Anoka County: 'An island unto itself'

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2012 - 9:52 AM

The county says the split is about money; some say it points to a rift between a board chair and a lobbyist.

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walterwhiteDec. 23, 12 7:50 PM

Well done Rhonda Sivarajah! Whenever there is a budget problem we hear that we have to get get rid of cops and teachers but never about waste of money like this. Tingelstad, Kordiak and many like them are simply afraid that the gravy train is over! we aren't going to pay them a lot of money for nothing anymore! Look at the trains, they were always a bad idea but these fools got a lot of mileage out of them, and more importantly, a lot of money!

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shadesofgrayDec. 23, 12 8:00 PM

Anoka County is going to continue to move backwards into the dark ages. One has to collaborate and partner these days and be represented. We have no voice now if these actions take place. Penny wise--pound foolish.

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bumswrapDec. 23, 12 8:01 PM

Its no secret that the Anoka County Board is controlled by right wing ideologues. Their control is now cemented with the two new right wing board members taking office next month. These people look to Washington D.C. and the polarization and want to emulate rather than spurn it. With them its politics first, constituents second. Steve Novak is identified with the progressives and so he was fired. He moves on to MICA and so Anoka must now take its woobie and go home, pouting all the way. Ask yourselves, do we really want our local governments being run like the federal government is run, where commons sense solutions are rejected because of their source? Where compromise and civility are dirty words? That's exactly what Matt Look did in Ramsey. Now he and his cohorts are doing the same thing in the county. Oh well, everyone gets what they want and what they deserve.

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rshacklefordDec. 23, 12 8:45 PM

(article quote)"But others say a rift between County Board Chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah and former county senior manager Steve Novak forced the county's pending January decision to leave the Inter-County Association (MICA), which recently hired Novak as a lobbyist." ---- Did all of you know that the recently defeated Commissioner Dan Erhart and previous "Division Manager" Steve Novak (hired by Dan at six figures) are uber-buddies? As in Majestic Oaks Golf Club frequent taxpayer-paid-for lunchers? That Erhart and Novak led a doomed-from-the-start Anoka County stadium push which wasted a ton of money? That Erhart and Novak gave the county the Northstar train that drains tax dollars? Ignore Erhart and Novak because they are once and for all history. Also, why is Commissioner Jim Kordiak even daring to use the word "isolationism?" Does he not realize that he and previously his dad, have been living off of the county's dime for DECADES? Those Anoka County "southern peninsula" constituents are the isolated ones and have been for so long of a time.

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paulskiDec. 23, 12 8:46 PM

They want to go their own way, until they need something from others, like the state. Then things are different. They ask for their share and more.

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wingophersDec. 23, 12 8:48 PM

The Anoka Boar Chairwoman lives in a fairytale land. If she hasn't noticed the legislature is now controlled by the Democrats and the Governor is a Democrat. Steve Novak is a former Democrat State Senator and understands the pressures the legislature endures. Meanwhile Chair Rhonda Sivarajah's decision will harm the Anoka County citizens and taxpayers.

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quinnerooDec. 23, 12 9:01 PM

It's gotta be the water supply up there!

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mplsjimDec. 23, 12 9:07 PM

Yet another tea party Republican doing their best to install their extremist ideology.

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jmcardocDec. 23, 1210:25 PM

This Board answers only to the taxpayers of Anoka County who have spoken a clear message in placing these leaders in office, doing away with the 'excesses' of previous regimes. Just because everybody else is 'doing it' doesn't make it right for Anoka County. Every expense SHOULD be scrutinized! This is called responsible stewardship. I wish EVERY branch of city, county, state and federal government operated this way. No sacred cows, every expense should be justified and stand on its own! Does this not make total sense or are there 'other agendas' to be sensitive to? Great work Rhonda, Robyn, Andy and the rest!

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boris123Dec. 23, 1210:36 PM

Refreshing to see some elected officials are rejecting bigger government and trying to reduce rather than increase government dependency. This is the new progressive way forward - smaller and more efficient government and more individual accountability and responsibility. This is a very good thing.

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