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Column: Praise for involvement in MNGL debate

Gary Fridell said he's pleased Red Wing finally disclosed the appraisal for Mississippi National Golf Links. He emphasizes finally.

He approached City Hall last September for all public data -- including the appraisal -- regarding the city-owned course and its proposed sale. The city replied something to the effect of "give us $600 and we'll get you the information we can," the former Goodhue County attorney said, adding "That's no way to run government."

He didn't pay. Instead, he researched state statutes and more, incorporating what he learned into a commentary, which the R-E published in the March 26-27 edition. The commentary is reprinted below.

The REaders' Board awarded Fridell the Golden Quill because, in addition to his strong opinions, he shared facts people may not have known. Board members noted that no matter which side of the sell/don't sell debate you're on, open government and citizen input should be everyone's priority. Fridell made it his.

Board members also asked the papers to recognize some of the others contributing to the public discussion.

They include:

• "Mississippi National is an asset," by Paul and Kay Grinnell, Red Wing, published March 26-27;

• "Selling golf course now isn't financially prudent" by Jim Eng, Red Wing,

published March 26-27;

• "Remember cross-country skiing in debate," by John and Lynda Kern, Red Wing, published March 30;

• "Keep MNGL," by Bob Allyn, Red Wing, published March 30;

• "We labor again, this time to save MNGL," by Mike Richards, Red Wing, published April 2-3;

• "Mississippi National 'sale' is giveaway," by Frank Wendt, Red Wing, published April 6;

• "Richards' letter is right on," by Robert Tjossem, Red Wing, published April 6.

Henn also honored

The READers' Board also awarded an honorable mention for March, recognizing Lora Henn of Bay City for her letter regarding the former Quandt's Food Shoppe and Bakery. That Plum Street establishment was the predecessor to Pirius, Braschler's and Hanisch bakeries.

Members noted that she added the kind of provenance you can't get anywhere else.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson is news director with RiverTown Multimedia. 

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