Skip to main content

Feud between council, mayor in Lakeland reaches boiling point on Tuesday

Council members and the mayor have been feuding for months.

For months now, the Minnesota City of Lakeland has been embroiled in a feud between its mayor and its city council, which came to a head at a meeting on Tuesday.

It was then that the city council voted to strip Mayor Richard Glasgow of several powers, with FOX 9 reporting it includes responsibility for the city's public buildings security, IT and public works commission.

It comes amid a power struggle between Glasgow and the council, which just last week saw the mayor lock up city hall after accusing the council of failing to post a satisfactory notice ahead of a planned Friday meeting.

Earlier this year, Glasgow set up a separate City of Lakeland website, eventually redirecting the "official" city website to his new one.

The Pioneer Press reported that the City Attorney wrote a member to the council, ordering that the original website be restored as the dueling website posed a liability risk given that the official site handles private data.

But the problems stem back to last year, with the council and Glasgow feuding over how council vacancies should be filled.

As the Star Tribune reports, some local residents raised concerns when Glasgow appointed Council Member Jim Stanton to two part-time positions that paid in excess of what councilors receive for their service.

Follow BMTN on Google News

Stanton resigned from his position in February, saying it was in the "council's best interests."

Stanton's resignation was followed in May by Tami Fahey, who resigned as she said the "city is currently engaging in behavior I can no longer support,” per the Pioneer Press, adding: "I honestly hope Lakeland can find a way to repair the rift, come together and be a city we can be proud of once again."

Glasgow, who wasn't in attendance at Tuesday's meeting, tells KSTP he didn't want to detract from city business.

Next Up

hwy 41 engler boulevard crash crop

Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway

At least two vehicles were involved in the wreck.

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 18

Minnesota has reached 11,000 COVID-19 deaths.


Vikings must continue building out receiving corps in 2022

Justin Jefferson headlines a young, promising group, but more depth is still needed

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 9.39.38 PM

Jordan Greenway runs into Darcy Kuemper, sparks fight

Kuemper got knocked out of the game, leading to the brawl.

Kirill Kaprizov

MacKinnon's controversial goal helps Avalanche top Wild

Kirill Kaprizov's two goals were spoiled by a questionable call.

powell itasca jail jan 2022 resize

Attorney accused of sex assault misses hearing, DMs judge

He was arrested the next day after a warrant was issued,

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.


What you've missed at Minneapolis City Council this week

There have been a lot of significant discussions among council members.

Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 9.14.52 PM

Pioneering former St. Paul City Council president dies at 79

Bill Wilson was the first African American elected to the city council.

City council member who threatened reporter is charged

The incident during a meeting in Roosevelt happened earlier this month.

Kassim Busuri

St. Paul council member facing accusations of homophobia

Old Facebook posts made by Kassim Busuri have surfaced.

Screen Shot 2019-10-24 at 12.17.00 PM

City council set for final vote on Minneapolis 2040 plan

Council members will vote to ratify the comprehensive development plan on Friday.

The history between the Minneapolis mayor and the Lt. she rejected for a new position

Remember #pointergate? Mayor Hodges and Lt. Delmonico have crossed paths publicly before.

Council member who made history will now run for mayor in St. Paul

Dai Thao became the first Hmong-American council member in St. Paul history.

Defund the police

Lack of detail hampers Minneapolis City Council's police messaging

The council has lofty goals, but the devil will be in the detail.