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Still a political newbie

November 5, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Well I guess since my fellow reporters are blogging about the election, I may as well too.

I’m admitting something to you all — I’m not one to get out and go vote. Yesterday was probably the third time I’ve voted in the 18 years I’ve been eligible to vote. I voted for the first time in the 1992 presidential election. I was in college, and it was the thing to do. I voted for Clinton, Bill, that is. The rest of the ballot was a blur as I wasn’t that familiar with Duluth city council members or state senate and representative races (and I took political science classes as a journalism minor!).

I’m now offically a registered voter in Ward 3. I even had my very own page in the registration book (that’s what I get for being the last of the “V”s). Voting went by pretty smoothly. Even though I went to vote around the noon hour, there wasn’t a big line and everything was efficient. I started with the Lyon County positions and moved on from there. It did seem like a long time to fill in the ballot though.

As an artsy kind of gal, I’m glad the Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Hertiage and Natural Areas Amendment passed. It’s supposed to bring in $300 million a year for the outdoors and the arts. With a tough economy, some of the arts organizations around the area have seen a hit. But interest in the arts has been shown in this area and that’s great.

Speaking of the arts, the Marshall Area Stage Company is planning its next season. For t the 10th anniversary, it’s doing “The Sound of Music” as the summer musical. “The Sound of Music” is actually the reason MASC was formed in the first place (I won’t go into details). We’re looking to do either “Clue” (the non-musical version) or the female version of “The Odd Couple” for our spring show in April, “Peter Pan” for the summer children’s theater, another Shakespeare in the Park production and perhaps “The Shadow,” “Sherlock Holmes” or some Edgar Allan Poe story for the Halloween radio drama. MASC is always looking for members and volunteers to help out with shows (and I’m not just saying that because I’m the board’s secretary), so if you’re interested, drop by a meeting. They’re at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the MAFAC arts center. Otherwise, check out the Web site at


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