Over 60 people attended the LEA Annual Members’ Meeting and Legislative Awards Banquet, which was held March 1st at The Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View. LEA Board Chairman/President Don Lee thanked key members of the LEA board for their long and faithful service, and expressed a desire to grow the organization. LEA is a unique and valuable group.
Our three 2017 honorees, representatives Cal Bahr, Eric Lucero, and Matt Dean accepted their award plaques and each offered some brief comments. The keynote speech, “Reading Our Constitution in Plain English: A Populist Approach” was presented by Erick Kaardal, who has a long career challenging the illegal acts of government officials. His talk was full of fascinating anecdotes and inspiration to keep doing what we do. (We will post the full video when it is available).
In the members’ meeting section of the program, members elected Mark Olson, Gordon Anderson, Tim Utz, and Marty Probst to two-year terms on the LEA board. They will form the new board, along with John Augustine, Dana Burkinshaw, Donald Lee, and Ben Riechers, who were elected at the 2017 banquet. Mary Gombold has replaced Kathie Roberts (elected at the 2017 banquet) by action of the board.