When A.J. Kern announced that she was primarying Tom Emmer this past summer, the St. Cloud Times forced her to quit writing her monthly column for them. The Times must selectively enforce their policies because Natalie Ringsmuth is running for the ISD 742 school board but she’s still writing her monthly column.

This month, Ringsmuth’s column reads more like a hit piece against Liz Baklaich, who is a city council candidate. Early in her hit piece, Ringsmuth said that she “is always up for a good community conversation — and not just one where everyone agrees with me.”

Actually, that’s pretty much the only kind of “community conversation” that Natalie prefers. The only other kind that she prefers are where her ideological opponents are outnumbered by a wide margin.

Ms. Ringsmuth doesn’t have the integrity to step aside from her column. She’d rather still use it to attack people who oppose her #UniteCloud agenda. That’s Ms. Baklaich’s ‘sin’. She’d much prefer Steve Laraway, a spineless councilman, to represent St. Cloud’s 2nd Ward on St. Cloud’s City Council. Laraway has totally bought into #UniteCloud’s agenda. Why wouldn’t Ringsmuth run interference for her ally?

The truth is that the Times should apologize for this decision. Further, they should immediately publish a rebuttal to Ringsmuth’s hit piece.

2 Responses to “Natalie Ringsmuth’s hit piece”

  • k omalley says:

    I opine that due to her deep and long association with UniteCloud Ms. Ringsmuth is unable to have a clear headed view of any issue pertaining to the Refugee Resettlement Program so dear to her heart.
    Whereas Ms Baklaich has no iron in the fire so to speak and is very rational, does in depth research and seems to be a woman with a great deal of common sense.
    Ringsmuth owes Baklaich an apology for her biased article. Perhaps it is time the St. Cloud Times replaced Ringsmuth with someone who is not heavily involved, financially and personally with the RRP. It is easy to throw out accusations of racism, islamopobia and so forth. But how about doing something constructive for the refugee muslim women who are sold as child brides, forced to have their genitals mutilated, under Sharia law are worth half of a man among other things. This is America where women are considered to have value and are treated with kindness and respect. It is time the muslim women were educated on how the western world views the female gender. Why does UniteCloud not get involved here e.g. a bill was passed by the Mn House regarding the female gender mutilation but is stalled in the Senate…this is one very serious issue and needs to be addressed.

  • Mary T Dombrovski says:

    I penned a rebuttal to Natalie Ringsmuth’s column for the “Your Turn” column in the St. Cloud Times. My response from them is that there were a lot of letters this time of year. I am guessing it will not be printed so I will share it here and all over Facebook!

    In the current age of Fake News and Media Bias I would like to call out the St. Cloud Times for their contribution to it by giving a current political candidate a public platform to criticize other political candidates.

    I’m referencing a recent opinion column by school board candidate Natalie Ringsmuth published October 13th of this year. To be clear I am only referencing Ms. Ringsmuth’ s article and how it was written and not the meeting itself as I was not in attendance. The column was laden with disparaging comments, incomplete truths and dosed with plenty of innuendos.

    Ms. Ringsmuth stated the forum was “Interesting” being billed only as a local discussion inferring featured speaker Phil Haney, a former of the DHS and from the DC area, was not local and therefore irrelevant to the forum. In truth the forum was billed as “A Local & National” discussion making Haney’s presentation quite relevant.

    Ringsmuth continues with comments such as; the forum was to be an “open conversation” and not all questions turned into moderators were asked including her own. Typically, in a Q & A segment there is not time for all questions asked. I recently witnessed this in the School Board Candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters where there were as many questions as there were people in attendance. With time restrictions, only a handful of those questions were posed to the candidates; quite typical in that setting.

    The reason I question the motive of the Times to print the article is that two of groups organizers Ringsmuth specifically criticizes, are City Council candidate; Dr. John Palmer of ward 1 and Liz Bakliach of ward 2.

    Apparently Dr. Palmer ended the Q & A session without asking all the questions that were turned in, Ringsmuth’s included. I will not presume why all the questions were not asked although again quite typical in a forum setting. Had I been honestly concerned my questions specifically were not asked, I would have brought that concern up to the moderator.

    The innuendos were solely pointed at Ms. Bakliach. Ringsmuth wrote that Ms. Bakliach “seemingly” glared at me and that she “seemed really angry I was there”. In her article Ringsmuth also states that she handed her question to Ms. Bakliach who then “read the question to herself” and then “seemed” to laugh.

    From the St. Cloud Times guidelines stated for “Your Turn” columns; “should focus on timely local, national or international issues of concern to people in our community” Ringsmuth’s column certainly did. Another is to ”State your opinion and use facts…to support it”. Much of the column was not backed up by facts; “Seemingly” this and “Seemed like” are not factual. That wording style tends to be written to give the reader the impression the statements are factual when writer cannot honestly say they are. Another requirement stated is to use “about 600 words” Ringsmuth was given a generous allotment of 825 words….curious I would say.

    I realize the article was an opinion piece, however, it being written BY a local candidate and again criticizing two other local candidates. In my opinion it rightfully calls into question the motives of both Natalie Ringsmuth and the St. Cloud Times.

    This is the opinion of Mary Dombrovski, longtime resident and a concerned citizen of the St. Cloud area.

    Mary Dombrovski

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