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Archdiocese acknowledges more than 100 priests accused of child sex abuse

PLUS: Experts predict low voter turnout; Farmfest gets drones; and Minneapolis gets named as one of the most lefty cities in the country.

MinnPost file photo by Rita Kovtun

Just a bit more than 34: Madeleine Baran of MPR reports, “The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has acknowledged that at least 103 priests have been accused of child sexual abuse — more than three times the number previously disclosed to the public in December. The total includes the 34 priests ‘credibly accused’ of abuse whose names Ramsey County Judge John de North ordered the archdiocese to release in December. The disclosure of the full list came in a court document cited in a hearing [Monday].

This is bit like predicting frost in January. At KSTP-TV the headline reads, “Low Voter Turnout Likely on Primary Election Day in Minnesota.” Tom Hauser says, ”Minnesota hasn’t discovered the magic formula for scheduling primary election days. The last time primary turnout surpassed 30 percent was in 1982. In 2014, many political observers predict a 9-10 percent turnout. ‘This is one of the sleepiest primary elections I can remember in years,’ Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute said.”

At KARE-TV, John Croman says, “In 2010, the year of a hotly contested Democratic gubernatorial primary, turnout was 15.9 percent. In 2012, with few contested battles, only 9.2 percent of voters showed up statewide. So far in 2014, election administrators have received 19,000 requests for absentee ballots and more than 9,000 have been returned. That’s 3,000 ahead of the pace in 2012, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.”

With friends like these: KMSP-TV’s Tom Lyden interviews the former head of Minnesota’s Hell’s Angels. He’s written a book and his old buddies aren’t happy. “Pat Matter was the undisputed godfather of the Minnesota Hells Angels, ruling over the city’s methamphetamine trade for decades from the Angels clubhouse on Washington Avenue. Until 10 years ago, when Matter did the unthinkable. He broke the code, and snitched on his fellow Angels. Matter is now telling his story with the help of an unlikely coauthor, Chris Omodt, a former Hennepin County deputy who helped put him away.”

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Maybe the Saudis would like to send some through, too? Dave Shaffer of the Strib says, “Just as more of North Dakota’s oil bounty travels along Minnesota railroads from the west, Canada is sending more of its crude south on tracks through the northern part of the state. Canadian National Railway, the largest railroad in Canada, reported an 82 percent increase in crude oil shipments in three months ending in June. Many of the oil tank cars are traveling on rails that pass through Warroad and Baudette and cross the Rainy River near Voyageurs National Park on their way to Superior, Wis.”

Not your grandpa’s FarmfestEvan Ramstad of the Strib says, “Farmers attending the show near the central Minnesota town of Morgan will have a chance to attend seminars on how drones and so-called big data are changing their work. Implement dealers, crop consultants, researchers and a handful of Minnesota companies that are in the drone business will be on hand. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is even giving away a quadcopter drone in a promotion.”

I’m desperately searching for a Wisconsin connection. Mitchell Schmidt of the Iowa City Press Citizen reports, “A Minnesota man faces multiple charges for allegedly breaking out windows to distract police from underage drinking at a fraternity party and later taking an Iowa City police cruiser for a short drunken drive. … It appears Tyler came across the police car, which was left running with the keys in the ignition, while the assigned officer was responding to the broken window call.”

We’re No. 14! Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times writes, “Minnesota has the 14th-lowest closing costs of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, according to a recent survey by Based on a good-faith estimate for a $200,000 loan, lender’s origination fees in Minnesota averaged $1,836. Origination plus third-party fees totaled $2,436. No other state in the five-state region was lower. Wisconsin had the fifth-highest costs.”

Oh, and Minneapolis is No. 6! And St. Paul is No. 13! As in most liberal big cities in the country. The Economist reports, “San Francisco is the most leftie city in the union. But would people expect Washington, DC, to come second, ahead of Seattle (where it is legal to smoke pot) or the Democratic stronghold of Boston? On the other end of the scale, Mesa, Arizona is the most conservative large city, with a slew of Texan and Oklahoman municipalities high on the list.”

Mmmmm, this water has a distinct, earthy bouquet. Elizabeth Dunbar at MPR says, “Mankato, where treated wastewater is used for everything from irrigation to industrial cooling, is one of the few places around this water-rich state where water is being recycled in this way. But as concerns about the availability of groundwater rise in certain parts of the state, interest in reusing wastewater is growing. Slowly.”