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Unless you've read my first book written back in about 2006, the current book that I'm writing describing what's been talking place in the CITY OF HAMBURG for literally YEARS, will be a book like you never seen or read before !!
Like my first book, "BURNING CORN TO HEAT OUR HOME" that incorporated a Website that I designed and maintained about the installation of one of the FIRT corn burning stoves in the southwest metro area, this second book will incorporate my Website and associated Webpages about the CITY OF HAMBURG where I have 'chronicled', for the past ten year or twelve years, some of the 'bizarre happenings' in the CITY OF HAMBURG that I have witnessed. One particular 'unique' feature of my upcoming book, like my 'corn stove' book, is that readers will be given 'links' to various 'supporting documents' contained on my long-standing, informative and very popular Website(s) and their associated Webpages. This 'feature' will give much more meaning to an already very important topic of PUBLIC OFFICIALS that are UNACCOUNTABLE for their actions.
As a very basic example, I VIVIDLY recall a Hamburg City Council meeting where a distinguished (outside) Public Official was addressing the City Council, as a guest, about a particular matter. One of the City Councilmembers came to the meeting wearing shorts and a pair of 'Flip Flops' (no socks); hardly proper attire for a City Official to show up wearing at an 'official' City Council meeting. To make the situation even WORSE, imagine my shock, amazement and embarrassment when the City Councilmember TOOK OFF HIS 'Flip-Flops' during our guest's presentation and was sitting there, IN HIS BARE FEET, NOT WEARING SHOES OR SOCKS, in PLAIN VIEW of me, other Councilmembers AND the GUEST THAT WAS ADDRESSING the City Council !!!
'Hooterville', maybe; but HAMBURG ??WHOLLY INAPPROPRIATE and TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE !!
By going to the link listed in my book, you'll be able to 'CLICK' on a link and go DIRECTLY to an e-mail on my associated Webpage showing where I took exception to this 'lack of judgement' of the City Councilmember and, via an e-mail message, I alerted the City Clerk/Treasurer of what took place and requested that he send out some sort of 'reminder notification' to City Councilmembers advising them that 'proper attire' should always be worn at City Council meetings and other City functions. (Of course, you can probably imagine what the City Clerk/Treasurer did; NOTHING !!)
Similar 'exhibits, documents and evidence' appear on the Websites associated with my book which will give readers much more information than just reading 'words on a page of a book'. This unique 'concept' had some distinct advantages and added a whole new 'dimension' to the sharing of my 'experience' of being one of the FIRST homes in the southwest metro area with using corn as a heating source. I got e-mails and comments from 'followers' of my Website; primarily in the United States and Canada, but also from other parts of the world. Indeed; my second book, as of yet untitled; will be a book like you've never seen or read before !!
Probably; the title of my book should be "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" because of the seven PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the CITY OF HAMBURG (Mayor, four City Councilmembers, City Clerk/Treasurer & 'contract' City Attorney) that are responsible for the turmoil that exists in the small CITY OF HAMBURG (Minnesota 55339). In my book, I'll fully reveal their DESPICABLE ACTS & MISDEEDS !!
As a result of their "WE'RE INVINCIBLE & ABOVE THE LAW" attitude (typical of MANY 'politicians'), "THE HAMBURG SEVEN"KNOWINGLY and INTENTIONALLY committed WANTON, NUMEROUS, and OBVIOUS, VIOLATIONS of the MINNESOTA LAW that dictates that they 'must behave themselves' and 'act responsibly'; (SeeMinnesota Statute 609.43 - MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE) !!
To demonstrate their arrogance and 'insidious stupidity'; "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" didn't even 'give it a second thought' that their actions were not only being witnessed, and 'documented' by a retired longtime Law Enforcement Officer with a stellar and impeccable background and career, but also simply assumed that, because what's been taking place (and they've 'been doing it') in Hamburg for so long, I'd just 'roll over' and end up being another 'casualty' like those before me.
To further their efforts to 'get rid of me' (because I was 'asking too many questions') and 'figuring' (and hoping) that I'd RESIGN my position as a HAMBURG CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, as a result, "THE HAMBURG SEVEN"KNOWINGLY even went SO FAR as to 'trump up' (not Donald) and FILE a (fabricated) FORMAL CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST ME with the Carver County Sheriff's Office !! (See Minnesota Statute 609.505 Subdivisdion 1 - FILING A FALSE POLICE REPORT).
Details of that sinister and 'retaliatory act' by "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" will ALL be detailed in my book as will the VERY REVEALING45 PAGE WRITTEN 'TRANSCRIPT' of my 90 MINUTE 'interrogation' with the McLeod County Sheriff's Office Detective that interviewed me about the 'bogus allegations made against me by the CITY OF HAMBURG !!
The 'findings of the investigation' were forwarded to the Scott County Attorney's Office to be reviewed for possible 'criminal prosecution'. (SPOILER ALERT:NO BASIS for allegations; NO BASIS for 'criminal charging' !!)
