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Archdiocese puts buildings up for sale

Plus: Major settlement against Wisconsin bank for mortgage discrimination; rail-bridge collapse near International Falls; aid to turkey farmers in limbo; and more.

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]

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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]