About

For over 75 years the Minnesota DFL has worked to elect strong political leaders who will work to improve the lives of everyday Minnesotans. We believe:

--The family farm is the keystone of our society and must be preserved.

--American business in cooperation with working men and women can create economic prosperity. We believe the role of government is to encourage and regulate business in order to create economic opportunity for all.

--When the rights of any citizen are threatened, the rights of all are endangered. We therefore pledge to preserve our constitutional and civil rights.

--Consumers have a right to safe and reasonably priced products, fair treatment in the marketplace, and complete and accurate information about products and services.

--A vigorous and universally available system of public education is basic to a productive, democratic society.

--Safe, sustainable and secure energy sources offer coming generations access to fuels and power.

--A pledge to ensure the political rights of all citizens through fair elections and responsible government.

--That all people should have the opportunity to be self-sufficient, secure and healthy. Cost-effective and adequately funded programs can help ensure these basic needs.

--Promoting the American labor movement and the rights of all workers.

--In recognizing the intertwined relationship between national security and international policy. We believe in a foreign policy that strives for international cooperation, supports human rights, and respects international justice. Such a policy will have the effect of restoring American leadership in world affairs and thereby greatly enhancing the security of our borders as well as the safety of our citizens at home and abroad.

--We should leave the world in better condition than we found it.

--Advocating for strong law enforcement policies combined with vigorous crime prevention programs that emphasize education, treatment and rehabilitation.

--All Americans have a right to a secure retirement.

--Government budgets must be based on sound fiscal policies and fair taxation aimed at achieving economic growth, conservation of resources and full employment.

--All residents and businesses must have access to efficient and affordable transportation in order to prosper.

--In honoring and respecting the men and women who have served and are serving our country. We must advocate for their physical and emotional well-being, both abroad and at home, as well as their economic security. We must ensure that our military is the best-trained, equipped, and supported force in the world and that the men and women of our military are ready to meet the new threats of the 21st century. Their sacrifices and those of their families must never be forgotten.

Read the Minnesota State DFL Platform to learn more.

Our DFL Regional Headquarters is located at 1510 Bemidji Avenue N, Bemidji, Minnesota. The office is open every Thursday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Coffee & Conversation sessions are held every first Thursday at 10 am; please join us.

The Beltrami County DFL is your local organizing unit, staffed by an all-volunteer team of officers and directors. We are governed by a written Constitution. Our current elected officers are:

Table Officers (term expires in 2023): Chair: Curtiss Hunt; Vice Chair: Mary Forney; Outreach Officer: Charles Dolson; Treasurer: John Henningsgaard; and Secretary: Carole Kelly.

Directors (term expires in 2024): David Benson, Lynn Eaton, Valerie Field, Monica Hansmeyer, Mark Morrissey, Steven Nelson; Ben Peterson, Tiffany Ryan, Christian Taylor-Johnson, Emily Ward and Lin Ward.

Other Elected Positions: State Central Committee Alternates: Lin Ward and Steve Nelson.

Our Executive Committee meets monthly to organize the unit's activities. The Committee consists of our table officers and Directors, plus Mike Simpkins (Chair of Senate District 2). The Committee typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at our DFL Regional Headquarters located at 1510 Bemidji Avenue N, Bemidji.

Contact: You may contact the Chair at (218) 209-2744 or beltramidfl@gmail.com.