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The best ideas come from the people of Minnesota

The work of the Secretary of State's office doesn't just happen at a desk in St. Paul. It happens throughout the state in counties like Clay County, and Cook County, and Cottonwood County.

That's why Secretary Simon travels to all 87 counties every year so he can meet with and listen to Minnesotans, whether that's to hear from local and county officials, high school and college students, small businesses, chambers of commerce, domestic violence advocates, faith and labor organizations, or farmers and manufacturers.

Secretary Simon knows the best ideas come from the people of Minnesota and these conversations are a great way to hear directly from you and learn more about how our office can better improve the lives of all Minnesotans. Select a county below to see below what Secretary Simon has been up to in your area.


  

Aitkin County

June 2015: Met with Advocates Against Domestic Abuse

May 2016: Met with Aitkin County Auditor Kirk Peysar and Deputy Auditors

Anoka County

May 2015: Met with Anoka County Elections & Voter Registration Manager Cindy Reichert

June 2016: Spoke at the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy

Becker County

November 2015: Met with Lakes Crisis and Resource Center

July 2016: Met with Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and other local officials

Beltrami County

August 2015: Met with the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce

August 2015: Met with tribal leaders from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

April 2016: Attended Minnesota’s 2nd Annual Bemidjigamaag Sanford Center Powwow 

 

Benton County

September 2015: Spoke at the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report Review and Regional Outlook and met with the Saint Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

September 2016: Met with Benton County Auditor/Treasurer Karri Thorsten

Big Stone County

October 2015: Met with the Ortonville Economic Development Authority

September 2016: Met with Big Stone County Auditor/Treasurer Michelle Knutson

Blue Earth County

June 2015: Met with the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA)

February 2016: Spoke to Mankato area business leaders at the Greater Mankato Growth’s Public Affairs Forum Series Luncheon.

July 2016: Met with Faribault County Auditor/Treasurer John Thompson

 

 

Brown County

June 2015: Met with the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce

October 2016: Visited and toured Schell’s Brewing Company

Carlton County

May 2015: Met with WINDOW Victim Services

October 2016: Met with faculty from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 

Carver County

March 2015: Met with Carver County Taxpayer Services Manager Laurie Davies

June 2016: Met with Waconia Chamber of Commerce 

 

Cass County

August 2015: Attended 2015 Leech Lake Tribal Council State of the Band Address

August 2016: Met with Cass County Auditor/Treasurer Sharon Anderson

 

Chippewa County

October 2015: Met with the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Authority, and City Manager

October 2016: Met with Chippewa County Auditor/Treasurer Jon Clauson

Chisago County

May 2015: Met with the Refuge Network at the Black Dog Hill domestic violence shelter

October 2016: Met with Chisago County Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Bridgitte Konrad

Clay County

November 2015: Met with the Rape and Abuses Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead (SAH)

November 2015: Met with Clay County Auditor/Treasurer Lori Johnson

August 2016: Spoke with students at MSU Moorhead 

 

Clearwater County

November 2015: Met with Clearwater County Auditor/Treasurer Allen Paulson

August 2016: Met with Bagley Rotary Club

Cook County

September 2015: Met with Grand Portage Tribal Council Chairman Norm Deschampe

July 2016: Met with Cook County Auditor/Treasurer Braidy Powers

 

Cottonwood County

June 2015: Met with Cottonwood County Auditor/Treasurer Jan Johnson

November 2016: Met with Windom Area Chamber of Commerce 

Crow Wing County

June 2015: Spoke at the 2015 Minnesota Association of County Auditors, Treasurers, and Financial Officers (MACATFO) Conference

April 2016: Met with Brainerd Community Action 

June 2016: Spoke at Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals 2016 Summer Conference

Dakota County

February 2015: Met with the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

September 2016: Spoke with Eagan High School students 

 

Dodge County

June 2015: Met with Dodge County Accounting Services Director

July 2016: Met with Kasson Chamber of Commerce

Douglas County

September 2015: Met with the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

June 2016: Spoke at the IBEW Summer Meeting Reception

Faribault County

June 2015: Met with the Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Fillmore County

June 2015: Met with the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce

October 2016: Spoke at the League of Minnesota Cities Chatfield Meeting

Freeborn County

June 2015: Met with the Freeborn County Crime Victims Crisis Center

July 2016: Spoke at Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) Region VI Meeting 

Goodhue County

June 2015: Met with the Minnesota Pipe Trades Association

June 2016: Met with Red Wing Chamber of Commerce 

 

Grant County

October 2015: Met with Grant County Auditor Chad Van Santen

July 2016: Met with Someplace Safe – Grant County office

Hennepin County

January 2016: Attended 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

April 2015: Participated in Congressman Ellison's Voting Rights Forum.

April 2015: Attended and gave keynote at Latino LEAD event. 

April 2015: Spoke at African Development Center's Commerce and Community Conversation.

May 2015: Attended ROTC Joint Services Commissioning Ceremony.

August 2015: Hosted community event in North Minneapolis in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. 

September 2015: Spoke at Minneapolis City Hall's National Voter Registration Day event.

