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State Candidates Forum
The Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club is excited to host a forum where local residents seeking state office will have an opportunity to present their viewpoints on the important issues facing our community. Candidates speaking include Steve Cwodzinski, David Hann, Laurie Pryor, Mary Shapiro, Jennifer Loon, and Ben Sherlock. We are very excited to hear these candidates speak!
Community members are invited to attend the meeting which starts at 7:15 a.m.
Click here to REGISTER for our state candidates forum. Cost is $15 which includes breakfast.
Great fun! Great friends! Great wine, beer and food!
Thanks to all who attended and supported this year's Vino Classico with a Craft Beer Chaser!
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Thanks to our sponsors: Walmart, Northern Capital Insurance Group, Alerus Retirement and Benefits, Flagship Bank, Boulay, M & A Executive Search, Jamison Optical!
Thanks to the restaurants and vendors who provided food: CRAVE, Kona Grill, Gina Marias Pizza, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Popped Corn.
Thanks to all the Silent Auction donors and buyers!
Thanks to our partner, Eden Prairie Liquors, and all the Rotarians, family members, interns, exchange student, and Interact students who helped make the event a success!
All proceeds will go to the EPAM Rotary Foundation to use to support youth programs and scholarships, community service projects and grants, and international service to make a difference in our community and around the world.
Posted by Mark Weber
Eden Prairie City Council Candidates Forum with Brad Aho and Ron Case
Our program speakers were longtime Eden Prairie City Council members Brad Aho and Ron Case, who are running unopposed for re-election. The two emphasized that, even though there’s a climate of negative politicking at the national level, the five-member city council operates in a respectful and solution-seeking manner even when there are differences of opinion. They’d like that to continue. Responding to questions, the two acknowledged that the debuts of Total Wine in Edina and Chanhassen have caused Eden Prairie Liquor sales to decline by single digits. In contrast to Edina, where liquor-store profits go into the general fund, Eden Prairie’s profits go to the capital-improvement program so it’s easier to make adjustments for the decline in sales. Brad says he’s confident that support for the municipal-run stores will continue as people see the value and convenience that’s provided, as well as the knowledgeable staff. It’s still a very healthy amount of profit that’s contributed by the operation, said Case – more than would be provided in liquor-license fees if the municipal operation were terminated and privately owned liquor stores were permitted to operate in Eden Prairie.
Posted by Kelly Salwei
Hennepin County Commissioner Candidates Debbie Goetel and Maureen Scallen-Failor
The program was moderated by Rotary member Irene Kelly. Each candidate provided introductions and background information. See their web sites (https://debbiegoettel.com/ and http://maureenforhennepincounty.com/ ) for information regarding the candidates.
Both candidates support the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and recognize the need for a collaborative effort. Regarding transportation funding, Ms. Goetel suggested that additional funding will be needed but was not sure what the source would be but it needs to be long term and sustainable. Ms. Scallen-Failor suggested that we need to find a non-tax source of funding and that the state should have used state surplus to assist in funding.