Archdiocese puts buildings up for sale

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

You know the archdiocese has to be hard up when they’re selling the archbishop’s house. From the AP (via MPR): “For-sale signs have been posted outside several properties owned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as it seeks to pay creditors. … KSTP-TV reports the properties with the for-sale signs include the chancery and the archbishop’s residence in St. Paul near the cathedral, as well as three other properties in St. Paul and another in Northfield.”

Huge settlement in case against Wisconsin’s Associated Bank over mortgage discrimination. Mary Lynn Smith and Jim Buchta in the Star Tribune report: “A Wisconsin bank with branches in Minnesota has agreed to a $200 million, three-year settlement prompted by one of the largest discriminatory housing lending complaints ever brought by the federal government. … Associated Bank agreed to the settlement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleged that between 2008 and 2010 the bank discriminated against blacks and Hispanics seeking mortgages in predominantly minority neighborhoods.”

Good thing the Legislature got around to passing that big roads and bridges package. “A crucial timber rail bridge burned and collapsed early Wednesday morning in Koochiching County, tipping two rail cars onto the banks of the Rat Root River and blocking a Canadian National rail artery that connects the Pacific Coast with Chicago,” reports the Star Tribune’s Adam Belz. ‘What happens when this other bridge that’s 120 years old collapses? Oh! Imagine that. And then it fills the whole Rainy River full of oil and gas,’ [Ranier, Minnesota mayor Dennis Wagner] said. ‘That’s going to happen, I guarantee you. Maybe not in my lifetime, but maybe in my grandson’s lifetime.’ ”

Minnesota turkey farmers will be anxiously watching the outcome of the special session. KSTP’s Jessica Miles reports: “Many farmers hope the state will help them recover from loss due to avian flu and help them prepare for a possible outbreak in the fall when wild birds migrate south for the winter. … But that state aid is now in limbo after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the agriculture bill over the weekend. … On his Northfield turkey farm, John Zimmerman waits. Not for more avian flu cases, certainly not for it to hit his … farm, but for funding to deal with a disease impacting growers across the state. … ‘We’re all just really frustrated because we’re hoping this will wrap up and we can start planning,’ Zimmerman said.”

In other news…

Former state Rep. Terry Morrow will manage U.S. Rep. Tim Walz’s 2016 re-election campaign. [Rochester Post Bulletin’s Political Notebook]

See if you can tick the right answers on the Star Tribune’s Lyme disease quiz.

You know what? We’re still going down to the basement. “Three Out Of Every Four Tornado Warnings Are False Alarms” [FiveThirtyEight]

Remember the “Thong Song”? We wish we could forget. But anyway, apparently Sisqó lives in Maple Grove now. [WCCO]

FiveThirtyEight has a short documentary about that time Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota. And in the intro text they call Minnesota a “major” state. We’ve made it! 

Get out your checkbook, taxpayer! “Minnesota Submits Bid To Host College Football Championship” [WCCO]

Tough talk from the Vikings: “Zimmer: Adrian Has Two Choices … Us or Not Play” [Minnesota Vikings]

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Chris Bjorklund on 05/27/2015 - 02:51 pm.

    Archdiocese Properties

    Small comfort may be gained by taxpaying citizens in that, were the properties in question to be bought by secular agencies, they would be put on the property tax rolls as they should have been from construction.

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 05/27/2015 - 04:56 pm.

    Handouts for turkey farmers?

    I recall some bad business years too but no state aid.

    • Submitted by Rory Kramer on 05/27/2015 - 07:42 pm.

      Is your business?

      Is your business susceptible to outside forces such as disease that result in having to euthanize hundreds and thousands of living turkeys that costs you thousands of dollars that will take a year or more to recoup losses? If you think farming is so easy, why don’t you become one instead of doing whatever it is you’re doing for work. The economic impact of the Asian Flu in MN to date is $310 million dollars. The direct impact to the turkey farmers is a tenth of that. The indirect impact-that of lost business to the local feed mills that employ workers, that of lost business from grocery stores, gas stations, etc, because people don’t have money to buy food and gas, etc, is huge. You must have not seen the story where over 200 Jennie-O workers are being laid off due to a shortage of birds to process.

      Farming is one of a few select occupations that your income is determined on both decisions you make and those that you have no control over-financial markets, currency rates, speculation by traders that don’t own any actual commodity, just on paper, weather, disease, trade and government policies, levels of production in other countries. Is the rate people like carpenters, plumbers, electrician charge per hour dependent upon what is happening with the value of the US Dollar compared to the Japanese Yen? Is the amount charged by a doctor to perform a certain procedure here in MN dependent upon how much a doctor in Brazil charges for the similar procedure?

      I’m thinking that you failed to click on the link that took you to the KSTP story. In case you didn’t, here’s the breakdown of where said funds, if appropriated, would go, and please pay attention to the last point:
      As it stands now, here’s how the money is broken down:
      $3.6 million to the Department of Agriculture
      $1.8 million to the Board of Animal Health
      $1 million to the University of Minnesota to research avian flu
      Another $1 million going to the Departments of Public Safety and Health for emergency operations, as well as the DNR to sample wild birds.
      There could also be low interest loans to help growers with replacement of flocks and making building improvements. Notice the term “low-interest loans.”

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 05/28/2015 - 11:26 am.

        impact

        “The economic impact of the Asian Flu in MN to date is $310 million dollars. The direct impact to the turkey farmers is a tenth of that.”

        Well put but this number is the impact from a week or two ago which has since grown and it is also important to keep in mind that this number is for MN only. The impact is much larger when other states are taken into account as well. Not a minor disaster by any stretch.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 05/28/2015 - 11:17 am.

      bad business

      What does this have to do with bad business at all? Nothing. This is a disaster for the entire country right now and most if not all disasters receive funding for clean up and getting people back to doing what they do. This should not be any different at all.

  3. Submitted by Bill Willy on 05/27/2015 - 05:33 pm.

    Turkey farmers will be anxiously watching

    Those farmers that are feeling a little more anxious every day can thank the House Republican braintrust for whatever government help delays are adding to their anxiety. The bill was passed out of the House a long time ago (because it was an emergency), but when it came back from the Senate with an inconsequential bookkeeping amendment on it they got mad and refused to pass and send it to the Gov for his signature.

    And then they decided to bundle it into the House energy and agriculture/natural resources omnibus bill (to help ensure that bill’s passage?) that the Gov vetoed.

    And before that bill was passed, DFL Rep David Bly introduced the same avian flu bill as a stand alone bill that could be sent to the Senate for passage separate from the omnibus bill to make sure farmers would get help sooner rather than later, should the omnibus bill go off the rails.

    But no way. House Republicans stomped it because what could go wrong?

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 05/28/2015 - 11:24 am.

      Who’s fault

      Not to point fingers but do you care to recall who added the amendment (not inconsequential by the way)? I’ll give you a hint. It was a person from the DFL party. I think you are wrong to blame the GOP for the failure to get anything done when it was the DFL who added the amendment causing it to not pass and a DFL governor who vetoed the bundled bill. Spin it any way you want but to blame the republicans is plain wrong. The bill from Bly could not even pass the house and did not have full support from other DFL reps either.

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