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Rosenmeier forum will look at the role of government in poverty

The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government will look at the role of government in poverty at a public forum from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

The forum kicks off a week in which poverty in the area will be a focus of organizers who want to raise awareness, Taylor Stevenson, one of the week’s coordinators, said. The week-long project is called Poverty Bound.

The scheduled panelists are Tim Houle, Crow Wing County administrator; Beth Wilms, Crow Wing County community services director; Troy Schreifels, Brainerd Police officer and Brainerd School District liaison officer; Craig Nathan, area operations manager at Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program; and Jennifer Bergman, executive director of Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Panelists will discuss the nature of the government's involvement in combating poverty, the changing face of poverty in today's society, and what more can and should be done to address poverty in the community, Stevenson said.

The panel discussion will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

 The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government is a non-partisan organization which strives to educate and encourage participation of citizens in effective government and the political process.

A champion of citizen participation in grassroots government, Gordon Rosenmeier was a Little Falls attorney who served eight consecutive terms in the Minnesota Senate. He became one of the most powerful, influential, and respected legislators in Minnesota history. Among the bills he authorized was the creation of Brainerd Community College.

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