Eh? Watchdog barks at stimulus funding for Hells Angels patrol
Watchdog barks at stimulus funding for Hells Angels patrol
You knew the federal stimulus plan was going to be unpopular with a group like the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.
The foundation describes itself as a research organization that advocates “economic freedom and limited government,” among other principles.
But they held out special scorn for some money that was spent this summer in Carlton County. Maybe you remember it? A little visit by a social group called the Hells Angels?
We told you in July that area agencies planned to spend $200,000 or more to keep tabs on the bikers, and that they expected to be reimbursed for a lot of it from state and federal grants, including stimulus programs.
Now the Freedom Foundation has got hold of the final numbers. They listed Cloquet’s justice assistance grant of $16,486 as one of their top Minnesota stimulus spending “highlights.”
They weren’t amused.
“When Hells Angels targeted Cloquet last summer,” the foundation wrote in a news release Thursday, “it evidently became a national security issue.”
Five tons of food
Builders Commonwealth and Downtown Computer are happy to say they met the goal they set for their Extreme Giving food drive.
The two-week drive raised more than 10,000 pounds of food and hygiene items. That meant five tons of welcome restocking for local food shelves just before Christmas.
Thad Whitesel of Builders Commonwealth said they plan to hold quarterly food drives to help keep the food shelves stocked.
How to get ahead
We kind of wish someone had told us about this a couple of decades ago.
Community Action Duluth says it has a program that can show you how to build your resources, achieve economic stability and “get ahead.”
In fact they call it “Getting Ahead Duluth.”
Does it work? We don’t know, but it can’t hurt to try. It runs Monday and Thursday evenings from Jan. 11 to March 4, and they offer food or gas cards, child care and a hot meal to help make it easier for busy parents to participate.
Registration is required. Contact Rebecca at (218) 726-1665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.