The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will host a Legislative Town Hall forum this Monday, April 15, featuring legislators who represent the lakes area.

The public is invited to gather at LaBarista located at 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, for coffee and dessert starting at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and dessert, followed by the forum at 7 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.

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Legislators who have confirmed their participation are Dist. 4B State Representative Paul Marquart and Dist. 4 State Senator Kent Eken. The two represent the city of Detroit Lakes as well as Lakeview, Lake Eunice and Cormorant townships in Becker County.

The League also invited Dist. 2 Senator Paul Utke and Dist. 2B Representative Steve Green, but the legislators both declined to attend.

"At a time when political polarization is at its most extreme, the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters is working to bring people of all points of view together in a dialogue that is respectful and aimed at finding common ground," noted Amy Fish, vice president of the local LWV chapter. "The League believes that legislators have a duty and obligation to report back to constituents in a way that is accessible to all."

Monday's town hall forum will be moderated by League member Deanna Sinclair. Attendees will have the opportunity to directly ask their questions of any and all legislators. Questions must be focused on issues and not personal in nature. For those not able to attend in person, questions and comments may be submitted via email to A video of the forum will be posted on YouTube with a link on the DL League's Facebook page shortly after the forum concludes.

The League of Women Voters has a 100-year tradition of nonpartisan voter education and does not endorse political parties or candidates for office. Legislative Town Halls are designed to foster civil dialogue on the issues the local community cares most about. The Town Hall format allows for attendees to voice their concerns, ask questions and express their opinions on a wide variety of topics. The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 political organization, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all members of the area; information on how to join will be available at the Legislative Town Hall.

For more information, please contact LWV Voter Service Chair Terry Kalil at or 218-341-0452.