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Dayton wants Minnesotans to take clean water pledge
Does Dayton talk to farmers enough?
KRA fined for Willmar fireworks incident
Willmar convenience store robbery suspect pleads not guilty
Willmar offense comes alive in second half, downs Eagles
Cards fall to Rocori
Willmar loses early lead in loss to Marshall
Cardinals open season with shutout loss
Updated: Bridgewater out for season with dislocated knee, torn ACL
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Charles "Chuck" Green
Victoria "Vicki" Lee
Steven Warren Sachs
Letter: Day of reckoning is near
Letter: Governor should call special session
Marcus: Obliging a donor is not necessarily criminal
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
May 3, 2016
Minnesota priest removed from assignment amid accusations of sexual abuse
A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy on the Red Lake Reservation in 2008 has been removed from his present assignment...
May 3, 2016 - 9:21am
October 21, 2015
Priest sex abuse: Victim seeks $9 million from Diocese of Duluth
ST. PAUL — There’s no dispute that the Rev. James Vincent Fitzgerald sexually abused a Minnesota teen in 1978, according to opposing attorneys in a lawsuit filed by the victim. The question for a jury: Who supervised the priest when the abuse took place? The victim’s attorney,...
October 21, 2015 - 10:57pm
October 13, 2014
‘Humiliated’ Twin Cities archdiocese settles abuse lawsuit with landmark agreement
ST. PAUL -- Attorneys for sexual abuse victims stood alongside Catholic Church officials Monday in downtown St. Paul to announce the settlement...
October 13, 2014 - 11:31pm
September 24, 2014
Woman sues Crookston diocese
ST. PAUL — A woman who says a priest assaulted her in Bemidji about 45 years ago has sued the Crookston Catholic diocese. Linda Carroll said on Wednesday that the Rev. James Porter assaulted her at St. Philip’s school in Bemidji when she was in second grade. Her lawsuit says...
September 24, 2014 - 11:13pm
Wright Co. cancels contract with ex-priest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former priest who denies accusations of sexual abuse from the 1960s and 1980s has been suspended from teaching sex education for Wright County. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1hBuoZq ) Harry Walsh has taught birth control, sexual disease prevention...
December 24, 2013 - 8:00am
December 12, 2013
Sex abuse lawsuit filed against New Ulm Diocese; lawyers seeking accused priest names
WILLMAR — Attorneys from the Jeff Anderson law firm have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit on behalf of a man who says he was abused in 1982 by the Rev. Francis Markey at St. Andrew Parish in Granite Falls. They are also requesting the release of the names of priests accused of abusing...
December 12, 2013 - 11:16pm
Sex abuse lawsuit filed against New Ulm Diocese, lawyers seeking accused priest names
WILLMAR — Attorneys from the Jeff Anderson law firm will announce today the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit, on behalf of a man abused in 1982 by the Rev. Francis Markey at St. Andrew Parish in Granite Falls. The lawsuit names the Diocese of New Ulm and Servants of the Paraclete...
December 12, 2013 - 11:55am
September 16, 2013
Women take Catholic diocese to court over Willmar priest abuse
ST. PAUL -- Two women who say a Willmar Catholic priest abused them as girls said today they are taking church officials to court to prevent...
September 16, 2013 - 5:00pm
September 15, 2013
Retired priest with Willmar ties faces sex abuse lawsuits
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul law firm has scheduled a news conference this afternoon regarding sexual abuse allegations against a Catholic priest who once served in Willmar. Two women are scheduled to speak out about the abuse committed by the late Rev. David A. Roney, according to...
September 15, 2013 - 11:08pm
June 11, 2013
Blue Earth priest jailed on accusations of fondling girl
BLUE EARTH, Minn. — The Diocese of Winona says a Blue Earth priest has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with sexually assaulting a young girl. Bishop John Quinn said in a statement that Rev. Leo Koppala is not allowed to minister in the Winona diocese...
June 11, 2013 - 3:52pm
March 27, 2010
Commentary: How the Pope can end abuse scandal
WASHINGTON -- How in the name of God can the Roman Catholic Church put the pedophilia scandal behind it? I do not invoke God's name lightly. The church's problem is, above all, theological and religious. Its core difficulty is that rather than drawing on its Christian resources,...
March 27, 2010 - 12:00am
March 26, 2010
Diocese: Priest in extradition fight was removed from Granite Falls church
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An official in the New Ulm Roman Catholic diocese says an Irish priest facing extradition over sexual abuse allegations was removed from a Granite Falls church in 1982 after parents complained he was "overly affectionate" with boys. The Rev. Douglas Grams is vicar...
March 26, 2010 - 1:50am
March 25, 2010
Vatican issues statement on cover-up of priest case in Superior Diocese
The tragic case of Father Lawrence Murphy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, involved particularly vulnerable victims who suffered terribly from what he did. By sexually abusing children who were hearing-impaired, Father Murphy violated the law and, more importantly, the sacred...
March 25, 2010 - 9:50am
UPDATED: Pope linked to cover-up in Superior Diocese priest case
Pope Benedict XVI -- or at least his immediate subordinate in his previous role as a cardinal -- was made aware of an attempt to cover up the...
March 25, 2010 - 9:37am
March 24, 2010
Priest who served in Granite is accused of sex crime, fights extradition to Ireland on rape charge
An Irish Catholic priest accused of raping a teenage boy in Ireland is also alleged to have sexually abused at least one boy during the short...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am