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The archdiocese's hidden 'priest support' money; a security hospital resident kills another

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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  • Offering boxThe hidden archdiocese accounts
    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.
  • Minnesota Security HospitalOne Security Hospital resident kills another
    A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter died Wednesday night from injuries inflicted by another patient, the state's Department of Human Services said Thursday morning.
  • Aurora supports miningMining backers dominate second PolyMet hearing
    The message many Iron Range community leaders and residents brought to a public hearing Wednesday night on PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine was clear: We want this project in our backyard.
  • Hang in there, a (brief) warmup is coming
    It was cold enough today for another round of school closings. But we bottom out today on the cold for a few days. A warming trend kicks in tonight and Friday, and temps should reach the low 30s sometime Friday afternoon.
  • Still below average
    Minnesota's jobless rate is more than two percentage points below the national rate of 6.7 percent. The state's economy added 9,500 jobs in December, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development reported today.
  • Minnesota hospital patient hospital safety improves
    The number of deaths and harmful events linked to preventable hospital errors has largely declined in the past decade, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • A variety of aircraft can be used by farmers.Agriculture on the cusp of a drone boom
    Many farmers are technologically savvy, using remote sensors and satellite images to monitor their fields. As soon as the FAA passes new rules, drones are expected to be another tool adopted by agriculture.
  • TargetWhat's ahead for Target?
    New York retail analyst Howard Davidowitz says there could be even more cuts coming down the pike. "If business continues soft, management must react on the expense line. In other words you can't allow overhead to grow out of proportion. Target is a discount business," he said.
  • US soldiers inspect the scene'They got ambushed,' in Afghanistan, mom of Minnesota Guardsman says
    Kim Schwich says her son Robbie Sheets, of Litchfield, was among the wounded. She talked to him on Monday, and he told her he'd been shot in the back and legs in the attack at a forward operating base.
  • CEO Scott LeitzIndependent report slams MNsure leaders, says state should consider scrapping system
    Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, performed a week-long analysis that found the project suffers from a lack of good management.
  • Cargill to pay $2.2M in discrimination settlement
    U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race and ethnicity.
  • Daudt ends silence, answers questions about Montana gun incident
    House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, declined repeated interview requests for a week and a half after revealing that he was stopped by police during a truck-buying trip to Montana in September. A disagreement with the seller resulted in Daudt's friend allegedly pulling a handgun owned by Daudt. His friend was later arrested.
  • Former state employee found guilty of identity theft
    Investigators traced stolen credit card numbers and personal documents found during a traffic stop in April 2012 to 50-year-old Roxanne DeFlorin. A raid on her house in August 2012 turned up the personal information of 355 people, including social security and credit card numbers.
  • Metro State not big enough to handle demand for four-year degrees
    MnSCU will need to produce a total of 50,000 bachelor's graduates in the metro area by 2025 to keep up with projected job growth. Many of the new students will be those who are not accepted to private colleges or the University of Minnesota or can't afford them.
  • Monte CarloAppetites: Here's where to find the best comfort food in the Twin Cities
    We are in the depths of another cold snap here in Minnesota, and if that snowy landscape reminds you of mashed potatoes it means you're craving a hearty, nostalgic meal.

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