William Gerald Opsahl

William Gerald Opsahl 79, of Minneapolis, passed away Sept 1, 2015.

Long time CD5 activist, William Gerald Opsahl 79, of Minneapolis, passed away Sept 1, 2015.

Bill attended Duluth East High School, graduating from Williston Academy and Yale University (’58). A vocal musician, he sang with the Yale Glee Club, Bakers’ Dozen and Whiffenpoofs. His lifelong involvement with the arts included president of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and performances with The Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Orchestra, Plymouth Music Series and Basilica Choir. He was an appointee to the Minnesota State Arts Board, served on the Board of the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council and Duluth Zoo, advocated for passage of Minnesota’s 2008 Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Amendment, and was active in Minnesota’s Republican party. He was Minnesota representative for the Yale Alumni Association and trustee emeritus of The Williston School. He was the Executive Vice President of Superwood Corporation and later engaged in venture capital and consulting. Bill also served in Minnesota’s National Guard.

Preceded in death by parents Morris and Eileen.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Voss; his children Lee Stubenvoll (John), Laura Bordelon (Brett) and Michael Opsahl (Lisa); grandchildren Megan Knetsch (Jonathan), Michael Stubenvoll, Ari Opsahl (Harley), Matthew and Thomas Opsahl, and Maxwell Bordelon; and great-granddaughter Ella Knetsch.

FUNERAL MASS: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the Basilica of St. Mary Choir and Ruffed Grouse Society.

Survey: Minnesotans Want Improved Data Privacy Protections

from The Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota

The vast majority of Minnesotans want their electronic data protected from unreasonable searches by the government, according to results of a new survey released today by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota and Liberty Minnesota.

The survey of 500 diverse Minnesotans shows that most think the government should not be able to view their phone data, pictures and emails, or store location and travel data, without probable cause. In addition, two-thirds of Minnesotans would support a constitutional amendment on the 2016 election ballet that reinforces the protection of electronic data against unreasonable search. The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling on Feb. 24-25.

Survey highlights include:

  • 85% of respondents think the government should be not able to view their phone data, pictures and emails without probable cause
  • 66% of respondents support a constitutional amendment that spells out privacy protections for electronic data (including 86% support of those between the ages 18-29)
  • An overwhelming majority of both Democrats and Republicans surveyed support protecting electronic data from unreasonable search

The legislature is currently considering SF 32, the “Data Privacy Amendment” authored by Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) and Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis). The bill is authored in the House by Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) and Rep. John Lesch (D-St. Paul). The bill has broad support from groups such as the Minnesota ACLU, Occupy Minnesota, the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance and the Republican Party of Minnesota.

“In an era of warrantless NSA spying, it’s great to see the people of Minnesota stand up against government invasion of their data privacy without probable cause,” said Neil Lynch, chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota. “We believe this survey reinforces the efforts of Sen. Petersen and other legislators as they fight for our Fourth Amendment rights at the state level.”

Liberty Minnesota Executive Director Karl Eggers added, “Men, women, Republicans, Democrats, millennials, senior citizens — everyone wants the government out of their electronic data. Our political leaders would be foolish to go against virtually every demographic by opposing this bill. Liberty Minnesota is proud to join Sen. Petersen and — as this survey shows  — almost all of Minnesota in strengthening our state’s legal protections of private electronic data.”

Sen. Petersen stated,” This poll sends a clear message to policymakers in St. Paul that Minnesotans wish to live free of government intrusion into their privacy, including their digital devices and data.”

The complete survey results are available at:

Convention Update

2015 Convention Update

2015 is an important year for the party, where we elect new leadership at all levels. Starting from your local district (BPOU), to Congressional District (CD5), to the MNGOP State Party – this is a great opportunity to help shape and lead. If you are a delegate or alternate, you will be notified of your convention by email or regular mail. Please attend!

> Find a schedule of conventions on our CD5 calendar.

Key dates:

BPOU convention window: January 15 to February 24
(election of leadership and State Central delegates)

CD5 Convention: Sat., March 7  > Details
(electing new leadership, state central at-large delegate, discussion of CD5 Constitution)
Registration opens at 9:30am, convention convenes at 10:00am
VFW Post 494, 5222 Bass Lake Road, Crystal
Fee: $20 at the door
> If you are interested in running for a CD5 leadership position, contact us here.

MNGOP State Central Committee Meeting, Sat., April 11, Olson Middle School, Bloomington, MN
(electing state party leadership, training for new BPOU & CD leaders)

Thank you for a great 2014 Election Season!

We want to send a heartfelt thanks to candidates, volunteers, and our Field Director, Dan Hanks for a heard-fought campaign season! There were silver linings all over the 5th: congrats to Rich Stanek for winning re-election as Hennepin County Sheriff, and CD5 Vice Chair Laura Palmer for winning School Board! Several City Council seats won included Spring Lake Park, Hopkins and Crystal. Overall, there was a 3% increase in GOP voter turnout compared to the 2010 non-presidential race. Statewide, Republicans gained control of the MN House, ending an unpopular trifecta of DFL control. Nationwide, Republicans took back the Senate and increased seats in the U.S. House.

As we rest up and enjoy the holidays, we’re also planning events and training in 2015. Our work continues, and so will the wins! Please check our calendar, Facebook and Twitter for the latest on upcoming events and news. Please contact us if you’d like to help.


CD5 Chair Nancy LaRoche, and the 5th CD Executive Committee.

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