Voters in 35 communities and 113 school districts in Minnesota are casting ballots in municipal elections today. And the most high profile race is the most unpredictable.
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.
The government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.
If there were ever a Minnesota case where cameras in the courtroom would have been a benefit to the public, it is the Tom Petters case, in my opinion. For four remarkable days in the winter of 2009, Petters testified, maintaining with a cocky flair, that he was an unwitting pawn in a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. It was all the work of his underlings he said, and that he had no idea what was going on.
The man found guilty of orchestrating Minnesota’s largest Ponzi scheme finally admitted on Wednesday that he did it. Tom Petters was in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Wednesday trying to get 20 years shaved off his prison sentence.
The government shutdown may have ended but there is already concern that another shutdown could happen in just a few months. Congress now faces deadline starting in January to achieve budget and debt ceiling deals.
What exactly is the standard in the Catholic Church these days? Among the lurid revelations in the past few weeks there is one that I keep coming back to. It is not the most graphic, but it is one that those at the highest levels of the Archdiocese knew about.
Reaction to the deal is not all over the map, surprisingly. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is expressing optimism that lessons have been learned and this type of crisis will not happen again. Conservatives like Rep. Michele Bachmann say they are not done fighting.
Today I got an email from a furloughed federal employee from Lakeville, Minn., who, along with her co-workers, has not been able to collect unemployment because the state of Minnesota is demanding information from her employer, which she obviously can’t get because the government is shut down.
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.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is creating an independent task force to investigate the way church officials have handled accusations of priest misconduct, after one pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct last year and another was recently accused of having child pornography.
The government shutdown is headed into its second week, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she is hopeful that a compromise backed by 22 moderate House Republicans to fund the government for six weeks so a deal can be reached could lead to a breakthrough.
Last time the government shut down in 1995-96, Republicans were blamed and paid a heavy price. They lost seats in both the House and Senate, and Presidential candidate Bob Dole went down in defeat to President Clinton.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s famed conductor quit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after talks collapsed and two high profile concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall were canceled. The departure of Osmo Vänskä means the lockout of the musicians, which hit the one-year mark on Tuesday, will continue indefinitely.
The Minnesota Orchestra announced late Monday afternoon that the planned Carnegie Hall concerts have been canceled, a move which is widely expected to result in the departure of famed director and conductor Osmo Vänskä. Vänskä originally set the Monday deadline, saying he would quit if there was not a deal that would bring musicians back to work. The possible loss of Vänskä is widely seen as a significant blow to the orchestra’s reputation. Vänskä has not yet made a public statement as of early Monday evening.