1/23/2014 4:19:00 PM Nienow not fielding questions on SBA federal lawsuit
by DENISE MARTIN
Of the dozens of lawsuits that make up the weekly listing of the new federal court cases you’ll see #14cv178 USA versus National Camp Association. Filed in U.S. Court January 17 it seeks repayment of a loan that the federal government says our voice in the state senate has defaulted on.
Senator Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, was granted $613,000 to start up a summer camp referral service. The Small Business Administration in 2009 granted the money to Nienow and his wife Cynthia, who are now allegedly behind on paying what they borrowed and have penalties and other surcharges bringing what they are being sued for to $747,937. National Camp Association was dissolved in 2012.
The Chisago County Press left a phone message at the senator’s office Tuesday and did not get a return call. The Pioneer Press in St. Paul reported Tuesday that Nienow released a statement (on state senate letterhead) saying nothing about the lawsuit is related to his duties in the Minnesota legislature. According to the statement in the Pioneer Press, Nienow said he hasn’t seen copies of the lawsuit and “...as with all pending actions of this sort discussion of any details cannot take place until it is fully resolved.”
Sen. Nienow has been a public crusader for what he calls “transparency and accountability” in Medicare and Medicaid programs in Minnesota. He serves Isanti and Chisago counties, except for city of Shafer and Franconia Township which are in Sen. Karin Housley’s district.