Archbishop Nienstedt’s interviews with several local reporters are being published. In the PiPress Elizabeth Mohr writes, “He said, as he has in the past, that when he was appointed archbishop in 2008 he thought the issue of clergy abuse was being properly handled. Nienstedt said he relied on assurances from his predecessor, Archbishop Harry Flynn, and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough, who was the chief point person on priest sexual abuse and continued in that role from 2008 to 2013 as ‘delegate for safe environment.’ ” Buses are big. There’s a lot of room under them.
In the Strib, Jean Hopfensperger writes, “The archbishop denied that he was a homosexual or engaged in homosexual acts. ‘I’m not gay,’ he said. ‘And I’m not anti-gay.’ … When asked why Catholic priests and seminarians alleged he had same-sex attraction, Nienstedt responded, ‘I have no idea.’ ”
With MPR’s Madeleine Baran, we get this: “When asked if he thinks people will be able to trust him and continue following him in the wake of the scandal, Nienstedt said is confident that many will. ‘Well, I read all my mail and all my emails that I get, and there is decidedly a group of people who have lost trust,’ he said. ‘But I think there’s more than that number of people who have told me, ‘Hang in there, you’re doing a good job, we’re going to get through this and be in a better place.’ So I think you’re getting one side of the story, but I see both sides of the story. And I believe that what we’re going to do in the next few months is going to convince people that we’re on the right track.’ ” That sounds a lot like the classic, “Let’s move on” defense.
Another road that needs a lot of work. The AP says, “Minnesota officials have hired a contractor to start stabilizing a highway closed by flood and mudslide damage. The Minnesota Department of Transportation [says] … GeoStabilization International of Grand Junction, Colorado, has begun work on Highway 19. The east-west route that crosses near Minneapolis has been closed since June. Department officials say it’s expected to reopen to traffic by fall. The contractor will start from Henderson and Highway 169 on a process called soil nailing. It involves the insertion of reinforcing bars into the exposed soil.”
Inevitably … WDIO-TV in Duluth reports, “The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to replace Tim Scannell as county attorney following his conviction Friday on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. … Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken was appointed as interim attorney.”
Contributions for the family of slain Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick have already passed $10,000. Joe Lindberg of the PiPress says, “As of Thursday afternoon, the fundraiser on the GoFundMe site had amassed more than $10,000 from more than 300 people. It was created about 7 p.m. Wednesday — it shows no signs of slowing down.”
The suspect in Patrick’s killing is still in the hospital. The Strib team of Pat Pheifer, James Walsh and Paul Walsh report, “Along with revealing the [serious] condition of 39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr., St. Paul police also identified the woman who was with the longtime criminal during his arrest in St. Paul and also wounded as Kelly Lee Hardy. Authorities have yet to explain the relationship between the two or whether she is suspected of committing a crime.
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The Mighty Pipers will share St. Paul’s Lowertown stadium. Frederick Melo of the PiPress says, “St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Hamline President Linda Hanson on Wednesday unveiled a 25-year partnership agreement between the city of St. Paul and the state’s oldest private university. … Over the course of the 25-year lease agreement, the university will pay roughly $1.5 million into the ballpark, with $500,000 devoted to clubhouse construction and the remainder flowing into the ballpark’s general construction budget.” That’s getting close to the city’s tab for emergency street work.
Target went outside for a new CEO. Kavita Kumar of the Strib says, “Target Corp. on Thursday named Brian Cornell, a senior executive at PepsiCo Inc., to be its new chief executive, becoming the first outsider to lead the nation’s fourth-largest retailer. Cornell, 55, will also become the chairman of the Minneapolis-based company’s board, a role played by all of Target’s previous CEOs. … Faye Landes with Cowen and Co., noted that Cornell is a good presenter and is rare among retail CEOs in that he attended business school.”
Finally … she’s still giving. Our Favorite Congresswoman is hip deep in immigration, uh, reform. At Talking Points Memo, Catherine Thompson writes, “Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) suggested Wednesday that the U.S. government could subject thousands of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the Texas-Mexico border to ‘medical experimentation.’ … Bachmann went on to suggest that putting migrant children into the foster care system would offer hospitals more subjects to use for medical research … .” The Dr. Mengele overtone I believe qualifies that one for Godwin’s Law.