LaRon Bayliss Adkins of Battle Lake has been named a 2016 Woman of Distinction by the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party Hall of Fame, Women’s Summit selection committee. She will be honored on Sunday, June 12th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington at the 17th Minnesota DFL Annual Hall of Fame Women’s Luncheon. Adkins will receive the award along with seven others from around the State of Minnesota. Also receiving awards will be four women as Rising Stars in the organization.
The DFL Women’s Hall of Fame honors outstanding women dedicated to participation in the DFL party and campaigns on behalf of DFL candidates, its platform, and the achievement of public policy objectives.
“I was surprised when I was informed that I was chosen A Women of Distinction.” said Adkins. “I’ve worked to create a presence in Otter Tail County, to promote our local candidates, and get out our Democratic message.”
Adkins and her husband of 47 years, Michael, live in Battle Lake. They have two sons, Sean, father of grand children Josie and Ryan, and son Daniel and daughter-in-law Erin, parents of Cole and Caitlin. The Adkins are retired teachers from the Elk River School District, where LaRon taught elementary education for 30 years and Michael was a junior high school industrial arts instructor for 34 years..
In the DFL, Adkins has been active in Otter Tail County since 2005. She has been a Director on the OTC-DFL Board since 2006, and was the Associate Chair from 2014-2016. She also has been active in fundraising events and planning the 2008 Otter Tail County Convention and local Inaugural Balls in 2008 and 2012. LaRon has participated in election activities and continues her work on several DFL projects.