It was only eight years ago Skogquist's Anoka was dubbed "Clown Town".
Twenty-two year old Bjorn Skogquist was installed as mayor on a rebellion ticket.
He immediately replaced our professional city manager and has been operating a defacto strong mayor council ever since. He hopes to make the corruption of our form of government permanent with the ward system.
Skogquist's focus has been Saturday night Car Shows - a single, twenty-somethings got his priorities, don't cha know. Also liquor must be served an hour later.
Some of his other achievements have involved garage sales, wine sippings, horror flick reviews, sidewalk chalk drawings - any number of entertaining mature events.
The contentious theater productions (aka council meetings) have been legendary. Citizens (known as rabble to the Skogquist's) are roused for these productions. The rabble receive carefully scripted, choreographed roles.
There has been a dribble of new, apparently easily swayed residents that are used and abused. Mark Peterson, in Anoka only since 2001, is currently being way overused. It's fair to ask how he became so confident about our need for a total change in government after only seven years in town.
Clown town, Theater town, and now Cartoon town:
The top cartoons are at the downtown Anoka gateway as seen from the municipal ramp and condo project area. Redrum-opened 9-20-08. Also see www.greenmonkey.us Redrum's site.
The lower cartoons greet people at the western gateway on Main Street off the Hwy 10 ramp.
Most of the year these Halloweenish images are as stale as leftover Halloween candy in April or August.
As an identity for the City of Anoka, Halloween has gone beyond stale to Undesirable.
It's not your mother's Halloween.
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