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Judge: Jury Should Decide Priest Abuse Lawsuit

A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest around 1976 deserves his day in court, a judge decided Monday in a case that has forced top local church officials including Archbishop John Nienstedt to give sworn testimony and disclose lists of priests accused of sexual misconduct.

07/21/2014

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Fmr. Minn. Priest Admits To Decades Of Sexual Abuse

A videotaped deposition of a former Minnesota priest shows him calmly describing graphic sexual encounters with at least ten boys. The deposition of former priest Thomas Adamson is the latest in a series released as the result of a lawsuit against him by a man who says he was abused as a boy in the mid-70s.

06/11/2014

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Retired Archbishop Can’t Remember How He Handled Sex Abuse Cases

Retired Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn says he can’t remember how he handled clergy sex abuse cases during his 13-year tenure.

06/04/2014

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Abused Puppy Found In Sub-Zero Temps On The Mend

A 4-month-old pit bull named Jarvis is on the road to recovery after being abused, then left out in extreme cold. Jarvis made his first public appearance Saturday since being rescued on Jan. 5. He was found outside on the sub-zero night by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, covered with what appeared to be cigar burns and suffering from a facial infection. With the help of the local group Save-a-Bull Rescue, Jarvis’ wounds were treated and he was taken in to a foster home.

02/08/2014

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Duluth Diocese Releases Names Of Accused Priests

The Diocese of Duluth has released the names of 17 priests whom it says were credibly accused of sexual abuse. A Duluth News Tribune report says 14 have died. All 17 were removed from the church, are under investigation or were dead when the accusations arose.

12/31/2013

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Pine Co. Mother And Daughter Charged With Animal Abuse, Neglect

Formal charges have been filed against two Pine County women who are accused of the neglect and abuse of more than 100 animals on a farm near Pine City. According to the Pine County Sheriff’s office, Kathleen Mary Doenz, 65, and her mother, 86-year-old Gloria Irene Carlson, were each charged Friday with five felony counts, five gross misdemeanor counts and four misdemeanor counts related to the abuse and neglect of horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and other animals on their property.

12/27/2013

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Substitute Teacher Convicted Of Malicious Punishment

A substitute teacher at a Bloomington elementary school has been convicted of maliciously punishing students. Sixty-year-old Laura Avery was found guilty of four counts of malicious punishment of a child.

12/24/2013

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Bloomington Teacher Convicted For Abusing 4 Students

A 60-year-old substitute teacher has been convicted of abusing four students at a Bloomington elementary school last December, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

12/23/2013

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Winona Diocese Names 14 Priests Accused Of Abuse

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona has named 14 priests accused of sexually abusing minors. The southeastern Minnesota diocese filed the list in Ramsey County District Court on Monday.

12/16/2013

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Archdiocese Braces Parish Leaders For Disclosure

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is bracing parish priests and leaders for its upcoming disclosure of a list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

12/04/2013

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Man Claims Priest Abused Him At White Earth

A Minnesota man who says he was abused by a priest on the White Earth Indian Reservation sued the Diocese of Crookston and the priest’s religious order on Thursday, claiming they should have known the priest was a risk.

11/21/2013

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CASA Volunteers Help Abused, Neglected Kids Find Themselves

The numbers are staggering. Every day across the country, nearly 2,000 children become victims of abuse or neglect. But there’s a group of volunteers who stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes.

11/13/2013

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St. Paul Archdiocese To Name Abusive Priests

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it will release names of priests who have sexually abused children.

11/11/2013

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Lawyer: Nienstedt Should Name All Accused Priests

An attorney for victims of sexual abuse by priests says Archbishop John Nienstedt’s plan to release the names of some accused priests isn’t enough.

11/11/2013

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WCCO Exclusive: Jane Doe Shares Video Describing Alleged Clergy Abuse

A video statement obtained exclusively by WCCO shows a Minnesota woman describing alleged abuse by a Catholic priest. Her case is part of a growing scandal accusing a cover-up by top officials of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

10/30/2013

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