Gordon "Gordy" Wrobel of St. Paul, MN


 
Gordon Wrobel, like many seasonal business owners, comes to Alaska to run their business operations for 3-4 months of the year.  At the end of the season, they return to their true homesteads…in other states.
 


 

Cove Lodge was destroyed by fire in June 2010. Click on the image above to read about the event in the Juneau Empire Newspaper article.

 




Vacant lot, former site of the Cove Lodge.


 

Gordon Wrobel lists this vacant lot, Lot 6, as his address in Alaska.  It is the former location of The Cove Lodge, Inc.  It was never a personal residence or domicile for Wrobel.

 


Alaska Division of Elections shows Gordon Wrobel as a registered voter in the Elfin Cove precinct since March 27, 2001.  Wrobel lists his address as  #1 Skidd Row, Lot 6, PO Box 17 Elfin Cove, AK  99825.

These are the addresses for The Cove Lodge, Inc., a seasonal business that WAS NOT a personal residence. It never was a personal residence. 

 

Since June 2010, there has been no livable structure on the lot. 

 


The Commerce Department of the State of Alaska shows Gordy Wrobel as owner of the Cove Lodge, Inc., and multiple LLCs including Cove Moorings, Elfin Cove Community Quota Entity, and Ocean Market Gardens.

 

The filings for the Cove Lodge, Inc., show two different addresses for Wrobel - 961 Nebraska Ave., St. Paul, MN and P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK.


When listed as an agent, Wrobel lists P.O. Box 17 Elfin Cove, but never provides a physical address as required on the form.  His wife, Dorothy Wrobel lists their Minnesota address while serving as an officer.   From 2007 and forward, Charles Fannin and Gordy Wrobel only list P.O. Box 17, in Elfin Cove as their address.

Online listings with MN Address

Wrobel lists his Minnesota address with several membership directories and professional organizations.  Click above image to view and scroll through multiple documents.

 

Wrobel and Associates
For over twenty years, Gordon Wrobel has listed his Minnesota address with official state filings for his consulting company, Wrobel and Associates.

The State of Minnesota lists Dorothy Wrobel as the CEO for Axis, Inc, and Axis Alternatives, Inc.  Both corporations list MN addresses.

 



 

Gordon Wrobel was licensed with the Minnesota Department of Education as a school psychologist until 2006.

Where does Gordon Wrobel really live?

 

Some owners of Alaskan Corporations claim to live in Alaska, when they really don’t.  They use the corporation’s address as their residence address.  By claiming residency through a business address, these owners gain benefits reserved for legitimate state residents.  Benefits such as:

 

      • obtaining a resident fishing license 

      • obtaining a resident hunting license

      • obtaining a resident vessel registration

      • being eligible for Permanent Fund

      • obtaining a voter’s registration card

 

Getting a voter registration card allows them to vote in local elections and often become elected to local community organizations. Once elected, out-of-state business owners are then able to implement provisions and policies that benefit their Corporations, over the needs and wishes of the local year-round-residents.

Equally as powerful, this voting right is being used to cast votes in our State’s primary and general elections – the very elections held for our Alaskan State and Federal Senators and Representatives. Our community, of Elfin Cove, has several Corporations who have been operating this way for years.  One such LLC and corporate business owner is Gordon "Gordy" Wrobel.

 


Gordy Wrobel claims his homestead here in Minnesota.  Not in Elfin Cove or Juneau.  For almost 10 years, he has used a seasonal business addresss on permits and other official documents with the State of Alaska.  Using a business address doesn't validate Alaskan residency. 

 


Southeast Conference Info
Gordon "Gordy" Wroble, lodge co-owner in Elfin Cove, AK

Gordon Wroble, a resident of St. Paul, MN, has worked as a longtime consultant in human resources and school psychology.  Locally, he has been elected as a Director and then Chairman to the Community of Elfin Cove Non Profit Corporation (CECNPC). 

Wrobel is the current president of the Southeast Conference in Alaska. He and Charles Fannin are co-owners of The Cove Lodge, Inc.  Gordy is also the owner of Ocean Market Gardens, LLC, and former co-owner of Cove Mooring, LLC.
 
