Tuesday, January 21, 2008
They fear public hearings more than death?
What do you think about all of the Mille Lacs Messenger news
stories covering Onamia's city council rewriting city ordinances to enable sex
offenders to live next to daycare?
You say you haven't read any? Maybe that's because the Mille
Lacs Messenger didn't cover it. Nobody said a word. In fact,
no Mess reporter even attended the December 19 zoning public hearing - the
one where the No-Nexus-Never Naysayers caught the city council and the city
lawyer "messing up"... The city had failed to notify citizens - which Onamia
ordinances require (and will until Bully Milton has it rewritten). The city
council then went into the back room, along with their lawyer, which is a
violation of the Open Meeting Law. That was a violation against
Minnesota State Law, folks. As you know, the meeting was postponed until
January 9th, giving the council time to revamp and come up with more ways to
circumvent the laws and foil the will of the people. The January 9th meeting
was also canceled.
WHERE WAS THE MILLE LACS MESSENGER THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE
CITY COUNCIL MALFEASANCE AND SHENANIGANS???
They had more important news to report, better stories to
But then, what do I know? I'm not a REAL reporter with a REAL
newspaper AND - I'm not a guy. Maybe the up/down peeing issue IS more
newsworthy than a silly little local city government stripping the
constitutional rights away from the American people.
Please try harder!
The Mille Lacs News would like to thank Brett Larson, the new
editor of the Mille Lacs Messenger for finally giving us something we have
been badly needing for over six months: acknowledgement and a fair shake. It
took courage to go against the grain, to write what he did. And write it so
beautifully too. Do I smell Pulitzer? Thank you Brett.
Read Brett Larson's editorial
Messenger At It Again!
We had hoped that with a new editor, the
Mille Lacs Messenger would report news with an unbiased eye instead of slant
things in favor of NEXUS. We also had hoped that with this page on the Mille
Lacs News, the Messenger would clean up its act and take care to report the
news with more accuracy. We are sorely disappointed.
Last week, the Messenger reported that John
Varner, superintendent of the Onamia School District has announced that the
school would refuse to give NEXUS tax abatement and would not support their
plan for privatization of the school. This week the Messenger reported that
NEXUS had not sought tax abatement with the school - as if NEXUS had a
benevolent bone in its greedy corporate body.... THIS IS FALSE!!! We have
obtained a letter from Jim D'Angelo specifically demanding tax abatement
from the city, the county, and the school. Nexus is NOT benevolent. Stop
lying to the public!
We are so sick and tired of Kevin Anderson's
NEXUS agenda. The Messenger staff should be ashamed of itself. In fact,
we're asking Hannabelle to put the Mille Lacs Messenger in her
Mille Lacs News Responds
A review (including corrections) of the
recent Mille Lacs Messenger article about the war between Bradbury Township
and the Nexus Sex Offenders.
We would like to welcome the new editor of the
Mille Lacs Messenger. We anticipate positive changes, including any
corrections and/or retractions of previous mistakes (noted on this page).
Using the Media to Control Public Opinion: Abuse of
Power of the Press
Mille Lacs News staff writer
They say that there are two sides to every
story. But with Kevin Anderson, editor of the Mille Lacs Messenger,
that only one side gets told; at least in the case of newspaper coverage
about the battle between Bradbury
Township and the City of Onamia over the building site of the proposed new
Nexus juvenile sex offender facility. Such coverage has
been so obviously slanted, in fact, that it prompted the creation of the Mille Lacs
News to counteract the propaganda. We are telling the other side
of the story, the side unheard.
The Mille Lacs Messenger has censored us,
misquoted us, and supported lies, at least by omission. It has continued to mislead the
public in a bold effort to control public opinion against the Bradbury
residents who oppose the building on the Grosslein/Bye 38 acres.
The Mille Lacs Messenger has printed
For example, it has reported several times that Nexus is property tax
exempt. This is not true. The Messenger will not retract or correct this
misinformation because it says that it was correctly quoting someone else
who was giving the misinformation (i.e. the mayor, Bill Hill, etc.)
Another example is the questionable
reporting of the number of persons employed by Mille Lacs Academy and where
these employees reside. There has been a lot of confusion about the jobs
issue. The fact is, very few employees actually live in Onamia. Exact
numbers have been misreported.
Quotations have also been taken out of
context, or selectively edited. For example, when one citizen cited at a
Onamia City Council meeting that since Nexus CEO James D'Angelo stated that
the Mille Lacs Academy would leave the county should property tax exempt
status be denied, and what would then happen to the property, the Messenger
The Mille Lacs Messenger has reported that
those who oppose Nexus are fearful and ignorant. This is also not true. If
it were, you would not be reading this. The Mille Lacs Messenger has not
been a helpful source of the truth. They have in essence, tried to make us
look bad, while protecting Mayor Milton.
To be fair (and we try hard to be), the
Mille Lacs Messenger often just reports bad information. There's a ton of it
being dished out by the Onamia Mayor, the city council members, as well as those
connected with Nexus. But the Messenger seems to accept what they say at
face value, never probing into the validity of what, say for example, Larry
Milton is telling them. On the other hand, the Messenger seems quite
opinionated about the Bradbury residents opposing the Nexus project. The
problem is, unless one is aware of the truth, it is difficult to tell what
is bogus in the Messenger. It might be better if everyone reading the
Messenger assumes the worst - that you can't believe a word they print.
you to read for yourself what the folks over at the Messenger are saying
about us. Remember - don't believe everything you read in the newspaper.
5/30/2007 4:00:00 PM
Nexus relocation under fire
‘Not in my
back yard’ appears to be sentiment of Bradbury Twp. residents
Notice the difference in the above
articles and those below. Things certainly seem to heat up when suddenly
there is opposition to the Nexus proposal.
The following articles were written over a year ago.
You might note a difference in tone.
Kevin Anderson Quotes:
"By the way, I have
oft been challenged by those who say an editor/publisher should not have an
opinion - that I must stay neutral."
"we must track down all the rumors, half-truths, misquotes and
misinformation that seems to follow stories like this one."
"It is said that
public speaking is a fear that is difficult to overcome. In fact, many fear
it more than death itself.
So it may explain why, when Onamia Mayor Larry Milton asked a crowd
assembled at a recent Onamia City Council meeting to "voice' their opinion -
in other words, speak their minds about the relocation of the Mille Lacs
Academy, the audience fell silent."