Nancy Tyra-Lukens, chair of the Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) board of directors, spoke last week to about 75 students in three Advanced Placement U.S. Government classes taught by Brian Sibley at Eden Prairie High School.
The former Eden Prairie mayor told the students about the 2022 EPLN Voter Guide, which was mailed to all 26,000 city households earlier this month. She brought copies of the 24-page guide that provides information on all candidates running for local races in the Nov. 8 election. (To view the online version of the voter guide, go to the EPLN website.)
Tyra-Lukens stressed the importance of local journalism as she recounted EPLN’s beginnings to students. In doing so, she quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
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