MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Archdiocese to release list of abusers
ST. PAUL - Archbishop John Nienstedt says the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis made "serious mistakes" in handling priest sex-abuse cases.
Nienstedt in an open letter says during November, with "permission of the relevant court" the Archdiocese will disclose names, locations and status of priests currently living in the Archdiocese that "we know have substantiated claims against them of committing sexual abuse against minors." He says "all of these men have been removed from the ministry." Nienstedt adds a full review of the effectiveness of the monitoring program regarding priests suspected of molestation is warranted and the Archdiocese will hire an outside firm with the experience and expertise to review the relevant church files in such cases.)
An all-school prayer service at Cretin-Durham Hall High School in St. Paul this morning for a football player killed in a crash in Eagan on Sunday morning. Investigators say a car driven by junior starting guard 16-year-old Max Lowell went off the road and hit a power pole. Lowell was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Eagan police and the State Patrol continue to investigate the crash.
A hunter from Indiana is hospitalized in stable but serious condition in Duluth after a weekend ATV accident near Orr. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Andrew Carr of Indianapolis lost control on an ice- and snow-packed trail, hit several trees and was thrown from the machine. Carr suffered multiple severe injuries including broken ribs, a broken clavicle and a punctured lung. He underwent surgery at an Iron Range hospital in Virginia and was later transferred to Saint Mary's in Duluth. Investigators believe the weather conditions contributed to the crash.
As the death toll from the typhoon continues to rise in the Philippines, local leaders are readying aid efforts. Jose Rivera, president of the nonprofit Philippine Center of Minnesota, says in the next few weeks the Filipino community in the Twin Cities will put together fund raisers and then send aid directly to victims in the Philippines. Rivera recommends in the meantime that anyone who wants to help in the relief effort donate to the American Red Cross or the Philippine National Red Cross at redcross.org.
Minnesota astronaut Karen Nyberg is back on Earth after spending 166 days in space. A Russian space capsule carrying Nyberg and two other astronauts returned to Earth today from the International Space Station in a flawless landing in Kazakhstan. Nyberg is from Vining, Minnesota and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994. She traveled over 70 million miles while orbiting the Earth more than 2,600 times.
A Minnesota egg farm is one step closer to getting a free Super Bowl commercial this year. The Locally Laid Egg Company in Wrenshall is one of four finalists competing to a win a free 30-second ad during the big game on February 2nd. More than 15,000 small businesses nationwide have been in competition for the top spot in Intuit's "Small Business Big Game" contest. The Locally Laid ad features charismatic chickens--all named Lola. The winner of the contest will be chosen by a nationwide online vote at smallbusinessbiggame.com Voting ends December 1st.