MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Two Minnesota Priests on leave due to "prior misconduct"
ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota Catholic priests have takes voluntary leaves of absence, and officials with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis say both cases involve misconduct that took place several years ago -- but, "Did not involve a violation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People." The statement released by the Archdiocese also says the misconduct did not involve members of any parishes the two priests have served. Father David Barrett has been an assistant priest at Saint Wenceslaus of New Prague since 2009, and officials say he has undergone counseling while at that assignment and others. Father Paul Moudry has been pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley since 2001. The Ministerial Standards Board of the Archdiocese will recommend a course of action for both priests. The exact nature of the misconduct has not been released in either case.
Most of central Minnesota may be bracing for the first winter storm of the season. The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen says the winter storm watch will go into effect Tuesday afternoon, with rain turning over to snow in late afternoon and early evening. Four to six inches is expected, with higher amounts in some spots. Meteorologists warn that it will be a heavy snow, which could lead to broken tree branches and power outages. The snow is expected to taper off early Wednesday morning.
A Minnesota Department of Transportation employee was hit by a car in Minneapolis last (Sun) night. According to the State Patrol the worker was cleaning debris on Interstate 94 when he was hit; he was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to recover. Troopers say the driver of the car was arrested for driving without a license or insurance, giving false information to police, careless driving and having an open bottle of alcohol in his vehicle.
A North Dakota college athlete will be returned to Minneapolis to face murder and attempted murder charges. Former Valley City State University student and football player Cedric Chappell is accused of killing one man and injuring another in a shooting outside a Minneapolis bar and restaurant last month. Although Chappell had fought extradition, a warrant was approved by the governor's of North Dakota and Minnesota to force his return to Minnesota.
The search continues for a suspect in a fatal bar shooting early Sunday morning in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. A 27-year-old man was shot during a rap concert inside Epic Nightclub. When officers arrived they found the victim's body on the sidewalk outside the club. He died at the scene. Witnesses tell police the victim and suspect had been arguing when one pulled a gun and fired. The name of the victim has not been released Meanwhile Minneapolis Police Chief Janeane Harteau joined officers on foot patrols downtown Sunday night. Harteau wants downtown businesses and visitors to know the area is safe and that police are working overtime to keep it that way.
Two Duluth men were injured yesterday (Sun) when a rifle exploded at a gun range north of Duluth. Saint Louis County Sheriff's investigators say 34-year-old John Kubiak of Duluth was firing a bolt action rifle when it blew up, and the force of the blast sent the bolt flying into 61 year-old David Shrader's chest. Neither was seriously hurt, but Kubiak was treated for a severe thumb injury. A pair of binoculars Shrader was wearing around his neck may have offered some protection. Investigators are not yet sure what caused to rifle to explode.
The Minnesota Voters Alliance and Minnesota Majority plan to announce the details (10:00 a.m. presser) this (Mon) morning of a lawsuit they intend to file challenging the Minnesota Secretary of State's authority to install online voter registration without legislative approval. State Senator Warren Limmer and State Representative Steve Drazkowski are also listed as plaintiffs in the suit.
The newest leader of the Minnesota Court of Appeals will be sworn in this (Mon) afternoon (1:30 pm.). Judge Edward Cleary is the seventh chief judge of the appeals court since it began in 1983. He was appointed to the court in 2011, and previously served in the Second Judicial District court. The swearing-in will also be a learning experience for students at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, where the ceremony takes place. Cleary is a 1970 graduate, and more than 100 current students will attend. Outgoing Chief Judge Matthew Johnson will stay on as associate judge of the state Court of Appeals.
A pro-mining labor organization applauds a bipartisan bill -- supported by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken -- that would require the government to have a list of 20 minerals and elements that are critical to the nation. Nancy Norr with Jobs for Minnesotans says minerals like copper, nickel, platinum and gold are important for Minnesota industries. Samantha Chadwick with Environment Minnesota says despite the bill, most lawmakers are stopping short of endorsing the first sulfide mine in Minnesota.
Two weekend plane crashes are being investigated by The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration -- one in southeastern Minnesota on Friday, and the second in Superior, Wisconsin on Saturday. Three Michigan men were killed and a third was critically injured when their plane went down in a farm field in Caledonia, in the far southeastern corner of Minnesota. 79-year-old Joel Garret, 49-year-old Dale Garrett and 50-year-old John Bergeron were killed and 61-year-old Joseph Stevens was airlifted from the scene. There were no major injuries when two planes carrying skydivers collided in the air over South Superior, Wisconsin Saturday. The skydivers were able to safely jump away from the planes. One of the planes was able to land at Superior Airport, the other crashed near the Douglas County Fairgrounds.