In other words, he’s the real victim here. Marino Eccher of the PiPress says, “John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response to his opposition to gay marriage. Nienstedt’s denial came in a statement Wednesday night, first issued to KMSP [FOX 9] and Minnesota Public Radio. That followed the release of internal church documents alleging the Vatican had sought to derail an independent investigation that turned up credible evidence against him.”
In the Strib, Jean Hopfensperger says, “A day after a 2014 memo from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was made public stating that a Vatican emissary quashed the investigation, Nienstedt repeated that he has done nothing improper, despite allegations of misconduct revealed in documents released Wednesday by the Ramsey County attorney’s office. ‘I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life,’ Nienstedt wrote in an e-mail to the Star Tribune Thursday.”
The storm of the century whacked Duluth pretty hard. Krystal Frasier of the NorthlandNewsCenter says, “Once the damage assessment is complete, officials say the estimated time as to when power will be restored will be clearer. Officials say about one third of Duluth is without power, affecting nearly 65,000 Minnesota Power customers. It is also estimated about 100 power poles were broken by trees and will need to be replaced. The affected area is about ten miles in size and stretches from Island Lake to the eastern part of Duluth. Officials say restoration efforts will focus first on the transmission system, and will then focus on outages to residential and business customers. According to Minnesota Power officials, areas outside of Duluth are expected to have power restored within 24 hours, however some Duluth neighborhoods may not have power for three to four days.”
It was so bad … TV was down! Colleague Kevin Jacobsen says, “Calling it the worst storm to hit the Northland in more than 15 years, Minnesota Power spokespeople say power may not be restored to many homes and businesses for up to four days. KBJR 6 and KDLH are victims of that wide-spread power outage.” WDIO was also MIA.
As for the heat, Paul Huttner at MPR says, “As forecast, Thursday brought some of the highest heat index readings in years to Minnesota. Many Twin Cities locations recorded heat index values of 115+. Two sites reported unbearable heat index readings of 120+ degrees! … We’ll see some slight relief this weekend from the worst of the heat, but it may be until Monday until you really notice the cooler temperatures and lower dew points. The next low pressure wave brings another round of potentially severe thunderstorms Saturday.”
In the Rucki abduction case, Stribber Brandon Stahl reports, “The mother subpoenaed her daughter to testify in a fourth day of a trial, where she’s facing six felony charges of deprivation of parental rights for allegedly hiding the girls on a rural Minnesota horse farm. … Judge Karen Asphaug ruled the girl’s testimony admissible in court but allowed her to be in a room away from the jury and gallery to lessen the trauma. … a few minutes into the questions, Samantha, now 18, broke down in tears as she described the day she and her sister went missing.”
In Philando Castile news, Doug Glass of the AP says, “A Minnesota police officer and the black motorist he shot to death during a traffic stop may have interacted in a previous stop more than four years earlier, records released Thursday show. … Records released Thursday by the city of St. Anthony in response to a request from The Associated Press also include a report on a July 2 armed robbery at a Super USA convenience store that lists Yanez as one of two officers assigned to investigate. The robbery occurred a few blocks away from where the traffic stop took place four days later.”
Certainly it’ll just make to easier for good guys to have guns and send bullets flying in the other direction. Says Natalie Daher of the Strib, “The location of a new gun store near a south metro elementary school is prompting debate in Savage over the appropriate distance between firearm dealers and certain establishments. Several parents have criticized the opening this spring of Modern Sportsman, whose back door is less than 100 yards from Harriet Bishop Elementary School. While the city can’t require it to close or relocate, council members said they’ll discuss a possible ordinance to regulate the location of future gun shops.” Because what? We expect three more gun stores a hundred yards in every other direction, too?
Damn Big Brother technology. Says Mary Divine in the PiPress, “Residents of Hugo hope a photo snapped by a doorbell camera can help catch a burglar who broke into homes last week. An image of a young man captured just minutes before he broke into a house in the Birch Tree Ponds housing development has been widely shared on social media. Resident Amanda Jara said the photo was taken by a neighbor; the same burglar is believed to have broken into her house around 3 a.m. Friday. The photo had been shared on Facebook more than 3,000 times as of noon Thursday.”
At City Pages, Pete Kotz has a few problems with the national press view of racial issues in Minnesota. “It began last week with The Atlantic’s ‘Segregation in Paradise?’ In an attempt to unearth the conditions around the Philando Castile shooting, writer Alana Semuels delved into how our tradition of ‘inclusiveness and egalitarianism’ went awry via public housing policy. There’s a blizzard of stats, but the basic thesis is this: Through good intentions and lousy foresight, the Twin Cities congregated most of its affordable housing in Minneapolis and St. Paul, segregating people of color from whites in the suburbs beyond. It’s an interesting read, save for the omission of one glaring factor: human nature. These days, it’s hard to find anyone under 35 who’s jonesing for a move to Eden Prairie, including whites. Ask a black mom or a Hmong dad about the prospect of distant suburban bliss, and they likely won’t envision cookies with the PTA and riding mowers the size of ore vessels. They’ll see punishing commutes, uprooting kids from friends and schools, exile from a sense of community.”
It’s possible Donald Trump may still be yelling somewhere, but the Democrats are building their list of speakers for next week’s show in Philadelphia. In the PiPress, Rachel Stassen-Berger says, “Both Minnesota senators, Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and freshman Minnesota Rep. Peggy Flanagan will all have speaking roles at the Democratic National Convention next week in Philadelphia, the Pioneer Press has confirmed.”
June was good, but May was worse than we first thought. Says Adam Belz in the Strib, “Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in June, the state reported Thursday, a gain mostly erased by a revision to May’s figures showing the state lost 8,400 jobs, far more than initially reported. The job market remains in slow-growth mode, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.”