Friday, September 28, 2007
The Big Bluff
Mille Lacs News
Although Nexus has been around for
a long time, recently people in the area are becoming much better acquainted
with the sex offender institution. And they're not liking what they are
For instance, during their tenure
at Mille Lacs Academy, located in the Crosier building in Onamia, they have
promoted or allowed many misconceptions to exist - intent on misleading the
public about this corporation. Because.... if people know what NEXUS is all
about, they won't want them in their community.
1. Mille Lacs Academy is
an academy. FALSE
not. It is also not a private military school. Although education must be
provided for the juvenile offenders it houses, the primary purpose of the
institution is not educational. In fact, NEXUS uses the juvenile sex
offenders for scientific research.
2. The MLA is sponsored
by the Crosiers. FALSE
not. NEXUS, a large private corporation only rents the building space from
3. The MLA
provides alternate education for troubled youth who do not fit into the
mainstream public school system. FALSE
not wayward students, but criminal sex offenders who were convicted through
the court system and placed at the MLA as an alternative to incarceration.
All of their inmates have been adjudicated as sex offenders or have
committed felony level sex offenses.
4. Having the sex
offenders in Onamia poses no risk to the community.
these inmates are violent. NEXUS finally admitted that these sex offenders
are indeed a danger. Most of the violence, escapes, and sexual problems of
the offenders have been covered up and unreported to the public. President
and CEO Jim D'Angelo has openly lied about the safety risk of these sex
offenders. Although the sex offenders are supervised, they do escape.
There have been injuries to staff, some serious. Because of their juvenile
status, no one is told which inmates are HIV positive. There have been
incidences of local teenage girls being involved with MLA sex offenders,
resulting in exposure to the AIDS virus as well as pregnancy. Apparently,
the inmates are not as well supervised as NEXUS claims.
5. NEXUS is a charity.
Department of Revenue has determined that NEXUS does not qualify as a
charity and therefore is TAXABLE. Property tax exemption has been denied in
Crow Wing, Mower, and Mille Lacs Counties.
6. If NEXUS leaves
Onamia, the town will fail, wither, and die.
NEXUS' presence in Onamia for the past seventeen years may have contributed
to the decline of the town. NEXUS provides relatively few jobs and benefits
only a few individuals in the community. Most people do not want to live by
sex offenders. Even most of the NEXUS employees choose to commute rather
than move to Onamia. If NEXUS leaves Onamia, the town might even see a
7. If NEXUS doesn't
receive property tax abatement, they will leave Onamia.
D'Angelo threatened that if NEXUS was refused property tax exemption,
that they would leave Onamia. They were in fact denied tax exemption and yet
they are still here, still planning to build their sex offender facility in
Onamia. If they are also denied property tax abatement, they
won't leave. Nobody wants them in their communities. NEXUS has no other
place to go! They will stay here- but will, however, have to pay taxes like
the rest of us.
will not leave Onamia. Nobody else wants them. They have no place
else to go. Call their bluff. Make them pay taxes.