The preservation of "communities of interest" is a well-established redistricting principle. For purposes of redistricting, "communities of interest" have been defined to include, but are not limited to, "groups of Minnesota citizens with clearly recognizable similarities of social, geographic, political, cultural, ethnic, economic, or other interests."
Therefore, the panel seeks public comment about communities of interest that should be identified and preserved in the redistricting process. This input will aid the panel in evaluating plans that will be submitted by the parties and in establishing plans that will be adopted if the legislative and executive branches of the government do not reach an agreement on redistricting by February 21, 2012, as required by Minn. Stat. § 204B.14, subd. 1a(2010).
These meetings are open to the public, so if you want to have your concerns heard about where new lines should be drawn, these are the places and times you can go to do just that.
|Wednesday October 5th||6:30 - 8:30pm||Minnesota Judicial Center Courtroom #300||St. Paul|
|Thursday October 6th||6:30 - 8:30pm||John B. Davis Educational Service Center||Minneapolis|
|6:30 - 8:30pm||Bloomington Civic Plaza||Bloomington|
|Monday October 10th||6:30 - 8:30pm||Fond du Lac Tribal Community College Ampitheater||Cloquet|
|Tuesday October 11th||6:30 - 8:30pm||Beltrami County Administration Building||Bemidji|
|Wednesday October 12th||6:30 - 8:30pm||Moorhead City Hall||Moorhead|
|Thursday October 13th||6:30 - 8:30pm||Stearns County Administration Center||St. Cloud|
|Friday October 14th||6:30 - 8:30pm||Blue Earth County Justice Center||Mankato|