Caucuses are Feb. 1: Becker County DFLers will interact remotely, GOP will hold straw poll for governor

Going to a caucus is a great way to show support for a candidate, raise an issue that’s important to you, influence who the party will endorse for many offices, and meet people in your community, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

Republicans caucus in a small room at M State on Tuesday. A larger Republican group caucused in the big meeting room there.
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The Becker County DFL will hold its Feb. 1 caucuses remotely.

“Due to the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19, Becker County Democratic-Farmer-Labor is shifting to a contactless precinct caucus process,” Becker County DFL Chair Ted Fiskevold said in a news release.

Lon and Susan Engberg welcome caucus-goers to the Becker County DFL precinct caucuses at M State Tuesday.
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“This will basically be achieved by DFLers who complete non-attendee forms available online at .”

These can be submitted by e-mail to , or post, or dropped at the original caucus site, the M-State Auditorium at 900 Highway 34 E., Detroit Lakes on Feb. 1 from 6:30 p.m. through 9 p.m.

Forms must be received by 9 p.m. on Feb. 1.


By completing and submitting this form, participants can still do everything they would have done in a caucus meeting:

  • Become a delegate for the upcoming Becker County Convention and the respective Senate district conventions.
  • Volunteer to become a precinct chair or vice chair.
  • Submit resolutions to shape the DFL platform and action agenda.

Completed non-attendee forms and resolution forms can be submitted by email to , post, or dropped at M-State Auditorium from 6:30-9 p.m., on Feb. 1.

Contact Fiskevold at 218-841-2275, ; or Becker County DFL Party Vice Chair Monaya Lund at 218-841-7519, for more information.

Republicans to caucus in Detroit Lakes and Wolf Lake

The Becker County Republican Party will also caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to its website.

Becker County Republicans will caucus in two different locations, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website:

  • At the Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club on Highway 21 north, for precincts west of Height of Land.
  • And at the Lions Club in Wolf Lake for precincts east of Height of Land.

“The caucus is the first step of our party candidate selection process. It puts the people in the center of the process. You are an important part of the candidate selection and it is the first place for your voice to be heard,” the Becker County Republican Party said on its website.
To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the next general election and live in the precinct. You also must generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.

Bowe covers the Becker County Board and the court system for the Tribune, and handles the opinion pages for the Tribune and Focus. As news editor of both papers, he is the go-to contact person for readers and the general public: breaking or hard news tips, story ideas, questions and general feedback should be directed to him.
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