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TO THE GOVERNOR OF MINNESOTA: IT IS TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE MN DNR & ITS COMMISSIONER, TOM LANDWEHR
  • Petitioned The Honorable Mark Dayton

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of Minnesota
The Honorable Mark Dayton

TO THE GOVERNOR OF MINNESOTA: IT IS TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE MN DNR & ITS COMMISSIONER, TOM LANDWEHR

    1. CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
    2. Petition by

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE

      United States

Tom Landwehr, the appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ( MN DNR), has abused his authority in, among other things, issuing the revocation of the special research and educational permit issued to the Wildlife Research Institute located near Ely, MN. Through his Conservation Officers (COs) and others, he has allowed false reporting to take place against WRI and Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., lead researcher and a world renowned bear behaviorist and ecologist.

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With the added help of members of the Facebook page, LILY: A BEAR WITH A BOUNTY, and others behind the scenes, Mr. Landwehr concocted a "case" against Dr. Rogers in order to revoke the permit in the middle of the research project, causing WRI to radically stop data collection in midstream and damaging certain results of the ongoing research --  All because of misinformation, lies, conjecture, and lack of professionalism on the part of the DNR's Commissioner and his employees.

It is well known and documented that there has been animosity and an element of jealousy between certain career professionals of the DNR and Dr. Rogers.  While it is not neccessarily unusual for jealousies and competition among professionals, there is no excuse for the unethical actions of Mr. Landwehr and his employees that have come to light and should be investigated.

Mr. Landwehr's abusive actions will cause, and may have already caused, a targeting of the collared research bears, while still collared, and after the collars are removed, which is to take place on or before 7/31/13; just a few short weeks away.

In his own political "savviness" and abuse of power, he wrongly placed certain parameters and timeframes on the research project of WRI that the state should not have had any right to set from a scientific perspective, should not have interfered at all with the research, and should not have revoked the permit based on those wrongly placed parameters. In addition, technically they have still not been stated within the permit itself, although there was a long string of requirements stated within the permit -- they were suggestions in a cover letter which also included grossly misstated "facts".  Suggestions and "facts" that he has used to "make his case", along with other false information as his further basis for revoking the permit. A total overstepping and abuse of power from an agency head that is supposed to be working for ALL of the state's citizens. Instead, he was influenced by local avid bear hunters, activists with no skin in the game, and disgruntled persons who fell out of favor with Dr. Rogers for various reasons -- none of which had anything to do with the research and education permit; and certainly nothing that required the permit to be revoked.

False allegations by Tom Landwehr and his employees and others have been allowed to be the cornerstone of Mr. Landwehr's decision to revoke the permit; an abuse of power that should not be ignored.

In addition, Mr. Landwehr and his own high-level employees have made false statements to the media -- further defaming and causing harm to Dr. Rogers. These are actions that are OPPOSITE of someone trusted by the citizens of Minnesota to provide professional and ethical services to the state, its citizenry, and its visitors.

It is time to STOP the abuse of power by the DNR and Mr. Landwehr.

There is proof of fraudulent reports issued by the DNR and even proof of forged signatures to help "build a case" against WRI. There is further proof of so-called witnesses providing misleading and false information that Mr. Landwehr has relied upon without contacting Dr. Rogers directly and personally for any explanation. A woman claiming to be Mr. Landwehr's niece stated more than once publicly that Mr. Landwehr wanted to "take WRI down". She encouraged petitions be addressed to him -- the woman acted in collusion with Mr. Landwehr at all times and helped promote the "hate" against Dr. Rogers. This has been well documented. And, although the Facebook account that is tied to the niece is a fake name account, the woman's identity who concocted the scheme is nevertheless known and provable. She was one of his biggest "witnesses". In fact, he emailed her and thanked her for helping him build his "case" -- that was months ago.

Mr. Landwehr has repeatedly ignored any requests of WRI to visit with them or with any of the officials in the surrounding area of the WRI -- a complete lapse of his responsibilities and public duty as a state official and agency head.

We respectfully, but strongly request an investigation be started by the Governor's Office or a Special Prosecutor into the actions of Tom Landwehr, Ed Boggess, and anyone in connection with them and their employees.

Abuse of power will NOT be tolerated by the citizens residing in Minnesota nor by interested parties residing outside of Minnesota. Mr. Landwehr had no hesitation whatsoever in listening to both citizens and out-of-staters to form his "case"

Sadly, Tom Landwehr made no attempt to listen to the very one he was forming a "case" against: Dr. Rogers. Why? Because he had no interest in knowing the truth and it would have gotten in the way of his own agenda and animosity.

We are betting that other instances of abuse will come to light and that there will be strong reasons to remove Mr. Landwehr from his duties as Commissioner of the DNR and anyone else employed by the state of Minnesota who has helped him in his phony "case"  against WRI and whatever other disregard of official duties they have managed to commit.

Actions which amount to dishonesty, dereliction of duties, and abuse of power by a state agency head cannot be ignored. It is time to initiate an investigation into the actions of Tom Landwehr and his entire department.

Respectfully submitted, 

CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. HERE'S THE REPORT FILED BY THE WRI TO THE DNR

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW OR COPY AND PASTE THE LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER -- it is lengthy, but sets out the false charges against WRI and the WRI's response --- the only way to the truth is ultimately an investigation of the DNR's accusations and misstatements.

      http://www.bearstudy.org/website/images/stories/Documents/Permit_Perspectives_June_2013_revised_1035.pdf

    3. DEMAND THE TRUTH - The ONLY way to get the truth? An investigation.

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      SIGN AND SHARE -- Keep getting the petition circulated...an independent investigation of the DNR is the ONLY way for the truth to finally come to the surface and be known -- let your voice be heard and tell the Governor that all of the political and other game players need to be seen in daylight instead of hiding in the shadows.

