You would put your life in their hands?
Mille Lacs County Commissioners
Back row: the Tellinghuisen BROTHERS and
Phil "1 Minute" Peterson
Front row: Frank
Courteau and Jack Edmonds
Friday, September 12, 2008
Even in Minnesota, we don't expect a good snow in
September - unless, of course it is a Snow JOB from a county commissioner
seeking re-election. That would be, of course, Frank Courteau.
For all of you Hannabelle supporters who have followed our ordeal for the
past year and a half, you know what we went through to try to keep 94
convicted sex offenders from encroaching on our residential (R1 zoned)
neighborhood. When I think of the hours and hours of research, the
dedication, the drive, the tenacity, all of those awful meetings with all of
those awful people - i.e. the Onamia city officials and the Mille Lacs
county commission, (I'm rather fond of the Bradbury bunch on the township
board. They may be powerless, but they are at least honest, have good
intentions, and when it comes to gravel for our roads, they sincerely take
This week the Nexusville Messenger published a letter by commissioner
Frank Courteau in which he has the nerve to say:
"Mille Lacs County recognizes and respects the right of property
owners to restrict who and where others might encroach upon their property.
This respect and recognition extends to all property owners in the County,
including the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe."
FRANK COURTEAU, Mille Lacs County Commissioner
Can you believe it??? This goes under the heading of: You can
fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time,
but you CAN'T fool ALL of We The People ALL of the time. Except in Mille
Here, as Courteau well knows, you can fool MOST of the people MOST of the
time. (Just look at all the Sondra Erickson signs in the yards! LOL)
When I spoke on the telephone with commissioner Frank Courteau (who DIDN'T I
call?), he told me that after spending one afternoon with
the infamous Jim D'Angelo at the Mille Lacs Academy, he was supportive of
the program for the sex offenders. Fine. BUT, don't put it where people
don't want it. Don't ENCROACH. And don't obliterate OUR rights, don't allow
OUR laws to be rewritten - stripping us of OUR protection in order to
benefit the corporation, don't lower OUR property values, and don't give
away OUR tax dollars because YOU were impressed with D'Angelo's propaganda
on your little tour on that fateful one afternoon.
Yes. Frank's afternoon undid thirty years of my life. Do you think he cared
about what happened in our neighborhood? Did he care about us? Do you think
he cares about YOU? Frank Courteau was instrumental in pushing the Nexus
agenda. And he was UNWAVERING (stubborn and stupid) when it came to
listening to the citizens who opposed his "baby". Well, maybe that's a
little strong... After all, at least he didn't hang up on me like the
others... Let's put it this way - when I stood up in front of the
commissioners at the county board public hearing last December, I had months
of research to present - facts and figures which contradicted the facts and
figures on Nexus' tax abatement application. I had enough information to
raise the eyebrows of even the most rigid sex offender institution
"YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE!" snapped a hostile commissioner Phil Peterson (also
running for re-election).
A few of us (those brave enough to stand up against Peterson's agressive
intimidation tactics) used our ONE MINUTE to impress upon the commissioners
that not only should they examine Nexus more carefully before handing over
hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax abatement - since what we discovered
about the multi-million dollar private corporation was very questionable, if
not highly suspicious that they provided false and misleading information in
order to gain public assistance. We asked for a continuance. Denied. Public
hearing closed. Voted. Tax Abatement passed.
What information? It's all public information. I'm no great sleuth. We found
that Nexus claimed to spend approximately $2 million dollars in the county
each year. When the county asked for a detailed account of where they might
be spending that money, the figure suddenly dropped. Oh, did I
say $2 MILLION? Pardon me. I meant $600,000... And of course,
we found that they only actually spend about $200,000 in the county. "Well
that's a lot!" you say. But maybe not - when compared to how much we pay in
taxes to have the sex offenders here.
were on the county board, wouldn't these discrepencies send up a red flag or
two? Wouldn't you at least look into Nexus, check out citizen concerns
BEFORE giving away the tax payers' hard
earned dollars? Not in Mille Lacs County. Not these commissioners.
Frank Courteau.... how DARE you bamboozle the people by telling them that
Mille Lacs County "respects the right of property owners to restrict who and
where others might encroach upon their property."
When the RIGHTS of individuals are disregarded for the "good of the
community", that is NOT democracy. When a man like Frank Courteau disregards
the RIGHTS of individuals and then says that he RESPECTS those rights....
well, I'd say that Frank Courteau lied quite bald-facedly to the people in
his letter to the Mille Lacs Messenger, wouldn't you? Maybe in order to get
re-elected so he can continue to "do ya"? (Of course, he'll probably sue me
for saying that, but he'll have to wait in line behind D'Angelo, Freeman,
But I will stick my neck out further and say that if you trust someone like
Frank Courteau representing you at the county level, if you
are dumb enough, gullible enough, or bamboozled enough to vote for someone
who thinks he knows what's best even while refusing to consider all sides or
review evidence which might contradict his mind-set, if you haven't learned
by now - then, you deserve to have Frank abusing his power to allow anybody
to encroach upon your property - even 94 beloved sex offenders.
SHAME ON YOU, DAVE AND ROGER
SHAME ON YOU, PHIL PETERSON!!!
SHAME ON YOU, FRANK COURTEAU!!!!
SHAME ON YOU, JACK EDMONDS!!!
Vote them OUT or shame on you too.