Gordy Wrobel wears many hats.  He also claims to hang those hats at addresses in both Alaska and Minnesota.  Depending on which hat he has on, Gordy Wrobel claims he lives at Lot 6, in Elfin Cove, AK (also known as 1 Skidd Row).  Sometimes, Wrobel simply uses his Elfin Cove mailing address of P.O. Box 17, which is the corporate address of The Cove Lodge, Inc. and other times he uses 961 W. Nebraska Ave in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

The Cove Lodge, Inc.

 

The Cove Lodge, Inc., was a popular lodge located at Lot 6, #1 Skidd Row in Elfin Cove, AK.  The lodge, a seasonal fishing lodge, is co-owned by Gordon Wrobel of St. Paul, Minnesota and Charles Fannin of Mineral Bluff, Georgia.
 

Cove Lodge is one of the several seasonal fishing lodges in Elfin Cove.  Most of the lodges open in May and close in September, providing lodging to clients of charter fishing operations.

 

According to State of Alaska filings, Wrobel became the sole owner of The Cove Lodge, Inc., in 1998.  Charles Fannin became a co-owner in 2007.

 
On June 19, 2010, The Cove Lodge caught fire and burned to the ground. For more on the fire, please see the article in the Juneau Empire, June 22, 2010 at http://juneauempire.com/stories/062210/sta_657804351.shtml.

 

 

Debris from fire

 

Following the fire that destroyed Cove Lodge, Gordon Wrobel's workers burned the debris and building materials on Lot 6, in Elfin Cove. 

 
 
Protecting our community
 
While burning the debris from the Cove Lodge fire, a thick blanket of smoke covered the site and could be seen from over two (2) miles away.
Now an empty lot
 
As of March 2012, the former location of the Cove Lodge remains a vacant lot covered with tree stumps, uneven terrain, and snow.  As Co-owner of the Cove Lodge, Gordon Wrobel, continues to use Lot 6, #1 Skid Row, as his residential address on state records and official documents. 
 
Wrobel has never maintained year-round residence in Elfin Cove, AK.  By claiming this vacant lot as his address, Wrobel has access to numerous benefits intended for legitimate Alaskan residents.


 

Flip-flopping like a fish on a line
Gordon Wrobel's homestead is in Minnesota, yet he claims Alaska residency

 

Official documents filed with the Alaska Department of Commerce (shown below) show Gordon Wrobel listing his residential address as The Cove Lodge.  With this Alaskan address, Wrobel obtained residential fishing permits, an Alaska voter registration card, and other privileges afforded to legitimate Alaskan residents. 

 
Wrobel has never maintained a permanent residence in Elfin Cove, Alaska.  The Cove Lodge has never been his primary domicile.  In fact,  as recently as 2011, Dorothy Wrobel has claimed a homestead exemption for the home in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
 
Additionally, Wrobel lists his Minnesota home address on other business/corporation documents with the State of Minnesota.  Wrobel lists 961 Nebraska Ave W, St. Paul, Minnesota for his consulting business, Wrobel and Associates - as filed with the Minnesota Secretary of State. (See supporting documentation below.) 
 
1993 - Alaska Department of Commerce, Corporations Division

Filing shows Gordon Wrobel as new co-owner and vice president with address listed as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN 55117 

 

1994 Letter

The Cove Lodge Inc., (with Juneau address) votes co-owner Gordon Wrobel as vice president

 
1996 Biennial Report

Gordon Wrobel listed as president with address as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117


1998 Biennial Report
Gordon Wrobel listed as 100% owner with address as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117
 

2000 Biennial Reports

Gordon and Dorothy Wrobel listed as officers with address as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN 55117

  

2002 Biennial Reports

Gordon and Dorothy Wrobel as officers with address as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117


2004 Biennial Report
Dorothy Wrobel, listed as Vice President and Treasurer, with address as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN 55117. Gordon Wrobel lists address as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK  99825 

 
2006 Biennial Report
Corporate address listed as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK. 
Gordon and Dorothy Wrobel listed as officers with address as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN 55117

 

2007 Change of Officers/Shareholders 
Corporate address listed as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK

Director, Dorothy Wrobel, address listed as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117
Co-owners, Gordon Wrobel and Charles Fannin, listed address as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK

  

2008 Biennial Report

Corporate address listed as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK

Co-owners, Gordon Wrobel and Charles Fannin, listed address as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK; Director, Dorothy Wrobel, address listed as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117

 
2010 Biennial Report
Corporate address listed as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK
Co-owners, Gordon Wrobel and Charles Fannin, listed address as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK
Director, Dorothy Wrobel, address listed as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117
 