January 2016: Attended 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

September 2016: Spoke with students at South High School 

September 2016: Spoke at Voterpalooza at the University of Minnesota

October 2016: Attended the city of Bloomington’s Public Accuracy Test

Houston County

June 2015: Met with Houston County Auditor Char Meiners

June 2016: Met with La Crescent Chamber of Commerce 

Hubbard County

November 2015: Participated in a roundtable discussion with the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission and other Park Rapids area community leaders

August 2016: Met with Hubbard County Auditor/Treasurer Kaye Rave

Isanti County

September 2015: Met with Isanti County Auditor/Treasurer Chad Struss

September 2016: Met with the North 65 Chamber of Commerce 

Itasca County

August 2015: Met with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

January 2016: Non-partisan caucus training in Grand Rapids

October 2016: Spoke at American Association of University Women – Grand Rapids event

 

Jackson County

June 2015: Met with Jackson County Auditor/Treasurer Kevin Nordquist

November 2016: Met with Jackson County Auditor/Treasurer Kevin Nordquist

Kanabec County

September 2015: Met with Kanabec County Auditor/Treasurer Denise Cooper

May 2016: Met with Lakes and Pines Community Action Council 

Kandiyohi County

April 2015: Spoke at a public meeting sponsored by the Willmar Area Chapter of the League of Women Voters

 June 2016: Met with Kandiyohi County Auditor/Treasurer Mark Thompson

Kittson County

August 2015: Met with Kittson County Administrator Erick Christensen

August 2016: Met with Hallock City Manager Ryan Evenson

 

Koochiching County

August 2015: Met with Friends Against Abuse

August 2016: Met with Koochiching County Auditor/Treasurer Bob Peterson

Lac Qui Parle County

October 2015: Met with Lac qui Parle County Auditor/Treasurer Jake Sieg

September 2016: Met with Madison Chamber of Commerce

Lake County

September 2015: Met with Lake County Auditor/Treasurer Linda Libal

July 2016: Met with Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce

Lake Of The Woods County

August 2015: Met with Lake of the Woods County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson

August 2016: Met with Friends Against Abuse 

 

Le Sueur County

June 2015: Met with the Le Center Area Chamber of Commerce

February 2016: Met with Le Sueur County Auditor-Treasurer Pam Simonette and Finance Director Carol Blaschko. 

Lincoln County

October 2015: Met with Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf

November 2016: Met with Tyler City Administrator Robert Wolfington  

Lyon County

October 2015: Met with the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce

June 2016: Spoke at Minnesota American Legion Boys State

Mahnomen County

November 2015: Met with Mahnomen County Attorney’s Office

August 2016: Met with Mahnomen County Auditor/Treasurer Frank Thompson

Marshall County

August 2015: Met with Marshall County Victim Services

August 2016: Met with Marshall County Auditor/Treasurer Scott Peters

Martin County

June 2015: Met with the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce

July 2016: Met with Martin County Auditor/Treasurer James Forshee

McLeod County

March 2015: Toured McLeod Cooperative Power Association

February 2016: Met with the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence.

 

Meeker County

March 2015: Met with Meeker County Auditor Barbara Loch

June 2016: Met with Litchfield Chamber of Commerce 

Mille Lacs County

January 2015: Attended the 2015 Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe State of the Band Address

April 2016: Met with Pearl Crisis Center 

Morrison County

June 2015: Met with the Morrison County Attorney’s Office

April 2016: Met with Initiative Foundation 

Mower County

June 2015: Met with Mower County Auditor/Treasurer Steven Reinartz

October 2016: Spoke with students at Austin High School 

Murray County

June 2015: Met with Murray County Auditor/Treasurer Heidi Winter

October 2016: Spoke at League of Minnesota Cities Slayton Meeting

Nicollet County

June 2015: Met with St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce

February 2016: Met with college students at Gustavus Adolphus College.

October 2016: Spoke at the League of Minnesota Cities North Mankato Meeting

 

 

Nobles County

June 2015: Met with the Southern Minnesota regional Legal Services (SMRLS)

October 2016: Met with Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer Beth Van Hove

Norman County

November 2015: Met with Norman County elections officials

August 2016: Met with Ada Chamber of Commerce

Olmsted County

June 2015: Met with the Women’s Shelter in Rochester

June 2016: Met with Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, Rochester Diversity Council, and United Way of Olmsted County

July 2016: Spoke at American Legion Department of Minnesota Convention 2016

Otter Tail County

October 2015: Met with Someplace Safe

July 2016: Met with Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Pennington County

August 2015: Toured Arctic Cat manufacturing facility in Thief River Falls

August 2016: Met with Violence Intervention Project

Pine County

May 2015: Met with Pine County Auditor-Treasurer Cathy Clemmer

October 2016: Met with Pine Technical and Community College President Joe Mulford, students, and faculty

Pipestone County

June 2015: Met with Pipestone County Auditor Tyler Reisch

November 2016: Met with Pipestone City Administrator Jeff Jones and City Clerk Deb Nelson

Polk County

November 2015: Met with the Polk County Attorney’s Office

August 2016: Met with Polk County Elections Administrator Michelle Cote

Pope County

September 2015: Met with Donna Quandt, County Auditor/Treasurer

June 2016: Met with Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce 

Ramsey County

January 2015: Marched and attended Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

February 2015: Attended Racial Equity Rally.

