The Minnesota Young Republicans is a non-profit organization established to attract young people age 18-40 into the Republican Party of Minnesota and to aid the Republican Party in electing qualified candidates. The MNYRs were founded by former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen in 1935, who was also instrumental in forming the Young Republican National Federation in the 1930's.
Throughout the years, the MNYRs have had many distinguished current and former members who serve and have served as elected officials and RPM party leaders from Governors Harold Stassen and Arne Carlson to countless local elected officials. Check out the Hall of Fame to see our distinguished alumni.
Each MNYR local club holds regular meetings with special guests each month. Please check the YR Calendar and Local Clubs pages for further information. Club meeting information is also sent out on the weekly YR email update.
Each year, the MNYRs host an annual dinner with special Republican guests of honor. Some of our recent Annual Dinner Guests have been:
May 12, 2012 - The DoubleTree Hotel, St. Louis Park:
John Pierce - National Gun Rights advocate and owner of OpenCarry.org.
May 26, 2011 - The Saint Paul Hotel, St. Paul:
Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers
April 15, 2010 - The DoubleTree Hotel, St. Louis Park:
Governor Tim Pawlenty
May 21, 2009 - The DoubleTree Hotel, St. Louis Park:
Economist and Best-Selling Author: Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
May 25, 2006 - Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis:
Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey and Lt. Colonel Robert Stephenson, Co-Chairman, Minnesota Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission.
May 25, 2005 - Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis:
John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson, "Powerline Bloggers", www.powerlineblog.com.
May 28, 2003 - Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis:
Republican Party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner and Sixth Congressman Mark Kennedy.
May 17, 2002 - Doubletree Hotel, Bloomington:
U.S. Senate Candidate Norm Coleman received Second Annual Harold Stassen Award.
May 28, 2001 - Doubletree Hotel, Bloomington:
Congressman Mark Kennedy bestowing First Annual Harold Stassen Leadership Award.
October 8, 1999 - Thunderbird Hotel, Bloomington:
Governor Arne H. Carlson bestowing honorary lifetime membership.
June 12, 1998 - Airport Marriott, Bloomington:
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum.
November 15, 1997 - University of MN Law School:
Attorney General Candidate Forum.
May 31, 1997:
St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, Lt. Gov. Joanne Benson, and Senator Rod Grams.
June 3, 1995 - Radisson South, Bloomington:
Nationally syndicated conservative columnist Joseph Sobran; Announcement of "DORI '96: Democrats Out, Republicans In!"
June 4, 1994 - Ramada Hotel, St. Paul:
Noted author and columnist Murray N. Rothbard and WCCo-830 radio personality Wes Minter
June 13, 1993:
"Unity Dinner" with Senator David Durenburger.
Young Republican Rumble
Started in 1999, and first held at the home of current-Congressman Mark Kennedy, late each summer the MNYRs hold the "Young Republican Rumble." This exciting social event involves food, fun and friendly competition, as MNYR members team up with their home counties to challenge the other members in spirited games of volleyball, football, badminton, lawn darts, foosball and other feats of athletic skill and prowess.
The MNYRs hold periodic special events, such as "gun shoots," happy hours and other social and political activities designed to spur membership and facilitate fellowship among our friends and colleagues. MNYR members also frequently receive "discounted" admission to political fundraising events (such as the February, 2000 Elizabeth Dole event or the 2000 Senator Nickles / Senator Grams event) designed to enable our members to meet and greet noteworthy local and national Republican officials and dignitaries.
Check the calendar or sign up for our e-mail newsletter to stay informed of these special events!!!