2010 Change of Officers/Director
Corporate address listed as P.O. Box 17, Elfin Cove, AK
Dorothy Wrobel, address listed as 961 W. Nebraska, St. Paul, MN  55117 removed as director
 
The documents below were filed with the State of Alaska Department of Commerce.  Click on the document to view.
1993 Cove Lodge Report
1993 Cove Lodge Report
1994 Cove Lodge Report
1994 Cove Lodge Report
1996 Cove Lodge Report
1996 Cove Lodge Report
1998 Cove Lodge Report
1998 Cove Lodge Report
2000 Cove Lodge Report
2000 Cove Lodge Report
2002 Cove Lodge Report
2002 Cove Lodge Report
2004 Cove Lodge Report
2004 Cove Lodge Report
2006 Cove Lodge Report
2006 Cove Lodge Report
2007 Cove Lodge Report
2007 Cove Lodge Report
2008 Cove Lodge Report
2008 Cove Lodge Report
2010 Cove Lodge Report
2010 Cove Lodge Report

 
Why was Goordy granted a resident fishing permit? He lives in MN.
Wrobel has a AK resident permit but lives in MN
Wrobel has been claiming residency for years
CFEC records show Gordy has a Hand Trolling permit issued to him.  His address  on the web page is given as PO Box 17, Elfin Cove and the permit is a resident permit. 
 
A resident permit is based on the applicant listing a physical location of residence in Alaska, and then stating how long they have been living at that physical address.  Gordy has no home in Elfin Cove, so why was he granted a resident permit?

LIFE ON THE DOCK

Wrobel has been leasing a dock in EC’s Inner Harbor for years. Used for his lodge customers, he now ties up his new vessel, the Skutan, which he purchased in 2011.   He stayed on his boat after coming back to Elfin Cove with it.  In Spetmeber of 2011, he left to attend the Southeast Conference in Ketchikan.  As of March 17, 2012, Wrobel has not returned to Elfin Cove.

Gordy Wrobel and Charlie Fannin briefly stayed at O’Rourke’s Cabin in Elfin Cove during the summer charter fishing season of 2011. Here they are on Fannin's boat, the Cove Cat.

Wrobel operates a charter fishing business in Elfin Cove.  One of the vessels he uses is his partner Charlie Fannin's boat, the Cove Cat.

 

He holds a residential HT fishing permit and claims residence in Elfin Cove, Alaska.  Official documents show he and his wife claim their homestead in St. Paul, MN.

Gordy paid for a residential hand troll permit. But this is not a hand troll gurdy.


 

So what's the big deal? Alot!
 

 

Based on familial ties alone, Gordy Wrobel’s hat really seems to hang in Minnesota.  His human resources consulting business shows it was started in 1991 and has operated out of 961 Nebraska Ave. W in St. Paul, for the past 20 years.  At least that is what the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Corporations filings show.

 

Gordy’s wife, Dorothy, still lives and works in Minnesota.  She is the CEO of two successful businesses in the St. Paul area.  She is also the registered owner of their home on Nebraska Ave., according to the St. Paul tax records.   This is the same address Gordy has used with several professional organizations and groups, including NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and CECP (the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice).

 

We can’t be positive exactly where Gordy’s hat is hanging right now, but we do know where it isn‘t hanging.  It isn’t in Elfin Cove.  Gordy doesn’t live in Elfin Cove.  He has never resided in Elfin Cove as a permanent resident.  Not on Lot 6, not in the PO Box, not at The Cove Lodge, not at O’Rourke’s Cabin, not docked in our cove’s waters.
 
Remember, Gordy became a registered voter in the State of Alaska on August 21, 2000.  He has voted in Alaska’s Primary and General elections, and in a State-wide Special Election in 2007.  He has also voted in our local nonprofit corporation’s elections.  Unfortunately, the CECNPC has held only one election in which they can validate who actually voted.  That one election was in August of 2011. 

 

The ability to validate who voted in that election is largely due to a push by Alaskans for Alaska to change the corporation’s bylaws, requiring registration and documentation of the election process.  Of those who did vote in 2011, many were out-of-state charter fishing lodge owners and employees – all summer-time, seasonal workers who swore to the State of Alaska that they intended to stay and live in Alaska.  Judging from our census these past six months, they didn’t intend to stay very long after casting their vote.