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The search for archdiocese’s assets begins

Plus: Amazon distribution center in Shakopee, Garnett and Saunders prospective Wolves purchase, MOA parking lot sauna and more.

St. Paul's Cathedral
MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

Check under the pew cushions. Martin Moylan at MPR notes the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis takes another step forward with the first meeting of the creditors committee: “So far, five people — all alleged victims of clergy sex abuse — have been named to the committee. Payouts to them and other creditors will depend greatly on what assets the archdiocese has available for compensation — a factor that likely will set in motion a detailed search for church assets.”

When you need that 4-pack of lint brushes and rooftop kayak rack today. Nick Woltman at the Pioneer Press reportes online retailer Amazon is building a distribution center in Shakopee, which may lead to same-day delivery for Twin Citizens. The service is already available in 13 other U.S. metropolitan areas.

Not ready for Prairie Home players. Steve Marsh goes behind the scenes of MPR’s “Wits” program, sizing up the musical-variety show’s efforts and looking askance at the type of comedy a public radio listener expects: “Like [comedian] Paul F. Tompkins says, comedy doesn’t always have to be about challenging people, but ‘Wits’ can be disappointing when you consider they’re bringing the funniest people in comedy to a stage in St. Paul and broadcasting the results into the world. Is putting the best comedians in the country in skits about Internet cats the best Minnesota has to offer?”

Drill, baby, drill. Mark Reilly, managing editor of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is tracking testimony at the Kansas Statehouse by Minnesota dentists and dental industry experts. Kansas legislators are considering licensing dental practitioners, something only a few states, including Minnesota, have done.

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We are all Minnesotans now. The editorial board of the New York Times has had it with this winter: “Winter shrinks the vision, narrows it to the limits of a parka hood. It numbs the heart, dulls the reflexes of graciousness and gratitude as people’s behavior on sidewalks and train platforms shifts to self-preservation. It bends the neck, as the eyes scan for ice, gauging the leapability of slush puddles and the danger of left-turning, nonyielding cabs. Is that filthy, black-edged snowbank crusty enough to slip on, or soft enough to sink into? Will I break my ankle or just soak it? Should I give up now, and die right here? It’s windy. It hurts. I can’t go on.”

In other news…

Charley Walters: Kevin Garnett, Flip Saunders likely to pair up in bid to buy the Timberwolves [Pioneer Press]

Truck crashes into St. Cloud dentist office, injuring two [St. Cloud Times]

Who wants to take a sauna…in the Mall of America parking lot?! [h/t MNSpeak]

North Dakota House majority leader: No apology over canceled Muslim prayer [Pioneer Press]

How serious is our water supply problem? And what can be done to solve it? [5 Eyewitness News]

Which Minneapolis neighborhood is one of the coolest in the U.S.? [City Pages]