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New data center coming to Chaska

Finance & Commerce Magazine reports that Dallas-based Stream Data Centers has signed a contract with M.A. Mortenson & Co. to build a new data center in the West Creek Corporate Center.  Plans for the data center were approved at last week’s Planning Commission meeting.

This would be Stream first foray into the northern part of the country.  Currently, its northern-most data center is located in Denver.



Feckless and gutless

As noted in an earlier post today, four Republican Carver County Commissioner candidates have withdrawn from the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum on October 2, citing the League’s “decidedly leftist” views on policy issues and claim that the questions in past LWV forums “presumes an agreement with your world view”.

Well, let’s put that to the test, shall we?  I went back to the video of the 2010 League of Women Voters County Commissioner Forum and took a look at the questions they were asked.  (The Commissioner video starts at about the 45:00 mark).

Here are the six questions that were asked (not including the opening and closing statements):

  1. Considering the decrease in aid from the State, what are your priorities for Carver County?
  2. Carver has been a rural county.  How do we maintain the rural/urban balance?
  3. The Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) is responsible for community and economic development in the County.  Please assess the CDA’s record and suggest ways that it could change its operations.
  4. Do you feel that the decision to underwrite $10.8 million in bonds for the Oak Grove City Center project in Norwood-Young America was the correct one given the current economic conditions and the significant opposition of residents?
  5. Are you in favor of keeping the Public Health, Land, and Water Services Department in Chaska or moving them outside of Chaska and why?
  6. The 2011 County budget includes a 1.5% pay raise for county employees.  How do you justify this given the current economic environment?

These questions don’t seem “decidedly leftist” to me, nor do they assume a leftist world view.  In fact, two of the questions directly challenge spending decisions made by the then-current County Board.  All six questions allowed Republican candidates to talk about their vision of government and to advocate for the spending cuts they desired.

So what we’re seeing here from Messrs. Workman, Long, Beaudette, and Walter isn’t a legitimate gripe about the League putting its thumb on the scale.  It’s an attempt to duck real debate and to only have to talk to those within the conservative bubble.  The whole world, I’m afraid, doesn’t live there.  Sometimes, you have to talk to and even answer questions from people who don’t approvingly swallow everything you tell them.

It’s telling, of course, to note that the folks who the four candidates cite approvingly (the SW Metro Tea Party and Voices of Conservative Women) do endorse candidates and one of them has a PAC that spends on behalf of candidates.  We’re to believe that these organizations are more inclined to give a neutral platform?  Delusional is the word that come to mind.

The tough-talking fellas of the Carver County GOP need to grow up and show that they understand what it means to be an elected official.  If the ladies of LWV can make them cower and run away, they don’t stand much of a chance of actually solving the problems they claim exist in county government.

[UPDATE]:  The date of the forum was listed incorrectly above.  It has been corrected.

A little housekeeping

When it comes to the comments section of this website, I have given commenters wide latitude to make their case and even do a bit of name-calling and trash-talking.  Over the last couple of days, and particularly yesterday, this has gotten out of control and I have had to trash several inappropriate comments from multiple sources.

I appreciate and encourage the free flow of information and I want there to be healthy, passionate debates here.  What will not be tolerated are attempts to intimidate others.  I am also going to show far less tolerance for name-calling and personal attacks.  These guidelines apply to everyone.

Posters who routinely flaunt these basic standards of decency will find that all of their comments will find the way to the trash bin.  It is not my responsibility to provide a forum for such nonsense.

Enjoying the end of summer

Brick City Blog will going on hiatus this week, as I take some time away to spend with the family before my eldest daughter starts kindergarten next week.  We’ll see you back here next week.

If you still need your political fix, I recommend:

Bluestem Prairie


Minnesota Progressive Project

For Carver County news:

Chaska Herald

Chanhassen Villager

Waconia Patriot

Carver County News

Norwood Young America Times


The Chaska Mayor Special Election is tomorrow.  No matter who you support, please take the time to cast your ballot and shape the direction of this city going forward.

About page updated

I see traffic has spiked on the About page recently, so I’ve decided to update it with some more information.  Enjoy!

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