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Former Minnesota Boy Scout sues organization, claiming abuse

Plus: Minnesota facing $16.3 billion transportation funding shortfall; when fast food patrons attack; Red Wing officials reconsider expanding hate-crimes statute; and more.

A statue titled "Trail to Manhood" stands outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
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WCCO is reporting a 59-year-old Minnesota man is suing the Boy Scouts of America, claiming he was abused by his scout leader in St. Paul: “The lawsuit filed in Ramsey County says Steven Parker was 11 when he was first sexually abused by his former scout leader, identified as Andrew Momont, after he joined Troop 17 out of Olivet Baptist Church in Robbinsdale. … The lawsuit claims the Boy Scouts were negligent in stopping abuse and failed to disclose the dangers of abuse by scout leader.”

Alejandra Matos at the Star Tribune reports on a lawsuit filed Thursday that accuses the state of Minnesota of failing to provide an adequate education to poor and minority students in the Twin Cities: “The plaintiffs, seven families and one community organization, say the state approved policies that have created schools with disproportionate numbers of poor, minority students. Children in those schools vastly underperform academically compared to those in integrated schools, the complaint says.”

If we had flying cars by now, this wouldn’t be a problem: Jennie Lissarrague at KSTP writes Minnesota could see a $16.3 billion shortfall in transportation funding in the near future: “The previous Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan, which covered 2014-2033, had a funding gap of $12.5 billion; the numbers mean that the projected gap has increased by $3.8 billion.”

Maybe recent departures have freed up some cash? Benjamin Farniok at the Minnesota Daily reports on data showing seven of the university’s vice presidents saw an almost $430,000 increase to their collective salaries over the last several years: “According to the data, seven University vice presidents received a total of $1,864,693 across their positions in 2012. Two years later the total for the same positions was $2,293,946. In 2013, the University promised the state Legislature it would reduce costs by $90 million after a Wall Street Journal article called the administration bloated.”

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Tom Steward at Watchdog’s Minnesota bureau notes that Red Wing, the first Minnesota city to pass a resolution expanding the federal hate-crimes statute to include attacks on law enforcement personnel, is reconsidering the measure: “City councilors decided they jumped the gun in passing the resolution without adequately discussing the implications — and politics — of extending hate crimes protection to cops. ‘It’s turned into a whole lot bigger thing than anybody ever expected,’ said Red Wing city councilor Peggy Rehder.”

They cross our borders, eat our birds’ food. … John Enger at MPR News reports the influx of snow owls from the Arctic Circle has already begun. The birds aren’t native to Minnesota, but come down when the food up north runs out: “[Christine Herwig, a DNR nongame wildlife specialist working in Bemidji] said dozens of snowy owls have been sighted in northern Minnesota in the last week. Three were reported in Bemidji alone and she expects many more to arrive through the middle of November.”

Fast-food patron unhinged, part 1: Paul Walsh at the Star Tribune has a piece (with video) on Bernard Robinson III, an employee at the McDonald’s on Stinson Boulevard, being choked by an irate customer until police arrived: “Police arrested the suspect, a 31-year-old Minneapolis man, cited him for misdemeanor assault and then released him. … Despite aching from the assault, Robinson stuck it out and finished his shift at 6 a.m. ‘I’m icing up right now,” he said, 40 hours later. “I guess I should’ve gone to the hospital.'”

Fast-food patron unhinged, part 2: Karen Zamora, also in the Strib, reports a Coon Rapids Applebee’s customer suffered deep cuts on her nose, right eyebrow and lower lip when she was struck with a beer mug Friday by another customer angry at her for speaking a language other than English: “Jodie Burchard-Risch, 43, of Ramsey, was charged Monday in Anoka County District Court with third-degree assault. Burchard-Risch was dining Friday with her husband when she overheard the woman, who was sitting in a nearby booth, according to the complaint. ‘[Burchard-Risch] and her husband were upset that [the victim] was speaking in a foreign language,’ according to the complaint.”

In other news…

Review puts St. Cloud Hospital under ‘immediate jeopardy’ status. [St. Cloud Times]

President of anti-vaccination group hosting Rand Paul fundraiser in Orono. [Star Tribune]

Gov. Dayton taking time away from state business to be with his father. [Pioneer Press]

Foul play suspected in disappearance of Redby woman; ‘persons of interest’ named. [Inforum]

Little Falls Community Schools testing a snow day/school-from-home day Friday. [Brainerd Dispatch]

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Torii Hunter said goodbye Thursday, thanking players, managers and front-office officials. [KSTP]

Rochester Community and Technical College interim vice president Anthony Brown has “withdrawn his acceptance” of the job. [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

MnDOT uses drone to inspect Duluth’s Blatnik Bridge. [WCCO]