Were candidate forum questions given to incumbents ahead of time?

Were candidate forum questions given ahead of time to incumbents? Watch the two clips below and decide for yourself. I can assure you they were not provided to challenger Elroy Balgaard. Also note how the questions were designed specifically for incumbents starting off with eliciting gratuitous praise of current council members.

Mortenson indicates a question will be coming up:

Mortenson again knew the question was coming up:

It appeared answers were memorized and rehearsed rather than extemporaneous. Residents want to know who candidates are, not how well they can memorize “Our Minnetrista” scripted responses.

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