Resident’s Letter to St. Cloud MN City Council Regarding Refugee Crisis

Citizen letter to be sent to Mayor Dave Kleis and the City Council members

St. Cloud MN Mayor Dave Kleis

St. Cloud MN Mayor Dave Kleis

in advance of the next council meeting on August 7th @ 6:00 sharp in the City Chambers City Hall.  

Open Forum available to anybody who wants to contribute.  5 speakers are allowed for 2 minutes each.  This letter is too long for that but too important not to share with other concerned citizens about the transparency issue we are having in St. Cloud.  
Many of us are calling on the Council to  address the issue of the sustainability of our town and way of life taking into account the massive resettlement some legal and some possibly not during the last 5 to 6 years.  Twice individual council members have attempted to put this subject on the agenda and been voted down.  We are asking for a unanimous vote to address this issue.  Your constituents expect you to do so and will hold you accountable during the next election if you refuse again.
My name is Denise.  I was born and raised in England and have lived in St. Cloud  since September 1969.   I have worked for three different employers since arriving in St. Cloud: Fingerhut, Holes-Webway and  the City of St.  Cloud.  After passing all the required exams, interviews and medicals required by the COSC I was assigned to a position with the St. Cloud Police Department by  the Civil Service Board in February 1971 and retired from SCPD  in October 2013.  I have also lived and worked in England, Switzerland, France and Germany, so have had experience of living and working in different communities.
In recent years I have seen the quality of life in St. Cloud deteriorate.  The liberals have taken a stranglehold and  thrown our moral compass out of whack which I find very concerning.   St. Cloud has always been a tolerant city but now it seems it is rapidly declining into apathy.   Being retired I have plenty of time to research the resettlement issue and have attended numerous meetings and read many documents regarding this topic  and conclude that  we need to take care of our own first.   It is woefully apparent that our city is being inundated with a large percentage of  those who do not hold the core values of  the community, or indeed the principles on which our nation was founded.  It is time we returned to our Christian values and do not accept the cult of Islam values,  they are not compatible with the U.S. Constitution or the rockbed beliefs which made our nation strong and respected worldwide.
CAIR leader Mustafa Carroll made a shocking statement during a rally in Austin, Texas, “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.”  REALLY?!!!  And others from this same organization have been invited to talk here in St. Cloud.  I attended one lecture and left in disgust because all the CAIR Muslim speaker gave was a “woe is me we are misunderstood diatribe” nothing at all constructive.  This is our nation refugees  need to assimilate to our ways instead of infiltrate and try to destroy America and make it theirs.  Please city leaders wake up and beware of the end game at hand; it is time we stopped the Trojan horse invaders from crossing our borders before they destroy the nation as we know and love. Enough is enough.
Truly St. Cloud is being inundated with a large percentage of  those who do not hold the core values of  the community, or uphold the principles on which our nation was founded.  It is time we returned to our core values and do not accept the cult of Islam values,  they are not compatible yet many holding public office defend them and mock us  who abide by our Constitution and such .  As we in St. Cloud know first hand Governor Dayton  is one of them see some of his remarks below.  And Mpls Mayor Hodges is another. Many holding public office defend the cult of Islam  and mock us.  These folk are gradually eroding  the tried and proven  rockbed of America.  In fact there is a 1952 law which precludes Muslims  from being here which, as far as I can determine, is still in effect.
Remarks made by Governor Dayton:
…..On October 15, 2015 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton spoke in front of a packed crowd at the St. Cloud Library  responding to questions on diversity and racial discrimination.
Dayton’s visit was hosted by the Central Minnesota NAACP to speak on racial intimidation and hate crimes against Somalis and other minority groups in Central Minnesota.  Some members of the Somali population in the crowd asked Dayton about continued discrimination and harassment in the state.  According to Dayton St. Cloud needs to continue adjusting to embrace diversity. (Comment:  Why? Seems like Somalians are the detrimental issue here with their demands for special concessions etc. they disrupt other students in District 742 with…  e.g. their cuisine demands and time out of class to go do their “bums in the air ritual”)

“This is Minnesota and you have every right to be here and anybody who can’t accept your right to be here should find another state, they really should go somewhere else.” Dayton states. (Comment: Hmm it is the Somalians who do not want to assimilate 100% who need to go…why should they step in and reap  the rewards of what Americans created.  Why not create the society they want in their own countries?)

