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Banker buys former HQ of Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Wonder if this will get donated right back. The Star Tribune’s Jean Hopfensperger reports: “A banker with strong ties to the Catholic Church is the new owner of the headquarters of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a bankruptcy court judge ruled Thursday. … The $3.2 million bid was submitted by a limited liability firm managed by Donald Regan, chairman of Premier Bank. Regan is a longtime benefactor of Catholic causes in the Twin Cities, including the Catholic Community Foundation.”

Nothing to worry about, we’re sure. MPR’s Bob Collins writes: “Almost a year ago, the FBI admitted it was behind a ‘mystery plane’ circling over several locations in the Twin Cities for a few days, ending a social media firestorm in which people demanded to know who owned the plane and what it was doing. … Curiously, once the FBI said ‘it’s us,’ the questioning pretty much ended. Apparently, we don’t mind the government spying on us as much as we dislike someone we don’t know spying on us. … Now, BuzzFeed has put together a clearer picture of how extensive this spying operation is. It’s extensive in the Minneapolis area…”

Won’t someone think of the college athletics programs? In the Star Tribune, Sid Hartman writes: “If there weren’t enough negative issues to discourage candidates from applying, now the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents have approved a tuition raise between seven and 12 percent for out-of-state students and those not eligible for tuition reciprocity. The increase could run as high as $12,000 per year. … It could be that President Eric Kaler and the board had no choice because the university needs additional funding, but the timing is going to hurt the AD selection process. You wonder if the decision could have waited until they made that hire.”

Takes valuable time away from prepping for tests. MPR’s Solvejg Westvedt reports: “Minnesota and most other states are taking a lackluster approach to physical education in schools, according to a new report. … The study finds that only Oregon and the District of Columbia meet national guidelines from the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators for time spent in physical education at the elementary and middle school levels.”

In other news…

Terrible: “Reward Offered After Eagle Found Cut Up in Bag Near Albert Lea” [KSTP]

And what’s the deal with curling? “DECC announces two summer shows: KISS, Jerry Seinfeld” [Duluth News Tribune]

FYI: “Intersection of Hennepin and Fifth Street in Minneapolis to Close this Weekend” [KSTP]

Wisconsin’s Harley-Davidson losing market share to Minnesota’s own Polaris. [CBS]

Looks like someone’s spending a lot of time in New York:

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 04/08/2016 - 02:24 pm.

    Michelle has a skill, her only skill

    Michelle has found another way to gather in the spotlight with another one of her pointless statements.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 04/08/2016 - 02:56 pm.

    I’m just happy

    …that Michele HAS a skill, spotlight or not. I’m among those who believe that character is often best revealed when no one is watching, but even on-camera, if she actually helped Hillary (pardon my skepticism), she’d get a few points from me for being a better human being than I suspected.

  3. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 04/09/2016 - 11:24 am.

    A curse or a blessing?

    When you hold hands with a church with so much corruption in its confessionals animated to absurdity by revealed crimes

    … and when those criminal acts, a history of sorts acted out on the least of these, the children…and all those extensive criminal acts not yet sufficiently processed, one could say.”God bless”, and again, look the other way?

    But that only stretches the institutions so involved; church and bank, and could be viewed as another two headed monster in tandem?

    Sounds more like a curse than a blessing? That seems to be the heavy heresy here when with the bank as another institution, buys into the picture?

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