The following was a letter to the editor. Permission was not requested nor obtained as it is of public record.
Anoka needs civic leadership, not a dictatorship.
Renewed citizen participation in local government was welcomed with a big "no" from Mayor Bjorn Skogquist.
There were a record number of top quality applicants to fill available positions on Anoka's boards and commissions.
Rather than consider any of the new applicants for the HRA, Mayor Skogquist put forward his previous appointees and refused to consider any other applicants.
The majority of the council did not want to re-appoint these members because they felt there were better choices.
No doubt they were looking forward to the likely loss of $200,000 of Anoka taxpayers' funds in the event of foreclosure on 302 Fremont.
No council member would want to be on record reappointing HRA members with such poor judgment, lack of experience or incompetence.
After the council meeting when the mayor was directly challenged about his close-minded behavior, he replied he wanted people on the HRA who will do what he tells them to do.
Sadly, this same thought process of the mayor's deprived the Anoka Planning Commission of an applicant who is a medical doctor with an MBA who lives in the Dunham Oaks area, an applicant familiar with important Schwartzman and Hwy 47 issues.
Instead, the mayor voted for his mother's next door neighbor.
Letter to the Editor : Anoka Union
Update: Aaron Barr, 2008 candidate for office, and neighbor to 302 was one of Skogquist's HRA yes men. And 302 Fremont did go to Sheriff's sale in August 2008.
Aaron Barr is one of the mortgage-mess-guys who thought outsized appraisals weren't a problem and in fact stated that 302 would grow into their high number. So, experience, maturity and a little history does perhaps matter.