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Published October 16, 2010, 08:46 PM

Tea Partiers Educate Minnesota Voters

Voters in the northern valley are voicing opposition to how and where things are heading in Washington.

Voters in the northern valley are voicing opposition to how and where things are heading in Washington. Tea Party supporters rallied in Thief River Falls, just 17 days before the mid-term elections.

The Northwest Minnesota Tea Party Patriots say Tea Parties are for those who want to learn more about the direction of the government.

"Mostly what the tea party is trying to do is educate people we want them to know the issues, we want them to know the candidates and what they stand for," said Melanie Mathiason a Northwest Minnesota Patriot.

Some issues talked about.. The appointment of judges in Minnesota...

"And the Supreme court of the state of Minnesota said yes that is permissible that the appointed stay on the ballot as the incumbent judge even though they were never elected by the voters," said Darrel Carter a District 9 Candidate.

The right to bare arms,

"What we have in the second amendment is the defense of a government that has gone amuck," said Joe Abrahmson a speaker at the rally.

and trying to conduct change in the state Senate.

"Our state of Minnesota taxed us way to much, it spends to much and our governments bureaucracies like the Department of Natural Resources way to much power and authority," said Dan Fabian, running for State Representative.

One supporter is going to make sure if elected, lawmakers stay on track.

"Let these guys know how serious we are and let these guys know and when we do send them up make sure that they do what they say here," said Brian Bedard, hearing what candidates have to say.

Organizers ask for one and all at these rallies, no matter who you are.

"We welcome anybody to the tea party no mater what their party is their race, their religion we don't care as long as their not terrorists, radicals and racists," Mathiason said.

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