An earlier post on the Anoka City Forum referred to campaign fraud investigation of Mayor Bjorn Skogquist. He answered a public query with, "The County Attorney dropped it on my behalf."
Skogquist revealed that the investigation went on for seven months and characterized it as frivolous.
Most of us have more confidence in our County Attorney's office than to believe they would waste seven months on something that was totally without merit or frivolous.
Some general information has come dribbling in: "Elect Rhonda" was run out of Skogquist's duplex in the City of Anoka in 2002, listing Skogquist's phone number. Rhonda Sivarajah is an Anoka County commissioner; but her area is on the far east end of Anoka County. Mayor Skogquist attended her inauguration.
There is some relationship between the former county attorney, R. W. Johnson, and Bjorn Skogquist. They were both mentioned in an obituary for a James Farrier: Johnson as an honorary pallbearer and Skogquist as a relative.
The Anoka City Forum has heard about two letter-to-editor writers who had R. W. Johnson, former county attorney, suggest to them that it was inappropriate for them to be writing about Mr. Skogquist.
Is it possible he would attempt to influence his son, the current county attorney, on Mr. Skogquist's behalf? Mr. Johnson, (R.W.) didn't seem to hesitate to attempt to influence two ordinary citizens and their freedom of speech and statements of opinion.
The campaign violations investigation was largely based on self-reported information, supplied by Mr. Skogquist. Anonymous cash found on his back step. There was a near miss on "Skogquist for Mayor" signs on Leon Fischer's (moneyed landlord) fire truck. Mr. Fischer's out-of-town relatives also suddenly became interested in donating money to Anoka's mayoral race. All perfectly legal.
Update: Bjorn4Commissioner is pretty outrageous: Skogquist says "start listening to citizens". In the city of Anoka 80% of the residents polled in a survey ordered out-of-order by Skogquist himself were in favor of rental licensing. Skogquist blocked and stalled for special interests. It was five years and changes on the city council to get this routine housing regulation.
Moneyed out-of-town and predatory landlords were Skogquist contributors, sign locations and personal friends.
If this kind of political ego goes further than the little mayor's seat he's dominated for eight years. . .well, Anoka, be afraid, be very afraid.