Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie, Citizens League executive director from 1967 to 1980

Art Rolnick, Steve Seel, and Rep. Carlos Mariani at a Policy and a Pint session.

Art Rolnick, Steve Seel, and Rep. Carlos Mariani at a Policy and a Pint session.

Art Rolnick, co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota and a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute, left, joins host Steve Seel of The Current and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, at a Policy and a Pint session Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis to talk about student debt.

Citizens League

Since 1952, the Citizens League has had a major impact on public policies in Minnesota. A group of civic leaders had the idea of inviting leaders from different parts of the community to the table to solve big policy issues. This meant bringing together lawmakers, union leaders, heads of Minnesota companies, and experts from universities and industries. As a group, these experts and leaders would study an issue and then write a research paper they could all agree on. Then they would do the political work required to make their conclusions a reality.

Black and white photograph of Susie Stageberg, c.1940

Susie Stageberg

Susie Stageberg, c.1940.

Stageberg, Susie Williamson (1877–1961)

Susie Williamson Stageberg is known as the "Mother of the Farmer-Labor Party." The Red Wing activist spent a lifetime fighting for unpopular political and social causes. She strongly opposed the merger of the Democratic and Farmer-Labor Parties in the 1940s.

A.J. Rockne, c. 1940

A.J. Rockne

Rockne seated at his senate desk, c.1940.

Rockne, Anton Julius (1868–1950)

Minnesota State Senator Anton J. Rockne took pride in the nickname "Watchdog of the State Treasury." Yet as America's Great Depression deepened in 1932, he fought against programs for the poor and his opponents branded him "Commander-in-Chief of the Hunger Brigade."

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Moore Anderson, c.1966.

Eugenie Anderson leaving Christiansborg Palace with Lord Chamberlain after presenting credentials to King Frederick IX

Eugenie Anderson leaving Christiansborg Palace with Lord Chamberlain after presenting credentials to King Frederick IX

Eugenie Anderson leaving Christiansborg Palace with Lord Chamberlain after presenting credentials to King Frederick IX, 1949.

L to R: Eugene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, Eugenie Anderson

L to R: Eugene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, Eugenie Anderson

L to R: Eugene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, Eugenie Anderson, 1958.

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