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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fourteen Year Old Child Raped in Forest Lake. Man Charged and Released. If Convicted, Little or No Jail Time

Austin Keacher of Forest Lake has been charged with third degree rape of a 14 year old child. The criminal complaint states back in May the victim and her friends took their bicycles to a nearby lake to go fishing. They left from the home of the accused child rapist Austin Keacher who lives in Autumn Hills
photo of Austin Keacher from
his public facebook profile
apartments
. The victim realized she forgot her phone back at the home of Keacher so the two of them went back together alone. They went into the garage and the victim had a medical condition that caused her to pass out. The mother of the victim stated in the report the condition was know
n (type of condition withheld to protect the identity of the victim). When she awoke she found Keacher touching her and grabbing her private areas. 

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Despite repeatedly telling him to stop Keacher was reported to have continued to force himself on her. The police estimated in the report he is six feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds more than the victim. The victims says in the criminal complaint he proceeded to rape the victim in the garage. When police officers spoke to him about the report Keacher admitted to having sex with the victim and that he knew days prior that she was only 14 years old. 

Austin Keacher appears to have been released from Jail and into the public on September 12th. It can take a year or longer to get a conviction. In nearly every case the accused child
booking photo of
Austin Keacher
rapists get insane plea deals because of prosecutors. Plea deal or not, the convictions are weak because of the weak MN law and sentencing guidelines. No bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. It's vital that readers contact their legislators and ask why Representative Matt Grossell is the only legislator writing bills on this and why there are not nearly enough co-signed on the bills.

If Austin Kearcher is convicted of the charged crime, assuming he doesn't get a plea deal down to even lesser charges, he will get very little time in Jail and very little time on the sex offender registry. See some of the many cases in the last couple years of those convicted of the same charges or supposedly more harsh 1st or 2nd degree rape from Washington County:

To see dozens of examples in the last two years of insane plea deals from Washington County prosecutors and the weak MN sex offender law letting the public down see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers, especially Senator Warren Limmer who has refused to pass the sex offender bills in his key special committee in the Senate. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the County does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 

Booking #: 1809219 
KEACHER AUSTIN CHARLES 
DOB: 05/17/1998
Autumn Hills Apartments 
Arresting Officer(s): 423 
609.344.1(b) Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim 13-15 Actor >24m older 
Arrest Location: 708 sw 12th st forest lake 
Arrest Date Time: 5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM 
Release Date Time: 9/12/2018 3:38:22 PM  



*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's public data anyone can get allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.      

Friday, September 21, 2018

Meth, Child Rape and Prostitution Uncovered Next Door to Oakland Middle School. Charges Filed.

Washington County is plagued with case after case of child rape and grossly unjust sentences because of weak prosecutors and weak MN law (not the judge's fault). See:  http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/. We have documented dozens of cases in just two years of child rapists who live in Washington County and have victims within the County. Yet no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. The only author of tougher sex offender bills currently is Representative Matt Grossell who isn't even from Washington County. The only legislators from Washington County who co-sign some of his sex offender bills are Representative Lohmer and Representative Runbeck. So
John McCallum
please contact your legislators, it's the only hope to grow support to pass the bills and slow these crimes. 

Within a stone's throw from Oakland Middle School in Lake Elmo an apparent methamphetamine user and accused pimp of at least one 15 year old child has been uncovered (it appears). You can stand on the school property and see the accused house. The home owner, 37 year old, John Robert McCallum was identified in a criminal complaint last week stemming from a fifteen year old victim who called 911 and reported being raped by McCallum and others. 

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The police officer who arrived on the scene found the victim in a bathroom having cut herself in a suicide attempt. After paramedics arrived and bandaged the wound she told authorities she was "raped multiple times" in the home. The victim said she told John McCallum she was only 15 and he responded that "age is nothing but a number."

