"What began so innocently has ended in a Holocaust, and I have learned more in 3 years than one possibly learns in 90." So wrote a young woman in a 1979 letter that is perhaps the most haunting piece of evidence yet against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. See also:Jennifer Haselber ... More >>
In 2002, American Catholic bishops began making new demands on local dioceses: no more moving offenders to less public positions, and no more harboring of information. It was a nice sentiment. But as Vicar General Kevin McDonough would later explain to his colleagues in private conference, it wasn' ... More >>
Joseph Wajda's house is a mess. Even from the front doorway, I can see stacks of yellow newspapers, unopened mail, and fast-food ketchup packets -- trash on top of trash that's accumulated in the kitchen and rotted over the years. It's March and I'm working on a profile of another former priest who ... More >>
On Wednesday, a Ramsey County judge ordered Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, to undergo another 150 minutes of sworn testimony related his handling of sex abuse cases. McDonough is the closest thing the church has had to a detec ... More >>
It's been one hell of a week for Catholic dioceses in Minnesota. First Robert Carlson, a former Twin Cities bishop, claimed he didn't know that child sex was a crime. Then a St. Cloud family came forward accusing Father Timothy "Timo" Backous of having molested their son in 1990. Now comes Father ... More >>
Before he became archbishop in St. Louis, Robert Carlson was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis during the 1980s. One of his jobs in that role was to handle sex abuse allegations made against Twin Cities priests. So it strains credulity to hear him say during a recent ... More >>
Authorities in Dakota County have charged Francis Hoefgen, a 63-year-old former Benedictine priest who served the Twin Cities region, with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. At a press conference later today, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Hastings Police Chief ... More >>
Father Richard Eckroth sexually abused two boys at a northern Minnesota cabin in the 1970s, according to a lawsuit filed Monday against St. John's Abbey. At a press conference, crusading attorney Jeff Anderson pointed the finger squarely at the abbey for giving Eckroth unlimited access to children ... More >>
In video testimony released Thursday by Jeff Anderson's law firm, the former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis admitted that he made a habit of penning official memos with an eye towards possible litigation, and when approached last year by St. Paul police refused to coope ... More >>
The law firm that is aggressively suing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released on Tuesday the four-hour deposition of head holy man John Nienstedt. The archbishop admitted under oath that he has withheld information about sexually abusive priests, putting the blame on one of his underl ... More >>
Attorney Jeff Anderson questioned a second top official of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Wednesday and again walked away complaining that he'd been cheated out of time. Father Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general, was supposed to undergo eight hours of court-ordered testimony ... More >>
The law firm of Jeff Anderson deposed Archbishop John Nienstedt on Wednesday, marking the first time the head holy man has been forced to answer questions about sexual abuse allegations during his seven-year reign over the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Anderson's firm is tight-lipped a ... More >>
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The Flying Swine restaurant group is heading eastward, as the folks behind the Eat Shop Kitchen & Bar in Plymouth have purchased the former California Pizza Kitchen space at Rosedale Mall in Roseville and will very soon be opening a new burger and pizza joint. We spoke with owner Michael Larson ... More >>
On Tuesday, a Ramsey County judge ordered Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough to testify under oath about how they handled allegations of sexual abuse by local priests. In a rare move, Judge John Van de North also ruled that attorneys for an alleged victim, led by Jeff ... More >>
Curtis Schmillen works as a subcontractor for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission. He spends a lot of time at the site of the new Vikings stadium and has gotten in the habit of sharing pics of the ongoing Metrodome demolition from his personal Twitter account.SEE ALSO: Metrodome looks sad dur ... More >>
The Vikings have released information about ticket prices for games at TCF Bank Stadium, and unsurprisingly, going to a game won't be as cheap as it was at the Metrodome.SEE ALSO: The Zygi Wilf/Mark Dayton photo people can't get enough of: Top 10 tweetsThe cheapest single-game ticket at TCF Stadium ... More >>
He couldn't have been more clear. Both before and after a press conference on Dec. 5 -- when he joined the victims of pedophile priests in his St. Paul office -- attorney Jeff Anderson pointed to the photo of a smiling, bespectacled holy man. His eggshell of a head reflected more light than his co ... More >>
