“Nancy Brataas was a legend in my political circle when I first worked as a fieldman for the Minnesota GOP in 1969 as she was leaving as State Chairwoman; six years later I was elected State Chair (age 28) and we soon renamed the party “Independent-Republican” to emphasize the kind of pragmatic outreach and professionalism that your mother exemplified. We also were trying to overcome political fallout from the Watergate scandal that was especially turning off the public.
I noted in your MinnPost piece http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2014/04/she-died-sen-nancy-brataas-posed-final-question-unconventional that one of the several legacies left by your mom was the need for all of us to mentor. I could not agree more. Your Mom was a unique professional: strong, focused and results oriented. As a former “National Mentor of the Year,” I will welcome an opportunity to support a “positive civic contributions” scholarship, or general community-building kind of mentoring scholarship in her name. Just a great idea. Can we get it going?"