Other audience members expressed concerns about tax dollars being used for refugees in Minnesota and the possibility of them taking over jobs. Dayton says this state has 97,000 job vacancies and that immigrants and refugees can help fill that void.  Dayton Americans can too. (Comment Yussuf seems to have a problem with Eastern Europeans and people from the Phillipines doing the jobs Somalis presently do for Golden Plump which he voiced at a different meeting.  Did Dayton know about this?)

Former school board candidate Hassan Yussuf also asked Dayton how the state was responding to it’s growing achievement gap issue in it’s schools. Dayton says there needs to be more diversity in their teaching field.  (Comment:This same Yussuf is part of  founder Natalie Ringsmuth’s organization “Unite Cloud” .  This VOLAG and many others receive  tax-payers money to attain their goals  this needs to be addressed and stopped.)

Then again according to Dayton“The Minnesota achievement gap is a disgrace and unacceptable. Part of it is because we have an influx of people from other states and countries who don’t have the same educational background and only 1 percent of our teachers are African American which is unacceptable.” Maybe stop making special concessions in the schools with prayer rooms, time

The panel also included St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, State Representative Jim Knoblach, NAACP board members and Somali business leaders.  (No reps from the community mentioned so were our voices even heard?

Remarks made by Mayor Hodges concerning the election of President Trump and the killing of Justine Damond.


To those who awoke afraid and more vulnerable to a President who has pledged to attack you: I stand with you, your city stands with you, and we will find a way through. To my Muslim, Mexican, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, low-income, of-color, women, Jewish, and other friends: you are not alone, I and all allies stand strong with you, we will create more and better allies, and we will find a path forward. Together.

To my fellow white people: we get to do a lot of work with one another. We have been surprised by our brothers and sisters who are so angry, scared, and confused that Donald Trump seemed like a solution to a problem. We cannot expect people of color to lead us out of this. We can’t expect blame, attack, and criticism to magically make people less angry, scared, or confused. We get to tackle our own confusions about one another and find a way forward. Together.

That is not an invitation to naiveté. People’s lives, livelihoods, safety, and well-being are at stake. We must continue, as always, to take a stand against what is coming, to fight for and with people against the meanness that is upon us. We must continue, as always, to stand for what is best in us as people – helping rather than hindering, inclusion rather than division.

The first order of business, however, is to grieve, to rage, to confess confusion, to shake with fear. Only when we let ourselves feel fully do we free our minds enough to think clearly about what is next. Then we get to remember that we have one another, we know how to organize, and we know how to stand up, dust off, and take the next step. Together.

This is how Minneapolis is strong. We come together. I believe in us.

Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges Yesterday at 2:57pm · Minneapolis · Posted 7/19/17  (Mayor Hodges re Justine Damond incident)

To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.

This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death was tragic and awful for… everyone. And I want to be very clear that Officer Noor, a fully trained officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, won’t be treated differently than any other officer.

Justine’s death is a tragedy for our city. We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. It is unjust and ridiculous to assert that an entire community be held responsible for the actions of one person. That will not be tolerated in Minneapolis. If you are experiencing discrimination, you can file a complaint at.

I also attended “A community conversation: What it is like to be Somali in St. Cloud” chaired by MPR’s Tom Weber. On February 2, 2016, again at the St. Cloud Library in response to allegations made that Somalis are not treated fairly here.  At this  meeting the same Yussuf , mentioned above, complained that people from the Philipines and Eastern Europe were  going to be taking jobs from Somalis at Golden Plump how ironic!  When people ask the same question about Somalis they get called racist.

The St. Cloud City Council and Mayor Kleis need to thoroughly address this issue such as can we afford to have them here financially or physically, and put the welfare of our city before that of the Somalians.   We do not want our community destroyed the way Minneapolis is going … as are many  cities and nations worldwide.   Lets light a beacon to show others that the destruction foisted on us by liberal governments can be reversed.  You as the elected leaders of St. Cloud are perfectly capable of doing this.

Some issues that cannot be ignored are:

1) Who is the power behind Refugee Resettlement in St. Cloud?

2) Exactly how much financially do Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and the COSC contribute to fund the RR program

3) Is is true that due to RR Stearns County is no longer fiscally sound?

4) Why was it felt that another facility was needed when we already have facilities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs available to city youth.   Where does and/or will all the funding come from to run these facilities?

4)  How much federal, local government funding is  contributed to Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, and VOLAGS such as Unite Cloud to run programs for Refugee Resettlement

Let’s take back our city and take care of our own first. We are not a rich community and can ill afford to support the RRP.



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