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St. Thomas Issues Safety Alert After Attempted Robbery Near Campus

The University of St. Thomas issued a safety alert Tuesday morning after a student was attacked in an attempted robbery. Authorities said the incident happened at about 12:41 a.m. Saturday in the area of Summit and Cleveland Avenues.

09/23/2014

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Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse Resigns From St. Thomas

A priest and full-time faculty member of the University of St. Thomas has announced he will resign from his position in the school’s department of Catholic studies. The university announced Father Michael Keating’s resignation Thursday morning.

09/18/2014

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St. Thomas ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Hundreds are expected to dump freezing water over their heads at the University of St. Thomas Thursday afternoon in a mass ice bucket challenge. The challenges that are intended to benefit ALS research have been all the rage for the last month, but organizers at St. Thomas say they have a special reason to submit to the trend.

09/03/2014

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Students Get Ready To Head Back To School

With Labor Day marking the end of summer, many kids will be heading back to school this week. “I’m kind of looking forward to getting back into the groove I guess,” University of St. Thomas junior Megan Nichols said.

09/01/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Waiting Longer To Buy Homes?

Studies show that more Americans are waiting longer to get married, have kids and buy homes. The highest numbers of those putting off the big commitments are millennials — those in the 20- to 35-year-old range.

07/30/2014

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Should Archbishop Nienstedt Step Down During Investigation?

The fallout continues Wednesday over the news that Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation for sexual misconduct. While the archbishop denies the allegations, the Twin Cities Archdiocese says it has hired an outside firm to investigate the claims.

07/02/2014

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Good Question: Do Vets Have To Visit VA For Care?

There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.

05/28/2014

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Warm Weather Draws Wasps Out Of Their Nests

When out picnicking on a nice day, wasps aren’t typically welcome. “I just run,” Kelley Hart, from Waconia, said. But it seems like all of a sudden they’re everywhere. “When you’re outside picnicking, eating, grilling that type of stuff, that is when they come out quite a bit more,” Hart said.

05/23/2014

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St. Thomas Finds Buyer For Conference Center

The University of St. Thomas has found a buyer for the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna.

05/15/2014

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St. Thomas Softball Pitcher Racks Up Amazing Stats

The St. Thomas softball team has a pitcher that’s been nearly impossible to score on lately. And that might have as much to do with her numbers off the field as anything else. Those numbers will turn your head, turn your bat, and send you back to the dugout shaking your head.

04/21/2014

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St. Thomas Softball Pitcher Sees Success On And Off Field

The St. Thomas softball team is once again one of the best in the nation, ranked number 19 in the latest Division III poll. Leading the way is a pitcher that’s been nearly impossible to score on lately. The numbers will turn your head, and your bat too.

04/19/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Easter Edition

The word Easter isn’t in any scripture, but back in the Middle Ages people in the Northern Hemisphere associated this time of year with new life, or spring. Eostre is a goddess in Germanic paganism, and fertile rabbits (or hares) are synonymous with new life.

04/18/2014

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Besides Alcohol, What Else Led To Dinkytown’s Disturbance?

It’s clear that alcohol and excessive drinking played a role in the behavior of some of the people in the crowd in Dinkytown Saturday night. But what else may have led them to throw bottles at police, set a couch on fire, or vandalize a car?

04/13/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Get So Attached To Television Characters?

When Aarica Johnson of Lino Lakes tuned into CBS’ “The Good Wife” last night, she saw one of the last things she’d expected – the death of a major character in the show.

03/24/2014

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College Student Making Strides After Being Hit By Car

Last fall, a driver hit 22-year-old Bekka Peterson and a friend as they got out of a taxi on Grand Avenue, not far from the University of St. Thomas. When Bekka’s parents arrived at the hospital, the sight of their daughter was overwhelming. “They told us to prepare for her to most likely be in a vegetative state, to decide how long to leave her in that state, what was best for her and the family,” said Bekka’s mother, Susan.

03/14/2014

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It May Be Miserably Cold Out, But Now’s The Time To Put Your House On The Market

Our bone-chilling winter has kept people from getting out and doing many things they otherwise would’ve done. That apparently includes shopping for a home.

02/25/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Red, Judge Robes & Gray Hair

Amerti asked: Why do we associate red with romance? For centuries, red has meant danger, strength, courage and love. It’s always been considered a powerful color that stands out to represent things that are powerful to people. Carol Bruess, professor of family studies at the University of St. Thomas, says it all probably comes down to what’s in our veins. “The heart is the organ that pumps ‘red’ blood through our life system, the body,” Bruess said.

02/14/2014

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Final Holiday Shopping Weekend Attracts Bargain Hunters, Procrastinators

With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.

12/21/2013

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Meeting Between Police, Archdiocese Ends With Agreement

St. Paul police met with a top official from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

12/18/2013

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Good Question: Does Buying Stuff Really Make Us Feel Better?

‘Tis the season for shopping, and one study says that we in the Twin Cities sure do like our stuff. A dating website ranks Minneapolis as the second-most materialistic city in the country.

12/10/2013

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Local Man Turns Cigar Passion Into Thriving Business

Everyone has an idea for a business, but few actually go for it. Not this guy. Marc Keiser from Oakdale and a graduate of the University of St. Thomas took his senior year business plan and launched it. Eight years later, Marco V has become an international company of cigars, port-like wine and coffee.

11/22/2013

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Good Question: Why Are People Required To Pay For Unwanted Health Coverage?

“One of the principles of the Affordable Care Act is that everybody has good insurance,” said Dan McLaughlin, director of the Center for Health and Medical Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. “When you start pulling apart the insurance, all of the sudden you have inadequate insurance.”

11/19/2013

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Couple Charged With Stealing From Open Houses

A couple that has been accused in a rash of recent musical instrument thefts from local colleges is now also charged with stealing things from real estate open houses. Police arrested Michael Joseph Lippert and Nicole Marie Korolchuk last week after word went out that the two were wanted for a string of musical instrument thefts.

11/18/2013

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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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Couple Arrested For Stealing Musical Instruments

Police made some quick arrests after several musical instruments were stolen from local college campuses. On Friday, St. Paul Police asked for the public’s help in locating a couple suspected in the burglaries. A few hours later, Sgt. Paul Paulos received a phone call from Richfield Police, who said they had the couple in custody.

11/15/2013

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