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I knew in high school the town was doomed.  My mom worked in the court house when I was about 17 and I heard Marv Wangen tell someone in my mom's office that if they wanted 20 dollar and hour jobs they should get two $10/hr jobs.  There won't be no big companies coming here while I'm mayor. (paraphrased)

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Meh. That's almost as bad as Paul Sparks turning away tech firms because, to paraphrase, no-one in Albert Lea was smart enough to work high-tech jobs. Extend foot, shoot.

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I knew in high school the town was doomed.

I thought the future looked bright for the area when I was in high school. Of course, that was when the Reagan Presidency was in its first year or so, before the systematic destruction of the middle class had really begun.

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There has been talk for 20+ years of the "need" for a new fire hall.  For the longest time the desire was to have 2 fire halls, as there was a "need" to have one on the south side of the tracks.  At least that has some legit reasons to it.  Now, we want/need a larger truck that wont fit so we should just build a new fire hall, is not good justification.  

Some questions on that:
- what is the real need/reason for the larger truck
- what other truck options are there
- what is cost of new vs. retro of existing site
- if they build new, what will happen with the existing space?
- should they have looked at this when they dreamed up the new city garage complex and added it there

The concern back 20 years ago with the tech firms was more along the line of not having the skill set available in the community.  There was lots of people talking after Farmland burned down that what we needed was a tech firm to come in and hire all the former Farmland workers.  Really? Because those are the same skill set.  

Many things looked at A.L. 10 to 20 years ago.  Sparks met with and tried on a number.  Most times I believe we were only used as leverage for them to get a better deal where they really wanted to go.  

In my opinion, one of the largest problems with A.L. is the mentality of most of the residents.  "We should get this, we should get that.  We have two interstates", etc.  However, they are also the biggest NIMBYs I have ever seen.  If something really was interests in coming, the talk from many would become "we don't need that", "we don't want that to go in that location", etc.  Shoot, there were people that would complain when their street would get fixed because "why don't you go fix street X, it is worse than our street".  

I would say 75% of the residents need to look in the mirror and get real with themselves.  And 100% of the elected "leaders" and all city management needs to do the same.
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Sad truth is the town is getting to a point where any manufacturer has to seriously consider the workforce.  The youth are leaving, and there's not a huge need for retirees to work in manufacturing plant.  The city really needs reinvent itself, sadly I'm not sure what the vision could/should be.  Being a place to send your folks to a retirement home isn't a great calling card.

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Perhaps a healthy dose of Somali immigrants might help. It's done wonders for NE Mpls. :thumbsup:

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PostIcon Posted on: Jun. 29 2017,1:54 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Do we need a bigger ladder truck because of all the tall buildings we recently built?

Who would retire in a town with no hospital?


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Who would retire in a town with no hospital?

Well... There's that...
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Morin Park is no longer being considered, but the Morons are still on a spending spree, with the exception of Rich Murray who said: councilors needed to think about funding concerns in lieu of recent hospital developments.

“The hospital’s gotta be job one,”


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Build it and they will come V4.0

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