      IT'S A GAME OF BACKROOM DIRTY POLITICS FOR TOM LANDWEHR AND CERTAIN EMPLOYEES UNDER HIS MANAGEMENT, ALONG WITH OUTSIDE INFLUENCES WHO HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDAS FOR POLITICAL REASONS. THE DNR SHOULD WELCOME AN INVESTIGATION IF IT IS RUNNING AN HONEST STATE AGENCY.

      THE TIME IS NOW -- YOU HAVE A VOICE -- USE IT -- CALL FOR A PROPER INVESTIGATION TO BE STARTED TO GET TO THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DNR TACTICS AND ONGOING DIRTY POLITICS TOWARDS DR. ROGERS.

    4. JULY 22, 2013 -- MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      Governor Dayton has agreed to meet with Dr. Rogers! Continue to show your support for Dr. Rogers by signing and sharing this petition. Tell the Governor to REVERSE the revocation of the permit and DEMAND an investigation of the backroom politics of the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR). LET YOUR VOICE RING OUT LOUDLY AND CLEARLY.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Since When Is Due Process NOT An Option?

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      For a public state agency, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, to issue a directive of revoking a permit based upon certain allegations, of which many are false on their face, and then to have the audacity to state that there is NO APPEAL PROCESS afforded the accused is arrogant and foolhardy. EVERYBODY in this great country is afforded the right of DUE PROCESS --- for Mr. Landwehr to self-righteously take that right away from Dr. Rogers and WRI is unconscionable.

      To add insult to injury, the DNR continues to release false statements to the media about Dr. Rogers and WRI -- typical dirty, backroom games.

      THE TIME IS NOW TO SIGN THE PETITION AND LET THE GOVERNOR KNOW WHY DR. ROGERS DESERVES HIS RIGHT TO AN APPEAL, WHICH SHOULD ENCOMPASS A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE DNR'S PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

    7. The ONLY way to get to the truth...

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      Keep getting the petition circulated...the interest is growing...an independent investigation of the DNR is the ONLY way for the truth to finally be heard and all of the political and other game players to be seen in daylight instead of hiding in the shadows.

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Who Else Has The DNR Made False Statements About? Investigate To Find Out.

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      A quote from Lynn Rogers, Ph.D. regarding the DNR: "The DNR for years has been trying to build a case against our research," Rogers said. "And if it was a legitimate case, that's one thing. But when they're falsifying bear complaints and making distorted comments to the public, that's not a case."

    10. Who Else Has The MN DNR Ignored? Who Else Have They Not Reached Out To???

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      Snnnnn Snnnnnnn DULUTH, MN
      about 5 hours ago
      Liked 1

      I will also add that Commissioner Landwehr failed to consult with the Ojibwe Bands in Minnesota who hold the wolf as sacred and vital to Ojibwe culture.

    11. While Waiting For A Meeting With The Governor, Keep The Fire Lit Here:

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      No reason to back down -- While waiting to hear of the outcome of, hopefully, an amicable meeting, it doesn't hurt to express your vote and opinions here regarding needing an investigation of the DNR from top to bottom -- the DNR's bias is blatantly obvious -- vote here and spread the word so others can see and vote for investigation.

    12. From The Wednesday, 7/3/2013 Update At www.bearstudy.org:

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      "We received a message back from Governor Mark Dayton’s office saying the governor is looking forward to meeting with us. We’re now trying to find out how soon that can happen. Time is of the essence. We should know more on Friday. "

    13. Possible Meeting With Governor Dayton?

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      Possible good news -- Dr. Rogers is hoping that he will have a meeting with Governor Dayton in the very near future....that would be a good thing. In the meantime, the petition still needs to be supported and shared -- while we certainly hope for an amicable outcome between the Governor and Dr. Rogers, the citizens still need to voice their opinion and the DNR needs to wake up and stop the backroom tactics and dirty politics as has been issued by them against WRI and Dr. Rogers -- who else has been affected by their games? SIGN AND SHARE -- GET THE WORD OUT -- YOUR VOICE DOES COUNT!

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. GOVERNOR'S VOICEMAIL BOX FULL?

      CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE
      Petition Organizer

      It has been reported on Facebook that the Governor's voicemail box is full -- let's fill up his email box, too...please sign the petition now! Thank you!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Julie Shear ZEELAND, MI
      • 10 days ago

      It makes my heart sick to learn the following: "Legal testimony during the permit appeal process confirmed the extent to which DNR officials have been targeting study bears with their complaint data and the extent to which they were complicit in the shootings of key research bears during hunting season."

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    • Linda Spyhalski ELK RIVER, MN
      • 2 months ago

      This is a black spot on our state and on the good well around the world that Dr. Rogers and his bears have made! I am ashamed of my DNR and the Gov. support of this issue!

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    • Rhonda Aveni CLARENDON, TX
      • 3 months ago

      Dr. Rogers has been treated unfairly by the Minnesota DNR for years. Dr. Rogers' research is very important for people who live in bear country to educate them on how to live with black bears. A case in point is the woman who was attacked by the black bear in Florida. If she had been educated on black bear behavior, this incident probably wouldn't have happened. Dr. Rogers needs to continue his research and he needs to be lauded by the State of Minnesota for his work!

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      • 3 months ago

      We think there are to many top officials and their employees who think they know it all and right or wrong the Judges are automaticly backing them up.

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    • JoAnn Weiss RUSSELLTON, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Because of the NABC/WRI and MN DNRs treatment of Dr. Rogers.

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