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Archdiocese whistleblower accuses leaders of ‘cavalier attitude’ toward kids

Chris Kluwe tangles with the Vikings; Navy SEAL testifies against Ventura; Southern Theater undergoing a rebirth; and more.

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

Every crisis management pro will advise a client to disgorge the bad news ASAP and begin the restoration of trust. It’s the steady drip that kills you. If the archdiocese got that advice, it apparently didn’t take it. In the Strib, Jean Hopfensperger reports, “Jennifer Haselberger, the whistleblower who exposed troubling clergy child abuse practices in the Twin Cities archdiocese, offers further details of the church’s protection of abusing priests in an affidavit filed in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday morning.”

At MPR, Madeleine Baran writes, “In her sworn statement, the former archdiocese chancellor also accused top church leaders of a “cavalier attitude” towards the safety of children, and contradicted sworn testimony by former top church deputies Peter Laird and Kevin McDonough and archdiocese attorney Andrew Eisenzimmer.”

Speaking of conflicts within religious organizations … Punter Chris Kluwe continues to be an irritation to the NFL, and the Vikings in particular. Michael Smith at NBC Sports reports, “Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says the team has finished its investigation into his allegation that he was subjected to harassment and hostility for speaking out in favor of gay marriage, but that the team is now breaking its promise to release the results of that investigation.”

For their part, the Vikings, at, respond: “ … Minnesota Vikings have taken [Kluwe’s charges]  very seriously, which is why the team immediately retained former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel … . As Magnuson and Madel confirmed today, the Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed. The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and Halunen have provided to the media over the past six months.”

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Never mind selling the stuff. There’s good jing in being a marijuana bureaucrat. Says Christopher Snowbeck in the PiPress. “The state is taking applications through Friday for a research manager for its new Office of Medical Cannabis. The annual salary could range from $116,719 to $205,605, according to a job posting, which says applicants must hold a medical degree and physician licensure in Minnesota.”

Last night’s Home Run Derby at Target Field went on nearly as long as the 1927 season. But if you watched closely, one guy did all right for his kids. Kevin Kaduk at Yahoo Sports writes, “Adam Koering was living the dream at Target Field with his three children on Monday night.  … the Eden Prairie, Minn., resident caught two homers in the first round. The first came off the bat of Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins. … As a television crew interviewed Koering about the experience of catching Dozier’s homer, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles stepped to the plate. One of his four blasts sailed toward the Koering family and Adam was able to snatch it up before it hit the reporter who was interviewing him.” There’s video at the link.

“I’ve Been Defamed!” watch. Randy Furst of the Strib writes, “Defense attorneys in the defamation case filed by former Gov. Jesse Ventura Tuesday produced their first witness to testify that he saw Ventura on the ground during an incident at a California bar in 2006. John Kelly III, dressed in full U.S. Navy SEAL uniform, testified that he saw Ventura lying on his back on a sidewalk outside McP’s Irish Pub moments after he faced off with the late Chris Kyle, author of the memoir ‘American Sniper’. … Kelly admitted he had been drinking heavily and had had 15 to 20 drinks.” What!?

It is tough to beat: Stribber Dan Browning picks up on U.S. News survey declaring the Mayo Clinic the country’s best hospital. “For the first time, The Mayo Clinic has ranked as the nation’s No. 1 hospital in the annual U.S. News & World Report index measuring adult care across 16 medical specialties. Mayo, based in Rochester, edged out Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for the top rung after Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore ended its 21-year reign and fell to number three.”

The Southern is rising again! Says Euan Kerr at MPR, “The historic Southern Theater, which nearly collapsed in bankruptcy in 2011, is undergoing a rebirth that will make it into a home for 15 resident companies. … in recent years the theater, which has achieved financial solvency only as a barebones rental operation, has been a far cry artistically from its heyday. But that could change soon. Executive Director Damon Runnals said he and the theater’s board launched discussions two years ago to find a new business model to serve the interests of artists, audiences, and the Southern itself. The result is ARTshare, which combines artistic residencies, and revenue sharing with audience memberships.”