NO SURPRISE there, either; but you'll also learn WHY I had NO FURTHER RESPECT for the Carver County Sheriff at the time, Jim Olson (the ONLY Law Enforcement Officer that I've EVER not respected) after spending about ANOTHER 90 MINUTES with him at a later date (once the CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION concluded), detailing what was taking place with "THE HAMBURG SEVEN".
Sheriff Jim Olson TOTALLY disregarded EVERYTHING that I carefully explained to him, IN DETAIL, of what was taking place with "THE HAMBURG SEVEN". His total 'disinterest' subsequently perpetuated and facilitated "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" to become the even more arrogant group of self-serving, TAXPAYER DOLLAR WASTING PUBLIC OFFICIALS that are 'ABOVE THE LAW', that they are today !!
Because of their arrogance, 'superior attitude', heinous acts and misdeeds, "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" unwittingly also involved OTHER county, state and federal PUBLIC OFFICIALS and their Agencies whose names, positions and Agencies you will INSTANTLY recognize.
You'll will be keenly interested in what those other PUBLIC OFFICIALS and their Agencies, have in common with "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" and what their response(s) was/were.
Like the plethora of 'supporting documents' that you'll read MORE about in my book and be able to view via my associated Website(s), there is NO SHORTAGE (and NO END) to the amount of disgusting and objectionable 'material' available to write about that I've witnessed taking place since shortly moving to Hamburg in March of 2006.
Sure; while we'd all like to think otherwise, I'm certain that much of what I've witnessed since moving to the CITY OF HAMBURG, and writing about in my book, probably takes place in other cities, towns, villages and townships all across our great country; you usually just don't 'hear about it'.
But you WILL hear about the CITY OF HAMBURG; "Pop.566; El 1004'. (Got that from an episode of 'GREEN ACRES' with Oliver Wendell Douglas and Ralf and Alf; the Monroe brothers who were erecting a 'town sign' in Hooterville !)
Finally, after amassing thousands of pages of those 'supporting documents' over the past four+ years (and before), I'm getting around to writing a book about (just) some of the almost 'unfathomable crap' and 'seedy' things that I've witnessed take place in our City and the actions and tactics about some of the "THE HAMBURG SEVEN"; a handful of PUBLIC OFFICIALS in (what I refer to) as "The Last Civilized Community" in southwestern Carver County; which (reportedly) just happens to be MINNESOTA'S WEALTHIEST COUNTY and is also home to "THE HAMBURG SEVEN".
As you may have already guessed, I've been contemplating writing about what I know and what I've observed taking place in the CITY OF HAMBURG for quite some time.
But, when I sought to be elected Hamburg Mayor last fall and realized the 'ELECTION MEDDLING' that took place by a handful of residents and members of "THE HAMBURG SEVEN" that took place to thwart my anticipated favorable election outcome, that was the catalyst that 'pushed me over the edge' to move me forward in the writing of my book.
"THE CLANDESTINE GOAL OF A HANDFUL OF CITY RESIDENTS AND CITY OFFICIALS WAS TO
'MANIPULATE' THE OUTCOME OF THE 2022 HAMBURG MAYORAL ELECTION
"Any plans (of the former employees) to bring a lawsuit or anything against the city?
Normally I wouldn't think that would be a good idea but if it helps bring to light the situation and people are held accountable."
"Thank you for sharing all this information. I hope this comes out before the election as I'd hate to think someone like Lund could get back into the Mayor seat allowing something like this to happen. Especially in the times we are in now with the MeToo movement protecting woman from workplace behavior to woman by men."
"Stay the course, keep it clean, you've done a lot by communicating (USPS) with residents. You're a good man, and could change, clean out some of the dirt, and have fun - you would look good in a parade sitting on the back of an old convertible, dishing up chili at the Fire Hall fund raiser,
any and all of the above."
"I would like to endorse Dick Odoms for Mayor! I have known Dick since 1980. I am a retired Police Officer with 34 years experience; 30 working for the City of Orono. Dick was working for Hennepin County. I found Dick to been extremly competent and very resourceful in how he approached his job. His dedication is second to none! You won’t make a mistake in Voting Odoms for Mayor !!!
"Good luck on your mayoral race. I'd vote for you if I could.
"I already knew I was voting for you before but this solidified it for me as I couldn't support a man that would allow something like that to happen to a woman and brush it under the rug."
"Hi Richard, Good Luck on your run for Mayor, we know that you would do a great job."
"Why would everyone cover this up, is it because they don't want to lose Jeremy due to his job being such a vital part of the town?"
"How do you make a contribution?"
"In the mail."
"Holy Cow. Good job. When Delta speaks, a person better listen."
"I never thought that Hamburg Minnesota had so many rotten politicians after reading about what's been going on there on your www.HamburgMinnesota.com
Website. Disgusting !!"
"Got your flyer, very informative."
