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Ramsey County reviewing ‘new information’ on archdiocese

Jeff Anderson files victim lawsuit; U alerts seen as racial profiling; Super Bowl supported, derided; cleared coach hired at Minot State; Women’s Economic Security Act touted; and more.

Following Wednesday’s one-two punch of the Ramsey County attorney giving the archdiocese a pass on the Curtis Wehmeyer case only to have MPR report hours later that the archbishop had failed to disclose that one, too, in a timely manner, the Strib’s Jean Hopfensperger reports: “ ‘We’re reviewing the documents we received from police’, said Dennis Gerhardstein, spokesman for the county attorney’s office. ‘It’s new information.’ St. Paul police are also reviewing the documents. ‘Now that we have these documents in our possession, we are examining them and will then make a decision of how to proceed,’ said St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla. ‘We have not reopened any investigations [that we] discussed yesterday.’ ’’

Meanwhile, attorney Jeff Anderson has wasted no time. Says MPR’s Madeleine Baran: “Attorney Jeff Anderson has filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis today on behalf of a victim of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer. He claims in the suit that the archdiocese was negligent in allowing Wehmeyer access to children. … [Anderson] said [John] Choi should consider charging top church officials with obstruction of justice for their handling of the Wehmeyer case. Rick Dusterhoft, who directs the criminal division at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, said Wednesday that Minnesota law does not allow for broad obstruction of justice charges.”

The racial profiling part of those U of M campus alerts is under fire. KMSP-TV’s Maury Glover says: “Last semester, campus police issued multiple crime alerts amid a string of robberies and assaults, but the way police describe suspects has aroused the anger of those who fear such information contributes to racial profiling. On Wednesday, University of Minnesota police confirmed that regardless of the mounting anger, they won’t change their practices.” You can only imagine where right-wing radio is going with this one.

Speaking of the U, the editorial board at the Minnesota Daily is pro-Super Bowl … (as in hosting one; the Vikings playing in one is something else entirely): “Gov. Mark Dayton has started a campaign to bring the Su­per Bowl to Minneapolis. The game, which may be as early as 2018, would be a good fit for the Twin Cities as officials push for nationwide rec­ognition. Dayton said the game would bring in about half a billion dollars. Though sports economists cast doubt on the Super Bowl’s financial impact, there are few better uses of the new stadium, which is set to cost nearly $1 billion. Dayton also said he would not ask state lawmakers to use public money to help fund the bid.” Are we really lacking “nationwide recognition”?

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Meanwhile … Brandy Zadrozny at the Daily Beast, in a piece titled “The NFL’s Super Bowl Con: Hosting the Big Game Isn’t an Economic Score For Cities,” writes: “One study on the subject (PDF) found that the Super Bowl contributes only one-quarter of what the NFL promises. And in fact, even though most do provide an accounting return (money taken in covers or exceeds amount spent) almost all result in a negligible or negative overall impact on the economy.” So let’s see … extraordinarily large over-estimates of value married to (yet another) community “contribution” to “host” an NFL event. Where have we heard this before? Briana Bierschbach has MinnPost coverage here.

A guy who is still probably wondering where he goes to get his reputation back.  The AP story says: “A former college football coach who was cleared in a child pornography investigation in Minnesota is the new head coach at Minot State. The Minot Daily News and KTOE radio first reported Thursday that former Minnesota State-Mankato coach Todd Hoffner got the job. Minot State spokesman Michael Linnell confirmed the hire to The Associated Press.”

The GleanAs initiatives to voting blocs go, this is a no-brainer. The AP says: “Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature are planning a big push for what they’re calling a ‘Women’s Economic Security Act.’ House Speaker Paul Thissen of Minneapolis unveiled the checklist of proposals Thursday at the Women’s Economic Security Summit in St. Paul. It includes a wide range of legislative proposals, from increasing the minimum wage and expanding child care access to enhancing protections for domestic violence victims.” Given the DFL’s control, they better get all of that passed.

I witnessed it firsthand … . Another KMSP story says: “A series of spinouts and crashes shut down southbound Interstate 35 at Highway 8 Thursday morning, between Forest Lake, Minn., and Wyoming, Minn. We counted at least 15 spinouts in less than 30 seconds of the traffic camera video. The crashes kept southbound I-35 closed for just under 2 hours. The Minnesota State Patrol reopened the highway at Forest Lake just after 10:30 a.m.” Video is at the link.

And if you need a laugh, here’s another video. This is a trailer from the new season of “Portlandia”, the IFC comedy series about a certain rarefied demographic … like the the kind who tailgate before a “Prairie Home Companion” show. From Rolling Stone: “The sketch opens with a flurry of marching band drums as recurring characters Malcolm (Fred Armisen) and Kris (Carrie Brownstein) set up their ridiculously dorky tailgate spread outside of a Portland arena. Joined by a group of fellow middle-aged Prairie fans (let’s say ‘Prairie dogs’), the couple launch into a spree of sidesplitting one-liners. One of the best bits finds Malcolm sharing a story about a show in Seattle that found none other than NPR host Terry Gross gracing the stage. (As Kris notes, other people in their row fainted and, naturally, ‘peed their pants.’) ”

As if the cost of propane wasn’t bad enough … Tony Solano of KEYC-TV in Mankato reports: “Two of the three people exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning in New Ulm are still in the hospital. On Monday we told you that dispatchers received a call from a home at 1018 North Broadway. The three people living there reported flu-like symptoms. Allina Ambulance took 93 year-old Arnold Schweiss, his wife 90 year-old Velma Schweiss and step-son Steve Harder, to New Ulm Medical Center.  … Police say snowdrifts around the home’s exhaust and intake vents caused the carbon monoxide build-up in the home.  If you have questions about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, contact your local law enforcement agency.”