At the Anoka City Council open forum on 7-21-08 Dr. Jim Rusin referred to Bjorn and Erik Skogquist's Windego project as a vampire that needs to be staked and killed once for all.
Even though Skogquist's Windego Park Society (WPS) had their site plan denied for non-performance, they apparently still have a lease with the city for this public property, the amphitheater.
Dr. Rusin was suggesting that the council now take the next responsible step, show some leadership and cancel the lease on this unworkable project.
Even the occasional observer can see the accuracy of the vampire analogy.
Windego has been sucking the credibility of the city council, mayor and staff.
The way this unfeasible project is being handled continues to undermine public confidence in their judgment.
Councilmembers, Anderson and Skogquist can't overcome their bias and even be civil to the public. Skogquist indulges himself and disputes at open forum. Anderson actually orders Dr. Rusin to sit down. (Thereby sparing Skogquist the embarrassment of admitting the lack of progress in fundraising. Former side-kicks Paul Pierce and Dori Schumacher didn't have such good timing.)
Windego especially calls into question Bjorn and Erik Skogquist's ability to prioritize projects, make sound decisions, and move on when numerous insurmountable obstacles have been identified.
These protracted deliberations continue to showcase their inability to give straight answers or accept reality checks. Rather, the Skogquist brothers have chosen to irrationally accuse the brave realists of bad motives or criminal backgrounds.
Windego has been a vampire on the Skogquist's time, 20's, credibility, and political future.
And they don't see it, they don't have a clue. It's clear they have lost all perspective.
It's clear they are ill equiped to participate in public policy discussions. They certainly have no business being in elected office.
Oddly enough, the Windego was an evil spirit in Indian lore that represented a degrading process of fear, paralysis, cold, insanity and finally death.
The Windego was a consuming creature much like the vampire.