On The Trail with the Fighting 41st

Follow the stories of the Minnesota DFL Senate District 41 as our small group does everything we can to make a big impact.

 

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A Purpose for Politics

Like many of my fellow Democrats, I was thrown into a tailspin on election night 2016. Like a rocket built with Trump steel struggling to reach orbit, the worldview I had constructed crashed. My news obsession peaked, and the severe consequences of the Hillary Clinton...

Fake News or Not?

April starts with a day dedicated to practical jokes, and I’m not just talking about the weather in Minnesota, I mean April Fools Day.  In this era of Fake News I’m struck by how on April first everyone questions what they see online and everywhere else...

My Name is Alayna

Today we saw the the ugly side of the Pro-gun movement with Rep Mary Franson comparing those attending this past weekend's rallies to Hitler Youth. The adults here in the Fighting 41 thought that was wrong, but we wanted to ask the youth who attended what they...

Of Children and Of Light

The Democratic “Big Tent” has room for all kinds of believers, including those who don’t. So I hope y’all don’t mind some reflections on two Bible verses that’ve been on my mind of late, verses among the noblest and most inspiring in that book, both from the prophet...

Blue Wave… Or Volcanic Eruption?

Sometimes an “outsider” can see more clearly in Minnesotans what those born here might miss; sometimes a loner senses more keenly what the gregarious lose in the constant background hum of social intercourse. I am both: a transplant from the South who moved here...

Raina Meyer’s heartbreaking and inspiring story

On occasion, SD41 publishes guest blogs. This is the story of Raina Meyer. She's a Member of the Minnesota Youth Council and a Student at St Catherine's University. Her account is both riveting and inspiring, and we at SD41 are eternally grateful that she chose to...

Wall-less Schools and Will-less Politicians

I attended Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids, Minnesota for grades 6 - 8 (Go Vikings!). I had joined a high school sport in the fall of 7th grade, so by the spring of 8th grade I was more than ready to move on from that weird, wall-less school. Did I mention...

Keep your prayers and give me women in office

I grew up with my grandfather’s rifle hanging over the toy box in my grandparent’s play room. My fear of what grandpa would do to me if I touched it far outweighed my curiosity about it. All my cousins felt that way. When our family would come together at the lake,...

Here we are again…

Here we are again; another deadline and another possible government shutdown.  The common factor clearly is the lack of coherent leadership in the Republican majority coupled with the changing goalposts courtesy of the current occupant in the White House.

Muslims Welcome Here!

​It is disgusting when a group is singled out for being different. This is true whether we're talking about women, LBGTQIA+ folks or people who practice a religion with which we are unfamiliar. ​   The recent attacks on Muslims by the 4th Congressional District...