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The DeLaSalle football field controversy has been best served without comment this long hot summer, lest a clumsy fellow like myself trip a political land mine. The opponents of the field, mostly Nicollet Island residents, grew more desperate with each passing day, improvising layers of bureaucracy and drafting into their league outsiders who imagined a disturbed archaeological significance on the order of the Taliban wrecking the statues of Buddha.
Yes, I suppose if you started a dig you might come up with some valuable wine bottles and beer cans. The guys my age who went to D had to thread their way through a hobo jungle.
All along the simple truth has been that the residents, led by Phyllis Kahn, don't want any kids on what they believe to be their private island on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Yes, this is the same Phyllis Kahn who champions children in her legislative career, except, apparently, diverse inner-city young people at a diverse, inner-city school that preceded the residents by approximately 100 years and has been promised a football field going on 30 years.
DeLaSalle has never had a home game on an island that only DeLaSalle has remained loyal to for more than 100 years. [snip] Pioneer Press