- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014
Authorities still identifying plane crash victims

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Authorities are still working on identifying at least one of two victims of a small plane crash in Sauk Rapids.

The St. Cloud Times reports one victim has been preliminarily identified, but officials aren’t going to release that information until the IDs of both victims are known.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

The Brumwell RV-6 experimental airplane crashed into a house after it flew near an Allegiant Air flight from Mesa, Arizona.

The NTSB tells the Star Tribune that authorities will look into whether the second aircraft may have played a role.


Church restricts priest’s ministry after review

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Sunday that it is restricting the ministry of a priest who has been on a leave of absence, saying that while a review board found he did not violate church rules designed to protect youth, there was enough concern to limit his ministry.

The Rev. Joseph Gallatin will remain a priest, but his ministry will not involve minors, Archbishop John Nienstedt announced. Niesnstedt said Gallatin resigned as pastor of the Church of St. Peter in Mendota and will be reassigned to have no role in a parish setting.

Gallatin didn’t immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. He’s been on leave since December after a board reviewing clergy files had revisited a prior allegation in which he was accused of a “boundary violation.”

The archdiocese said Sunday that the incident stemmed from a 1998 mission trip in which Gallatin rubbed the chest and abdomen of a sleeping 17-year-old boy, under the teen’s shirt, because the teen was snoring.

The teen told chaperones and the case was reviewed in 1998. At the time, the review board decided Gallatin needed therapy, evaluation and monitoring, Nienstedt said.


Stillwater Lift Bridge to close due to high water

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - A bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin will be closed indefinitely starting Monday because of high water, officials said Sunday, as authorities around the state braced for flooding from bulging streams and rivers.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River, which joins Minnesota Highway 36 and Wisconsin Highway 64, will be closed to traffic in both directions from Monday morning until further notice, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced. Drivers are being told to use Interstate 94 or Highway 243 instead.

Meanwhile, officials across Minnesota are preparing for high waters to crest in the coming days.

“Right now what we’re seeing is a statewide disaster, really,” U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday. “From International Falls on the Canadian border down to Luverne on the Iowa border, it really covered the whole state.”

The Free Press of Mankato reported that Klobuchar visited an apartment complex in the city, where 39 families were displaced when lower-level units flooded, as part of her tour to survey flood damage around the state.


Schools struggle with funding technology for kids

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - School districts across the Twin Cities are trying to put iPads, laptops or other tools in the hands of students, but many are finding that financing the devices is an issue, and they are trying creative ways to fund technology improvements in the schools.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (https://bit.ly/1uUja78https://bit.ly/1uUja78 ) that educators have asked state lawmakers for funding for hand-held devices, but those requests haven’t been addressed. So many districts are turning to levies or other approaches.

“Our world is changing, our tools are changing, but there is nothing in our school funding structure to address that,” said Lisa Snyder, superintendent of Lakeville schools.

In the past few years, districts such as St. Paul, Mahtomedi and White Bear Lake have won voter support for money to buy personalized technology. But similar requests have been defeated in Stillwater, West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights.

Some are finding that parents are skeptical. Camille Feng, a parent with three children in St. Paul Public Schools, said she worries a plan to give every student an iPad means teachers will have to compete for students’ attention.

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