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Becker County DFL caucuses, supper Feb. 7

Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) precinct caucuses for all precincts in Becker County will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2011 at the Detroit Lakes Community and Technical College (a.k.a. MSCTC and M-State).

Caucus-goers may sign in at 6:30 pm. The caucuses are mandated by the state to begin promptly at 7 p.m.

DFLers will not have to rush home from work, cook, hurry up and eat supper and then rush to Detroit Lakes and the caucuses at M State.

The Becker County DFL will be hosting a social supper and fundraiser from 5:30 to 6:30 pm prior to the caucus. The supper will include pulled barbeque pork sandwiches, potato salad, a variety of homegrown pickles and salsa, a dessert bar, coffee and beverages -- all for a nominal suggested donation. "The DFL wants to make the caucuses a fun and easily accessible event," said Ted Fiskevold, Becker County DFL director and caucus communications coordinator. "To that end, we are providing a chance to eat supper and socialize before the caucuses."

Following supper and sign-in, caucus-goers will meet separately with other members of their precinct (in most cases by township or city ward) to attend to caucus business. Caucus business includes: resolutions:

• Submission, discussion and voting, as well as electing delegates to the Becker County DFL Convention and senate district endorsing conventions.

• Precinct officer elections; and other DFL business, which often includes straw poll voting for DFL candidates.

• "It's going to be a good year for DFLers in 2012 and it all starts with the grassroots politics of the precinct caucus," Fiskevold added. "Don't forget to mark your calendar for Feb. 7, 2012 at the M State College in DL!"

Caucus-goers may call Becker County DFL Chair Dave Erickson for more information about the caucuses at 847-4699; contact Sharon Sinclair at 847-4223 to donate dessert items or help with the dessert bar.