McCallum evaded arrest for a couple days before being apprehended in a traffic stop attempting to leave the state. The criminal complaint states he would provide drugs to the victim and in exchange he and others would have sex with the victim. On the day of the 911 call the victim stated she had sex with McCallum and later in the day another man paid him to have sex with the victim. When she said she was not comfortable having sex with more than one person McCallum reportidly responded "this is how you get into prostitution."  The police found evidence in the home consistent with the victim's report including meth, a used condom, and cell phones according to the criminal complaint.

The Washington County Prosecutor is charging McCallum with 3rd degree rape, prostitution of a 13 to 15 year old, and sex trafficking of a minor. Despite the heavy charges the County is in the practice of giving huge plea deals to child predators to avoid trial. The rapists almost always do less than five years in jail and in extremely rare cases, the state's maximum of 10 years of probation and placement on the sex offender registry. To see dozens of examples in the last two years of insane plea deals from Washington County prosecutors see: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

In Minnesota, law makers and prosecutors believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released. More information here:

If you hope to see any law change, continue to contact law makers, especially Senator Warren Limmer who has refused to pass the sex offender bills in his key special committee in the Senate. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged or convicted, doesn't mean justice will be served after sentencing if convicted. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. With the raised bar there won't be a thing as an outrageous plea deal to lesser rape charges or a weak sentence.

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the County does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 


MCCALLUM JOHN ROBERT 
DOB: 10/30/1980
48 Hour Hold: 1: 48 exp 9-20-18 at 0614 
Charges:
1.) Engages in Sex Trafficking of Individual-Under 18 years old 609.322.1(a)(4), with reference to: 609.322.1(a)
2.) Prostitution-Engage 13 to 15 Yr Old  609.324.1(b)(1), with reference to: 609.324.1(b)
3.) Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim 13-15 Actor greater than 24m older 609.344.1(b), with reference to: 609.344.3

*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's public data anyone can get allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.      


Friday, September 14, 2018

Convicted Child Rapist in Oakdale, Wanted for Rape Again, This Time A Baby Sitter, Weak Charges

update: no active warrants as of 9-24-18

Gabriel Miguel Mitchell, DOB 11/24/1978, was convicted of
violently raping a "13-15" year old child back in 2001 out of Ramsey County MN. He was charged with weak third degree child rape charges and
Gabriel Mitchell
convicted. Minnesota sentencing guidelines gave him a weak 18 months in jail. He only had 7 years of weak probation. (this is MN law, not the judge's fault) 


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To only the Surprise of do nothing law makers and weak prosecutors he's been accused of rape again. The elected Washington County attorney Pete Orput has charged Gabriel Mitchell with raping another person who just months prior was considered a child, but was an 18 year old baby sitter in his home (watching kids that were not directly related to him). Again he's been charged with weak 3rd degree rape charges despite apparently holding down the victim and raping her while she screamed. Hospital examination after the accused rape confirmed extensive injury to her private areas from the rape according to the criminal complaint. Why these rapists are almost never charged with first or second degree rape is not answered by the County Attorney's office. Not that it matters, 1st degree rape carries little extra punishment In Minnesota with the weak sentencing guidelines. Even still, when offenders are charged they often get shocking plea deals to lesser charges.    

It's no surprise that child predators who rape children will eventually rape another child. It's a fact the soul-less men who rape children are mentally disturbed and there's no cure (it seems). At best, there's management of these dangerous criminals through a max of only ten years of probation. In Minnesota, law makers believe child rapists can be "rehabilitated," do not need to be monitored, and can become good members of society. The evidence is the fact no bill has passed to make sex offender law more tough in the last two years. Also, Only several hundred of the over 20,000 convicted rapists in Minnesota are confined in prison. Most only do a couple years and then are released like this convicted child rapist. More information here:
Watchdog Review of Each of the Fifty States Sex Offender Laws Finds Minnesota Ranked the Most Unsafe  

Reoffending is so rampant it's fair to say it's bound to happen again. Whether they are caught is another. Here are just some stories from only Washington County in the last two years. Read them and then contact law makers to fix this problem please:
Man Who Repeatedly Raped a Child in Oakdale, Raped another Child While on Probation and Will be Out in 2 Years 

Fugitive Child Predator Who Police Report Says Was Caught With Pants Down and About to Rape Child, Found Living at Woodbury Hotel 




Last year and this year not one sex offender bill passed. Half the bills to make stronger sex offender laws were held back in the house. Senator Warren Limmer called them "non starters" and refused to discuss them in conference committee. The rest were killed in the Senate by the lead of Senator Limmer and Julie Rosen in conference committee. All of them refused to comment.

