Raging Grannies Spread Political Message Through Song

By KBJR News 1

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A group of unlikely activists are letting their political voice be heard one tune at a time.

They call themselves the Raging Grannies of Northern Minnesota and they have mastered the art of showing up unexpectantly at local bars and restaurants, singing songs about their political views.

"We don't do any mud slinging, do we ladies?," said group member Vicki Andrews during a surprise stop at a bar in Grand Rapids, "We just like to get together and dress up in our pretty dresses and our fancy hats."

They travel from place to place, always unexpected and, at times, controversial. The Grannies sing songs about their positions on topics like the Voter ID and marriage amendments.

"I think we're banking on that they can't get angry at grandmas," laughed group member Pat Helmberger of the audience response to their controversial songs.

Bar patrons seemed receptive of the Grannies.

"I think they're wonderful and I agree with everything they said," said one customer.

For the Grannies, their song–filled mission isn't about being liked.

"Hopefully our message will get people talking, even if they disagree," said group member LuAnn Hansen.

While they might not influence everyone's vote, if you have any sort of sense of humor, they may just sway you to a smile.

"We're just having fun with the songs and getting a message out in a fun way," said Andrews.

The Raging Grannies of Northern Minnesota have been around for about a year. They got the idea to form from a group of Raging Grannies in another state.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.