Rice County to Organize at Kick-Off Event to Defeat Amendment

On Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, residents from all across Rice County will come together to organize to defeat the proposed amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in Minnesota.

The Rice County Votes NO! Community Kickoff is being organized by a group of local residents and leaders working with Minnesotans United for All Families. The event will bring together local teachers, parents, faith leaders and more to speak to hundreds of Rice County residents about the efforts happening in their own communities to defeat the amendment. These leaders will share their own personal stories to galvanize others to have conversations with their friends, family and neighbors about why they’re voting no in November.


Rice County Votes NO! Community Kick-off


Monday, June 18

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.         Registration, social time, and music

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.         Welcome, musical performances and Rice County personal stories*



Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

320 Third Street East

Northfield, MN 55057


Bruce Benson – retired St. Olaf College Pastor; Northfield resident

Rev. Eva Cavaleri – Episcopal Priest and Chaplain at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School; Faribault resident

Marie Frederickson – Northfield resident

Kate Walls – Co-Owner of Singing Hills Dairy; Nerstrand resident

Rob Hardy – Poet; Northfield resident

Hütenänny– Northfield band

Bob Gregory-Bjorklund– Director of Spirit Voices, First UCC; Dundas resident

Dan Kallman – Choir director, Bethel Lutheran; Northfield resident


*Following the kickoff celebration, Rice County residents will share personal stories for the remainder of the evening. Media will be asked to leave the event after the speakers finish at 7:30.

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