Former state Rep. Marty Seifert, running for governor, and State Sen. Julianne Ortman, running for Senate, came out on top of Tuesday's non-binding GOP straw poll. But they both still have the state party convention and primaries ahead of them.
Tina Smith has served as Dayton's chief of staff since 2011. Prior to that, she did the same job for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and worked for the Metropolitan Council.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said authorities had investigated whether officials of the Twin Cities archdiocese had failed to report suspicions of abuse in a timely way. He said that while he continued to be troubled by the church's communication practices, he had found no evidence that might persuade a jury.
Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement.
Twenty-one of the priests, the diocese said, are dead. Of the living: Four live in Collegeville, one lives in St. Cloud, one in the Twin Cities metro area and another in New York City. The diocese doesn't know the whereabouts of five of the priests on the list.
Mohamud Noor says he's running against state Rep. Phyllis Kahn because he wants the Legislature to focus more attention on reducing the achievement gap in public schools, and connect better with members of the East African community and college students.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forwarded information about two parish priests to law enforcement. The two priests in question are taking leaves from active ministry.
A spokesperson for the city of St. Paul's public works department said 700 fewer cars were ticketed and 100 fewer cars were towed than during a typical early phase of a snow emergency.
Allegations against leaders of the Twin Cities Archdiocese in recent months have triggered anger among many parishioners. If they choose to take a stand with their dollars, it could affect how the church moves forward with projects throughout the coming year.
Harry Walsh wasn't included on a recent list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse. Church leaders knew his history, yet allowed him to continue working in parishes until the fall of 2011. Today Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright Co., Minn.
According to police, an archdiocese attorney and vicar general answered some questions and planned to meet again with police. No other details were provided.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies.
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is not cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation into clergy sexual abuse.
Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche will temporarily be the public face of an archdiocese that is facing fierce criticism for how it handled clergy sexual abuse.
The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese says Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated by police for an allegation of touching a boy on the buttocks.