MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Judge: Priest list must be released, Church officials must testify
ST. PAUL -- A Ramsey County Judge has denied a request from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to delay the release of names of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse since 2004. The judge also upheld the ruling that Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough will have to give sworn depositions in the civil lawsuit filed on behalf of a sexual abuse survivor, Doe 1, who claims he was abused by Father Thomas Adamson at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park. Plaintiff's attorney Jeff Anderson says the weekend decision reflects the urgency of the release of the information
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar were among a group of leaders who participated in a weekend roundtable discussion centered on heroin use, following a recent surge in heroin related deaths in Minnesota. Last year Hennepin County saw the highest number of heroin-related deaths on record, with 56 heroin overdose deaths. The upward trend continues in 2014 with at least 4 heroin overdose deaths during the month of January. Stanek says the county cannot, "Arrest our way out of this opiate epidemic," and even one death as a result of heroin is too many. The sheriff focused on proactive prevention efforts, including proposed legislation that would allow police officers to administer a heroin antidote when overdose is suspected.
A snowmobiler is dead after colliding with a train in Brainerd on Sunday. Investigators say an empty Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal train was entering Brainerd near state Highway 25 when 30-year-old Michael Flanagan crossed the tracks in front of the train, despite the fact that the operator was blasting the horn. Flanagan died shortly after emergency medical personnel arrived.
A memorial is growing for the five children who died Friday morning in a duplex fire in North Minneapolis. People dropped off toys, flowers and more at the home over the weekend. Eight people were home at the time of the fire, with the father and two children making it out alive. Investigators have not yet determined how the fire started.
Police in Duluth are investigating a gunfire incident that occurred during a large fight outside of a local bar. Investigators say the initial call concerned a man involved in the fight that had a gun sticking out of the waistband of his pants, and before officers arrived at the scene a second call reported that shots were fired. It turns out that the 73-year-old private security guard at Twins Bar spotted a man holding a gun, and when he ordered the suspect to drop it the man pointed it at the guard instead. The guard fired one round and the suspect took off running, but turned and leveled the gun at the guard again and the security employee fired a second shot. The man successfully ran from the scene and police are still looking for him.
Police officers had to break up a brawl early Sunday morning at a Rochester bar that is fairly well-known for large altercations. Officers were sent to Whiskey Bone Roadhouse and found several customers fighting inside the bar. One had suffered an injury to his jaw. A bouncer who was hit with a barstool while trying to restore order declined medical treatment Police arrested one man and he could face assault charges. No word on what started the brawl.
An independent study by the Economic Development Research Group finds the Angel Tax Credit leveraged over 107-million dollars in private investments and supported over 500 jobs from 2010 to 2012. The credit was launched in July 2010 to encourage the startup of technology-based businesses in Minnesota. The study anticipates another 635 jobs will be created through the tax credit by 2020
Funeral arrangements are still pending for Horst Rechelbacher, a pioneer in health-and-beauty products. He died at his home in Wisconsin on Saturday at age 72. Rechelbacher emigrated from Austria, and was a hairdresser in 1978 when he founded Aveda in Minneapolis. It grew to about 25-thousand stores and salons throughout the world, plus teaching institutes in Minneapolis and New York. Rechelbacher sold Aveda in 1997 to Estee Lauder for 300-million dollars. After that, he started the Minneapolis firm of Intelligent Nutrients. Rechelbacher was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, and gave up his presidency of Intelligent Nutrients in 2012.