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WOODBURY MAYOR ASKED TO RESIGN AFTER HATE MAILINGS

 WOODBURY MAYOR ASKED TO RESIGN AFTER HATE MAILINGS
 WOODBURY, Minn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The publisher of the


Woodbury News today announced he has launched an effort to force that city's mayor to resign from office.
 The newspaper's publisher, Eldon "Andy" Anderson, said Sunday that Woodbury Mayor Ken Mahle has frequently distributed hurtful and hateful literature about people in the community who in the past have disagreed with him. Anderson said he thinks Mahle is behind a recent smear campaign to ruin Anderson's newspaper and existence in Woodbury.
 "Because the newspaper in the past has questioned some of Mahle's actions as mayor, he has set out to ruin me and this newspaper in the community, and I will not sit still and let him do that," said Anderson.
 According to Anderson, Mahle has been harassing two of his neighbors who reside on either side of his Bailey Road home: George Lilli, who owns and operates Lilli Nursery next to Mahle's home; and Colleen Griffis, who owns and operates Lone Lake Kennels, on the other side of Mahle's home. Both have special use permits, which Anderson said the mayor wants revoked, and the businesses closed down.
 In the past, Anderson said he and his newspaper have supported the continued operation of both businesses in the community. Editorially, they have stated that Mahle should keep his nose out of those businesses as they are in compliance with the conditions connected with the special use permits.
 Anderson said the mayor has distributed literature regarding those two businesses to residents, aimed at getting their permits revoked. "It's a very uncomfortable position for those two businesses that operate next to the mayor's home," Anderson said.
 Anderson also stated he suspects Mahle to be responsible for mailing hate mail about him to hundreds of area businesses and residents during the past six weeks.
 Anderson said he had filed a complaint with the Woodbury Police Department and told them he feels Mahle is the culprit. The police investigation is still underway and no arrests have been made yet.
 Anderson said even if a criminal complaint is not issued against Mahle, that he will likely pursue the case in civil court. "So many people out here are scared of this guy, they fear him, and they are afraid to take him on," Anderson said. "The time has come for me to do what many are afraid to do -- and that's to hold him responsible for the hurt he has caused so many of us."
 Anderson said he has written letters to Woodbury City Administrator Barry P. Johnson, Mayor (pro-tem) Mike Pouliot, and councilmembers Carl Scheider, Bill Hargis and Lee Slagter, asking them to meet in executive session and vote to remove Mahle.
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 /CONTACT: Eldon "Andy" Anderson of Woodbury News, 612-738-8051/ CO: Woodbury News ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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