Fees in archdiocese bankruptcy case top $5 million

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It’s expensive going bankrupt. The Pioneer Press has the latest total for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: “The cost of legal and professional services in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis bankruptcy case has topped $5 million. … U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel approved more than $3 million in fees Thursday to cover services provided for the archdiocese’s financial reorganization and clergy-abuse claims. … Kressel reminded attorneys that he ordered the case to mediation to ‘save money and speed up the process.’ ”

Minnesotan Mary Turck has an op-ed in Al Jazeera America today decrying racism associated with the shooting of Jamar Clark: “Racism underlies police killings of black men and women — in Ferguson, in Minneapolis, in Chicago, in Baltimore and across the country. But the violence meted out to black people goes beyond the actions of individual police officers. Institutional and structural racism is evident not only in a hail of police bullets but also in the disparate health care, education, housing and employment that ensure black people live with more difficulty and die earlier than their white counterparts.”

“60 Minutes” will turn its lens Sunday on the case of deceased North Dakota State student Andrew Sadek. The Forum reports: “ The TV news show “60 Minutes” plans to feature Andrew Sadek’s parents in a story airing Sunday that addresses the controversial and sometimes tragic use of young drug informants. … Andrew Sadek, a 20-year-old student at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, was a drug informant before he went missing in May 2014. About two months later, his body was found in the Red River near Wahpeton with a gunshot to his head.”

“Taconite Dreams” … or… nightmares? The Timberjay reviews a new book Professor Jeffery T. Manuel focusing on the Iron Range: “…much of Manuel’s focus is on the creation of the taconite industry in the 1950s, fathered by University of Minnesota engineer Edward W. Davis, who viewed it as the technological fix that would guarantee generations of prosperity for the Range. But, as with any change, the rise of taconite brought its own dislocations to the region, including the closure of the traditional, high-grade hematite mines, such as those then operating in places like Soudan and Ely on the Vermilion Range, and in other communities on the Mesabi and Cuyuna ranges. In the end, writes Manuel, while taconite did provide a 15-year boom in the 1960s and 70s, the boom turned to bust in the 1980s, beginning a jobs and population exodus that the region has struggled ever since to reverse.”

In other news…

News you can use: “How to say Lake Calhoun’s Dakota name: ‘Bde Maka Ska’” [MPR]

Clearly, a history of poor decision-making here: “Woodbury police still looking for pink-haired man in apparent road rage on foot incident” [Brainerd Dispatch]

And that’s why you don’t teach lessons: “Farmington man sentenced for ‘arrest’ of teen using pot” [Pioneer Press]

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland died in Bloomington Thursday night. [MPR]

Saturday — shop with a cop:

New brewery! Say hello to Lake Monster.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/04/2015 - 02:44 pm.

    Thanks

    …for the pronunciation guide. Like a lot of old English-only speakers, I had no idea how to say it. Now I do.

  2. Submitted by Robert Owen on 12/04/2015 - 09:45 pm.

    Shouldn’t your thanks go to MPR News?

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