Sunday, December 30, 2012
The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment was turned down by voters in 2012 and Northfield led the charge in its defeat.
As the end of the year approaches, Patch recaps the biggest stories of 2012—both in terms of pageviews and impact on the Northfield community. It was a simple yes or no question: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota? Marriage between two gay individuals is not currently recognized by Minnesota law. A ballot cast with no vote on this question will count as a "no" vote. This amendment would also invalidate common-law marriages for straight couples. A question, it turned out, that a majority of Northfielders vehemently opposed. More than 73 percent of ballots cast in Northfield opposed the amendment. But a movement to defeat …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Here's a look back at what everyone was talking about in October.
We're a week into November, so what better time is there to look back at the busy month of October? There were a lot of big stories in October, so let's jump right into it show you the most viewed posts on Patch last month. POLICE/FIRE BUSINESS COMMUNITY Follow Northfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It's not a secret that Northfield has a reputation that favors Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates.
It's not a secret that Northfield has a reputation that favors Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates. In the 2008 presidential election, then-DFL candidate Barack Obama won each of Northfield's nine precincts by a large margin. Overall, he collected 71.8 percent of the 10,860 votes cast in his race against Republican candidate John McCain. In 2010, DFLers Kevin Dahle and David Bly easily carried Northfield but lost their re-election bid for the Minnesota Senate and House, respectively, to their Republican counterparts. It'll be no surprised that the DFL momentum continued in Northfield for this year's election. No DFL candidate on the ballot received fewer than 65 percent of the vote. For the 2012 election, we've broken down how Northfield's …
While proponents were saying the race was still too early to call, the Associated Press called the race shortly before 2 a.m. The vote means the state constitution will not define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment has been rejected. The campaign to amend the Minnesota state constitution to limit the definition of marriage to strictly between heterosexual couples was defeated Tuesday by more than 51 percent of a statewide vote. With 92 percent of state precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday that Amendment 1—informally known as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment—had failed: "Vote No" won. Speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds at St Paul's River Centre, Richard Carlbom, the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, told audiences that Minnesota was the first state in the nation to reject a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage at the ballot …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Here's a cheat sheet so you know when you can vote, where you can vote and who's asking for your vote.
Nov. 6 has been circled on the calendar for some time. Finally, Election Day is here. Northfield Patch has created a guide so you know when you can vote, where you can vote and who's asking for your vote. On this post you'll find a breakdown of the races and issues with several links that'll lead you to more information on Patch and other sources. Words that are blue are links that will bring you to more information. Be sure to keep your browser on Patch on Election Day as we bring you updates throughout the day and share results as they come in. Voting is open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Because of redistricting this year, some voters have shifted precincts, wards and polling locations. If you're still not able to …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
To the Editor: The conversation in Minnesota regarding marriage for gay and lesbian couples is complicated, emotional and, more often than not, uncomfortable. But it is beneficial. Both sides share the hope for a Minnesota that guarantees our right to religion and protects and recognizes our families. We just disagree on how we get there. There is an important distinction to be drawn between changing “ordinary” legislation and amending a constitution. While our national legislature has passed thousands of laws, for instance, it has only amended the federal Constitution on twenty‐seven occasions, ten passed shortly after ratification as the Bill of Rights, and three of which – the 13th, 14th, and 15th – took a civil war to enact. This was a…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
To the Editor: Dear voters, How we vote on the marriage amendment gives us the direct power to alter how others live their lives, and for this reason, I urge you to consider the lasting impact your vote will have on others. I have talked to some people who have said that this is a private matter that they don’t want to talk about, and we are certainly all entitled to our own opinion. However, it is important to recognize that this amendment involves public discrimination against a minority group of our citizens, and it is a misuse of our constitution which was created to protect civil liberties rather than eliminate them. Voting yes on this amendment makes a private matter involving family decisions a very public judgment. Voting yes on …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
In other news from around the South Metro, the Minnesota Marriage Amendment debate gets hotter, and new restaurants open in Burnsville.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the area's top stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors. Here's a look at news from the past week that may affect or interest you. To see the full stories, click on the headline links. Minnesota Zoo Tiger Cubs Make Public Debut Naming contest continues via zoo’s Facebook page. Two Walmart Workers from Minnesota Involved in Job Action But don't expect to see picket lines or any signs of a "strike" in Dakota County. Hurricane Grill & Wings Opens in Burnsville Surf-themed family restaurant opens to a line of people. The Rack Bar & Grill Comes to Burnsville New restaurant takes up quarters at former Timber Lodge Steakhouse. Cedar …
Patch recaps the happenings of the past week.
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Monday, October 8, 2012
Roughly 60 volunteers telephoned South Metro voters from First United Church of Christ of Northfield on Saturday.
If a South Metro resident received a phone call concerning Minnesota’s proposed marriage constitutional amendment this past weekend, that call probably originated in Northfield. First United Church of Christ of Northfield played host on Saturday to a phonathon conducted by Minnesotans United for All Families. On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, which would limit marriage to opposite sex couples. Minnesotans United is the official campaign opposed to the proposed amendment. Phonathon organizers said early Saturday afternoon that volunteers were on pace to make more than 3,000 calls to registered voters in Rice, Dakota, Scott and Goodhue counties …