Minneapolis priest calls for Nienstedt’s resignation

Archbishop John NienstedtArchbishop John Nienstedt

His is a serious name: Jean Hopfensperger of the Strib reports, “The Rev. Patrick Kennedy of St. Olaf Catholic Church has called for the resignation of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, saying it would create a ‘collective sigh of relief’ from Twin Cities Catholics. In the Aug. 31 church newsletter, Kennedy wrote that he reached the conclusion after returning to Minneapolis recently following two years away. It was then that he realized the ‘full effect’ of the recent clergy sex abuse scandal on Catholics in the pews.” 

It’s officially a spree. WCCO-TV’s story, by Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield says, “Police believe the man suspected of killing Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station last month may have robbed a bank in Blaine over the weekend. … On Monday, the Blaine Police Department issued a release saying that a TCF Bank in Blaine was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money, which both it and he may have been tainted by a red dye pack.”

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman spent a chunk of Labor Day talking to black leaders about that video of a man getting Tased by St. Paul copsAndy Rathbun of the PiPress says, “The Monday meeting, which lasted about an hour and included St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, was productive, said Coleman, Smith and the Rev. Dr. Charles Gill, president of the St. Paul Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. … Addressing reporters after the private meeting at New Hope Baptist Church in St. Paul, Gill said a conversation with the security company at the First National Bank building is needed ‘regarding the behavior of their employees and the policies that they have regarding that building.’”

Hardly Detroit, but still not good. The Strib’s Steve Brandt says, “The city’s 550 vacant houses are in nearly every neighborhood of the city, piling up not only complaints from neighbors, but also expensive fines that can make it harder for owners to raise money needed to restore houses. … Of the hundreds of vacant properties in the city, five have held a place on the list for 10 years. Eighty have been listed more than five years; more than 200 properties have been listed more than three years.”

And you know this is just the beginningSays Kelly Smith of the Strib, “With just the click of some buttons, a 12-foot-tall castle has appeared in a quiet Minnesota back yard — proof of the very latest in technology. Andrey Rudenko built the castle layer by layer with one of the first 3-D concrete printers in the world, an ambitious task given that most things produced by 3-D printers are much smaller, like plastic models or parts. Now the Shorewood engineer and contractor has an even larger goal: use his 3-D printer to build the first-of-its-kind concrete house.”

The AP is assuring us that there will in fact be themes to this fall’s campaigns. “For Democrats, back-to-school week brings a chance to brag about the launch of statewide all-day kindergarten where parents aren’t hit with fees or school districts don’t have to absorb costs of the extra classroom time. Over the next month, thousands of homeowners, renters and farmers will receive property tax refund checks from the state because of expanded eligibility and new money the Democratic-led Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton designated for those programs. … For Republicans, the anticipated release in early October of health insurance premium information will focus new attention on the problem-riddled MNsure.”

With this endorsement and $3. The AP says, “Two former leaders in Minnesota’s Independence Party have endorsed Republican candidate Mike McFadden in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Former Independence Party Chairman Jack Uldrich and former House candidate David Dillon both threw their support behind McFadden on Monday.”

An influential preservationist has died. In the PiPress, Will Aschenmacher writes, “Richard Faricy, a noted St. Paul architect and preservationist whose work shaped his hometown’s historic character, died Aug. 30. He was 86. Faricy came to prominence with his work on St. Paul’s Landmark Center, which was saved from demolition and refurbished between 1972 and 1978. ‘That was really a seminal project. It set off the whole preservation movement in St. Paul,’ said former Pioneer Press architecture critic Larry Millett, who has written about Twin Cities architecture. ‘There really was no significant preservation movement in St. Paul or Minneapolis until that time.’”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a take on our just-concluded extrava-food-ganzaSays Gretchen McKay, “The smell washes over you in the parking lot, even before you reach the long lines that snake out in every direction at the ticket booth. The sweet, sugary aroma of cotton candy mixed with the earthy scent of manure. … Unlike other big fairs … Minnesota doesn’t go after the ‘shock foods’ that verge on the ridiculous — say, the beef sundae served in Indiana or the fried butter balls that made Montana famous. Rather, the vendor committee looks for fun food that has ‘legs’ that will stand up to Minnesotans’ persnickety taste buds. ‘Sometimes it’s a slippery slope, but we try to strike a balance’ between shock and awe.” Wait, beef sundae?

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 09/02/2014 - 08:32 am.

    Good for the Rev. Patrick Kennedy … he’s actually following the moral dictates of his religion.

    What a concept!

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 09/02/2014 - 11:39 am.

    Too little, maybe too late

    That the archbishop has not already been arrested and put on trial for obstruction of justice, and for aiding in the commission of felony child abuse, is jaw-dropping and head-shaking. He has totally undermined whatever moral authority the Catholic church might have had (minimal in my household, but substantial in many others) in the community. Instead of leadership, he has concealed, lied, dissembled, and otherwise protected criminal pedophiles. He has richly earned a criminal trial in a secular court of law.

  3. Submitted by E Gamauf on 09/02/2014 - 12:46 pm.

    “A conversation is needed with the security company”

    Talk about a soft sell.
    What are the standards & training for these guys tasing people?

    Cops & now even rent-a-cops have special privileges that exceed an average citizen’s privileges in exchange for the right to carry weapons & use them – therefore they MUST bear higher responsibility for the use & misuse of hose weapons.

    What is anybody telling the guy so abused – “well next time they won’t tase you?”

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