A common eventuality in the dysfunctional city is the emergence of various legal troubles.
Mike Gundlach's participation in Open Meeting Violation in Prior Lake was ruled to be so by the MN Supreme Court. Last month in Anoka's local paper a council member mentioned open meeting violations in Gundlach's Anoka HRA. Old dog, old tricks?
Reading the records on the Prior Lake case, one got the impression that the violation they got him on was just the best, most obvious to prosecute.
Mike Gundlach is the import from Prior Lake who landed on our HRA less than four months after hitting town. He went on to have his campaign literature for city council delivered tucked in with Skogquists in the fall of 2004. Of course his campaign signs were on the same properties, heavy on rental, with Skogquist. So much for non-partisan local govt. . .
Can a four month resident be expected to know Anoka's housing particulars? No, of course not, but he met the main criteria set by King Byorn: someone who will do what he is told.
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Anoka's mayor, Bjorn Skogquist, along with his first two sidekicks (Paul Pierce and Dori Schumacher) were investigated by the county attorney for campaign violations. The mayor gave this intriguing public statement: "The county attorney dropped it on my behalf."
That's a future research project. It would have been so much more comforting if he'd said something like, "It was thoroughly investigated and no wrong doing, yada, yada." But he said, "The county attorney dropped it on my behalf."
The local Anoka paper has a policy to report on campaign fraud and violations.
But if they did so, we missed it.