"If you have a spare room I could move in for thirty days and vote in the election !"
"I like it. Loved the part about holding people accountable."
"Delta, Top shelf show this evening, thank you for the entertainment and information. Hamburg has a gift in your show, and hopefully, soon; you as head of the City."
"Have you ever read the end of the meeting minutes where they spell out what they're spending money on? Good Lord they waste so much money. Why are they buying $1,700 laptops, and $4,000 checks and $12,000 checks to the attorneys office in a month, and why and where are they installing $700 cameras. Seems like this town thinks there is an open checkbook or something."
"You must be working on election
stuff. Hope it's going well."
"Great find for the citizens of Hamburg.
YOU ARE AMAZING."
Good Morning Dick,
I received your campaign mailer yesterday. It was a very nice product. It came folded in half, as intended, but I found the first fold 1/4, which is what one would immediately see upon opening, said it all, and quite clearly. I skimmed the remainder, which is much more than I would read, but if someone wanted more detail they could easily find it there. Once again, good product, good luck, and most of all a good election day. Stay healthy.
"Nice job in the Mayor questions !!
Do you have time to chat?"
(I ALWAYS have time to chat !)
Thanks for your public service; you do so much and probably don't get recognized for any of it. But, you are a wonderful asset for Carver County and Hamburg and for your radio listening community; you're just a great guy. Thanks so much.
My prayer would be more Dick Odoms' would rise up and get involved in their lives, in their communities and in our way of life! Our future needs courageous leaders who are not afraid to “challenge” the process and our leaders.
America needs our involvement more than ever because of the polarizations that is taking place at all levels of government and our lives.
I have tried to think of any part of my life where government in NOT involved in some way, shape or form.
While I believe we cannot live without “the people” looking out for each other, I believe we have created a monster that has an appetite we cannot sustain. Something has to give……"
Retired Three Term
CARVER COUNTY SHERIFF 'BUD' OLSON
"Dick, I have always known you as an honest man. I am sorry that this is happening to you at the hands of deceitful and immoral people. I hope they pay for what they do to people."
"Wish I was an eligible voter, but does that matter anymore ?"
"Hi Dick - That is so great to hear."
"I saw that coming ! Very Good !!"
"I respect and value what you have to say
to keep us informed. I appreciate it."
"Will all this information be made public on your website? I think people have a right to know what type of person Jeremy is if the council and mayor are going to sweep it under the rug."
"How is Tamera is doing? I know it's not easy walking away from a job. I hope she's doing okay."
"Dick, I'd vote for you if I could, but apparently it is considered (by most anyway), illegal for a citizen to vote in an election outside of his or her legal state of residence."
"You got it, or are getting it - the 'back stabbing' of politics."
HERE'S A 'SAMPLING' OF SOME OF THE E-MAIL & TEXT MESSAGES THAT I RECEIVED BEFORE THE ELECTION:
TO LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE 'SLEAZY TATICS' THAT TOOK PLACE BEFORE THE ELECTION AND TO READ A 'SAMPLING' OF OF THE E-MAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES THAT I RECEIVED AFTER THE ELECTION,
As stated on my Facebook Page, I continue to 'burn the midnight oil' writing my book about what takes place in a small Minnesota City that has NO LEADERSHIP, NO ACCOUNTABILITYbut DOES have OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING and just RE-ELECTED a MAYOR who's been ARRESTED for DWI, CONVICTED of CARELESS DRIVING
and has ALSO been ARRESTED & CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT !!!! Lovely.
Each chapter of my book (about a dozen chapters so far) reveals, addresses and describes, in detail, numerous and specific events, situations and acts that have taken place in HAMBURG that DEFY ALL COMMON SENSEand/or
COMMON LOGIC !! In some instances, it's STILL TAKING PLACEin the CITY OF HAMBURGby the
City's PUBLIC OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES !! (Ever heard of "THE GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB" ??)
I'll openly disclose, and 'call out', the identities of the current (and former) PUBLIC OFFICIALS(and others) of the
CITY OF HAMBURGwho are involved and RESPONSIBLE for what's taken/taking place. Not coincidentially,
what you'll be reading about in my book could VERY EASILY BE TAKING PLACE in YOUR'small'
City or Town if you're not 'keeping track' of YOURPUBLIC OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES !!
You may BE ASSUREDthat my book will be a 'REAL EYE OPENER' of what can/did happen in a 'small
town' when residents don't/didn't 'keep track' of what their PUBLIC OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES
are/were DOINGand how they ABUSE the LIMITLESS AUTHORITYgranted to them
and the virtually UNLIMITED TAXPAYER DOLLARSavailable to them !!
WHAT'S TAKEN PLACE IN THE CITY OF HAMBURGAND HAS GONE UNNOTICED, IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE BIGGEST ABUSE OF AUTHORITY& VIOLATION OF THE PUBLICTRUST INVOLVING PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN METRO AREA SINCE