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Plea Deal For Ex-ELCA Synod Bookkeeper

Prosecutors have reached a plea deal with a former bookkeeper accused of embezzling $700,000 from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synod in northwestern Minnesota. The agreement calls for Robert Larson of Wolverton to serve four years in prison and to pay back the stolen money.

04/10/2014

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Ice Clogged Drains Causes Flooding At Minneapolis Church, School

Monday’s warm weather caused big problems at a church and school in south Minneapolis. Snow dripped through the roof of Trinity First Lutheran on 11th Avenue South and East 19th Street due to ice clogged drains. Water ended up all over the school.

03/10/2014

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Judge Denies Archdiocese’s Appeal, Church Officials To Be Interviewed

A judge has denied the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ appeal in a clergy sexual abuse case. The decision Wednesday clears the way for attorneys representing an alleged victim to interview Archbishop John Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.

03/05/2014

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No Charges Against Archdiocese In Minn. Church Abuse

Ramsey County authorities will not be charging the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for its handling of the case of a priest who was later convicted of sexually abusing two children.

01/29/2014

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St. Thomas Professor On Catholic Church Scandal

Charles Reid is a professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches canon law. He is also a Catholic, and is asking for prayers for the church.

11/17/2013

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Catholics Gather At Cathedral To Protest Archbishop Nienstedt

Dozens of members of the Catholic Church are calling for a change in local leadership. Nearly 100 people gathered outside the St. Paul Cathedral on Saturday, calling for Archbishop John Nienstedt’s resignation. They’re angry about past accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members that became public within the last few weeks. Eric Fought of the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform says he’s looking for renewed faith in church leadership.“It’s up to us as the laity to step forward and say ‘enough is enough,’” Fought said.

11/09/2013

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Letter Raises Questions On Church Task Force Effectiveness

WCCO-TV has obtained an internal Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis letter saying a high-ranking church leader will personally control what files a recently named task force on clergy sex abuse will have access to.

10/28/2013

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Task Force Examining Church Has Lawyers, Ex-Cop

The head of a task force that will review issues related to clergy sexual misconduct in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is expected to announce more details about the group.

10/09/2013

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Lutheran Church Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing $300,000

A 51-year-old Brooklyn Park woman pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $300,000 from a church, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Raenay Hendrickson pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by swindle over $5,000 for defrauding the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

09/05/2013

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The Mission Ball: Minn. Church Spreads Message With Soccer Balls

Football is the most popular American sport, but it’s the other football – soccer — that holds sway as the most popular sport just about everywhere else, with three billion fans worldwide.

08/11/2013

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Maple Grove Man Charged For Vandalizing Pro Gay Marriage Church

A 45-year-old Maple Grove man has been charged with vandalizing a Maple Grove church, writing anti-gay marriage slogans and bible verses on the building. Lonny Lloyd Roseland, who’s wheelchair-bound, was charged with third-degree damage to property and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor offenses.

08/06/2013

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Maple Grove Church Vandalized For 3rd Time

Maple Grove Police need your help to find the person responsible for vandalizing a metro church. Sunday morning, surveillance cameras caught the man in action at Pilgrims United Church of Christ.

07/29/2013

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Worship Still Continues At N. Mpls Church After Arson Claims Piano

Music will still be played at a north Minneapolis church despite losing its most important instrument to arson.

07/12/2013

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Police: Church Hit By Arsonists In North Mpls. Spree

A church piano was set aflame in an apparent arson spree in North Minneapolis overnight, according to police. At least nine fires were set in the rash within a half hour just after midnight.

07/12/2013

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Cambridge Pastor Sentenced For Sexual Assault

A 55-year-old pastor from Cambridge, Minn., was sentenced Wednesday to 160 days in jail and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a mentee. Ryan Jay Muehlhauser had pleaded guilty in February to two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct.

06/05/2013

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