Jim Gerber with the Anti-Crime Commision and Dr. James Rusin recently raised concerns about the credibility of the Windego Park Society.
Some rudimentary research shows that "Bjorn Skogquist, while still in High School formed the Windego Park Society (WPS)". He currently "performs" for fund raisers.
On August 26, 2005 Bjorn Skogquist tendered his resignation as a member of WPS "so that there is no conflict of interest." Dec 18, 2006 the city attorney agreed. Yup, no conflict of interest here.
Councilmember Anderson encouraged the mayor "to keep this up, even though he does not understand why the mayor would want to in the face of all this opposition". Recognizing that Windego is indeed the mayor's project.
On Nov 11, 2005 both Skogquist boys are photographed receiving a $1500 check from the Twin Rivers Care Center, with Erik identified as the president of WPS. Also in the photo are WPS "boardmembers" Paul Pierce and Al Golder (Pierce and Golder are also Masonic brothers).
In the Nov, 2005 article president Erik cited a fundraising goal of $450,000 to ensure restoration completion... "project completion is anticipated for summer of 2008."
The 2006 financial report indicated they had spent $20,000 to raise $25,000. Ending the year with a $5,000 balance.The boy's mother, Barb Thurston, is treasurer. If you can't trust Mom. . .
"Who is Windego Park Society?" "A non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation." So it's not exclusively interested in the amphitheatre.
In fact, they do have another project sitting up in St. Francis. Bonnie McDonald, while working at the Anoka County Historical Society, a WPS volunteer and in a personal relationship with Bjorn Skogquist worked to get a historic schoolhouse donated to Paul Pierce. It was to be remodeled into a one bedroom home and sold with any profits donated to WPS, "which will organize the project."
This project is unfinished. It has a large wooden, handpainted, now weathered sign in front of it saying, "When completed in the fall of 2003, the home will go up for sale." Windego Park Society. As of January 2007 it is not completed.
Dr. Rusin and Jim Gerber are asking the tough questions that the city council and city manager should have asked, doing due diligence on behalf of Anoka citizens and voters.
Where's the "I'll ask the tough questions" Aaron Barr? Uh Oh, it was his Minnwest bank vouching for this latest Skogquist boondoggle, within 6 weeks of the election.
What are friends, political allies, girlfriends and moms for? Erik and Bjorn were seen putting up Aaron Barr signs and even Erik's girlfriend and mother were doing Aaron Barr lit drops.
An old family friend, Mr. Dahlstrom, traveled the world with Cargill. He once said, "I've seen men go further on sheer audacity than anything else." . . . "For awhile", he smiled.