From: Jeff Johnson <Jeff.Johnson@ci.stcloud.mn.us>
Subject: Re: 22 questions asked on Aug 6th St Cloud City Council
Date: October 23, 2018 at 10:01:01 AM CDT
To: William Anderson <William.Anderson@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, Elizabeth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Dave Masters <Dave.Masters@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, John Palmer <email@example.com>, Matthew Staehling <Matthew.Staehling@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, Dave Kleis <Dave.Kleis@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, Carol Lewis <Carol.Lewis@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, Jeff Goerger <Jeff.Goerger@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, George Hontos <George.Hontos@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, John Libert <John.Libert@ci.stcloud.mn.us>, Steve Laraway <Steve.Laraway@ci.stcloud.mn.us>
Dear Ms. Baklaich:
Last May, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall and Waite Park police Chief Dave Bentrud gave an eye opening presentation at the Area Cities meeting on sex trafficking in central Minnesota. This is a very serious problem for all of us. This article on sex trafficking in St. Cloud/Central Minnesota came out in 2016 however it’s very timely.
“According to the Stearns County Attorney's Office, St. Cloud is number two in the state behind the Twin Cities in the number of ads for sex. Authorities have also learned St. Cloud is a "training ground" for pimps looking to traffic women for sex. The reasons are numerous.”
“The Central Minnesota Sex Trafficking Task Force has been seeing some success from their efforts. All 100 cases of men looking to buy sex have led to convictions. And, there have been at least three convictions of men who were trafficking women with more awaiting court hearings.”
The task force has been outstanding however I think they need more resources.
From: William Anderson
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:15:22 PM
Cc: Dave Masters; John Palmer; Matthew Staehling; Dave Kleis; Carol Lewis; Jeff Goerger; George Hontos; Jeff Johnson; John Libert; Steve Laraway
Subject: Re: 22 questions asked on Aug 6th St Cloud City Council
My apology for the delay in getting the written response to you. I have just recently finished up a previously scheduled community meeting to discuss our police/community relations agreement. Attached you will find the written answers to your questions. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any further law enforcement related questions.
Please take the time to help any or all of candidates listed below. Get out the vote and change the city council!
Get Out the Vote Opportunities This Week:
Everyone should try to connect with the candidates below and help them get out the vote.
Dr. John Palmer: Literature drop/door knock- 3-5PM Tuesday & Thursday
Tuesday: www.theunitedwest.org/sharia-crime-stoppers - week 5 of 16 week training for police officers, social workers, and judicial officers on Sharia crime.
Wednesday: Christianity & the Competition at 7PM- Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 Cty Rd 8 SE, St Cloud, MN
RED HAT FORUMS ON OCTOBER 24 & 25TH - MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SEE ATTACHED FLYER TO PASS AROUND
There should be consequences to incumbent city council members for making St Cloud the worst city in Minnesota and on par/capita with Baltimore - ranked the 9th worst city nationwide. In fact, our poverty ratio is worse than Baltimore. Let's get out the votes for John, Liz and Beth!
The ‘Uppity Peasant Candidates’
October 2nd, 2018
Jenny Berg’s article is one of the best articles I’ve seen in the SC Times in quite a while. Congratulations, Jenny.
Ms. Berg’s article highlighted the 3 candidates running against incumbents this year. John Palmer is challenging incumbent Dave Masters in Ward 1. Liz Baklaich is challenging RINO Steve Laraway in Ward 2. Paul Brandmire is running against John Libert in Ward 3. Each of the incumbents are part of the city councilmembers that I disparagingly ‘nicknamed’ “the 5 ostriches“. Laraway, Libert and Masters would each rather bury their heads in the sand than listen to their constituents. They’re bought and paid for by special interests. By contrast, I’ve known Dr. Palmer, Mr. Brandmire and Ms. Baklaich a total of easily more than 20 years. Here’s what they told Ms. Berg:
Many of the candidates taking on incumbents — John Palmer in Ward 1, Liz Baklaich in Ward 2 and Paul Brandmire in Ward 3 — resoundingly said they don’t think the process was transparent. “I know (Mayor) Dave Kleis has said it’s been transparent, that they put out the word but I didn’t see anything,” said Brandmire, a retired U.S. Air Force officer who works for Schill Trucking. “All of a sudden it was announced that this was happening and boom — the next thing you know the trees are down.”
Those three candidates also said they don’t feel the council members listened to the concerns of residents who wrote to the candidates or spoke at public hearings.
“What a tragedy,” said Palmer, a former St. Cloud State University professor. “I think that’s a reflection of the freedom of the people being suppressed. I think it’s a perfect example of what should unite us as citizens and demand a more thoughtful, open process.” Residents who spoke at a Feb. 12 public hearing relayed concerns about losing parkland and trees, as well as the notion that selling parkland could be seen as bad public policy.
Laraway, Libert and Masters aren’t interested in listening. They’ve shown their spots. Those spots aren’t changing because they won’t listen to We The People. Once that happens, it’s time to find new leadership. This year, I’m recommending that voters elect this trio [John Palmer, Liz Baklaich, and Paul Brandmire], along with Mike Conway, to sweep out this batch of ostriches:
News for Immediate Release
October 1, 2018
On Thursday the 27th of September Liz Baklaich and John Palmer completed an all day workshop titled Public Office as a Public Trust, Ethics of Public Stewardship. The workshop was led by Stephen B. Young, Global Executive Director, Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism. Liz Baklaich and John Palmer, candidates for the St. Cloud City Council received certificates of completion which recognize their dedication to the study of public service in the finest traditions of American constitutional democracy.
As a follow up to the workshop Stephen B. Young will be the presenter at a “Red Hat Forum” entitled Public Office as a Public Trust conducted in the Mississippi Room of the St. Cloud Public on October 24th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. The event is open to the public and all candidates for public office are urged to attend. Mr. Young will make an hour long presentation and be available for audience Q&A for the last half. Mr. Young is also available for interview/appearance prior to the event.
For information about the Caux Round Table go to:
http://www.cauxroundtable.org/index.cfm or contact Mr. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the “Red Hat Forums” contact John W. Palmer at email@example.com or Liz Baklaich at firstname.lastname@example.org