Finally, Archbishop John Nienstedt has promised to release the names of some former priests that the church has identified as sex offenders. But there's a catch. He plans to do so this month only after a private firm reviews the files and the court gives its blessing. Plus, the men have to be alive ... More >>
As we told you about earlier this week, renowned priest and St. Thomas professor Michael Keating is being sued by a woman who claims she was sexually abused by him when she was a teenage girl.THE BACKSTORY: Rev. Michael Keating, popular St. Thomas prof, allegedly abused 13-year-old girlYesterday, th ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- Today, lawyer Jeff Anderson plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who claims she was abused when she was a teenage girl by popular priest and St. Thomas professor Michael Keating.SEE ALSO: St. Paul police reopen child porn investigation aimed at priest Jon Shelley Keati ... More >>
Come Sunday, the area around the Metrodome will sprout a temporary economy: the Vikings fans hunting for last-minute tickets to the day's home opener, the scalpers jockeying to sell to them, and the scammers looking to split the difference. "If it's something dishonest, it's been tried," says Dan ... More >>
If you needed another piece of evidence that it was smart for the Vikings to redesign their jerseys, here it is: Adrian Peterson's uni is now one of the hottest sellers in the league.SEE ALSO: Vikings tweak logo to make Norseman look slightly more pissed off [IMAGE]Peterson's number 28 was the 4th h ... More >>
Shattuck-St. Mary's School is increasingly coming under fire by authorities for the way it handled a series of inappropriate student-teacher relationships. On Monday, former drama teacher Lynn Seibel, 70, was charged with sexual misconduct while employed by the school for allegedly encouraging ... More >>
Chip Cravaack has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the 'no tax increases ever for any reason' manifesto put together by anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.But there is apparently at least one tax increase Cravaack, an embattled first-term U.S. Representative for northeastern Minnesota's 8th con ... More >>
Courtesy Jeff Anderson & Associates.Cody St. John was brutally beaten and left for dead on that cold Valentine's Day in 2006.It's been more than five years since Cody St. John, a member of the Mille Lacs Band Ojibwe, was brutally beaten after refusing to join the Vice Lords gang, and the civi ... More >>
Jeff Anderson and Megan Peterson spoke about Joseph Jeyapaul's offenses.Joseph Jeyapaul might never face trial for what he did to Megan Peterson, but the Crookston Diocese has made its own choice not to fight the case. Yesterday, Peterson's attorney Jeff Anderson announced a "groundbreaking" sett ... More >>
AndersonAdvocatesAnderson has filed thousands of abuse lawsuits.Twin Cities attorney Jeff Anderson filed a civil suit yesterday accusing a Missouri-based abbey of covering up sexual abuse by a former monk. Anderson is famous for his tireless pursuit against abusive priests and church coverup ... More >>
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St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson.St. John's Abbey in Collegeville has settled lawsuits filed by nine men who say they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of some of the order's monks and priests since the 1960s. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements, without detailing t ... More >>
Archbishop Listecki announced the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy in January.The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says it's broke, and it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January "because priest-perpetrators sexually abused minors." It then hoped that a website offering some transparency o ... More >>
Everson Griffen: Damage to the cop isn't permanent.While the Minnesota Vikings' owners are shopping around for a new taxpayer-funded stadium, another member of the team who is not Brett Favre is making life hard for its P.R. department. Everson Griffen was subdued by a Los Angeles cop with T ... More >>
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Photo: romana kleeSt. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson can sue the Vatican on behalf of sex-abuse victims after a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a challenge by the Catholic Church that said it was immune from U.S. lawsuits. "Today's action by the Justices is an answer to the ... More >>
Today's the big day for Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group to make its debut. The space has a retro-mod vibe, and the rooftop Sky Bar should be one of the hottest seats in Uptown, save the Benjamin-sucking onesacross the street at Stella's. (If you can't get a spot on Cafeteria's top level, t ... More >>
Photo: romana kleeSt. John's Abbey has offered a mea culpa of sorts to St. Cloud Times, after erroneously telling the paper in May that Father Raymond Francisco Schulte, the target of a sex abuse lawsuit, was living at the abbey after the abuse allegation first surfaced. In fact, he was not.
Photo: romana kleeIt can't hurtJeff Anderson, the St. Paul attorney who has cut a wide swath of controversy as he files lawsuits against alleged sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church all over the world, has now trained his sites on the monks of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville. On ... More >>
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