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Meet the Minnesota Attorney General


with Attorney General Keith Ellison

Calendar Aug 5, 2021 at 10:30 am

Meet the Minnesota Attorney General

Thursday, August 5 • 10:3011:30 AM via Zoom

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Minnesota. The Office provides legal representation to more than 100 state agencies, boards, and commissions and represents the State of Minnesota in state and federal court and administrative hearings.

Keith Ellison was sworn in as Minnesota’s 30th attorney general on January 7, 2019. As the People’s Lawyer, Attorney General Ellison’s job is to help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. His guiding values are generosity and inclusion.

From 2007 to 2019, Keith Ellison represented Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before being elected to congress, Attorney General Ellison served four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Prior to entering elective office, he spent 16 years as an attorney specializing in civil-rights and defense law, including five years as executive director of the Legal Rights Center. He was also a noted community activist. Attorney General Ellison received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990.

He is the proud father of four adult children: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, and Amirah. He is the first African American and the first Muslim American to be elected to statewide office in Minnesota. 

Come meet Keith Ellison. This will be an opportunity to get to know our attorney general, find out the latest activities going on in his office, and have time to ask a question or two. Please join us!

Registration preferred
by August 2.

Armchair Traveler: Central Europe and the Foothills of the Alps


with John Sweeney

Calendar Aug 12, 2021 at 1 pm

Armchair Traveler: Central Europe and the Foothills of the Alps

Thursday, August 12 • 12:30 PM via Zoom

Join John and Virginia Sweeney as they tour central Europe by train, bus, and private car, visiting historic sites dating back more than a millennium. Thorsten, a German born-family member, toured with them and shares his experience of living as a child during his teens under the Cold War. Visit the somber Holocaust museum along with the Dachau death camp and see some of the exhibits that depict the horror experienced by victims of the WWII inhumanity. See beautiful historic villages with their flower-draped half-timber buildings, and see a Germany and other European sites that have beauty that contrasts with what many Americans remember from newsreels of WWII and the Cold War.

Presenter: John Sweeney is a former John Deere dealer in Cambridge, MN. He and his wife, Virginia, traveled for more than 40 years until Virginia's Alzheimer's disease put an end to their travels. The Sweeneys will have been married 71 years in 2021. They raised five children and have eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. John still enjoys telling stories about their travels even at the age of 92!

Registration preferred
 by August 9

Author! Author! The Journalist: Life and Loss in America's Secret War with author Lucy Rose Fischer


with Lucy Rose Fischer

Calendar Aug 19, 2021 at 3 pm

Author! Author!
The Journalist: Life and Loss in America's Secret War with author Lucy Rose Fischer

Thursday, August 19 • 34:30 PM via Zoom

My book, The Journalist: Life and Loss in America’s Secret War, tells the story of my late brother, Jerry Rose, who was a journalist in Vietnam in the early 1960s. Through his articles and photographs published in the major news media, he exposed the secret beginnings of America’s Vietnam War at a time when most Americans had not yet heard of Vietnam.

I have written this unusual memoir in “collaboration” with my late brother, based on his journals, letters, and other writings—giving the term “ghostwritten” a whole new meaning.

My presentation, “Journalist in Vietnam: My Brother’s Story,” resonates especially with people who are now 55+ and who came of age watching the Vietnam War on their TV sets. My presentation has two themes: a 1960s story about a young journalist in Vietnam and a brother-sister story.

The Journalist just received an Independent Publishers Gold Award and is also a winner of a Foreward INDIES Book Award.

Presenter: Author Lucy Rose Fischer.

Registration preferred 
by August 16.

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