Golden Turkey Awards
Stay tuned for the next Golden Turkey Award. Coming Fall 2021.
Goose Creek Rest Stop
Curved glass, Brazilian Ipe wood, a modern play area and “bathrooms fit for a fancy hotel” according to WCCO-TV. The latest museum in Minneapolis? A million-dollar home on Lake Minnetonka? No, these architectural features belong to a rest area on Highway 35 between St. Paul and Duluth.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation used $7.2 million of trunk highway funding (money that could have gone to roads and bridges) to refurbish the Goose Creek Rest Stop. No one can answer why they used taxpayer money for such a fancy design, and transportation officials are vowing never to let it happen again.
In the meantime, truck drivers and tourists will be “going in style” at this one-of-a-kind rest area. Since the Goose Creek Rest Stop won the Golden Turkey Award, we will petition to have a commemorative plaque installed in the lobby.
Thankfully, Still Empty Tim Walz Morgue
Just as fear was subsiding over Gov. Tim Walz’s wild prediction of 50,000 Minnesota COVID deaths, he scared everyone all over again by buying a morgue for $6.9 million to house up to 5,100 bodies that he claimed would soon be piling up due to the pandemic.
The $6.9 million bought plenty of fear, with Walz officials evoking images of “shallow graves,” “full and overflowing” funeral homes and bodies “stacked in U-Hauls.”
Six months after purchasing the building the state is using it to store PPE instead of bodies, and that’s why it’s earned a Golden Turkey Award for wasteful spending.