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Documents detail sex, harassment complaints against Nienstedt — A Twin Cities priest's summer trip with John Nienstedt was about to get excruciatingly uncomfortable. The priest had joined the then-bishop of New Ulm, Minn., on a visit to Nienstedt's second home, not far from Lake Huron in Michigan. It was July 2004.

Did the Vatican halt an investigation into former Twin Cities archbishop Nienstedt? — Documents released by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office Wednesday showed the extraordinary measures Catholic officials took to quash a private investigation into former Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt. Nienstedt himself had ordered the investigation, citing unspecified allegations against himself.

A retracing of steps; Castile’s funeral procession winds through historic neighborhood

A retracing of steps: Castile's funeral procession winds through historic Rondo neighborhood — The horse-drawn carriage that transported the body of Philando Castile to his funeral Thursday passed through what used to be the heart of St. Paul's black community. Castile's procession was a symbolic retracing of steps: From the funeral home to the services and the picnic afterward, mourners of all races walked across familiar ground in the historic Rondo neighborhood.

Central Corridor: In the shadow of Rondo — Before Interstate 94 plowed through St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood, the Rev. George Davis tried his best to stay in his home. When Davis refused to move, authorities forcibly removed him. Police arrived at the preacher's house on Sept. 28, 1956. They came bearing axes and sledgehammers, a sight that caused his 13-year-old grandson to cry.

Philando Castile described as good-hearted, hard worker

Colleagues, family call Philando Castile good-hearted, hard worker — The man shot and killed Wednesday by police during a Falcon Heights traffic stop worked in St. Paul public schools and was remembered warmly by colleagues who say they're grieving his death. Philando Castile spent much of his adult life as a cafeteria aide in St. Paul Public Schools.

2 men convicted on ISIS-related charges ask for rehabilitation — Attorneys for two men recently convicted of trying to join the terrorist group ISIS in Syria are asking a judge if their clients can be assessed for "deradicalization." Unlike six friends who pleaded guilty to charges of plotting to enlist with ISIS, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar took their chances and went to trial in May.

Boy makes 'miracle' recovery after 30-foot fall, shock — SAUK RAPIDS - Doctors are calling the recovery of a 16-year-old Sauk Rapids boy nothing short of a miracle. Just 12 days ago, Danny Fleigle was unconscious and stopped breathing. Seeking adventure with friends, he'd been climbing the top of a closed street bridge in Sartel when he lost his balance and grabbed a live electrical wire.

Sauk Rapids boy making 'miracle' recovery after 30-foot fall, electric shock — Seeking adventure with friends, Danny Fleigle was climbing the top of a closed street bridge in Sartell when he lost his balance and grabbed a live electrical wire.
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Jul 28, 2016

ICYMI, an excellent, multi-dimensional story from @jonscollins: It's an opioid overdose death. But is it a murder? 

Jul 28, 2016

And a must-listen story rife with frank conversations about race, protest and disruption: 

Jul 28, 2016

The future of @MPRnews, @RihamFeshir and @swastvedt, bring important stories about race and disparities to our airwaves this morning.

Jul 28, 2016

@JosephOMcLean yep, there were signs of Vatican involvement that we reported a year ago but not confirmation. Docs help validate.

Jul 26, 2016

VIDEO via @timnelson_mpr: Arrests made as police clear Summit Avenue protesters 

Jul 22, 2016

@JosephOMcLean The documents released this week suggest Vatican was behind order to limit investigation. That was not known before.

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