March 2015: Spoke at Muslim American Society of Minnesota's Annual Capitol Rally.

June 2015: Spoke to Metro State University class.

July 2015: Hosted ceremony honoring five Minnesotans who helped pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

September 2015: Spoke to class at Como Park High School.

January 2016: Attended Luther Seminary’s “MLK Jr. Day: Lift Every Voice” celebration. 

August 2016: Threw first pitch at St. Paul Saints Game in honor of Bobblection Night 2016

October 2016: Visited Como Park Senior High School as students take part in Minnesota Students Vote 2016

 

Red Lake County

November 2015: Met with the Red Lake Falls City Administrator

August 2016: Met with Inter-County Community Council 

Redwood County

October 2015: Met with Redwood County Auditor/Treasurer Jean Price

June 2016: Met with Redwood Falls Chamber of Commerce 

Renville County

April 2015: Met with Renville County Auditor/Treasurer Marc Iverson

June 2016: Spoke at election judge training in Renville County and met with County Auditor/Treasurer Marc Iverson

Rice County

June 2015: Met with the Hope Center in Faribault

July 2016: Met with Rice County Auditor/Treasurer Fran Windschitl

Rock County

June 2015: Met with Rock County Auditor/Treasurer Ashley Kurtz

November 2016: Met with Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce

Roseau County

August 2015: Met with Roseau County Auditor Martie Monsrud

August 2016: Met with Warroad City Administrator Kathy Lovelace

St Louis County

April 2015: Hosted roundtable discussion with students at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

April 2015: Met with and toured Range Cooperatives, Inc. in Virginia [Photo]

April 2015: Met with St. Louis County Auditor/Treasurer Don Dicklich 

May 2015: Spoke at roundtable discussion with business leader from the Duluth area 

September 2015: Met with Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center

May 2016: Met with Hibbing Chamber of Commerce 

May 2016: Met with Northland Foundation 

May 2016: Spoke at League of Women Voters Duluth Annual Meeting

July 2016: Spoke at the 70th Annual Convention of the MN State Building & Construction Trades Council

October 2016: Spoke at the League of Minnesota Cities Hibbing Regional Meeting

Scott County

March 2015: Met with Scott County Auditor Cindy Geis and Elections Coordinator Lisa Shadick

February 2016: Met with the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce.

 

Sherburne County

June 2015: Met with Elk River Chamber of Commerce

September 2016: Met with Sherburne County Auditor/Treasurer Diane Arnold

Sibley County

April 2015: Met with Sibley County Auditor Marilee Peterson

February 2016: Met with the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce.

Stearns County

March 2015: Met with students and faculty at Saint Cloud State University

September 2015: Spoke with students, faculty, and community members at the Social Studies Fall Social and Constitution Day Celebration at Saint Cloud State University.

April 2016: Met with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud 

September 2016: Spoke with CSB/SJU students

October 2016: Spoke at at the League of Minnesota Cities Paynesville Regional Meeting

 

Steele County

June 2015: Met with Steele County Auditor Laura Ihrke

July 2016: Met with Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce

Stevens County

November 2015: Spoke with Morris Area High School students

September 2016: Met with Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Amanda Barsness and Lori Boots

 

Swift County

September 2015: Met with Swift County Auditor Kim Saterbak

October 2016: Met with Prairie Five Community Action

Todd County

September 2015: Met with Todd County Auditor/Treasurer Denise Gaida

October 2016: Met with students and faculty at Central Lakes College

Traverse County

October 2015: Met with Traverse Auditor/Treasurer Kit Johnson

September 2016: Met with Wheaton city and business officials

Wabasha County

November 2015: Met with the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association

June 2016: Met with representatives from the Women’s Shelter Inc., Wabasha County

Wadena County

November 2015: Met with the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association

August 2016: Met with Wadena County Elections Coordinator Rosalie Miller

 

Waseca County

June 2015: Met with the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce

July 2016: Met with Waseca County Auditor/Treasurer Tammy Spooner

Washington County

April 2015: Met with the Hemenway Forum

August 2016: Attended MN State Council Machinist Retirees 3rd Annual Picnic and Membership Drive

Watonwan County

June 2015: Met with the St. James Area Chamber of Commerce

October 2016: Spoke with students at St. James High School 

Wilkin County

October 2015: Met with Wilkin County Auditor/Treasurer Janelle Krump

September 2016: Met with Breckenridge City Administrator Renae Marthaler

Winona County

June 2015: Met with the Women’s Resource Center of Winona

June 2015: Met with Winona County Auditor-Treasurer Sandra Suchla

June 2016: Met with Winona County Auditor/Treasurer Sandra Suchla

Wright County

March 2015: Met with Wright County Auditor/Treasurer Bob Hiivala and Election Supervisor Jackie Schmidt

June 2016: Met with Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Chamber 

Yellow Medicine County

October 2015: Met with the Yellow Medicine County Property & Public Services Director

September 2016: Met with Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce