— By Pamela Schmid When Vikki Casey Steward signed up to be an advocate for AARP Minnesota three years ago, she had “no idea the potential for impact the role offered beyond, for example, working the booth at the State Fair.” Instead, two weeks after signing up, Steward, 62, of Eden Prairie, found herself at the state Capitol, meeting with her state senator and representative. Soon after that, she met with her U.S. representative, Republican Erik Paulsen. “He was very receptive; …

— With election season well under way, AARP volunteers are asking presidential and congressional candidates campaigning in Minnesota to explain their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. Projections show Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034 but, unless Congress acts, only about 75 percent after that. “It is critical for voters to know where candidates stand on this issue, so they can make informed decisions on Nov. 8,” said Seth Boffeli, a …