Virtual Rosenmeier Forum topic is legislative redistricting

Due to census results, Minnesota may lose a congressional seat.

The U.S. Census and its impact on legislative redistricting and congressional reapportionment will be the topic of a virtual Rosenmeier Center forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Speakers will be the two lead Minnesota lawmakers on this topic: Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, and Rep. Mike Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park.

Anyone interested may listen to "The U.S. Census: Its Impact on Legislative Redistricting and Congressional Reapportionment" by requesting a link at The link will also allow participants to ask questions of the speakers. Participants may log in shortly before the 7 p.m. start time.

Minnesota is the only state in the Midwest not to have lost a congressional seat since 1960 but is in danger of losing one this year, Steve Wenzel, executive director of the Rosenmeier Center, said in a news release. Since census data is not expected to be released by early April, plans call for a second forum on this topic when census figures are complete.

"The Rosenmeier forum on legislative redistricting and congressional reapportionment is a once-in-a-decade event that is probably among the most significant political issues because of its impact on state government and Minnesota's representation in Congress,” Wenzel said in the news release. "It may be telling how changes in our U.S. Census data will affect the drawing of new legislative districts and will both start and end the political careers of state and federal legislators."


Kiffmeyer, a former Minnesota secretary of state and state representative, is currently chair of the State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee. She grew up in Pierz.

Nelson is chair of the state Government Finance and Elections Committee. He was first elected to the House in 2002.

The Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government was formed in 1989, in recognition of Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier’s 30-year contribution as a Minnesota state legislator from Little Falls. He authored legislation, which created the state Planning Agency, the Department of Corrections, the Pollution Control Agency, and the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.

The Rosenmeier Center is based at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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