Update 8-12: The definition of Graft was brought to the Anoka City Forum's attention and applied to Bjorn Skogquist's Chinese Garden: "Use of one's position in public office to derive advantage or gain."
There also seem to be multiple defaults of the Windego lease agreement as a result of this public pilfering.
Anoka Mayor Bjorn Skogquist hijacked a request to plant a Chinese flower garden in an Anoka city park.
He poached and planted it at his first non-profit: the Windego Park Society Amphitheater.
The Union stated "it was a project joined by local government". Also see www.ci.anoka.mn.us/ to What's New to Chinese Garden.
However, there is no record of Skogquist involving the City of Anoka's Parks staff, the Parks Advisory Board, the Planning Commission (necessary site plan approval) or even the rest of the city council.
What local government are they talking about?
The time frame would not have allowed for any public discussion or a local government decision.
Was this garden project diverted from city parks to maintain interest in his dying "non-profit"?
Windego Park Society's efforts have been inadequate and under increasing scrutiny.
It is becoming obvious that they are not the group that can restore, much less operate an amphitheater.
So this symbolic garden project is "exactly what is needed now". Skogquist just needs to layer in some uses on this city owned land to shore up interest in his no go non-profit.
The garden has been installed halfway under the foot bridge. In just about any of the numerous city parks (Anoka maintains 12 premier parks - 34 total park locations and trails) a garden would be more visible and accessible.
At the amphitheater it is only accessible by crossing private property. There's a "Keep Out" sign on Ferry Street.
The ARCC students were cheated of a better site and wider, more balanced community involvement and support.
Now instead of a symbolic garden they have planted a secret garden.