, and residents across the county.

    Presenters during the session include LWVR President Anna Froehling and Board Member Ray Schmitz, Family
    Services Rochester staff Dave Beal and April Sutor, and Olmsted County Commissioners Gregg Wright and Sheila Kiscaden, as well as Minnesota Representative Tina Leibling.

    The assessment Findings Report (June 2021) is available
    at this link. See Family Service Rochester AFOC page or AARP Livable Communities site for more information.

  • May 20, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters Rochester
    In place of our traditional spring brunch, this special meeting was held via Zoom. Long-time LWVR members Jane Callahan and Amy Caucutt reflected on local community leaders featured in the League's book Taking The Lead: Rochester Women In Public Policy, 1970-1990, which remains available for a $20 donation, plus postage.

  • April 14, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Know Your Local Government: Rochester School District
    A panel presentation by District officials:
    John Carlson, Executive Director of Finance for Rochester Public Schools
    Julie Workman, ISD535 School Board, Treasurer
    Karen MacLaughlin, ISD535 School Board, Director
    Yasmin Ali, Mayo High School junior, student activist, Director of Public Relations for the Rochester Community Initiative

  • March 25, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Know Your Local Government: Olmsted County
    A panel presentation by County officials:
    Heidi Welsch, Olmsted County Administrator
    Stephanie Podulke, Olmsted County Commission Chair
    Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner, former MN State Senator
    Shikha Kumar, Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commissioner

  • March 18, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Know Your Local Government: City of Rochester
    To join the meeting, use this Zoom link
    A panel presentation by City officials:
    Alison Zelms, recently hired City Administrator for Rochester
    Brooke Carlson, newly elected City Council President
    Nick Campion, 3rd Ward Council Member since 2014
    Sarah Strauss, John Marshall High School senior, executive member of Rochester/Olmsted County Youth Commission, and youth representative on the Rochester Library Board

  • February 18, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    What is Redistricting and Why You Should Care?
    Paul Huffman is the Redistricting Coordinator for the LWV Minnesota provides resources, tools, and information for this important process that occurs every 10 years following the census. Review Paul's slides
    Phil Wheeler is the former head of the Rochester-Olmsted County Planning Department (1990 -2013) and oversaw redistricting of the city of Rochester and Olmsted County after the past three censuses, provides a local perspective.
    Phil's slides
    view the
    resources handout from the LWV Minnesota

  • January 14, 2021 - watch the recorded virtual session!
    Election 2020 and the Challenges Ahead - A virtual town hall
    - Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State
    - Kim Norton, Mayor of Rochester