No city business conducted as LF Council meeting opens, closes in minutes

Little Falls City resident Robin Hensel dressed for the Council's meeting Monday posting signs regarding free speech on on side and photos of babies with birth defects on the other.

Little Falls City resident Robin Hensel dressed for the Council’s meeting Monday posting signs regarding free speech on the side facing the audience and photos of babies with birth defects facing the Council.

The Little Falls City Council opened its meeting tonight (Monday, June 3) and closed it with a unanimous vote.

Resident Robin Hensel had posted a sign in Council Chambers stating “Free Speech Restricted Here” on the side facing the audience ­— but on the other side facing the Council and city staff, images of babies with serious birth defects was displayed. Several residents in attendance moved to chairs in front of the sign as their view of the Council was obstructed and as they moved, they too saw the images, calling them disgusting.

The one and only vote of the Council after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, was to unanimously close the meeting and call for a later meeting. The earliest the Council will be able to meet to take action to pay the city’s bills may be Friday, as Council meetings must be posted for several days prior to a meeting taking place.

The Council “has to at least pay the bills,” said City Administrator Dan Vogt. Hensel said the reason for posting the sign was to showcase the affects of chemicals, especially white phosphorous, used during drone bombings in other countries.

She said her reason for posting the signs with the graphic images was to bring public awareness to the issue.

Jerry Chandler, a city resident who was in attendance at the meeting, said of the signs and disruption of the meeting, “I am offended by this display of arrogance.”

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