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Paul Sparks was unlike any leader

Published 9:46am Friday, June 13, 2014

After attending an old friend’s funeral last Friday I started reflecting. How could a guy with such a gruff personality be a good city manager? How is it that city meetings were not that professional after he left office? How is it that we believe all the stories without proof? How can a guy fall asleep during a Twins game in the Metrodome with 30,000 people there? And finally, how can a grizzled old bar owner become a pretty good city councilor? With a little help from your friend. Thanks, Paul Sparks!


Jeff Fjelstad

Albert Lea