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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Tenney, MN is no more after a majority vote of two dissolves the town. Population? Five   (startribune.com) divider line 42
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2011-06-22 12:19:11 PM
Says six right there on the sign.

I guess this begs raises the question of what services are absolutely necessary for a town to have? And benefit do you get from a town with virtually no services.
 
2011-06-22 12:21:26 PM
At least it was 100% voter turnout.
 
2011-06-22 12:22:07 PM
Wasn't there a town in Nevada that just died too? Empire, NV?
 
2011-06-22 12:26:37 PM
Is this what Obama meant when he campaigned on hope and change? The man is killing off all the micro-communities in the U.S. to put money in the pockets of his Halliburton buddies.
 
2011-06-22 12:26:51 PM

EvilEgg: Says six right there on the sign.


There is a caption that states the sign is incorrect.
 
2011-06-22 12:28:16 PM
Dunny-on-the-Wold is a tuppenny-ha'penny place. Half an acre of sodden marshland in the Suffolk Fens with an empty town hall on it. Population: three rather mangy cows, a dachshund named `Colin', and a small hen in its late forties.
 
2011-06-22 12:28:21 PM
FTA: "People love the notion of a little town,'' he said. "It's a quaint idea. But when it comes down to it, it's impractical.

When someone says they like the idea of living in a small town, I don't think they mean just 5 people. Or even just 200, which was the largest this town ever got.
 
2011-06-22 12:29:13 PM
"I believe in small government and Funkley is about as small as you can get."

When 2/3 of your population is employed by the government, does that still qualify as small government?
 
2011-06-22 12:29:41 PM

someguy945: EvilEgg: Says six right there on the sign.

There is a caption that states the sign is incorrect.


You are correct, I had the caption hidden. I can imagine that it must be difficult to keep such signs accurate.
 
2011-06-22 12:29:50 PM

EvilEgg: Says six right there on the sign.


Wait, did Larry move? Crap, I never got back the hedge clippers he borrowed.
 
2011-06-22 12:32:58 PM
images.fanpop.com
 
2011-06-22 12:33:30 PM
FTFA Guenther said Tuesday he's spent years trying to recruit people to move to Tenney, which is about 20 miles south of Breckenridge, Minn., near the North Dakota border. "People would say you are in the middle of nowhere," he said. "I would say we're in the middle of everywhere."

I think i see the problem.
 
2011-06-22 12:38:27 PM
From the satellite view it looks like an abandoned trailer park.
 
2011-06-22 12:39:31 PM
Ha! I've been through Tenney a time or two over the years on meandering, stoney, cruises.
 
2011-06-22 12:41:00 PM

PottyMcNugg: Wasn't there a town in Nevada that just died too? Empire, NV?


That was a rare surviving company town owned by a gypsum miner. The whole town and its worker/tenants were kicked out when the mine shut down due to lack of demand.
 
2011-06-22 12:50:58 PM

Ed Willy: That was a rare surviving company town owned by a gypsum miner. The whole town and its worker/tenants were kicked out when the mine shut down due to lack of demand.


I am employed by the company in question, and the first time I went to Empire, I had to fly into Reno and then drive 100 years back in time.
 
2011-06-22 12:51:09 PM

EvilEgg: someguy945: EvilEgg: Says six right there on the sign.

There is a caption that states the sign is incorrect.

You are correct, I had the caption hidden. I can imagine that it must be difficult to keep such signs accurate.


Not that difficult. Have a placard style sign with three spiral bound flip cards, with the digits 0-9. Have the kids take turns standing there and changing the signs with the traffic.
 
2011-06-22 12:52:23 PM
I wish a lot of the towns in NJ would shut down and consolidate. Princeton is actually two separate towns with their own police stations down the road from each other. Shameful waste.
 
2011-06-22 12:54:05 PM
"Erickson moved there when he bought the town's bar almost five years ago. "This is a nice community. A good place. I absolutely want to keep the town alive."

With a customer base of 4 people, sales must have been real great, unless they are all raging alcoholics...
 
2011-06-22 12:57:40 PM
How's that small governmenty thing workin' out fer ya, Tenney?
 
2011-06-22 12:59:38 PM

Nuclear Wessel: "Erickson moved there when he bought the town's bar almost five years ago. "This is a nice community. A good place. I absolutely want to keep the town alive."

With a customer base of 4 people, sales must have been real great, unless they are all raging alcoholics...


Ever been to small-town Minnesota? Not a lot else to do. That said, there are probably people from neighboring towns or with rural addresses who drink there.
 
2011-06-22 12:59:39 PM
I'm trying to figure out how 2 out of 5 is a majority.

/DRTFA
 
2011-06-22 01:02:12 PM

SuperChuck: I'm trying to figure out how 2 out of 5 is a majority.

/DRTFA


Only three citizens voted. The other two were at the bar.
 
2011-06-22 01:04:02 PM

SuperChuck: I'm trying to figure out how 2 out of 5 is a majority.

/DRTFA


The entire population are not registered voters? There could be two children?
 
2011-06-22 01:05:12 PM
There's lots of these little places scattered around where I live, in North Sasatchewan. Couple weeks ago there was a news item on CBC about the entire town of Descharmes Lake being evacuated. Total # of people moved: 9. It was in double-digits until the school closed (it had 1 half-time student at the time) and the parents moved their kids here.

Dunno what the pattern is like in the US, but most of these settlements are First Nations who for whatever reason don't live on the reserves, but still want to preserve their traditional life. Most of the ones over 50 people or so have some sort of infrastructure (a school, a store, a post office) but the ones like Descharme Lake are basically just a few people living in the same place.
 
