Garrison Keillor is a Below Average Neighbor

by Alex Stenback on January 16, 2008

Strib, PiPress, WCCO, Metroblogging, MNSpeak all weigh in on neighborly jerkitude from Keillor:

Keillor and his wife, Jenny Lind Nilsson, filed suit to block…construction of the three-stall garage and studio behind the home of neighbor Lori Anderson.

Keillor Clash With Neighbors Sent to Mediator [Strib]

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matt January 16, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Why is he a jerk? I heard they allege that he gave permission prior, but I doubt he’d be dumb enough to give permission, and then to file suit (which is expensive).

How jerk would it be to take your case public to try and sway jury opinion before the facts are presented in court? Because that’s what it sounds like the defendant is doing.

Editor/Alex January 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Jerk or not, we have a hard time coming down on the side of people who try to dictate their neighbors remodeling projects with the bludgeon of a lawsuit.

We might even take Prairie-K’s side if it weren’t for the fact that his home positively towers over the neighbors as it is. It is hard to fathom any other motive other than jerkitude for suing to block a project that might ruin his view of an alley, but who knows what turns Keillors fabulous mind.

Maybe the neighbors took it public because they know Keillor has a stable of highly paid attorneys to fight them with, and thought that by going public it would level the playing field?

Going public when a public figure sues you seems like fair play to us. The point is to win the game, right?

Nate R January 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Also, the City of St. Paul approved the addition/renovation, so any agreement between neighbors seems like a “nice to have, but certainly not necessary” thing to me.

There are numerous anecdotes of Garrison Keillor’s jerkitude around. It’s always amusing when the “nice old guy on Prairie Home Companion” loses his cool.

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