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The archbishop under investigation; Target makes a gun request; RollerGirls from a different point of view

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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  • Archbishop John NienstedtPriests, parishioners surprised at news of archbishop probe
    Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has led the archdiocese's response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal for nearly a year, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that he ordered a private investigation into unspecified allegations against himself.
  • TargetTarget asks customers to leave firearms at home
    The company recently found itself in the middle of a tug of war between gun rights advocates bringing rifles into Target stores and gun control supporters trying to keep the weapons out.
  • Minnesota RollerGirlsVideo: Roller derby from a different POV
    MPR News reporter Tim Post put a GoPro video camera on a member of the Minnesota RollerGirls -- her helmet, her ankle -- during one of the all-female roller derby team's recent scrimmages.
  • Shepherd RoadFlood damage tally so far: $32M and rising
    Flood damage from last month's storms affected nearly half of Minnesota's 87 counties and initial estimates indicate $32 million in damages to public roads, bridges and other structures, state emergency managers said Tuesday.
  • Dikes along the Rainy RiverThese flood fixes worked
    In 1997 the Red and Minnesota Rivers flooded beyond anything most people had seen before. But money poured into flood prevention over the last decade and half has helped avert that kind of disaster.
  • Birth control ruling: The Minnesota plaintiffs
    Eight Minnesota companies were among plaintiffs affected by Monday's Supreme Court ruling that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
  • Encouraging studentsNative tongue: Teacher brings Lakota language to 'Star Spangled Banner'
    Lorna Her Many Horses grew up on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation, but she didn't master the language of her ancestors until she came to Minneapolis. She now teaches the Dakota language, of which Lakota is a dialect, in the Minneapolis public schools.
  • Cancer survivorsAt highest risk for cancer, American Indians struggle to change lifestyles
    In the first of three reports about health disparities in Minnesota, we look at American Indians, whose risk of dying from lung cancer is twice that of non-Hispanic whites. Their rates of cervical and larynx cancer are even higher.
  • Pedrito MartinezPedrito Martinez brings sounds of Cuba to The Dakota
    On his band's new self-titled recording, Pedrito Martinez offers a bit of homespun wisdom, urging his audience to live conscious lives and avoid arrogance. "Be patient," he sings, "triumph is in consistency."
  • Zombie Pub Crawl exhumed from West Bank
    Fake blood-makers rejoice! The Zombie Pub Crawl is back. This October will mark the 10th time that drunk people dressed as zombies have taken to the streets of Minneapolis. But some changes are afoot for the city's annual infestation of walking dead.
  • 2 Appleton cops, fugitive fall through attic floor
    Police were trying to arrest a 20-year-old man after he fled during a traffic stop in June. The two-hour standoff ended about 8 p.m. Tuesday. No one was seriously hurt.
  • Reunion for man who was pulled from burning SUV
    Bob Renning pulled Mike Johannes through a broken window in his burning SUV after he pried a locked door open on Sunday night on I-35W. He was reunited with his rescuer on a morning television news show.

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