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Vikings fans ponder pricey seat fees; Peterson plays as promised; a University of St. Thomas priest steps aside

Monday, October 14, 2013

On Monday we're also reporting on charter schools in the Twin Cities suburbs getting whiter, gauging your reaction to the federal government's shutdown, and getting ready for jury selection in the case of a violent St. Paul beating.

  • Vikings fans ponder pricey seat license fees for new stadium
    Vikings fans were back in the Metrodome this weekend for the first time since the team unveiled the details of its financing plan for a new stadium. Some found it shocking. Others were supportive.
  • Adrian Peterson has dealt with tragedy often
    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has learned to turn tragedy into fuel for an exceptional career. Last week he faced a new challenge. One of his sons died after a severe beating in South Dakota.
  • Photo gallery: Peterson plays as promised.
    Playing through the news of his son's death, Adrian Peterson suited up for the game against Carolina on Sunda, as he promised. But he couldn't help the Vikings avoid a 35-10 loss.
  • University of St. Thomas priest takes leave of absence, says archdiocese
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said today in a memo to all clergy that the Rev. Michael Keating, a popular speaker and professor at the University of St. Thomas, has taken a leave of absence.
  • At Sunday Mass, Catholics react to archdiocese investigations
    Reports of possible cover-ups and extra payments to clergy suspected of sexual misconduct have put the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. We spoke with some Catholics at Mass on Sunday about their reaction to the news.
  • Report: In racially diverse suburbs, charter schools getting whiter
    The report says that since 2008 there's been a 40 percent increase in charters that serve mostly white students in first and second ring suburbs.
  • On Day 14 of the shutdown, there's no solution in sight
    Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke by phone Sunday but failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation's borrowing authority above the $16.7 trillion debt limit or reopen a government still shuttered on its 14th day. Congress is racing the clock.
  • Shutdown hinders S.D. ranchers devastated by blizzard
    A freak blizzard earlier this month killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota. The number of animals is hard to confirm, in part, because the federal agency tasked with tallying livestock losses after a disaster is closed during the partial government shutdown.
  • Franken: Washington impasses distracting lawmakers from critical work
    In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training.
  • Will the ongoing government shutdown change how you vote in the next election?
    The federal government shutdown is in its 13th day, with little sign of a budget deal that could win the approval of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House. The debate now includes efforts to avoid a default if the government's debt limit isn't raised by Thursday. Will this impasse affect the way you vote?
  • Senate gets a scolding with its morning prayer
    Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has been using his morning prayers to say exactly what he thinks is wrong with Washington lawmakers: "Remove from them that stubborn pride, which imagines itself to be above and beyond criticism." A retired rear admiral who often sports a bow tie, Black became the Senate's first African-American chaplain when he took the job 10 years ago.
  • Jury selection set to begin for teen charged in Payne-Phalen beating
    Police said several young males stomped and kicked the victim, Ray Widstrand, and eventually stripped him of his pants. Widstrand, now 27, suffered from potentially fatal brain swelling.
  • North Dakota's delay in reporting oil spill raises questions
    The handling of an oil spill in North Dakota is raising eyebrows after a state agency waited to tell the public it had taken place. A wheat farmer was the first to recognize the spill had happened; it became public knowledge nearly two weeks later.
  • Photos: Oil boom changes the face of North Dakota
    The sudden oil boom in North Dakota has created immense wealth, and also social and environmental challenges. We published this collection of photos earlier in 2013 documenting some of the changes.
  • Feds seek forfeiture of Duluth head shop building
    Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was recently convicted on multiple charges related to the sale of synthetic drugs from his Duluth shop, which is now closed.
  • Jilted bride donates reception to care group
    When Michelle Marxen's fiance called their wedding off, contracts had been signed and vendors had to be paid. She is donating the reception to a Moorhead organization that serves people with disabilities.
  • Creaky knees? Try exercise, not glucosamine And chondroitin
    If you're among the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, then perhaps you've tried the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. So they help? Some horses might say yes. Dogs, too. But humans? Researchers say the results just don't match the glowing testimonials.
  • 3 Americans win Nobel economics prize
    Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.
  • Lowest Social Security raise in years
    Preliminary figures suggest a benefit increase of roughly 1.5 percent, which would be among the smallest since automatic increases were adopted in 1975, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
  • Dying Ohio man on gurney leads daughter down aisle
    Doctors had been uncertain Scott Nagy, who has cancer, would be able to leave for the wedding, which was initially scheduled for next year. But with monitor cords and a tracheal tube attached, he made it.

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