2011-06-22 01:16:55 PM

EvilEgg: Says six right there on the sign.

I guess this begs raises the question of what services are absolutely necessary for a town to have? And benefit do you get from a town with virtually no services.


Then go repaint the sign for them there big boy if you're going to kvetch about something silly like that.

The little more than $10,000 in the city coffers also will be absorbed by the township. "We're going to try to get some landscaping and culvert work done before that happens," Schwab said.

The downside to the merger? "We lose control of our city," Schwab said. "The upside is that it will be someone else's problem."


Shiat....I'll take that problem. Cheap land in a pre-made hamlet. Put up a windfarm or a beer distribution shack and make some money.
 
2011-06-22 01:51:50 PM
I live in a town of ~200 so I'm getting a kick. I'm convinced our current mayor is trying to dissolve our town. She, and some other idiots actually believe that taxes won't go up and the level of services won't change if the county takes over. Sure it's a lot of work keeping a small town running with limited manpower available, but you have a say in what and how stuff gets done.
 
2011-06-22 01:58:46 PM

bravian: FTFA Guenther said Tuesday he's spent years trying to recruit people to move to Tenney, which is about 20 miles south of Breckenridge, Minn., near the North Dakota border. "People would say you are in the middle of nowhere," he said. "I would say we're in the middle of everywhere."

I think i see the problem.


My NoDak nativeness makes me hate you.
/but you're right
//I actually like living in Fargo, though
///Beautiful place, good people, good family life
////shiat weather, nothing to do
//Weigh your options
 
2011-06-22 01:59:15 PM
A majority of the town's voters -- there are only three of them -- have decided to dissolve Tenney, which has shared the title of Minnesota's smallest city with Funkley.

The votes won't be officially counted until Wednesday but City Clerk Oscar Guenther and Mayor Kristen Schwab said Tuesday that they voted to dissolve the town. The other vote -- Guenther's sister -- was a no.


Why the wait? I mean, I know votes need to be officially counted and all, but why can't you take three minutes for everybody to fill out their ballots, bring them together, say, "Yep, that's a majority," and be done with it? Maybe they need an outside observer to verify that there was no fraud.
 
2011-06-22 02:10:35 PM

Chozo: Why the wait? I mean, I know votes need to be officially counted and all, but why can't you take three minutes for everybody to fill out their ballots, bring them together, say, "Yep, that's a majority," and be done with it? Maybe they need an outside observer to verify that there was no fraud.


Ha! This is city gov. There's always 3x more i's to dot and t's to cross, just incase. The votes would have to be tallied, then given to the county recorder/registrar and all verified, documented, made public, and whatnot. That'd be a hell of an awkward letter to get/write, Welcome to the County! We will notify you of updated effective rates and transferring all city records and legal docs....
 
2011-06-22 02:24:23 PM

Chozo: A majority of the town's voters -- there are only three of them -- have decided to dissolve Tenney, which has shared the title of Minnesota's smallest city with Funkley.

The votes won't be officially counted until Wednesday but City Clerk Oscar Guenther and Mayor Kristen Schwab said Tuesday that they voted to dissolve the town. The other vote -- Guenther's sister -- was a no.

Why the wait? I mean, I know votes need to be officially counted and all, but why can't you take three minutes for everybody to fill out their ballots, bring them together, say, "Yep, that's a majority," and be done with it? Maybe they need an outside observer to verify that there was no fraud.


The libs in town may have bussed in a bunch of illegal immigrants to vote...

I've heard that's a problem and it happens all the time.
 
2011-06-22 03:06:57 PM
Well, there is one down....now other towns and cities need to follow.
 
2011-06-22 03:11:51 PM
Tenney? More like Fivey, am I right?

(Tell that joke to a kindergartener and they'll bust a gut.)
 
2011-06-22 03:54:18 PM

farkityfarker: Tenney? More like Fivey, am I right?

(Tell that joke to a kindergartener and they'll bust a gut.)


I liked it.

+1

P.S. Sell your town accoutrements on e-bay/Amazon, yo.

;)
 
2011-06-22 04:05:30 PM

smedrick: SuperChuck: I'm trying to figure out how 2 out of 5 is a majority.

/DRTFA

Only three citizens voted. The other two were at the bar.


At least Funkley has a bar. When it's their time to vote for dissolution, I'd be at the bar too.
 
2011-06-22 04:14:04 PM

SuperChuck: I'm trying to figure out how 2 out of 5 is a majority.

/DRTFA


monty-python-and-the-holy-grail.com

/system of counting
 
2011-06-22 04:32:58 PM

SuperChuck: I'm trying to figure out how 2 out of 5 is a majority.

/DRTFA



"A majority of the town's voters -- there are only three of them -- have decided to dissolve Tenney, which has shared the title of Minnesota's smallest city with Funkley."
 
2011-06-22 05:01:40 PM
Tenney, MN is no more after a majority vote of two dissolves the town. Population? Tire

FTFSubby.
 
2011-06-22 05:04:16 PM
Oh, geez. The heck do ya mean?

/uff da
 
2011-06-22 06:22:12 PM
5 people and it had 2 churches?
Well there's your problem.
 
2011-06-23 09:33:33 AM
A town like that probably has a fraction for a zip code.
 
2011-06-23 10:51:20 AM

MattyBlast: A town like that probably has a fraction for a zip code.


I lol'd.
 
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