If you hope to see any law change continue to contact law makers, especially Warren Limmer. 

It's clear that just because a child rapist is convicted, doesn't mean justice has been served. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than weak charges and convictions will be stronger. 

Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the County does. All but MN, DC, and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to over 20,000 in MN. 

For the growing list of the last know location of convicted sex offenders in Washington County: 

DATE: 9/4/2018 
DEFENDANT: Gabriel Miguel Mitchell 
DOB: 11/24/1978 
CITY/RESIDENCE:
AGENCY: Oakdale Police Department 
CHARGE: I: Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Force or Coercion
Criminal history:
2001 was convicted of raping a child (Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim 13-15). He only did 18 months in Jail. After just 7 years after conviction he was discharged from having monitoring and probation and two days later the Court order for no contact was canceled.  

*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's public data anyone can get allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.    


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Child Protection League and Readers Help WCW Release Public Data on Child Predators

For nearly four years the volunteers at Washington County Watchdog have been posting the public data on charged and convicted sex offenders in Washington County. All but a few (literally) are child predators. Most of whom do little to no prison time. Unfortunately the County charges $5 per booking photo. Thankfully, we have generous readers who have chipped in and contributed over the years. We just completed our third successful fund raising campaign and would like to share the news with you as well as thank the many donors. A large donation of $100 by the Mankato based Child Protection League (CPL) helped us quickly meet our goal. In appreciation, we have their website tagged on our side
bar.

100% of the money goes to to pay the Washington County fee for the $5 per booking photo. Donations are tracked on Gofundme.com so the public and donors know the sum of money being handled is the full sum being handed over. We subsequently release the proof of the 100% transfer of funds in articles like this as proof. We pride ourselves on being fiscally responsible by first trying to get photos of the child rapists faces from free sources, such as the 46 other states (not MN) that publicly list booking photos and crimes of their rapists. Out of state child predators flock to MN because they can live in the shadows here. 



In 2015 you gave $120 and it lasted an entire year. We made the 2016 total donation of $140 last two years. Again, thanks to the generous donations from readers and CPL we made our goal of $175. (see pictures below)  

Until Minnesota fixes it's horrifyingly weak sex offender laws, starting by publicly listing the 20,000+ released sex offenders in MN, we need to continue to raise awareness this way in hopes legislators will change our weak laws. 
Watchdog Review of Each of the Fifty States Sex Offender Laws Finds Minnesota Ranked the Most Unsafe 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding that this is extremely rare we ask for help.

Washington County Watchdog is not a PAC, political organization, or a business. We're all volunteer and don't make a penny with the site or activities. We don't endorse any candidates or political parties.

See wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/  for more of our work to keep you informed on dangerous child predators living in our community. Please contact our local legislators to get them to author and co-sponsor sex offender bills. Over the last few years only Representative Matt Grossell has authored bills to make sex offender laws truly better.


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Friday, August 31, 2018

Forest Lake: It's a bunch of garbage.

(lawsuit data is listed below all of the background videos)

In 2014 a Request For Proposal (RFP) was opened for bidding on the monopoly contract for residential garbage service in Forest Lake.  Two bids were made by companies both headquartered in adjacent counties, SRC in Chisago County and Walters in Anoka County.  After receiving bids rather than accept the lower bid the city choose to enter into negotiations only with SRC to see if they would reduce pricing, among other contractual language, to be in line with Walters lower bid.  While both contracts varied in some relatively minor details the major difference after this exclusive negotiation left Walters at 15% less expensive than SRC.  A split council at the time negotiated some details with SRC and ultimately signed an exclusive 5 year contract that ends in August of 2019.  The contract included that SRC provide annual reports to city hall and they could be granted an increase based on CPI.  Margaret Strand, owner of SRC, agreed and signed the contract.

