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Continued: Editorial endorsement: Minneapolis Park Board

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 24, 2013 - 8:50 PM

He is described as a “maverick” by those who have worked with him on community issues. That independent thinking would benefit the board, which has long had a reputation for cliquishness. Stone also has served as a hockey and baseball coach for kids 10 and under and is a strong advocate for getting at-risk kids more involved in Park Board programming. In addition, he brings experience in public service after serving on the Minneapolis Capital Long Range Improvement Committee and the Minneapolis Citizen Environmental Advocacy Committee. He also worked to organize neighbors against airport noise last year.

Stone is professional, knowledgeable and persistent. He’s also a hard worker like Liz Wielinski and Anita Tabb, two board members elected in 2009. Stone’s election will add to the positive energy these two commissioners brought to the board.

To learn more about the endorsed at-large Park Board candidates, go to their websites:,, To read a Star Tribune story about all the at-large candidates, go to

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    Over the past several weeks, members of the Star Tribune Editorial Board met with more than 50 candidates who will be on the Nov. 5 ballot in mayoral, City Council, school board, Park Board, and Board of Estimate and Taxation races in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    We’re making endorsements in 19 contested races in the two cities and have weighed in on the charter amendment initiative in Minneapolis. The endorsements represent only the views of the Editorial Board, based on its own candidate interviews and reporting. News reporters and editors are not involved in making endorsement decisions.

    As always, we welcome your opinions, especially if you disagree with our choices. Send your feedback in letters to the editor to

    Whether they generally agree with us or not, over the years readers have told us that they want our views on important issues of the day, including elections. In that spirit, we hope you’ll consider our endorsements in your deliberations. But even more important, we hope you’ll vote on Nov. 5.

    SCOTT GILLESPIE, editorial page editor

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