A short history of Bjorn Skogquist's eight years as mayor of Anoka. Now he hopes to spread the pain to more of the County as Commissioner. This is the short list of titles from Letters to the Editor to the Anoka newspaper written by concerned citizens:
Anoka needs regime change / Skogquist is ineffective and clueless, building political power, not looking after the City of Anoka.
Taking back City of Anoka/ Adversarial special interests team with Skogquist to bully and take advantage of Anoka. Skogquist's main interest is serving "constituents", supporters and his own political future and not representing the long term good of the City of Anoka.
Failed preservation/ 302 Fremont failure and it's attendant personal vendetta and lies. Skogquist hire installed to micromanage the lack of due diligence on Kaiser. Political approval rather than routine due diligence made this fiasco go forward.
Anoka taxpayers dodge bullet/ former appraiser/ Bjornite/ thug ugly Michael Gundlach wants residential taxes set at future highest value- but only for Weaver's house on Ferry Street (we all know how future highest value has turned out). Pattern of targeting opponents for retaliation.
Was position advertised?/ Erik Skogquist's non-compete internship. Internships are valuable resume-building tools for the real working world. Erik's not been able to use his degree for a real job.
Sign looting wholesale/ since Skogquist made the scene, shameless campaign sign stealing.
Campaign sign destruction/ Skogquist opponent's signs face targeted, extensive destruction
Mayor Skogquist's Self-dealing/ Reference accounts Windego and Car Show come before council for approvals and use of city owned property. If Skogquist's company "Skogquist Management" had actually made any money, this might be a problem.
Time for change in Anoka/ former Skogquist booster speaks out: pattern of poor leadership
Anoka island of non-licensing/ Skogquist and Pierce's political pay back to predatory landlords at city's long term health expense. The resident that wrote this compelling letter in favor of rental licensing was retaliated against and not re-appointed to an advisory board. The slot was given to the wife of the mayor's bartender, non-resident Mimi Doran, who now also collects salary + commissions from Bjorn's Car Show. She's selflessly "developing a little economy" from her volunteer work.
View council tape/ Skogquist's expressive middle finger: what "Nuts to them" looks like: Now he would like to be a county commissioner or an ambassador or maybe a statesman or maybe a college student.
Censorship of letters / abc newspaper doesn't print everything they receive
Inspect rental property need / basic responsibility of govt. blocked by landlords Pierce & Skogquist. 80% of residents wanted long overdue routine rental licensing. But Mayor Skogquist had campaign debts to pay.
Surprise disclosure / Paul Pierce, Mayor Skogquist and sneaky maneuver: lack of integrity & basic honesty
Suspicious EDC appt / non-resident from Minnetonka called up by Skogquist-citizens left out of process
A new low / Pierce, Schumacher and Skogquist a political voting block: excludes citizens. These three also signed in favor of a ward based voting system.
Management of Anoka / Bjorn told to back off, get a life and let professionals do their jobs. We need fewer delayed condo projects and 302 Fremonts.
Open up the process / Behind the scenes manipulation and intimidation
Ignorance in choice of Anoka mayor / Kid is self-serving, deceptive, juvenile, indecisive
Anoka mayoral result discouraging / nasty, inappropriate, unprofessional stunts and pranks by Bjorn Skogquist
It's startling to see just these few samples. The City of Anoka natives have been restless and protesting.
Many who have spoken up at meetings or written these letters have been retaliated against. Individuals have had terms on advisory boards not renewed. They are routinely replaced by people who will do what Skogquist wants.
Anoka County, be afraid, be very afraid.