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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 while the investigation continues. A criminal complaint filed in Faribault County accuses Koppala of fondling an 11-year-old girl last week at the home of her grandmother where he had been invited to dinner.
MILWAUKEE — The National Weather Service was tracking a so-called derecho weather pattern in the Midwest on Tuesday that could spawn severe windstorms in major metropolitan areas with gusts as strong as 100 mph. So-called derecho windstorms occur once every year or two across the central and northeastern U.S. in a band from Texas to New England.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — An ethanol plant near Oshkosh will be sold to the highest bidder this summer. The Utica Energy ethanol operation collapsed under more than $30 million in debt. Ascendant Partners, of Colorado, has been hired by the receiver in the case to sell the ethanol plant, grain elevator and grain drying plant as an ongoing operation. Oshkosh Northwestern Media says Dougherty Funding, of Minneapolis, filed foreclosure proceedings against Utica Energy in December 2012. The plant stopped making ethanol in September. ___
NISSWA, Minn. — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Nisswa. The Brainerd Dispatch says first responders were called to the east shore of Lake Edna about 6:30 p.m. Monday. The lake is just west of Highway 371. ___ Information from: The Daily Dispatch, http://www.brainerddispatch.com
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud State University professors say some students transcripts have been changed without the instructors input - and that's an ethical breach. Faculty association president Stephen Hornstein says students' grades were disappearing from their transcripts without instructors being notified.
DULUTH, Minn. — A vacationer from southern Minnesota has died after falling out of a boat into a northwestern Ontario lake over the weekend. The accident happened Saturday afternoon on Manion Lake, which is about 70 miles northeast of International Falls by road. Ontario Provincial Police say three fishermen from Minnesota were ejected from a boat for an unknown reason. Another group of fishermen noticed the empty boat, discovered the three men in the water and brought them to shore. Sixty-four-year-old Douglas Davis of North Mankato died.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A flop on Broadway, Tim Tebow is getting an audition in Beantown. Whether he'll perform well enough to make it to training camp with the New England Patriots next month is uncertain. At least he has a chance to prolong an NFL career that seemed at a dead end after he was released by the New York Jets in April. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday that the quarterback would join the Patriots for the start of their three-day minicamp on Tuesday and sign with the team, pending a medical exam.
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville police say an elementary school teacher who passed out while supervising a field trip to a bowling alley was legally drunk. A Janesville Gazette report says the 50-year-old was conducting a field trip that included fourth-graders from Washington Elementary School on Thursday. A police report says she became sick and passed out. District spokesman Brett Berg says the teacher's husband took her home and later to a hospital, where her blood-alcohol level was 0.27 percent.
AN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007. The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for a clean, simple, translucent impression.