SRC has since been the only provider to residents of the area and online searches reveal quite a few complaints about the business.  Many of those complaints, as well as those we've heard, circle around what many believe to be unethical billing practices.  While it's impossible to obtain just how many people have complained to SRC over time, we have discovered that court records show at least 910 court cases, including 61 businesses, were filed by SRC / Forest Lake Sanitation / Town & Country Disposal towards residents and businesses in the Forest Lake region.  Many of these cases were for amounts less than $75.  We are unaware of any other business in the region that uses the court system to file lawsuits in the volume that SRC has weighed on the public and local business.

Here's some history on the current contract:
May 19, 2014: City Council Meeting - SRC Contract Agreement
 (1 of 2 council discussion on 5.19.2014, 65 minutes) 

 (2 of 2 council discussion on 5.19.2014, 12 minutes)

A Walters representative spoke in open forum about the benefit in residential rates, annual washing of carts and transitioning fleet to natural gas fuel which was described to reduce decibel noise by 80% along with being more environmentally friendly.  City benefits included city garbage services without charge along with rebating the city 50% of all recyclable profits.  He promised to partner with the city in an open, cooperative and transparent manner.

Marge Strand of SRC said they've been a service provider since 1985.  She noted in this meeting they have no history of complaints from residents.

Aaron Parrish, (now former) Forest Lake City Administrator presents (29 minutes) - Walters would also offer a less frequent service, every other week for low volume customers.  14% less expensive for small, 15% savings for residents for medium and 14% savings for large container services.  He equated it to be equivalent to a 4% tax increase on the average home.

He went on to present that SRC was unwilling to match a performance payment bond to address liability.  Cart washing was not included in SRC contract but was in Walters.  Walters would offer free service to city buildings, public works, parks be provided at no cost of trash and recycling service.  8-9,000 savings directly to city.  He said that SRC would not negotiate with the city.  SRC would not provide revenue sharing for recycling but Walters would.  It was unknown how much this would generate.  SRC would accept 100% of the risks and 100% of the rewards on recycling.

Council members had various comments and concerns over a rather long discussion that included tabling the item to later in the meeting so that the administrator could step out and present later.  Some key comments during the meeting included:

"Any information not provided that's required; then they would be in violation of contract." - Ben Winnick, then council member and current mayor.
It appears that SRC has not fulfilled the requirement with an annual report of what they are contractually obligated to provide to the city.  
Susan Young, then council member and current mayoral candidate questioned if SRC had provided quarterly and yearly reporting and where that information is located.  It was apparent in the discussion that these reports were not provided to the city.  Subsequently Mayor Chris Johnson along with (then) council members Ben Winnick and Mike Freer voted no on accepting the Walters proposal.
Later in the meeting (1:40:00) a motion to reconsider contracts restarted discussion and following additional conversation a motion (1:52:00) passed on a 3-2 vote.  It was to approve the SRC Refuse and Recycling Agreement provided the bond amount is increased to 500,000 the first year and then drops 375,000 the second year assuming no claims or liquidated damages and the contract is revised to include curbside collection. In addition, a signed contract needs to be delivered to city hall by 12:00 p.m. on (the following) Wednesday or the contract would be awarded to Walters.

August 13, 2018: City Council Meeting - SRC Request
 
(full council discussion on 8.13.2018, 44 minutes)


Marge Strand requested, some might suggest demanded, that the city council allow SRC to increase the fees charged to residents on her monopoly services provided to residents.

