Monthly Archive for January, 2016

Minnesota Student Survey: Interfering in a family’s very personal and private information

Senator Bruce D. Anderson (R) District 29

Senator Bruce D. Anderson (R) District 29 – Minnesota Senate

By Senator Bruce Anderson, 1/28/2016.

Hello Neighbors,

Every three years, Minnesota students in grades five, eight, nine, and eleven are given something called the Minnesota Student Survey. The survey is filled with intense questions about every aspect of our children’s lives – how they spend their time; school and disciplinary history, relationships with parents, sexual orientation and activity, alcohol and drug activity, and more.

The survey will be given to students again in 2016, between January and May.

The survey, which parents have told me is very intrusive, is administered by the Departments of Education, Health, Public Safety, and Human Services, and assumes the state has a right to know these intimate details about your lives. But this information is only the business of your family. The parents I have talked with view this as the long arm of the government interfering in a family’s very personal and private information.

What many parents don’t know is that they can opt their children out of the survey. If you wish to opt out, contact your children’s school and ask them how to do so; typically there is a brief form to fill out and return to the school.

The Minnesota Child Protection League has a great article about the survey, with links to the questions students will be asked this year. You can view their article at the following link:


Bruce Anderson
District 29

Senator Bruce Anderson
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155


For more information:

Child Protection League Action: PARENTAL ALERT

Minnesota Center for Health Statistics Minnesota Student Survey

Minnesota Dept of Education: Minnesota Student Survey website


Rep McNamara to host town hall meeting Feb 1

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 01/21/2016

Hello from St. Paul,

Mark your calendars! State Senator Katie Sieben and I will soon be holding a town hall meeting in Hastings and we’d love it if you could attend.

The event will take place on Monday, February 1 at the City Hall, 101 4th Street, from 5:30 – 6:50 p.m. We need to be finished before 7:00 as that’s when the Hastings City Council is scheduled to meet that evening.

For those of you in Cottage Grove, we are scheduling a town meeting for you in March. Stay tuned for more details.

As for the upcoming Hastings event, Senator Sieben and I will be discussing legislation that was approved during the 2015 session, as well as key issues that could be debated during the 2016 session. I strongly encourage you to make time to attend this town meeting on February 1 and make your voice heard.

See you there!

Representative Denny McNamara
365 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Save the date! Tuesday, March 1, 2016 is precinct caucus night in Minnesota

Upcoming EventsOur BPOU leaders have been busy planning and organizing the 2016 precinct caucuses for our district. We hope you are planning to attend! Be sure to check our website often for the latest up-to-date precinct caucus information.

Who can attend a caucus?
Precinct caucuses are open to the public and participation is encouraged by the political parties. In order to vote, offer resolutions or become a delegate at a precinct caucus, attendees must be eligible to vote in the next general election, they must live in the precinct, and they must be in general agreement with the principles of the political party.

Stay tuned for more info!

SD54 Republicans convention March 12, 2016

Important-Date Save the date!

The 2016 SD54GOP convention will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Hastings Middle School, in Hastings MN, with gavel time 9:00 a.m. See you there.

For more information, go to

Executive Comittee meeting January 5th

You are invited to drop by the SD 54 executive committee meeting being held Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 9979 80th St. South, Cottage Grove, MN. We will be discussing preparation and planning for our precinct caucuses in March. Got suggestions? Please come and share. Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you.


Faye Hatch
SD 54 Chairperson