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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Saturday, February 05, 2011

    Olmsted County, MN Focus

    Some upcoming events in Olmstead County:

    Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit Alzheimer’s Association
    Wed Feb 9 11:00am - 1:30pm
    Goonie's Comedy Club
    $15 per person

    The Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. There will be 24 chili’s to taste, all prepared by the finest chefs in Rochester! Roscoe’s Root Beer and Ribs is sponsoring the event this year along with Custom
    Alarm sponsoring the award categories! Fire Alarm (hot), Sprinkler Alarm (medium), False Alarm (vegetarian) and of course, Custom Alarm (people’s choice)!Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by calling
    507.289.3950. Group discounts also available – call for information.

    Eyes on the Prize film for black history month
    Feb 16 5:30PM - 8:00PM
    Rochester Public Library

    The African Descendant Support Network (ADSN) will present episode 5 from the critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights, "Eyes on the Prize", in recognition of Black History Month 2011.

    Mississippi: Is This America? (1963-1964), will take us through the vil rights era as northerners band together to help southern African Americans vote. As the grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern the Freedom
    Democratic Party challenges the Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.

    During this program we will revisit history in as we remember our past and will engage in stimulating conversation regarding issues of race and civil rights. After the film, our community panel will lead the group in a 45-60 minute
    discussion. Panelists include the following community leaders: Fred Douglas, Andre Crockett, Donovan Bailey, and Susan Ziebert. The discussion will be facilitated by Jessica Stewart, Mayo Administrative Fellow.

    The panalists and facilitator will involve the community in discussions about what civil rights means today and what actions can be taken to ensure everyone’s rights are protected despite race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic
    background etc.

    Downtown Winter Farmer's Market
    Description: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 9am – 12pm (also Feb 19)
    Building 41, Olmsted Co Fairgrounds

    More than 20 local farmers with fresh produce, hormone-free meats, baked & canned goods, eggs, cheese, and specialty products. Music, breakfast sandwich concession, complimentary hot beverages, kids' creative area. EBT cards accepted.
    For more info: 507-273-8232
    Thanks for supporting our efforts to provide locally grown food for the community!

    Link www.rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org

    Black History Month Event: "Traces of the Trade"
    Sunday, February 20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
    Rochester Public Library Auditorium

    First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery - her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off on a journey to retrace their slaving history,
    from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also stumbling through a minefield of contemporary race relations. Film followed by discussion. Sponsored by Rochester
    Public Library and the Diversity Council.

    Immunizations and Vaccines 101
    Thursday Feb 24 10:00am
    Rochester Senior Citizen Center
    free for members, $2 for non-members

    Speaker: Dan Hudson, RN Family Medicine, OMC.Without current vaccines we could expect Polio to paralyze 15,000 children, Pertussis ("whooping cough") to kill 8,000, Rubella to cause 20,000 cases of birth defects and mental retardation and Diphtheria would be one of the most common causes of death in school-aged children. Thanks to vaccines there are about 2 cases of diphtheria, 5 cases of birth defects from rubella and no cases of polio occurring annually. This
    presentation will aim inform and answer some of the controversy surrounding them. We will also discuss current immunization recommendations for seniors. Free for members, $2 for non-members, all ages welcome. Please RSVP by 4pm on
    Wednesday, February 23rd.

    KMSE-FM Rochester 88.1 FM THE CURRENT (Click here for program schedule)
    KZSE-FM Rochester 90.7 FM NEWS (Click here for program schedule)
    KLSE-FM Rochester 91.7 FM CLASSICAL (Click here for program schedule)


    If you don't express your opinion, someone else's opinion will be the one that is heard. Voice your opinion! A well-written, thoughtful letter to the editor is an effective way to express your viewpoint to our community.

    Click here for more on writing letters to the editor! If you don't speak out someone else will!

    LOCAL EVENTS IN OLMSTED COUNTY: click here for a local calendar of events for Democrats

    Site provides news, blogs, and links for Democrats in the Rochester area.

    401 16th Ave NW #105 Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 536-9785
    Tuesday 10 AM to 1 PM
    Wednesday 3 PM to 6 PM

    Join the Olmsted Dems email list

    Click here for Olmsted Dems on Facebook

    Click here for Olmsted Young Democrats Facebook Page

    The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

    For more info:
    PO BOX 6472
    Rochester, MN 55903

    Click here for Rochester NAACP on Facebook

    Biodiesel Stations in Olmstead County area:
    Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Places like Minnesota with strong agriculture are particularly suited for biodiesel...and sure enough Olmsted county has quite a few biodiesel stations. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok. Here are some local biodiesel stations:

    Kwik Trip 321 1350 Salem Road SW Rochester MN 55902 507-529-5060 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 438 2109 2nd Street SW Rochester MN 55902 507-292-7820 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 382 4120 Hwy 52 N Rochester MN 55901 507-529-1726 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 364 3490 55th St NW Rochester MN 55901 507-536-2503 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 418 3531 9th St NW Rochester MN 55901 507-288-2164 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 433 560 11th Avenue NW Rochester MN 55901 507-292-6981 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 341 315 12th St SE Rochester MN 55904 507-536-9470 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 357 1221 Marion Rd SE Rochester MN 55904 507-287-8644 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Greenway 1740 3rd Ave SE Rochester MN 55904 507-288-1020 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 388 3111 Wellner Dr NE Rochester MN 55906 507-292-0431 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 335 2335 26th St NE Rochester MN 55906 Offers Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 414 101 Schumann Dr NW Stewartville MN 55976 507-533-8835 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Kwik Trip 753 380 Sandstone Dr Eyota MN 55934 507-545-2120 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine) CREDIT OK 24 HRS

    Rochester Good Food Co-op
    1001 6th St.NW (Just north of the Kwik trip on Civic Center Drive)
    Rochester, Minnesota 55901
    Phone: (507) 289-9061
    FAX: (507) 288-1439

    Store Hours:
    Mon - Fri 8 am - 8 pm
    Sat 8am - 8pm
    Sun 10 am - 6 pm



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