Her basis of the rate adjustment as a result of due to contractual arrangements with their tipping fees, self-described 'crisis' with the recycling market, and wants the CPI infiltrator that is in the current contract.  She claimed that neighboring communities had much greater costs of service.  (below is information this is false)
City of Forest Lake, 8.27.2018 City Council Meeting Agenda Packet
Marge Strand when questioned responded to the council, "It makes me angry you wouldn't support a Forest Lake business."  Her business is located in neighboring Chisago County and with her history filing lawsuits on at least 61 local businesses her business support is questionable.
City of Forest Lake, 8.27.2018 City Council Meeting Agenda Packet

Organized collection has Forest Lake in the middle of the pack when compared to other nearby cities and with the rate increase it would be pennies from the most expensive and nearly twice the cost to residents than White Bear Lake.

"You have no complaints, except from the people that don't pay their bill." - Marge  She then added that she'd like an extension (on the contract) too.
"I know you don't know my business but we are fair, we are dependable, we are courteous, we serve this community in many volunteer ways." - Marge
Marge ignores the fact she's been allowed to charge 15% more than the market rate and rather complained that "a measly $3/month savings in the (existing) contract" referencing the cost reduction following the 2014 RFP process and subsequent negotiations.

Mayor Ben Winnick, similar in fashion to his words in 2014, repeated several times during the meeting that he had "never received a complaint about SRC."

Marge then went on to use the overused phrase, "We're talking about a cup of coffee a month."  She then furiously responded to a question from council member and mayoral candidate, Ed Eigner.
SRC's business office manager said that another hauler has recently filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana over recycling.  There was no apparent reason other than leading us to believe they'd do the same.  The SRC owner then came back saying they tell new customers recycling is options and she doesn't care if they just tossed all the recyclables into the garbage.

Council discussion ended without a motion as the topic was a discussion item only on the agenda due to SRC not providing information in time for meeting notification.

August 27, 2018 City Council Meeting - SRC Request Follow-up
(full council discussion on 8.27.2018, 58 minutes)

The interim city administrator gave a presentation and gave council background and answered council questions.  It was followed with SRC Marge again requesting an increase in rates.  This portion of the meeting was rather uneventful until council interaction / questions to SRC started.


Council then began debate and each member in attendance gave insight with their opinion.  Mayor Ben Winnick was absent.

Council member and mayoral candidate, Mara Bain, questioned information in the council packet as it didn't appear to reconcile as it was being presented.  She further suggested that the council go out for a RFP and make a determination of what the market will support.

Council member and mayoral candidate, Sam Husnik, said that he could see a need to give them an increase.

Council member Blaine Backus suggests that giving a 28% increase is unacceptable without shopping around.

Council member and mayoral candidate, Ed Eigner, notes that her business plan isn't sufficient and that's not the fault of the city.

Marge says "We haven't had any complaints."  Mara Bain responded that she has been inundated with complaints.  Marge then had her staff member come up to discuss their archaic payment system.  She then went on a rant.
Mara then questioned why city staff is completing the analysis and Marge blows up at the council.  Mara then questioned when the last annual report was submitted.  Marge appeared to not be aware of what the annual report even is.  City staff responds they have not received it.

Marge blows up at Blaine Backus for asking for an annual report!
Marge accused city staff of wrongdoing, then argues with council members and staff.

SRC / Forest Lake Sanitation / Town & Country Disposal Lawsuit Information

Here is a list of lawsuits that SRC has filed under SRC, Forest Lake Sanitation or Town & Country Disposal.  Those highlighted in orange are businesses.  There is a total of 910 lawsuits on the list, 471 were filed in Washington County and 61 are businesses.  We have reason to believe that this list is not comprehensive of all cases filed and have listed only those we were able to search for online.



One might wonder where these lawsuits are coming from and we've heard from numerous people that it may be a result of excessive fees, particularly those around late charges.  It turns out that if you make a payment to SRC for your bill an email will be sent confirming payment has been received and processed, however they don't post the payment until 10 days later - a time that is after they've then added on a late fee to the bill.
It seems that SRC is taking advantage of a vast number of people and according to many online complaints it's apparently a more prevalent issue with their companies.

