Victims’ attorney calls for PA-style investigation of Minnesota dioceses

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Jeff Anderson

In the Star Tribune, Chao Xiong says, “Attorney Jeff Anderson is calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to compel grand jury investigations across Minnesota to uncover clergy sex abuse and alleged cover-ups by Catholic bishops. Anderson, a prominent and longtime advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse, said his demands were inspired by a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania released this month that found that about 300 Roman Catholic priests in the state had molested more than 1,000 children. Surrounded by several survivors of clergy sex abuse, Anderson on Wednesday specifically called out the Dioceses of Crookston, St. Cloud and Duluth for not publicly releasing their files on abusive priests.”

Also in the Strib, J. Patrick Coolican reports, “Minnesota state Sen. Karin Housley on Wednesday seized on the killing of a young Iowa college student — and the reported confession of an immigrant with disputed legal status — to take the fight on the immigration issue to her Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. Housley, a Republican from the Stillwater area, released a statement calling the murder a ‘preventable tragedy.’ She charged that Smith and ‘liberal Democrats … are more concerned about protecting criminal aliens than protecting innocent lives like Mollie Tibbetts.’”

At MPR Mark Zdechlik says, “Second District Republican Congressman Jason Lewis tweeted that Tibbetts’ death is an ‘outrage that demands action’ at the border.  ‘I’m not politicizing it,” [Karen] Housley said in an interview with MPR News. ‘I’m just pointing it out that we have a real issue with our immigration system here in the United States.’ The Republican candidate for Minnesota attorney general, Doug Wardlow, also used the case to bring up the immigration issue and to criticize his DFL opponent.”

Stribber Karen Zamora reports, “The Minneapolis Park Board is embroiled in a roiling debate over whether it should more than double its own pay, with vocal supporters insisting that higher salaries will attract a broader array of members. The nine-member board saw a massive turnover last fall, with some longtime stalwarts choosing not to run. Six new members were swept in on a progressive wave of candidates wanting the board to reflect the diversity of park users. ‘I do believe we would get a diverse group of applicants if we increase pay,” said Commissioner LaTrisha Vetaw, who suggested a salary of about $30,000.”

KSTP-TV has a story saying, “More than 350,000 space heaters are being recalled after a Minnesota man died in a fire involving one of the products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone with a Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex heater should immediately stop using it and contact Vornado for refund or replacement instructions. According to CPSC, a 90-year-old Chanhassen man died in December in a fire involving one of the recalled heaters. In total, there have been 19 reports of heaters catching fire.”

In the PiPress, Christopher Magan writes, “The Minnesota Supreme Court ordered the state Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision to dismiss a lawsuit that claims teachers union rules protect bad educators. On Tuesday, Aug.. 21, the state’s top court said that the appeals court should re-examine the case after another recent state Supreme Court ruling that allowed a class-action lawsuit seeking to desegregate Twin Cities schools to proceed. The case regarding teachers union protections was brought by four Minnesota mothers, led by Tiffani Forslund of Minneapolis, who allege tenure, seniority-based layoffs and other rules violate students constitutional right to an ‘uniform and thorough education.’”

A Forum News Service story says, “Bemidji police this week are asking the public to watch out for suspicious activity after the department received multiple reports of gas thefts from vehicles. According to a news release, thieves have drilled out multiple tanks and drained gasoline from them. The thefts have been reported in ‘various areas’ of town, the release said. Fleet trucks and vans have been targeted.”

On Target’s big quarter, Andria Cheng at Forbes writes, “To be sure, Walmart, which reported a 40% jump in Q2 online sales, and especially Target are still much smaller in web sales relative to Amazon. For instance, online represented 5.6%, or less than $1 billion of Target’s nearly $18 billion in Q2 sales. Amazon’s Q2 sales, in comparison, rose 39% to $53 billion, with three-fifths of that from product sales. … market share is the key, and retailers look to be willing to sacrifice profit for that, at least for now. With Amazon having attracted 100 million-plus loyal Prime members by undercutting rivals on prices, upping its delivery game and giving them a variety of perks, retailers like Walmart and Target look to be following a similar playbook. Like Walmart, Target saw its gross margin narrow slightly, hurt by ‘pressure from digital fulfillment costs’.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 08/23/2018 - 09:11 am.


    Shouldn’t Minnesota state Sen. Karin Housley & Rep. Jason Lewis, be more concerned about White suburban Males? seems one out in Colorado just murdered his wife and 2 kids? Seems they are more dangerous by a 3:1 ratio!

  2. Submitted by richard owens on 08/23/2018 - 09:53 am.

    The suspect was employed by a “prominent” Iowa Republican

    He’s already “explained” that the guy he hired was using a false identity, so it wasn’t HIS fault. He was duped!

    The truth is, we do not have enough farm workers, and Republicans will continue to hire help wherever they can find it. I don’t believe employers to be “innocent”, but rather their jobs are an attractive nuisance to people desperate to find work. Migrants are as old as the country itself.

    Setting aside how disgusting this kind of political opportunism is– a real candidate will address more than the horror of the killing of a white girl. How would Jason and Housley fix it? Blaming and criticizing Democrats doesn’t seem to be working at all. Neither candidate has any answers other than blaming the innocent. Housley doesn’t even like public employees, despite the obvious need for them.

    The federal government’s Trumpian kidnapping- effectively making asylum seekers’ children orphans also seems to be “not working”.

    If I were a Republican I’d quit the party forever in shame. They are useless in problem solving and can’t even identify the problems objectively. “Service” to Republicans is obviously SELF service.
    Even a horrible murder is a chance to benefit THEM.

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/23/2018 - 10:04 am.


    You control the Oval Office and both houses of Congress. If you’re looking to hold someone responsible for her murder, look in the mirror.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/23/2018 - 10:30 am.

    About that grand jury

    The Governor has no power to compel anyone to call a grand jury. The AG is an independent elected official. The County Attorneys, too, are independent elected officials. Because Mr. Anderson knows or should know this, I have to assume that his demand is more a matter of press coverage than justice and has nothing to do with identifying potential clients.

  5. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 08/23/2018 - 11:58 am.


    The dude worked for Craig Lang, the former president of both the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Board of Regents and a 2018 Republican candidate for state secretary of agriculture. If he’s saying he didn’t know that’s BS. No one should be hired with out a social security number and those can be checked with the Social Security administration. It can be done quickly and efficiently online. We do it through our Payroll Software.

    Democrats should be pointing out that the employer had options, if he didn’t check its because he didn’t want to know.

    Basically this Republican family enabled this killer to stay in the country.

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