Windows and Mirrors - Thought Experiments - Florence Sprague - November/December 2023

This month I want each of us to create our own content by trying a couple of thought experiments.

It will be easiest to do these when you have some quiet moments. Some may want paper and pencil, but they are not required. Don’t judge yourself, just observe carefully. Try not to anticipate or predict; just observe.

Sit quietly. Close your eyes, if that helps you to focus.

Conversations with Constituents - October 26, 2023 - 6:30 PM

If you were not able to attend this event, here is the link to the recording: Conversation with the Constituents - Nine North 

LWVRA looks forward to welcoming State Legislators, Commissioners, and Mayors representing Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, and Roseville, to our annual Conversations with Constituents, on October 26, at the Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 


ISD 621 School Board Candidate Forum - October 2, 2023 - 7:00 PM

Mounds View ISD 621 School Board at New Brighton Community Center, Community Room A, 400 10th Street NW, New Brighton, 55112. In-person audience is welcome. View live online at  (cable channels 15 and 859). After the forum, it can be viewed at League member Florence Sprague will be moderating.

Nine of the 11 ISD 621 candidates have participated in the Candidates Speak Out at


ISD 623 School Board Candidate Forum - September 28, 2023 - 7:00 PM

EP council, mayor candidate forum is tonight - Eden Prairie Local NewsThe candidate forum can be viewed on LWVRA YouTube page:, media isd623: or NineNorth:

Four of the seven ISD 623 candidates have participated in the Candidates Speak Out at  

cmal august 2023 newsletter

In this latest issue of the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (CMAL) newsletter:

  • UMRR founding president, Gretchen Sable presented information on the Upper Mississippi River Region at the CMAL Annual Meeting in May;
  • Information on the 2023 Legislature establishing a Metropolitan Council governance task force

View the newsletter here

Windows and Mirrors - Evolving Language - Florence Sprague - October 2023

I will never claim to be the most up-to-date on the evolution of the English language. New slang is constantly surprising or mystifying me. I will also admit to being a bit of a curmudgeon in defense of “good” grammar. Still, there are changes to terminology I see and hear used with diversity topics that seem positive.

This begins, of course, with the move from talk of diversity to inclusion and equity, and now belonging. This change in language reflects the realization that numbers or mere presence is not an accomplishment to be sought. What is needed is a truer meshing of groups. 

One good source of teaching resources on DEI has long been the magazine, now providing online resources, for educators from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This was called Teaching Tolerance; it is now called Learning for Justice. This reflects the reality that tolerance is much too minimal a goal. Who feels good when just “tolerated.” It makes me think of a younger sibling tagging along with the big kids. They may be tolerated, but often are not truly included. Fortunately, society is now ready to be more attuned to a larger goal—justice.

Artificial Intelligence: Empowering Our Community, September 12, 2023, 5:30 PM

If you missed this very informative program, here is the link to watch:

Join us for an enlightening evening as we delve into Artificial Intelligence (AI) in key areas of our community, focusing on the innovative applications in education, human services, and voting, and how it is revolutionizing these fields to create change. In-person at Ramsey County Library Roseville, Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 PM gathering and social, program 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Presented by the League of Women Voters Roseville Area, in collaboration with Ramsey County Library and Do Good Roseville. 


Housing Dilemma for Adults With Serious Mental Illness. What Happens After Parents Are Gone?  September 6, 2023, 6:30 PM

The YouTube link for the recording of the September 6 meeting on Housing for Adults with Serious Mental Illness is ready for viewing.

Join us for this panel discussion on Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th Street, Edina. Moderated by Alice Hausman, former State Representative and Housing Committee Chair with Panelists - Commissioner Jennifer Leimaile Ho, Commissioner of Minnesota Housing; Eric Grumdahl, DHS Assistant Commissioner of Health, Housing, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and Jill Wiedemann-West, CEO of People Incorporated Mental Health Services.