At what point does Bjorn and Erik Skogquist's Windego Park Society move beyond irrational optimism to misrepresentation to downright fraud ?
"We have seen better days." William Shakespeare
- Windego Park Society's site plan has been denied by both the Anoka Planning Commission and the Anoka City Council.
- The lease is in default by their own actions. See "Windego Lease in Default" on this site.
- WPS founder(Bjorn Skogquist) and currrent WPS president (Erik Skogquist) are facing legal action. Mark McGowan is "pursuing damage claims for defamation, tortious interference with prospective relations, invasion of privacy, fraud and civil conspiracy". Mark McGowan simply "presented information disputing the viability of the project".
- WPS and Skogquists couldn't handle a little scrutiny or deal with the issues.
Their style of "doing democracy" and attempts to silence facts and different opinions is what should cause concern in the voting public: Be afraid, Be very afraid.
And yet the Skogquists continue to fund raise. At what point does it become fraudulent to accept donations ? At what point do they disclose to donors the current status of WPS. At what point do they mention that funds may have to be raised and used for a legal defense fund?
Comment: Disturbing images: Barb Thurston, the Skogquists mother, pacing and signaling strangely to her son Erik, at the Planning Commission meeting when Mark McGowan was presenting his information. And then later signaling to her son Bjorn, in the mayor's seat at the council meeting, to cut him (McGowan) off with a finger across her throat.
At other times the public sees Barb Thurston wrapped in the flag as a Daughter-of-the-American -Revolution, Remember-Constitution-Week-Lady. Appearing as a promoter of patriotic endeavors.
She is a tireless campaigner for Skogquists-for-office.
Barb Thurston also serves as treasurer of Windego Park Society, causing some to call WPS the first "Skogquist family non-profit".
The political and family nature of WPS will be the first thing noticed on any grant application. There would certainly be opportunity for chuckles all the way to the circular file, "the mother is the treasurer!" . . . And the sons have never had full time employment.
The last two years they report having raised just under $25,000 each year - mostly gone for "expenses". It's interesting that is the number over which a full accounting would have to be done.
Anoka, we have seen better days.