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Now is time to focus on politics

Published 8:59am Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated 10:59am Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It’s time to pay attention to political campaigns again.

Minnesotans tend to tune out during election years once school gets out and summer arrives. They tune back in after Labor Day, when school begins.

Yet an important vote is just around the corner — a Fergus Falls School District outdoor facilities bond referendum on May 13. Also tucked into the calendar is the primary election, held Aug. 12.

Around Memorial Day in lakes country, people are at their cabins or away on vacations, and tend to stay busy through August with children participating in 4-H projects.

That means if voters want to be informed when they cast their ballots on May 13 and again on Aug. 12, now is the time to watch.

Learning about the local candidates now, especially when the Legislature is in session, allows Minnesotans to become informed, then go enjoy the summer activities.

That said, it would be prudent for Minnesota lawmakers to move the primary election up to the second week of June.

Iowa holds its primary the first week of June. Iowa voters narrow down the candidates before they hit parade season. Fewer politicians in parades is a good thing, right? Minnesotans refocus on politics in September and pay attention through the final stretch to the November election.

So if Minnesotans want their summers free of politics, as many would have it, pay close attention this spring to what lawmakers are doing in the legislature.

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