A few months ago my husband said to me, "You should be blogging." Realizing that this was his way of saying that he had, at least for the moment, had enough of my politics, I retorted, "Not I! I'm a talker, not a writer!" Since then, our world changed. On April 18, 2007 we read in the local newspaper, the Mille Lacs Messenger, that 38 acres in Bradbury Township - our township - was being purchased, annexed, and rezoned by the City of Onamia, to be sold to the Nexus Corporation. This lovely acreage, which is right down our street, was chosen to be the building site for a multi-million dollar complex to house Mille Lacs Academy, a juvenile sex offender facility. A juvenile sex offender facility? "NIMBY! NIMBY!" I cried.
We live in a rural area just west of Onamia. Our small group of outraged neighbors quickly banded together, determined to fight City Hall. We organized and formed the Onamia Area Citizens for Responsible Growth. We hired a lawyer. And for the past two months, that is exactly what we have been attempting to do - fight to save our neighborhood. It hasn't been easy. We're learning a lot. And there have certainly been a lot of surprises along the way. My life has changed drastically. I'm not social. I'm not civic-minded. Let's face it, I enjoy being a hermit, minding my own business. I miss my quiet life. I spend most of my time these days researching, preparing for city council meetings, planning strategies, attending neighborhood meetings, school board meetings, talking on the phone, starting an online newspaper, and now, although it still hasn't sunk in, I'm finally blogging.
There's a lot to tell you about. The purpose of this blog is to inform area residents of what we know that they aren't hearing, to give them our side of the story, and to engage people in an open forum. Please post your comments. Ask questions. Give suggestions. We'll see where this goes. To learn more about what's happening in our neck of the woods, visit our new online newspaper, The Mille Lacs News. http://www.millelacsnews.com
My name is Hannabelle. Welcome to my blog.