Google Reviews has Forest Lake Sanitation at 2.2 stars on a scale that goes between 1 and 5.  The owner said she's never received a complaint, so it's interesting to see that she responds to some of those reviews online.
Running a billing system as archaic as it appears they are is one thing, to charge customers that have no other choice in service a late fee as a result, then have poor customer service when questioned about it and apparently file lawsuits for those that choose to not agree to pay - it's wrong.

Final Thoughts
Marge said in the meeting that the $5/month ($60/year) increase amounts to a cup of coffee but our calculations find it's approximately a $300,000 increase for the next year to customers.  Over the course of a 5 year contract, this amounts to $1,500,000.  Forest Lake is currently undergoing budget discussions and looking at the current plans this is the equivalent to:
  • Nearly the entire 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 capital budget for the fire department including 3 fire engine replacements, a tender, command vehicle and UTV.
  • The entire 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 capital budget for the police department with approximately a half million dollars left to spare.
  • Covers the City Center Complex (city hall, police, fire, administration...) building bonds for a year with cash to spare.
  • Covers the YMCA bonds for almost 3 years.
It's a lot of money and it's a lot more than just a cup of coffee.  In the instance of a monopoly service contract, it's akin to a tax - one that in this case the public isn't getting a benefit from.

SRC isn't the best fiscal option, isn't forthcoming in the bidding/negotiations, is hostile with council members, has sketchy billing practices, when customers complain they respond poorly and they often file lawsuits against customers - both residents and businesses and now they want to back out of an agreement and add $300,000 / year more in revenue above and beyond the special 15% premium they got over market rate pricing.  Simply put, it's a bunch of garbage.


Forest Lake's next scheduled city council meeting is on September 10th at 7pm.  The agenda for that meeting has not yet been determined and we may not know if SRC will be on it until days before.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Keith Franke, Breaks His Constitutional Oath with Yes Vote on 28 out of 31 Multi Subject Bills

MSBs or Multi Subject Bills are a direct violation of Minnesota State Constitution Article 4, Sections 8 and 17. The Constitution clearly states that one bill should not have more than one subject.

MSBs are the primary source for every increasing state debt. Stand alone bills that would not pass on their own, are swept into massive MSB bills, many in the final days of a legislative session when few if any of these bills are read…let alone reviewed with any scrutiny. Last Session one of these bills was $1.5 billion dollars, only 7 republicans voted against this bill (none from Washington County).

The following is a list of MSBs bills from the 2017 legislative session. Keith Franke violated his oath no fewer than 28 times on 31 bills.

1. SF1 Yes
2. SF1549 Yes
3. SF 605 Yes
4. SF 780 Yes
5. HF 888 Yes
6. HF 890 Yes
7. SF 800 Yes
8. SF1124 Yes
9. SF482 Yes
10. HF861 Yes
11. SF803 Yes
12. SF1937 Yes
13. SF2214 Yes
14. HF4  Yes
15. SF1457 No
16. HF140 No
17. HF179 Yes
18. HF1545 Yes
19. SF943 Yes
20. HF707 Yes
21. SF514 Yes
22. SF844 Yes
23. SF1456 Yes
24. HF470 Yes
25. SF550 Yes
26. HF1443 Yes
27. SSHF1 No
28. SSHF3 Yes
29. SSSF1 Yes
30. SSHF2 Yes
31. SSHF5 Yes

Keith Franke has proven his inability to honor his oath.

Keith Franke is not deserving of your vote for re-election.

If you care to check to see how your state representatives voted on the 2017 MSBs visit this link:
SS prefix on bills indicates Special Session bills.

Now is the time to get serious about electing representatives that will honor their oaths and adhere to the founding principle of a Constitutional limited government.

-Leon Moe



“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty”. ~ Thomas Jefferson